Laughter Yoga Wellness For Seniors In Atlanta

Laughter Wellness For Seniors In Atlanta
Laughter Yoga For Seniors In Atlanta

 
Laughter exercises can help older people to keep their spirits high, and help them come out of depression.
 
 
There are no poses to learn, no cognitive abilities to “laugh for no reason” and in addition to physical exercise, these Senior Sessions have helped Seniors find much-needed social support. They are very good for their physical, mental and emotional well-being.
 

 
Carmela’s Laughter Yoga Session taped and hosted at Merrill Gardens in Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, CA. Laughter Yoga devoted to practicing seated in chairs or using wheelchairs. The whole gang is enjoying clapping, breath work, playful laughter exercises and group interaction in a community setting.
Carmela Carlyle of Sayulita, Mexico
If Visiting  Puerto Vallarta, MX it is very much worth taking  the time to visit Carmela.
 
 
Richard Taylor of Atlanta Laughter Yoga loves offering Laughter Yoga Wellness Sessions For Seniors and Staff! You will appreciate the immediate benefits of laughter for stress-relief, physical movement with no poses to learn, emotional well-being and community connection. Laughter reduces cortisol and elicits a cascade of the feel-good hormones like serotonin and endorphins. The entire body is oxygenated and most participants report feeling lighter and more relaxed, and more energized after practicing Laughter Yoga Exercises in community setting. The sessions if conducted weekly produces health benefits like few other modalities. Services offered in Metro Atlanta and surrounding towns. Richard a seasoned traveler is willing to travel also.
 
Therapeutic Laughter Study backs claims of Health Benefits
 
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CONTACT
Director Richard Taylor BS, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor
 
ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA
 
5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA
 
Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253
Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com
 
We own: AtlantaLaughterYoga.com also.

LAUGHTER YOGA CLASSES IN ATLANTA

DISCOVER LAUGHTER YOGA

Due to the number of Laughter Clubs already in existence in Atlanta, I have decided to join their groups/clubs as my schedule permits.

 

BUCKHEAD

Third Tuesdays Free Laughter Yoga Circle
By Celeste Greene 678-596-6979
E-mail: celeste@laughteryogaatlanta.com

AKCROSSFIT
764 Miami Circle, Suite 208
Atlanta, GA 30324
( cross from Luna Restaurant ) off Piedmont Road, just north of Sidney Marcus Blvd.

 

NORTHEAST ATLANTA

Laughter for Everyone

Call to see if First or 2nd Wednesday of Each Month 7:30PM

By Jean Woodall 404-378-1673
Email: jeanwoodall@comcast.net

UUCA Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta
1911 Cliff Valley Way NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

Notes:
This club, running continuously since Oct ’05, is free and truely open to everyone. If the 1st Wednesday is a holiday, it meets the 2nd Wednesday. Check the tripod classroom assignment, as you enter from the parking lot. The parking lot may be accessed by taking the I-85 Northbound Access road between North Druid Hills Rd. and Clairemont Rd. This club was featured on 11 Alive News in 2006. Come let Jean help you get your Laughter Tune up.

 

ROSWELL, GA

Atlanta Laughter Yoga Club

3rd Tuesday 7:00PM FREE
by Joelle Moore 770-655-8802
Email: connectivenergy@yahoo.com

Marietta Health Foods
1522 Roswell Road NE
Marietta, GA 30062

 

ALPHARETTA:

Laughter for Wellness

3rd Saturday of every month – 2:30 pm

by Debbie Ellison  770-843-0940
Email: laughterforwellness@gmail.com

Spruill Oaks Library
9560 Spruill Road
Alpharetta 30022

 

More Locations

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: People from 7/8 years of age and up, Everyone, Seniors, teens, twenty somethings, wheelchair folks, people who bodies ache, depressed folks, humorous people, people with great laughs, the 30 year old folks, people who are happy, people who are sad, people getting married, people getting divorced, the 50 crowd, people who are angry, people dieing, people with immune disorders, people with anxiety, the 40’s, people with migraine headaches, got rheumatism or symptoms of neuralgia, have chronic respiratory conditions, 80 year olds, find yourself with too many negative thoughts, pessimist, optimists, Everyone.

WHO SHOULD NOT ATTEND:  Babies, Toddlers, Dogs, Cats;  If you have a medical condition please check with your Health Care Provider.

COST: Free. Small Laughter Love Donation appreciated at some of the clubs.

WHAT: Laughter Yoga (LY) is light exercise needing no special cloths, no equipment, no poses to learn. We laugh for no reason because we can. Laughter Yoga (LY) is a form of exercise to improve health, happiness and joy. Research and seventeen years of experience shows the body cannot tell the difference from fake laughter and real laughter. The laughter becomes contagious in a group and soon the stress oozes away. The more you engage, the more you get out of it.

WHAT YOU SEE: May look like a bunch of nuts laughing, pure craziness, but no one is allowed to just watch. You are asked to participate or wait outside or wait in the car. 17 years and 6000 laughter clubs in over 60 countries prove people have a great time and feel better coming as often as they can.

WHAT YOU MAY FEEL:  Silly, fun, child like playfulness, stupid, embarrassed, happy, joyful, happy, blissful, bright, warm inside, golden, halcyon, need to laugh more, don’t stop, riant, feeling mirth, infectious, cheerful, elated, joyous, bonded, sense of community, calm, peaceful, carefree, de-stressed, relaxed, energized, psyched. Did I say ” I feel good.”

COME JOIN US! ALL ARE WELCOME. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

HOW:

  • A brief introduction to Laughter Yoga
  • Go over five things to remember during the session
  • Then I tell and show what is going to happen. No reason to be nervous. It is all just plain fun.
  • We do some fun movements – no poses to memorize – you can choose to not do a certain movement – no new pain
  • We breathe, really breathe
  • We move
  • We clap
  • We chant some … HO, HO, HAA, HAA, HAA
  • And then laugh as best we can.
  • Things move along quickly so no one gets bored.
  • We usually do 10-12 different laughter exercises depending on time and group size.
  • You do not have to know anything about Yoga.
  • Most come in street clothes, or work clothes. A bathroom is available if you come straight from work and want to get casual. No yoga clothes are needed. Loose fitting clothes the best.
  • No mats, or special shoes. Some find they actually perspire.
  • We end with a Laughter Meditation like no other meditation you have ever done!
  • We get grounded
  • Then wrap up and done.

IF: Come with an open mind. The session is to help you leave your mind at the front door and to embrace child like playfulness and enjoy each moment for 45 minutes. If you do, you will find you have a great time and feel de-stressed and energized for the evening and the week ahead.

Monday was carefully chosen to help you emerge into the work week full of vitality.

BENEFITS ARE MANY

GOOGLE MAP DIRECTIONS

See you there ! – Richard

 

Director Richard Taylor CLYL
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

ATLANTA  – LAUGHTER –  YOGA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Web: www.Atlanta- Laughter- Yoga.com

20 MINUTES LAUGH ALONE WITH ROBERT RIVEST

LAUGHTER YOGA: Joyful Laugh Along Session 20 Minutes- Robert Rivest


 
Robert Rivest is a humorous, heart warming speaker, a talented health, literacy and stress management educator, a master mime artist and a gifted laughter yoga teacher and trainer.

His mission? Bring more joy to the world!

Robert Rivest Website
 

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ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA
 
In Atlanta, GA come to our FREE LAUGHTER YOGA CLASS

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Seniors – Ask your facility to invite Richard to come and lead Laughter Yoga Sessions For Seniors Fun and Laughing and Joy!

Business Wellness – Laughter Yoga is proven to reduce workplace stress, improve performance, reduce sick days, improve teamwork, increase attention span and more!

One on One Sessions In Person In Atlanta. Inquire. Called Coaching.
 
Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA

5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923

Fax: 1-866-551-1253
Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com
 

LAUGHTER YOGA WORKS IN BUSINESS

Laughter Yoga Works In Business For It’s Employees
 
Laughter Best Medicine For Stress Heads
• Ben Pike
• News Limited Network
• November 24, 2012 12:00AM
 
Touching and laughing are critical for good human relationships, says Merv Neal, CEO of Laughter Yoga Australia. Source: News Limited
 
STRESSED workers fretting about workloads and redundancies are turning to feel good techniques once dismissed as barking mad.
A new study from Deakin University’s School of Psychology on the effects of laughter yoga – where even the most serious employees are reduced to hysterics – has found it has a real and positive effect on workplace wellbeing weeks after the sessions are finished.

Using validated psychological methods, workplace wellbeing and overall job satisfaction increased by about 6 per cent to 73 per cent.

Dr Melissa Weinberg, who works on the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index, said getting even small increases in people’s natural levels of wellbeing is difficult so a change of this magnitude is significant.
This increase was measured three weeks after the sessions of people doing yoga breathing techniques and simulating laughter until they simply can’t stop.

The trials were conducted inside traditional office-based businesses.

With 420,000 Australians made redundant or retrenched in the 12 months to February this year, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the move is part of a wider trend of employers looking for increasingly unorthodox ways to keep their staff happier and thus more productive.

Organizations such as Australia Post, accountancy giants KPMG, insurer AON and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission have all been involved in recent years.

Dr Weinberg – the study’s author – said laughter yoga had an immediate increase in mood – which is the primary driver of wellbeing.

“We saw an increase in the sense of optimism, sense of control and overall life satisfaction,” Dr Weinberg said.

“It had helped to facilitate the connection between people at work and made them feel more comfortable about being there.

“Just that the employers had done something to boost their workers’ wellbeing was also significant factor.

“Laughter Yoga is easy and everyone can do it. It works for people who have been going through a tough time and looking for a booster. We found an increased wellbeing for people who were already quite happy.”

Laughter Yoga CEO Merv Neal said he was laughed out of offices ten years ago as being insane, but things have changed.

“There is a huge need for anything in business – it doesn’t necessarily have to be laughter yoga – that helps employees manage the stress they are under at the moment,” he said.

“There are so many rules at work now that we are losing that social connection. Touching and laughing are critical for good human relationships.”

Source:  http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/laughter-best-medicine-for-stressheads/story-fncynkc6-1226522814001
 
 

In Atlanta, GA area Laughter Yoga is Atlanta – Laughter –  Yoga, owned by Richard Taylor. Call 404-889-1923

Richard studied with Merv Neal mentioned above last September 2012 at the All American Laughter Yoga Conference in Chicago, IL.
 
Richard brings Laughter Yoga Wellness to Atlanta Businesses.
 
 

Laughter Yoga Helps Improve Business and Performance:  

 
 
Workplace Stress
While there are many tools available for stress management, Laughter Yoga is a unique system that helps to reduce physical, mental and emotional stress at the same time. It works simultaneously both on body and mind. A research conducted in December 2006, on 50 IT professionals in Bangalore, India found a significant reduction in stress levels as shown by reduction in cortisol levels in saliva.

 

Improved Efficiency  
At a given time, the performance depends upon mood and Laughter Yoga has the power to change the mood state within minutes by releasing neuro-peptides from the brain cells called endorphins. Science tells us that the brain needs 25% more oxygen than other body organs. Laughter Yoga increases the net supply of oxygen which helps in optimal performance and boosts energy levels.
 

Team Building

“People who laugh together, work together”

John Cleese, a renowned British comedian, once said during his visit to Mumbai that Laughter is a great connector of people. It breaks all hierarchies and is a force for democracy. Laughter Yoga has the ability to change the work environment drastically by making people happy and cheerful, bringing positive mental attitude, hope and optimism in the workforce. It also increases communication skills to help in team building.

Leadership Skills
A good leader is the one who has the ability to effectively get in touch with his emotions and understand those of the others. Laughter Yoga helps to connect with people in the workplace and bring an emotional balance. This is greatly helpful in achieving targets and accomplishing goals.
 

Innovation and Creativity
The most creative people in the world are children. The essence of Laughter Yoga system is to cultivate childlike playfulness. This playfulness stimulates the right brain activity which is the seat of creativity. This helps to generate new ideas and insights about workplace issues and problems.
 

Increasing Attention Span in HR Trainings
Human brain cannot concentrate for more than 90 minutes after which the attention span reduces. Even a 5-10 minute Laughter Yoga session can provide a great energy boost during long HR training sessions and conferences.

It helps to increase the attention span, enhance learning skills, concentration powers and potential.
 

Positive Work Environment
Job dissatisfaction and hostile work environment compel people to change jobs more frequently thus affecting productivity and profitability. Laughter Yoga creates positive energy and improves communication between people. The Bangalore study also confirmed the increase in positive emotions and decrease in negative emotions, thereby developing an emotional intelligence. This helps to create a more constructive work environment and ensures loyalty and commitment.
 

Motivation and Communication
For people working in front office and sales and marketing, Laughter Yoga helps to bring a smile on their face and generate good feelings within the body. This enhances their communication and motivational skills thus increasing their client base and customer satisfaction.
 

Health Benefits
The basic objective of every human being is to enjoy life, live in harmony with family and have lots of friends to connect with. But, one cannot enjoy life if one is sick. Laughter Yoga is a single exercise routine which brings physical, mental and social well being in a shortest period of time. People can feel the benefits from the very first session.
 
Ideal Exercise for Busy People 
Dr. Kataria says that in his 30 years of experience in medicine, the two most common causes of ill health are wrong food habits and lack of exercise which leads to heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and many stress related illnesses.

Business people are very busy and have no time to exercise. Dr. Williams Fry of Stanford University proved that 10 minutes of hearty laughter is equal to 30 minutes on the rowing machine. This is not in term of muscular movements but a cardio pulmonary endurance. The purpose of all aerobic exercises is to stimulate heart rate, increase blood circulation, supply oxygen and remove waste products. If you do laughter exercises for 10 minutes you don’t have to run for 30 minutes you will get same benefits.

Presentation Topics

  • Workplace Wellbeing
  • Laughter Yoga
  • Work Life Balance
  • Work Laugh Balance
  • Stress Management
  • Anger Management
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Increase Positive Communication With Assertion
  • Laughter Yoga Alone Practice
  • Emotional Self Control (Impulse Control)
  • Nutritional WellBeing

Format

  • 1 Hour Keynote
  • 2-3 Hour Workshop
  • 1 Day Training
  • 2 Day Retreat
  • 8 Week Implementation
  • 12 Month Program

 
Call or email to inquire. Richard can help create a unique program to suit your employee needs and company goals.
 

CONTACT:

Richard Taylor CLYL

Richard Taylor CLYL

 

 

 

 

 

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA

Business Wellness – Laughter Yoga is proven to reduce workplace stress, improve performance, reduce sick days, improve teamwork, increase attention span and more!

One on One Sessions In Person In Atlanta. Inquire. Called Coaching.
 
Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA

5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923

Fax: 1-866-551-1253
Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

Seniors – Institute For Aging Research

Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife

Today about one in eight Americans is older than 65 and this segment of the population is not only increasing, but also living longer than ever before.

Between 2010 and 2030 the number of adults older than 65 is expected to double, and life expectancy will be almost thirty years greater than a century ago. Worldwide, by the year 2050, the number of people older than 60 will outnumber children 14 years old and younger.

While advances in medicine and improvement in standards of living responsible for this change are all positive, what will these new found years mean for those who are living them, as well as the population as a whole? This question drives the research going on at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife.

The mission of IFAR researchers is to maximize the functional potential and quality of life of adults as they age.

Institute for Aging Research

Affiliated with Harvard Medical School, the Institute for Aging Research is the largest gerontology and geriatrics research facility in the country based in a clinical setting.  Institute scientists work to discover the mechanisms of aging diseases and disability, which leads to the prevention, treatment and cure of disease, advances the standard of care for older people, and informs public decision-making. Their vision is to transform the human experience of aging by ensuring a life of health, dignity and productivity into advanced age.

From the Institute’s world-renowned musculoskeletal research, to the Aging Brain Center, to social research that measures the success of our systems of care at home and abroad, the Institute’s multidisciplinary aging research faculty, promotes scientific investigation that considers the complex relationship between biological, social and psychological factors that influence how well we can all live in old age now, and in the future.

Institute for Aging Research strength is the multidisciplinary nature of its faculty, which includes both social and medical research scientists.

Common age-related conditions:

  • falls
  • urinary incontinence
  • confusion
  • physical decline
  • depression are the result of multiple interacting factors such as multiple organ system abnormalities, drugs, social situations, and psychological problems.

Better understanding geriatric syndromes, and finding new treatments and preventions, requires the collaborative effort of a multidisciplinary team. In addition, the efforts of IFAR scientists are enhanced by Hebrew SeniorLife’s long-standing relationship with many academic institutions within Boston’s rich research community, including its affiliation with Harvard Medical School.

As a result of all of these qualities, the Institute for Aging Research has been able to attract outstanding National Institutes of Health-funded scientists. The results of their studies are regularly accepted for publication by leading peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Active areas of research include:

  • clinical geriatric syndromes such as falls
  • syncope (fainting)
  • delirium (acute confusion)
  • congestive heart failure
  • osteoporosis
  • osteoarthritis
  • Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
  • resident assessment and care models in nursing homes
  • improving the quality of end-of-life care
  • the cost and quality of housing and community-based systems
  • organizational care models for seniors
  • the development of instruments to measure quality of life and functional outcomes
  • tools to better assess seniors at risk of cognitive and functional decline.

At its best, humor is a tool for maintaining perspective on life’s difficulties. The ability to laugh and enjoy the ironies and twists of the world around us is one of the great human coping skills.

Humor may be the best medicine against life’s trials and tribulations . . . but it may also have some health benefits, as well.

Experts at Hebrew SeniorLife say that humor-often in the form of a good, hearty laugh-can help the mind and body in several ways by:

  • Relieving physical tension and stress;
  • Boosting the immune system, including reducing stress hormones and increasing the activity of immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies;
  • Releasing endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals; and
  • Improving blood flow and the function of blood vessels, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

In fact, a recent Vanderbilt University study showed that 15 minutes of laughing can burn up to 50 calories!

You don’t have to be able to tell a joke or funny story well to benefit from a healthy sense of humor. HSL experts suggest the following ways to maintain your sense of humor:

  • Avoid jokes that depend on stereotypes and denigration of others;
  • Learn to laugh at your own foibles before you point out someone else’s;
  • Watch a funny move or television show regularly;
  • Tell a good joke if you want to; if no one laughs, that’s their problem.

While scientists continue to study the health benefits of humor, studies have shown that we are 30 times more likely to laugh when we’re with other people. People who laugh a lot, researchers say, may just have a strong connection to the people around them, which, in itself, may have health benefits, including an improved quality of life. So, go ahead and have a good laugh.

Source: http://www.hebrewseniorlife.org/hsl-resources-humor

Laughter Yoga / Laughter Therapy is a system of moderate exercise with no yoga poses to learn, using pranayama yogic breathing with laughter for no reason that directly positively affects many of these areas of concern. Click For List Of Benefits

Richard Taylor, a Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor and Certified Laughter Yoga Leader leads groups of Seniors in 30-45 minute Laughter Sessions that promote:

  • Community
  • Childlike Playfulness
  • Increased Sense of Humor
  • Positive Shift In Attitude
  • Relief of Depression through endorphin release
  • less colds with improved immune system
  • relieves stress
  • improves motor skills
  • Exercise – Even to those who cannot stand
  • oxygenates the body for less disease
  • lowers blood pressure
  • improves heart function
  • Creativity
  • Memory – Association
  • Cognitive Abilities
  • Left Brain-Right Brain Functioning
  • Overcomes Fear
  • Creates Meaning
  • Insomnia
  • The list is very long!

Richard Taylor offers Laughter Yoga Wellness Therapy for Seniors

Call or e-mail to inquire about our Senior Laughter Therapy Programs.

For mobile Seniors (anyone from 8-150 years old) attend a Free Laughter Yoga Wellness Class

One such study:

Effects of laughter therapy on depression, cognition and sleep among the community-dwelling elderly.

Source

Department of Family Medicine, Kyungpook National University Hospital, Daegu, Korea.

Abstract

AIM:

To investigate the effects of laughter therapy on depression, cognitive function, quality of life, and sleep of the elderly in a community.

METHODS:

Between July and September 2007, the total study sample consisted of 109 subjects aged over 65 divided into two groups; 48 subjects in the laughter therapy group and 61 subjects in the control group. The subjects in the laughter therapy group underwent laughter therapy four times over 1 month. We compared Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS), Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), Short-Form Health Survey-36 (SF-36), Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) between the two groups before and after laughter therapy.

RESULTS:

There were no significant differences in baseline characteristics between the two groups. Before laughter therapy, the GDS scores were 7.98 ± 3.58 and 8.08 ± 3.96; the MMSE scores were 23.81 ± 3.90 and 22.74 ± 4.00; total scores of SF-36 were 54.77 ± 17.63 and 52.54 ± 21.31; the ISI scores were 8.00 ± 6.29 and 8.36 ± 6.38; the PSQI scores were 6.98 ± 3.41 and 7.38 ± 3.70 in laughter therapy group and control groups, respectively. After laughter therapy, the GDS scores were 6.94 ± 3.19 (P=0.027) and 8.43 ± 3.44 (P=0.422); the MMSE scores were 24.63 ± 3.53 (P=0.168) and 23.70 ± 3.85 (P=0.068); total scores of SF-36 were 52.24 ± 17.63 (P=0.347) and 50.32 ± 19.66 (P=0.392); the ISI scores were 7.58 ± 5.38 (P=0.327) and 9.31 ± 6.35 (P=0.019); the PSQI scores were 6.04 ± 2.35 (P=0.019) and 7.30 ± 3.74 (P=0.847) in both groups, respectively.

CONCLUSION:

Laughter Therapy is considered to be useful, cost-effective and easily-accessible intervention that has positive effects on depression, insomnia, and sleep quality in the elderly.

© 2011 Japan Geriatrics Society.

PMID:
21241447
[PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21241447

CONTACT:

Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor

ATLANTA
– LAUGHTER – YOGA
5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

Laughter Yoga is a complementary health practice that supplements normal western medicine, not replaces it.
Check with your Health Care Professional if you have any concerns. Do not stop any treatments without consulting your Health Care Professional.

 

Oxford University Study Suggest Laughter Manages Pain

Laughter’s the best medicine suggests study

Science

14 Sep 11
Laughter
Oxford University

Having a good laugh with friends really does help us to deal with pain, suggests a new study. The international research team, led by Oxford University, found that when we laugh properly, as opposed to producing a polite titter, the physical exertion leaves us exhausted and thereby triggers the release of protective endorphins. These endorphins, one of the complex neuropeptide chemicals produced in the brain, manage pain and promote feelings of well being. According to the team’s research paper, published online in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, watching just 15 minutes of comedy with others increased the pain threshold by an average of about ten per cent.

The fact that only this type of laughter releases endorphins has probably evolved as a way of promoting socialising amongst humans, says the paper. It points out that many studies have already shown that laughter is 30 times more likely to occur if you are with others than when alone. The endorphin rush appears to be limited to a good belly laugh, shared with others.

The research paper makes an important distinction between relaxed, unforced laughter that creases the eyes, and polite laughter which does not reach the eyes. It concludes that when we laugh properly we produce a series of exhalations without drawing breath, an involuntary physical mechanism that is limited to humans and appears to trigger the release of endorphins. Laughter is important to other great apes too but they breathe in as well as out when they laugh, unlike humans.

The paper is based on more than ten years of research in which different experiments were staged to discover what determined our level of pain tolerance. Subjects were asked to watch TV clips or live staged shows, and their pain thresholds were measured before and after doing this using a number of different pain manipulations (ice-cold sleeves, pressure from a blood pressure cuff, and a painful, strenuous quad work-out).

The participants watched 15 minute clips from comedies like Mr Bean and Friends, and these were contrasted with clips on how to play golf or factual programmes, both designed to elicit a neutral response. In other experiments, they watched nature programmes designed to produce a positive, ‘feel-good’ quality; however, like the golf instruction clips, these did nothing to increase the pain threshold, suggesting that it is the endorphin-activating effects of laughter itself that is important, not just the feel-good factor.

Another experiment compared the pain thresholds of participants who had watched stand-up comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with those who sat through staged dramas. This experiment confirmed that the pain tolerance effect of shared laughter is not just something confined to the laboratory, but occurs in real life too.

Lead author Professor Robin Dunbar, Head of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford, said: ‘Very little research has been done into why we laugh and what role it plays in society. Using microphones, we were able to record each of the participants and found that in a comedy show, they laughed for about a third of the time, and their pain tolerance rose as a consequence. We think that it is the bonding effects of the endorphin rush that explain why laughter plays such an important role in our social lives.’

In both primates and humans, laughter has been found to play an important role, yet has received very little attention in academic literature. This latest paper supports other work by Professor Dunbar that suggests the importance of group activity in producing endorphins. A previous study by Professor Dunbar and Dr Emma Cohen found that members of a rowing team increased their pain tolerance by training as a group rather than as individuals. Other communal activities like music making, dancing and religious rituals have also been shown to create euphoric states which, according to some studies, can also be associated with the release of endorphins.

Source:  http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_stories/2011/111409_1.html

Laughter Yoga is a system of moderate exercise combined with yogic breathing and laughter (fake or real) that delivers such results. Sustained laughter is maintained with Laughter Exercises that promote proper body responses that helps release these endorphins. Also Laughter Meditation is a favorite to do so.

Most Laughter Sessions last 30 – 45 minutes with some longer. Group Laughing, Playing, Singing and Dancing, Miming form the exercises.

Manage your pain and feel inner well-being through: ( In Atlanta, GA )

CONTACT:

Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA

5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

Mad, Sad, Unhappy? – In Atlanta

Mad, Sad, Unhappy? – In Atlanta

Lately have you been unhappy or sad or mad? Life has not been too kind lately?

  • Going through a Divorce
  • Recently Divorced
  • Relationship just ended
  • Laid Off Work
  • Fired From Job
  • Too many deadlines
  • Stress of too many roles to fulfill
  • Tired of lines at stores
  • Angry
  • Feel sad
  • Depressed
  • High Anxiety
  • Cannot sleep
  • Wish things were different
  • Cry more lately
  • Just plain ole unhappy
  • Disappointed
  • Things are not going your way
  • Lack money
  • hard to pay rent or mortgage payment
  • kids driving you nuts
  • your sports team not winning
  • you did not get to hunt this year
  • not enough time for outdoors
  • too much work
  • not enough play time
  • no one to love
  • alone
  • worried
  • long winter ahead
  • blues settling in
  • melancholy days
  • no energy
  • disorganized
  • wish things were different
  • have a great laugh and like laughing
  • have no sense of humor, but would like to feel better
  • tired of hearing yourself complain
  • tired of the way things are

You are a perfect candidate for FREE LAUGHTER YOGA CLASS !

Laughter Yoga originated back in March of 1995 in India by Dr. Kataria and his wife Madhuri and three friends.

Fast forward and there are over 6,000 Laughter Clubs in over 60 Countries and it is here in Atlanta, GA.

Laughter Yoga is a form of moderate fun exercise, combined with yogic breathing and laughter. No Yoga Poses to learn. No special clothes or mats or shoes.
Attendees wear their usual clothes and come with an open mind and embrace a 45 minute session. About 30 minutes of Laughter exercises that produces serotonin and dopamine that makes the participant feel better. Studies have told us that even 10 minutes of constant laughing is like rowing in a gym for 30 minutes.

It is 30 x easier to laugh in a group than alone.

The thing is… we need sustained laughter to produce this effect. Movies and TV only produces very short bursts of laughter so is not the same thing. Movies and TV are helpful to boost one’s mood but Laughter Yoga is the process that gets real results you feel and creates feelings of JOY, HAPPINESS, CONNECTIVENESS, WELL-BEING, IMPROVED HEALTH, ALLEVIATES OUR ABOVE MENTIONED NEGATIVE FEELINGS.

Open to the Public. Basically FREE! Small Donations gladly accepted.

Click here to get the schedule and learn more. In Atlanta, GA

Do yourself a favor, who else will? Decide to take a chance and embrace something new.

Get out of the house and join us.

Laughter Yoga participants you will find are about the friendliest people on earth. Full of Laughter and fun.

CONTACT:

Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA

5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

Depression Help Through Laughter Therapy

Laughter Therapy For Depression

Depression is the number one sickness in the world and millions of dollars are spent on producing antidepressant drugs especially in the west where people feel lonelier and isolated due to high divorce rate, faulty relationship patterns etc.  Laughter Yoga is extremely therapeutic for depression as it helps to release certain neurotransmitters from the brain cells as well as help people to stay connected and share their feelings and emotions.

L.M. Montgomery

“Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.”  ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
  • helps reduce depression
  • reduces anxiety
  • insomnia
  • helps you feel more joyful
  • improves self esteem
  • increases positives in your thinking
  • empowers, restores hope and energy
  • helps you connect with others in non judgmental way
  • and initiates powerful positive changes in our mind functioning and emotions
  • build community and trust

Laughter Therapy For Mental Health

A major causal factor of many illnesses is a person’s inability to express their feelings and emotions. People are afraid of reactions and conflict. As a result they suppress and hold their emotions which ultimately affect the immune system adversely leading to a variety of sickness. Laughter Yoga is a cathartic exercise which helps people release their blocked emotions in a non-violent way and makes them emotionally balanced. Bangalore research indicates that Laughter Yoga also helps to increase positive emotions and decrease the negative ones thereby promoting a healthy life.

Martin Luther

“You have as much laughter as you have faith.”  ― Martin Luther

Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga is a moderate fun filled form of exercise, combined with yogic breathing and laughter.

Contrary to popular belief, Laughter Yoga has proved that one does not need a sense of humor, to laugh. Laughter can be learnt and programmed into the body, to bring about a complete transformation. Research has proved that just 10-20 minutes of fake or real laughter has a profound benefit on the human body. To be most effective this should be done often, even daily if you are willing. See Daily Laughter Videos.

It is generally believed that in the absence of humor, Laughter is almost unthinkable. But, we cannot always depend on a sense of humor to create laughter, since humor is a phenomenon of the Intellect, the Mind. Moreover, humor is unique to the individual, their culture, and it varies from person to person. There may be few reasons for us to smile and laugh, while there are many reasons for us to be sad, depressed and frustrated.

In fact, regular conditioning as we grow up, has led to undermining of emotional expression. If we notice, children are absolutely natural when they laugh. Their laughter is not dependent on any external stimulus like jokes, comedy or humor. Adults, on the other hand, learn the art of suppressing emotions for fear of being ridiculed or facing a conflict, which proves to be detrimental in the pursuit of physical and mental well being.

Laughter Yoga is a unique concept of Unconditional Laughter, according to this, anyone can Laugh for No Reason. It does not rely on jokes, humor or comedy. It initiates laughter as a form of an exercise in a group, and as the Laughter Sessions progress; Laughter becomes real and contagious.

The name, Laughter Yoga, is derived from combining Yogic breathing (Pranayama) with Laughter Exercises. This effective blend results in multiple health benefits, primarily increasing the supply of oxygen and boosting the immune system. It energizes and recharges the metabolism, making one feel fresh and energetic.

How to Laugh Without a Reason

The best part of Laughter is you really don’t need any “Reason” to Laugh….Just Start. Initially Laughing alone may seem awkward, but joining a Laughter Club makes it easy. It provides a platform which helps to break psychological barriers and shed all inhibitions. One can actually feel ‘fake’ Laughter turn into ‘real’ and contagious laughter.

Audrey Hepburn

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.”  ― Audrey Hepburn

Come join us get over the blues, anxiety, insomnia.

Embrace fun, joy, laughter, child like playfulness.

Feel more alive again!

“Did I say you will learn to  laugh more day to day?” – Richard Taylor

FREE LAUGHTER YOGA CLASS

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CONTACT

Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA

5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

Free Stress Management in Atlanta, GA

Free Stress Management in Atlanta, GA

Laughter Helps Reduce Stress and Builds The Immune System

We sight on this website under BENEFITS menu that many scientific studies suggest that laughter:

  • boosts the immune system, liberates interleukin 2

  • reduces anxiety

  • increases antibodies in saliva that combats upper respiratory infections

  • releases stress, by decreasing cortisol serum level

    Call 404-889-1923 for information.

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    Laughter Yoga Reduces Mental Stress

    Our Breathing is connected to the state of our Mind. It is apparent that the state of our Mind directly affects our Breathing. When in a Stressful, Emotional state or turmoil, the Breathing Pattern alters drastically. It becomes faster, shallow and irregular. Sometimes people even hold their breath under Stress, which leads to an accumulation of Carbon dioxide in the blood.

    Mental Stress occurs due to the arousal of Sympathetic branch of our Autonomic Nervous System, which is very sensitive to Carbon dioxide levels in the blood. Laughter Yoga provides an excellent Cardiac workout, and triggers a Breathing Pattern that offers significant respiratory benefits. It lowers the amount of residual air in the lungs, replacing it with Oxygen-rich air. This reduces the level of Carbon dioxide in the lungs, and prevents the Stress Arousal System.

    Diaphragmatic Breathing

    The best way to reduce Mental Stress is to activate Parasympathetic System which is opposite of Sympathetic System. This can be done by changing the way we breathe. If we can learn to breathe from the Diaphragm, Mental Stress cannot occur, even if you have Stressful thoughts in your Mind. Your body simply will not react to Stressful thoughts.

    The Diaphragm is a dome-shaped muscular partition between the Chest and the Abdomen. It plays an important role in the most vital function of Respiration. During Inhalation, the Diaphragm contracts, and pulls down, to make space for the lungs to expand, and during Exhalation, it relaxes and pushes the lungs to facilitate Exhalation.

    By shifting the Breathing Pattern from shallow to deep Diaphragmatic Breathing, it stimulates the Parasympathetic Nervous System, which is the cooling branch of the Autonomic Nervous System, and is the opposite of the Sympathetic Stress Arousal System. This scientific phenomenon coupled with the ancient Yogic wisdom of Breathing, makes this concept a unique exercise regime to loosen Stress and relieve Anxiety.

    Laughter Yoga

    One of the prime objectives of Laughter Yoga is to learn how to move the Diaphragm, and shift the awareness of Breathing from the chest to the Deep Abdominal Breathing. With the movement of the Diaphragm, we can bring our emotions under conscious control. Laughter helps this process. The Laughter Meditation practiced at the end of each session helps in a much deeper way with this exchange of oxygen with alternative periods of laughter and silent breathing meditation. It also grounds the energy and the individual.

    Laughter is most effectively used in Laughter Yoga, which is the fastest growing health and fitness exercise routine. Thousands of practitioners around the world have reported remarkable improvement in health conditions. Based on unconditional laughter, it does not rely on humor or comedy, which makes it the easiest and the simplest exercise to rejuvenate the body mind system. Laughter Yoga embraces laughter for no reason at all. Attendees/Devotees choose to laugh.

    Physiological Healing Power Of Laughter Yoga

    Weak immune system: The weakening of the immune system due to physical illness or mental stress and depression undermines health and leads to frequent infections and disease.

    Regular practice of Laughter Yoga boosts the immune system. Laughter increases the natural killer cells that have the ability to destroy tumors and viruses. It increases disease-destroying antibodies and also increases the concentration of salivary immunoglobulin A, which defends against the entry of infectious organisms through the respiratory tract. Laughter Yoga basically brings balance to all the components of the immune system and heals the pain.

    Oxygen: Oxygen is one of the primary catalysts for biological energy in the human body. Stress reduces breathing and starves the body of oxygen, promoting the spread of illness. Laughter Yoga flushes the lungs and fully oxygenates the blood and major organs leaving one bursting with energy and vitality and free from disease.

    Research has also shown that cancer cells are destroyed in the presence of oxygen. In fact, many parasites and bacteria don’t survive well in the presence of oxygen; therefore an increase in the oxygen levels with laughter exercises is a great way to combat certain killer diseases.

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    2003 Study

    RESOURCE:

    The Effect of Mirthful Laughter on Stress and Natural Killer Cell Activity

    1-1-2003

    Recommended Repository Citation
    Bennett, Mary P.; Zeller, Janice M.; Rosenberg, Lisa; and McCann, Judith. (2003). The Effect of Mirthful Laughter on Stress and
    Natural Killer Cell Activity. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 9 (2), 38-45.
    Available at: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/nurs_fac_pub/9

     

Conclusion • Laughter may reduce stress and improve NK cell activity.
As low NK cell activity is linked to decreased disease resistance and increased
morbidity in persons with cancer and HIV disease, laughter may be a useful
cognitive-behavioral intervention.

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1989 STUDY

The mirthful laughter experience appears to reduce serum levels of cortisol, dopac, epinephrine, and growth hormone.
These biochemical changes have implications for the reversal of the neuroendocrine and classical stress hormone response.

Berk LS, Tan SA, Fry WF, Napier BJ, Lee JW, Hubbard RW, Lewis JE, Eby WC

Department of Pathology, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, CA.
Type: Journal Article

ABSTRACT

Positive emotional activities have been suggested as modifiers of neuroendocrine hormones involved in the classical stress response. To detect changes in these components during a mirthful laughter experience, the authors studied 10 healthy male subjects. Five experimental subjects viewed a 60 minute humor video and five control subjects did not. Serial blood samples were measured for corticotropin (ACTH), cortisol, beta-endorphin, 3,4-dihydrophenylacetic acid (dopac)–the major serum neuronal catabolite of dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine, growth hormone, and prolactin. Repeated measures analysis of variance showed that cortisol and dopac in the experimental group decreased more rapidly from baseline than the control group (p = 0.011, p = 0.025, respectively). Epinephrine levels in the experimental group were significantly lower than the control at all time points (p = 0.017). Growth hormone levels in the experimental group significantly increased during baseline (p = 0.027) and then decreased with laughter intervention (p less than 0.0005), whereas, the controls did not change over time (p = 0.787). ACTH, beta-endorphin, prolactin, and norepinephrine levels did not significantly increase. The mirthful laughter experience appears to reduce serum levels of cortisol, dopac, epinephrine, and growth hormone. These biochemical changes have implications for the reversal of the neuroendocrine and classical stress hormone response.

Resource: http://europepmc.org/abstract/MED/2556917/reload=0;jsessionid=qjA0F14ucnK9Kifpr95p.8

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mirth·ful  (mûrthfl)

adj.

1. Full of gladness and gaiety.
2. Characterized by or expressing gladness and gaiety: a warm, tender, and mirthful movie.

mirthful·ly adv.
mirthful·ness n.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Adj. 1. mirthful - full of or showing high-spirited merrimentmirthful– full of or showing high-spirited merriment; “when hearts were young and gay”; “a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company”- Wordsworth; “the jolly crowd at the reunion”; “jolly old Saint Nick”; “a jovial old gentleman”; “have a merry Christmas”; “peals of merry laughter”; “a mirthful laugh”

joyous – full of or characterized by joy; “felt a joyous abandon”; “joyous laughter”
2. mirthful - arousing or provoking laughtermirthful– arousing or provoking laughter; “an amusing film with a steady stream of pranks and pratfalls”; “an amusing fellow”; “a comic hat”; “a comical look of surprise”; “funny stories that made everybody laugh”; “a very funny writer”; “it would have been laughable if it hadn’t hurt so much”; “a mirthful experience”; “risible courtroom antics”

humorous, humourous – full of or characterized by humor; “humorous stories”; “humorous cartoons”; “in a humorous vein”
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
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CONTACT:
Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor
ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

Dr Kataria and Madhuri 0n Israel TV and Public Sessions – 3 Videos

Dr Kataria and Madhuri 0n Israel TV

Dr Kataria and Madhuri during their visit to Israel appeared on most popular TV program London & Kirshenbaum.

Subtitles

Dr Kataria’s first session with Israeli public.

by on Dec 8, 2011

Dr Madan Kataria in Israel for the second time after 8 years.
I am Mariela Nets Laughter Yoga Teacher proud to present Dr Kataria’s first session with Israeli public.

Dr Madan Kataria friday night in Israel דר מאדן קטריה ליל שישי בישראל

Please come join ushere in Atlanta and bring a drum or two! See end of Video [ 6:17 ] for inspiration! Also bring your friends.

by on Dec 10, 2011

Dr Madan Kataria, Madhuri Kataria and Israeli Laughter Yoga leaders meet for a fun evening of laughter and music. I am Mariela Nets Laughter Yoga teacher. Certified by Dr Madan Kataria in 2003 and haven’t stopped since. Thank you Dr Madan Kataria and thank you all my Laughter Yoga friends.

Call for information or click for latest class information.

Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor

 

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA

5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

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