(Adapted from: Laughter Yoga International.)

cancer hospitals

Laughter Yoga has been effectively implemented in many cancer units, helping the patients and their caregivers, cope with pain and trauma. Swedish Covenant Cancer Hospital in Chicago conducts Laughter Yoga regularly at the Infusion Center during the chemotherapy sessions. Click here to see a video!

Seniors

Laughter Yoga is being practiced by seniors in many care facilities in Canada, USA, Israel and Europe. There is a distinct rise in life expectancy with improvement in health care and advancement in medical technology. The population of senior citizens is likely to triple by the year 2020. Faced with age and age-related troubles, seniors frequently find their physical and mental health declining. Since the cognitive abilities in seniors are often compromised, they sometimes find it difficult to comprehend and experience humor. Laughter Yoga is an ideal form of exercise.

Schools

In India, Laughter Yoga has been introduced in many schools in Surat, Baroda and Bangalore. A school session includes ten minutes of laughter exercises during the Morning Assembly, followed by five minutes of laughter in the classrooms at the beginning and at the end of each day. Not surprisingly, teachers and students are happier together, have a more positive outlook and report improvements in communication, discipline and attendance. In the US, Ithaca College and Minnesota College are quickly adopting Laughter Yoga as it gains popularity with college students

Business World

Research suggests laughter can help resolve many workplace issues. Humor was the only tool available, but it's not predictable and seldom leads to continuous, hearty laughter. Laughter Yoga is a "laughter delivery system", enabling groups to laugh continuously for 15 to 20 minutes, interspersed with Yogic Breathing.

This concept is gaining popularity in companies and corporations in India, Denmark, USA, among many other countries. It's a simple, powerful tool for improving workplace performance. This was recently confirmed by studies in India and the USA that showed stress reduction and enhanced productivity after just three weeks of Laughter Sessions.

Prisons

Laughter Yoga is being practiced in several prisons in India, Europe and the USA. British actor John Cleese visited a Mumbai prison in 2001 during the creation of a documentary for BBC about Human Expressions. Cleese found laughter had quite an impact on the prisoners and the atmosphere in prison generally lightened.

Many prisoners in India have found Laughter Yoga is an effective tool to release negative emotions. There have been positive changes in prisoner attitudes, better prisoner-staff relations and reduced violence.

Physically and Mentally Challenged

Laughter Yoga has changed the lives of many people with physical and mental disabilities in India, Canada, USA and Portugal. In Bangalore, India, the introduction of Laughter Yoga for mentally and physically challenged children has revealed an improvement in their motor and expressive skills with reduced hyperactivity.

New Forms of Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga is also being used in conjunction with spiritual communities, for weight loss, in combination with many forms of yoga and exercise (such as water laughter yoga) and many other creative forms. Because the format of Laughter Yoga is so flexible, it's easy to adapt to many diverse audiences.

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