Yoga which initially started as a social club movement has now entered the
business world, where it provides companies and organisation powerful operational
around the world are starting to introduce Laughter Yoga and employers
find that it can have a profound influence on their business even making their
company more profitable. By introducing laughter sessions for all staff, companies
have reported a happier workplace, increased efficiency, better communication,
increase in sales and productivity, increased creativity and better teamwork,
decrease in illness and absenteeism, and a reduction in employee turnover.
Laughter Yoga Helps Improve Business and Performance
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.
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.
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 teambuilding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 dont have to run for 30 minutes
you will get same benefits