Laughter – The best medicine
It is a known fact that Laughter is the best medicine, but are you aware of how laughter can affect your well-being, your work environment, and overall improve the quality of work output as an individual or as a group.
A lot of corporate companies have off late been looking for ways towards the welfare of their staff to reduce stress, increase levels of productivity, and create happier environments. The pandemic has further fueled the need to get people relaxed and be in their state of wellness
In this quest, we came across Archana Rao, India’s best-known female laughter yoga expert, coach & therapist. She manages her organization Laughter Yoga India, after getting trained under the able smiles of Dr. Madan Kataria, the proponent of Laughter therapy worldwide. She holds the distinction of being a leading Women Entrepreneur, who spearheads these sessions for Corporate’s and Social organizations in the Indian subcontinent. In conversation with Archana, we asked her to explain a bit more about Laughter yoga and how the process work.
She started her reply with a ”Ho Ho Ha Ha Ha”, the signature salutation, and then told us about her passion & love towards creating this ‘unique entrepreneurial model of laughter yoga’ for corporate and social transformation. She uses a variety of tools and techniques like games, music, & dance, that blends her experiences with the joy of laughter. The entire session of Laughter yoga delivers a holistic approach of laughter therapy, meditation and relaxation sessions to create value and effectiveness.
On asking what kind of yoga is there in laughter, she mentioned that “There is a lot of breathing involved to exercise the lungs, clapping to exercise the palms, laughing to exercise the face and moving around to spread laughter thereby exercising the whole body. And this is why the therapy is called laughter yoga.” Medically it has been proven that laughter releases endorphins which instantly improves the body metabolism and feel-good factor, thereby complimenting the work behaviors and outputs.
Further for understanding on the challenges of the process, she mentioned that “Making people laugh without jokes and comedy, is not easy. People are conditioned that way.”
She further said, “Every group that I deliver the session is unique in its own aspect depending on the audience profiles, background, on the content and in the right context.” The initial resistance in the first few minutes of the session is overcome through the unique methodology followed and the participation exercises. These same people complete the sessions with a happy, peaceful, jovial mindset of laughter, that makes the programs effective and makes my day, she says.
Archana has worked with many large companies, some repeatedly and the results have been astonishing. Reviews and testimonials are on her website (laughteryogaindia.org)
We went on to ask her about the other work she does and found her passionately say that, “I work also for, social causes wherein I do events with young children at schools, colleges and universities, with the LGBT community, with cancer patient and survivors, with elderly people needing support, etc. All of this for social causes and no fees, just out of passion to support communities to experience the joy of laughter”
She mentioned her life mission is to “keep creating magic and miracles, always be in gratitude, Look for inspiration within and Never give up”. She ended the conversation by emphasizing her motto – “Live – Like there’s no tomorrow” and “Love – One and all”
One can look her up on
instagram – #Laughteryogawitharchanarao
Youtube – #Laughteryogawitharchanarao
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