Achieving Peak Performance with Laughter Yoga
One of the core components of “Art of Joyful Living” is practice of Laughter Yoga and internalizing Laughter Spirit. “Achieving Peak Performance with Laughter Yoga” is a unique, interactive and entertaining learning experience that prepares you for the new achievement frontiers - sailing on tons of hearty laughter. The program optimizes mental, emotional, and physical elements to help you perform at your very best when you need it. Laughter Yoga will help you develop the traits needed to unlock your full potential with the desired side effects of charismatic personality and joyful life.
The experience of a large number of diverse organizations worldwide has been that Laughter Yoga is a joyful yet powerful force for improving performance at the workplace. In recent studies done in India and the USA, participants have shown substantial reduction in stress levels and enhanced productivity after just three weeks of Laughter Yoga sessions. It lowers pressure, relaxes muscles, improves blood circulation, increases oxygen level in the body, elevates mood, brings hope, enhances communication and boosts the immune system. Hence, Laughter Yoga helps with holistic body and mind wellness.
Even after scientific and experiential evidences that laughter can be transformational in cultivating ingredients of peak performance, there was no on-demand, reliable and effective system to deliver laughter. Humor was the only tool available, but it is not reliable and seldom leads to continuous hearty laughter. Therefore, Laughter Yoga is a breakthrough laughter delivery system that can enable a person to laugh continuously for 15 to 20 minutes with short breaks of Yogic Breathing.
What is Laughter Yoga?
Laughter Yoga is a revolutionary idea – simple and profound. It combines Unconditional Laughter with Yogic Breathing (Pranayama). The Laughter Yoga philosophy is that anyone can ‘Laugh for No Reason’, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group; with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits. The concept started by Dr. Madan Kataria, a Physician from Mumbai, India in 1995 - has become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 10,000 Social Laughter Clubs in more than 65 countries.
Applications of Laughter Yoga
Achieving Peak Performance with Laughter Yoga: Doing Your Best
We believe that if a person can live stress free in “now”; has a positive mental attitude; can focus well on tasks; has higher mental alertness; has creative approach to problem solving; and has an amicable personality – he or she will be a peak performer and a great team player. Practicing Laughter Yoga is a confluence of all the elements needed for creating and maintaining peak performers.
Laughter Yoga for Stress Management: Installing Anti-Stress Sprinkler System
Through Laughter Yoga exercises, we teach how to shift 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.
Clinical research on Laughter Yoga methods, conducted at the University of Graz in Austria; Bangalore, India; and in the United States has proved that Laughter lowers the level of stress hormones (epinephrine, cortisol etc.) in the blood. It fosters a positive and hopeful attitude. It is less likely for a person to succumb to stress and feelings of depression if one is able to laugh away the troubles.
Laughter Yoga for Mental Alertness: Invoking Creativity & Innovation
Laughter Yoga exercises help in replenishing residual air in our lungs and increasing oxygen concentration in our blood stream. This results in increased oxygen supply to brain, which enhances brain’s cognition capabilities resulting in mental alertness.
Laughter Yoga for Feeling Good: Invoking Joy
Your mood is the most important factor in determining the way you perceive people and events in the outside world and how you react to them. Your good mood will drive an amicable attitude towards the outer world. It will bring hope and optimism in whatever you do in your business, personal and social life. With good mood and positive mental attitude you can handles negative people and situations in a much better way.
Laughter and breathing exercises can change your mood within minutes by releasing neurotransmitters from your brain cells called Endorphins which are known as “Feel good hormones”. They bring good feelings in our bodies and once you are feeling good within, you are more likely to work and perform to your maximum.
Laughter Booster: Yours Performance Hyper Thrust Button
This practice of using unconditional laughter to prepare for stressful events is known as ‘LAUGHTER BOOSTING’. The concept is gaining popularity with business people, speakers, actors and other performers to prepare for presentations to the audiences of all sizes.
Hollywood heartthrob Harry Hamlin used pre-performance Laughter Yoga sessions to boost his scores on the popular American show ‘Dancing with the Stars’. People are also using laughter boosting to enhance their performance for job interviews and public speaking.
Laughter Yoga and Smiley Faces: Triggering Personal Magnetism
Laughter Yoga is the philosophy of joyful living. Internalizing Laughter Yoga results in smile on the face and help you interact with people more effectively. Don’t we all want to stay around smiley faces?
Laughter Yoga for Healing: Invoking Will to Heal
Norman Cousins (diagnosed in 1964 with Ankylosing Spondylitis) in his book, 'Anatomy of an Illness' writes, “Realizing that negative thoughts and attitudes can result in illness, then positive thoughts and attitudes may have the opposite effect.” He found that ten minutes of boisterous laughter resulted in at least two hours of pain-free sleep. He continued his routine until he recovered. Thus, he claimed that laughter is the best medicine, and pointed the way to mind-body medicine. Laughter Yoga helps you combine unconditional laughter and ancient knowledge of yogic breathing to facilitate healing.
Laughter Yoga Happy Hour
The duration of Laughter Yoga session is between 35min to 60min. The shorter version program has more emphasis on the exercises, and the longer version of the program will have exercises coupled with “why we do what we do” Joy Mantras. The session can be customized to a particular theme out of various options described in the “Applications of Laughter Yoga” section.
A typical Laughter Yoga Session has following sub-sessions:
· Smiles and Laughter Warm Up
· Learning 4 Elements of Laughter Yoga
· Laughter Showers
· Laughter Meditation
· Fountain Of Joy
· Laughter dissolves tension, stress, anxiety, irritation, anger, grief, and depression. Remember, a person without a sense of humor is like a car without shock absorbers.
· Medical researchers have found that laughter boosts the immune system.
· Laughter reduces pain by releasing endorphins that are more potent than equivalent amounts of morphine.
· Humor helps integrate both hemispheres of our brain.
· Develop your sense of humor and you will find you are more productive, a better communicator, and a superior team player.
· Everyone loves someone who can make them smile and laugh.
· Laughter is even equivalent to a small amount of exercise. It massages all the organs of the body, according to Dr. James Walsh.
· The most wasted day is that in which we have not laughed. Don't wait until you are sick or feeling down before you begin practicing laughter therapy. Start today.