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Anandamayi Hasya Yoga

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About the course

What will I learn

Archana's Laughter Yoga combines yogic breathing (Pranayama) with Laughter Exercises, offering a unique concept of unconditional Laughter. This approach does not depend on humor or comedy but initiates laughter as an exercise. The body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter, providing the same physiological and psychological benefits. Laughter Yoga increases oxygen supply and boosts the immune system. It teaches individuals to laugh in all circumstances, aiding in better handling of challenging situations.

Benefits of this course

The practice of Laughter Yoga is relevant in everyday life as it equips individuals to maintain a positive mindset in tough situations. Regular practice can help in stress reduction, enhancing the immune system, and improving overall wellbeing. It addresses physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects, leading to a balanced and joyful life. Laughter Yoga's ability to enhance mood, increase energy levels, and boost creativity is particularly beneficial in today’s fast-paced world.

Incorporating in my life

The routine practice of Laughter Yoga involves four steps: Clapping and Warming-Up Exercises, Deep Breathing Exercises, Childlike Playfulness, and Laughter Exercises, culminating in a meditation session. This process helps participants connect deeply with their mental and emotional selves, leading to a transformative experience. Regular practice requires attention to self and participation in these exercises, which are tailored to individual needs, considering factors like age, gender, and health conditions.

About the specialist

Archana Rao, India's foremost female Laughter Yoga Specialist, is a distinguished figure in the realm of ancient Indian wellness practices. Trained by Dr. Madan Kataria, she has innovatively merged traditional laughter exercises with modern therapeutic techniques, establishing a unique model of Laughter Yoga. Archana's sessions focus on holistic therapy through laughter, deeply rooted in the ancient yogic philosophy of 'Hasiba Kheliba Dariba Dhyan', emphasizing joy and playfulness in meditation. Her expertise shines in customizing sessions to various group dynamics, skillfully invoking laughter without relying on humor, thereby creating an environment of joy and peace. Beyond the corporate sphere, Archana's passion extends to social causes, voluntarily offering her services to diverse groups including children, the LGBT community, cancer patients, and the elderly.

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Ancient & scientific relevance

Ancient texts that refer to this

Taittiriya Upanishad (circa 6th century BCE)

Context: One of the principal Upanishads, which delves deeply into the nature of reality and human consciousness.

Mention of Joy: It discusses 'Ananda' (bliss) as an essential quality of the self, suggesting that realizing inner joy is key to spiritual development and wellbeing. This aligns with the concept that joy (through laughter) that can enhance one's state of wellbeing.

Bhagavad Gita (circa 2nd century BCE - 2nd century CE)

Context: A 700-verse Hindu scripture that is part of the Indian epic Mahabharata.

Mention of Joy and Balance: The text advocates for a balanced life and maintaining a joyful demeanor in the face of life’s challenges, which supports the ethos of Laughter Yoga—that maintaining joy can help manage stress and improve overall wellbeing.

Modern research & publications

Research paper: Psychological and physiological effects of laughter yoga sessions in Japan: A pilot study

Main Author: A. Tanaka

Date of Publishing: August 29, 2018

Abstract: This pilot study explores the psychological and physiological effects of laughter yoga over multiple sessions. It reports significant improvements in tension-anxiety and vigor, alongside notable decreases in stress-related hormonal levels after laughter yoga sessions, indicating potential health benefits.

Introductory session

30-45 mins LIVE 1:1 online introductory session with Archana Rao.

The session will be facilitated by the Leela Life Concierge Desk.

Plan for intro session

Start with a brief explanation of Laughter Yoga and its benefits

Practice Laughter Yoga exercises and discuss it's impact

Enjoy a guided meditation including affirmations of self-love and gratitude

Engage in an interactive Q&A session ask questions, gain deeper insights, and clarify doubts about the course

Pre-requisites for the intro session

Please maintain a minimum 1.5-hour gap between your meal and the session

Wear comfortable clothing

Avoid wearing wristwatches, bracelets, etc during the session

Plan for overall course

The specialist will be tailoring the course for you and the exact number of sessions will depend on multiple factors such as need, inclination, interest, absorption and more.

The plan below should give you a rough indication of how many sessions will it take for you to inculcate the learnings from this course in to your regular life by yourself.

Live 1:1 online course
10 sessions
Duration of each session
45 mins
Course price

Session 1 & 2

Session Focus: Health
  • Discover the power of laughter for your health with basic laughter yoga exercises, focusing on breathing and laughter techniques
  • Understand how laughter can boost your immune system, improve circulation, and reduce stress levels
  • Deepen your understanding of laughter's health benefits through advanced laughter yoga exercises, sharing experiences, and insights
  • Learn how laughter can improve your mood, increase oxygen flow, and promote overall wellbeing

Session 3 & 4

Session Focus: Relationships
  • Improve your relationships through laughter, designed to enhance connection and communication
  • Explore how laughter can break down barriers, foster empathy, and strengthen bonds
  • Reflect on your relationships and laughter's role in them, engaging in self-awareness exercises to deepen your understanding
  • Gain insights into how laughter can improve conflict resolution, enhance emotional intelligence, and nurture empathy

Session 5 & 6

Session Focus: Abundance
  • Cultivate an abundance mindset through gratitude-focused laughter yoga exercises, promoting positivity and thankfulness
  • Experience how laughter can shift your perspective, increase resilience, and attract abundance into your life
  • Reinforce your abundance mindset with abundance meditation combined with laughter exercises, enhancing your sense of abundance
  • Learn how laughter can cultivate a sense of contentment, reduce anxiety, and increase your sense of fulfillment

Session 7 & 8

Session Focus: Creativity
  • Stimulate your creativity through laughter with exercises involving music, movement, and improvisation, fostering innovative thinking
  • Discover how laughter can ignite your imagination, enhance problem-solving skills, and unlock creative potential
  • Enhance your creative thinking through laughter, sharing and developing creative ideas generated from laughter exercises
  • Explore how laughter can enhance cognitive flexibility, improve memory, and inspire innovative solutions

Session 9 & 10

Session Focus: Wellbeing
  • Establish laughter as a daily practice for your wellbeing, discussing how to integrate laughter into your routine and creating a personalized laughter plan
  • Experience how laughter can boost your mood, increase resilience to stress, and improve overall quality of life
  • Empower yourself to continue your laughter practice independently, reviewing your progress and creating an individualized wellbeing plan for ongoing practice
  • Learn how laughter can enhance self-awareness, promote mindfulness, and support emotional wellbeing

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Archana Rao

Laughter Yoga Specialist

Course price
10 sessions • Bi-weekly
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