Laughter Yoga is a unique concept where anyone can laugh for no reason without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. We initiate laughter as an exercise in a group but with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The reason we call it Laughter Yoga is because it combines laughter exercises with yoga breathing. This brings more oxygen to the body and brain which makes one feel more energetic and healthy. The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter if done with willingness. One gets the same health benefits, whether laughter is real or simulated. It was started by a medical doctor Dr. Madan Kataria supported by his wife, Madhuri Kataria, a yoga teacher, from India with just five people in a Mumbai Park in 1995. There are thousands of Laughter Clubs in more than 106 countries.
Five Benefits of Laughter Yoga
Laughter Yoga can change your mood within minutes by releasing endorphins from your brain cells. This makes you feel good and if you are in a good mood you do everything well. It makes you cheerful all throughout the day.
Laughter Yoga reduces stress and strengthens the immune system. If your immune system is strong you will not fall sick easily and if you have chronic health conditions, it will help to heal faster.
Our brain needs 25 percent more oxygen for optimal functioning. Laughter exercises can increase net supply of oxygen to our body and brain which helps to improve efficiency and performance. You will feel energetic and can work more than you normally do without getting tired.
Quality of life depends upon quality of our friends and our relationships. Laughter is a great connector of people and brings lots of good friend with caring and sharing relationship.
Laughing through Challenges
Anyone can laugh when times are good, but Laughter Yoga teaches people to laugh unconditionally so that they can laugh even when times are hard. It provides strength in adversity, a coping mechanism to help people keep a positive mental attitude regardless of circumstances.
ABOUT HUMAN FIRST
Human First aims to be an outstanding provider of training courses dedicated to developing people and improving their lives Human First dedicates itself to addressing design needs by providing feel good and ideas for people and their environments. You are Human First before you develop your identity in terms of race, ethnicity, sexuality, culture, religion and class. Every so often, under pressure to develop an identity, the concept of being Human First is relegated. It is therefore vital to remain focused on being Human First within the confines of identity. Human beings possess potentiality, which means that they have an innate potential for growth, development and fulfilment. It is this potentiality that Human First seeks to nurture. Human First’s training programmes uses this inner-ability of people to move them from inability to empowerment. It offers training and design with the intention of leaving people feeling good about themselves and revitalized.
Jayesh Bhana began as a teacher of physical science and biology at junior secondary level about twenty years ago. In 1999, equipped with a Masters’ Degree in Education, Jayesh began working as a freelance facilitator. Over the years he has accumulated extensive training experience in people development through the facilitation of life (soft) skills programmes for various organisations. He also has a keen interest in art and design. He is also a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, completing a course in India in 2017. Jayesh’s facilitation of learning is empathetic, energetic, humorous and motivational. He believes that knowledge retention is greater if people learn by doing.
HUMAN FIRST’S APPROACH
Certificate of Appreciation
THE LAUDIUM CARE SERVICES FOR THE AGED is a registered non-profit organization and is actively involved in the promotion and enrichment of the lives of the Aged.
Their aim is to promote “Ageing Gracefully” by focusing on: active ageing, home-based care and social services as outlined by the South African Department of Social Services.
The organisation seeks to enhance the quality of life for adults as they age by enabling them to maintain their health, well-being, independence and participation in the community.
They fulfil this mission within the community by developing and providing innovative programs in health, social service, creative arts, community and professional education.
Earlier this year I was invited by this organisation to volunteer weekly Laughter Yoga sessions for a group of senior citizens earlier this year. This is a vibrant, energetic group of senior citizens who have overcome many obstacles in life. My interaction with them, every Monday morning, has completely changed my perception of ageing.
I was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for my contribution to their programme.
Comments from participants
“Jayesh is a talented, motivating and extremely encouraging lecturer. He talks directly to you and ensures full understanding of what he is teaching you. He allows you to voice out your opinion and NEVER makes you feel little or stupid because of it.”
“I liked everything about this course because I’ve learnt so much – about HIV/AIDS; about myself; about how to control myself and how to behave.”
“I like the way he communicated to us as a team and facilitated and encouraged us and gave us hope that we can achieve what we want in life”