CORPORATE LAUGHTER YOGA! Bentley Wellness Launches Corporate Laughter Classes - Australia Wide!
How does your workplace rate for morale, team-work, productivity and efficiency? One of Australia’s greatest workplace institutions—the ‘sickie’—costs the nation about $30 billion in lost productivity every year.
What is Laughter Yoga?
Perhaps we should start with what Laughter Yoga is not! It has nothing to do with being a stand-up comedian who aces Open Mic nights at the local pub. In fact, Laughter Yoga doesn’t rely on humour or jokes at all. And it has nothing to do with bending yourself into a pretzel shape.
Now that we’ve got that sorted, let’s explain what Laughter Yoga is.
Laughter Yoga is a fun and effective exercise program that can be adapted for anyone and everyone’s wellbeing. Laughter Yoga leader and clinical hypnotherapist, Neville Bentley, has had his subjects keeling over in fits of healthy laughter. He has an uncanny ability to connect with people.
Safe Work Australia says mental stress is the most expensive form of workers’ compensation claims– and that more professionals make claims for mental stress than any other occupation. Then there’s presenteeism – when staff members turn up for work but their minds are anywhere but on the job: presenteeism is said to be as much as 4 times more costly than absenteeism.
While we won’t claim your staff will never have a sick day again if you bring Laughter Yoga into your workplace, Laughter Yoga Australia and Bentley Wellness is confident there’ll be a downturn in ‘sickies’ and a boost in morale and here’s why:
Laughter Yoga is a powerful proven tool helping business people reduce workplace stress and create happy and energetic workforce.
Australian research reveals Laughter Yoga’s benefits to business
Laughter Yoga techniques have been scientifically proven to work as a stress-buster for workplace wellbeing programs. They're also great team builders.
Laughter Yoga Australia partnered with Deakin University’s School of Psychology to conduct research on how Laughter Yoga impacted 2 Melbourne businesses, both aware of high stress levels.
General life satisfaction, personal wellbeing, mood, self-esteem, optimism, control and workplace wellbeing were measured. After just one session, there were measurable improvements—some by as much as 10%! Stress, depression, and anxiety were also measured, and they all decreased, again by as much as 10%.
When the Laughter Yoga sessions ceased after one month, most of the improvements gained began to wane – although never back to the starting levels. The exception was workplace wellbeing: amazingly that benefit was retained even after the program ended.
Laughter Yoga research worldwide shows benefits to business
International clinical research in Bangalore, India, has found very real physical benefits after just 7 Laughter Yoga sessions. Levels of the stress hormone cortisol were measurably down. Heart rate lowered. Blood pressure dropped significantly.
What’s more, participants felt less stressed and less negative.
In another clinical test in the United States, workers felt more optimistic, motivated, adaptable and focused after practising Laughter Yoga 15 minutes a day for 14 days. No wonder the likes of Google and BBC are known to use Laughter Yoga in their workplaces.
Unique features of Laughter Yoga in business
Cost-effective and fast-acting. Reduces stress instantaneously – you feel the benefits from the very first session. Scientifically proven with measurable results. Easy to do – all abilities and ages can participate.
7 compelling reasons businesses love Laughter Yoga
Stress-releasing. Feel some benefits from the very first session.
Fast-acting. Laughter Yoga works like an aerobic exercise without sweating, stimulating heart rate, increasing blood circulation, boosting oxygen and removing waste products. Dr William Fry from Stanford University found that 10 minutes of hearty laughter equalled 30 minutes on a rowing machine!
Energising. Science tells us that the brain needs 25% more oxygen than other body organs. Laughter Yoga increases the net supply of oxygen which helps boost energy levels for optimal performance .
Team building. Colleagues and workers will connect more easily and communicate better after bonding through Laughter Yoga.
Motivational. When there’s a smile on your dial, you feel good — and that rubs off on those you deal with. Laughter Yoga offers front office and sales and marketing personnel the attitudinal boost needed to connect and grow their client base and enjoy spectacular client satisfaction.
Creative problem-solving. The childlike playfulness in Laughter Yoga stimulates right brain activity, the seat of creativity. This helps generate new ideas and new insights about workplace issues and problems.
Increases attention and focus in professional development trainings. Our brains aren’t wired to really concentrate for more than 90 minutes. Short 5-10 minute Laughter Yoga session interspersed during long professional development training days enhance learning skills by boosting individuals’ attention span.
We’ve all heard the saying that laughter is good medicine…
Back in 1995, an Indian physician called Dr Madan Kataria brought together the deep cleansing breaths of yoga with playful exercises that simulated laughter. He called it Laughter Yoga. Practised in a group, with good eye contact, Dr Kataria found that laughter soon became natural and real. He also found that when hearty belly laughs were sustained for a period of around 20 minutes (interspersed with the deep breaths), amazing health benefits were enjoyed that have since been scientifically proven.
From a handful of people at the first session in Mumbai, Laughter Yoga is now practised in more than 110 countries worldwide. Australians have been laughing for wellness through Laughter Yoga since 2003.
5 reasons to love Laughter Yoga
Good Mood and More Laughter. Laughter Yoga helps to change your mood within minutes. You will remain cheerful and in a good mood throughout the day and will find yourself laughing more usual.
Healthy Exercise to Beat Stress. Laughter Yoga is a gentle aerobic exercise which brings more oxygen to the body and brain, making you feel more energetic and relaxed.
Health Benefits. Laughter Yoga reduces the stress and strengthens the immune system. You will not fall sick easily and if you have some chronic health conditions, you will heal faster.
Quality of Life.Laughter is a positive energy which helps people to connect with other people quickly and improves relationships. If you laugh more, you will attract many friends.
Positive Attitude in Challenging Times. Everyone can laugh when life is good, but how do you laugh when faced with challenges? Laughter Yoga can create a positive mental state to deal with negative situations and negative people. It gives hope and optimism to cope with difficult times.
So if you would like to book a laughter yoga session with Bentley Wellness, please call 0450 907 727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org