Laughter Yoga
Brown Bag
Oct 16, 2013

Justin B. Wright,
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
1
Handshake/ Namaste Greeting

2
~ Please share* a word or phrase on these 3 topics ~
Laughter is: (Give a Definition, Synonym, Value, etc.)

Laughter can:...
Philosophy
The Sanskrit word Yoga has the literal meaning “Yoke”.
The root yuj means: to join, to unite, to attach, to get...
Yaaaawn
Contagious Yawners
tend to be higher in
dispositional
empathy.

5
Laughter is an extension
of our voice
• Laughter can communicate via tone, volume, rhythm
• Laughter can be soothing or ag...
Assumptions
•
•
•
•
•

Laughter is fun
Laughter is healthy
Laughter is contagious
Laughter is easiest with friends
Laughte...
CONTRAINDICATIONS
As with any aerobic activity, use precaution.
When in doubt consult your physician.
• Recent surgery (la...
When to use Laughter
Yoga
•
•
•
•
•

During your commute
Beginning of the day – to energize
In the field – to overcome cha...
Cell phone
EMFs? Ask the FCC?

10
Benefits
• Increased energy levels
• Rapid decrease of stress levels and better ability to
deal with stress
• Improved com...
How-To
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

Be Willing to Laugh
Attitude of Playfulness
Warm-Up Stretches
Call & Response Laughs without jokes...
Silent Laugh
Silence will imply consent on meeting management and procedural issues

13
Examples of Themes

•Animals
•Holidays
•Special Events
•Common Life Scenarios
•Characters from Fiction
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Laughter & Music
• Solfège [Scales]
• Beautiful Round Notes
• Faux Opera

15
Animals

16
Blow Kisses Breath

17
No Money Laugh
Furlough, COLA shortfall

18
Won the Grant Laugh
Federal Recovery Act Funding

19
Roller Coaster Laugh
High Occupancy Vehicle?

20
Shiver Laugh

21
Hot Cocoa Breath

22
Pirate/ Swashbuckler Laugh
Compliance & Enforcement

23
Bow & Arrow Laugh/ 1 Meter/ 1 cm Laugh
Assessment

24
Toothache/ Nitrous/ Gargle
ACA Dental Plan?

25
Hula Hoop/ Hula Dance
Paid Vacation or Staycation

26
Unbalanced Washer
Monitoring and Measuring Water Use

27
Bouquet Breath
Stop and smell the non-native invasive plants

28
Sneeze
Clean air, public health & the environment

29
Wicked Laugh
Long term Polluters for Profit?

30
Wolfman, Ghost, Witch
Trick or Treat, my sweet

31
Zombie
7 AM Staff Meeting?

32
Vader Breath

33
Cartoon Characters

34
Cutting Onions/ Crying
Persistent, bioaccummulative, and toxic substances?

35
Gradient Laugh

36
Further info

37
Safe, Appropriate, Profoundly Memorable Surprises
With or without
Red Nose

38
Facebook.com/olympialaughteryoga
Like · Comment· Share

Laughter…
Is: ____________
Can: __________
Should:________

39
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Laughter Yoga for the Washington State Department of Ecology

  1. 1. Laughter Yoga Brown Bag Oct 16, 2013 Justin B. Wright, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader 1
  2. 2. Handshake/ Namaste Greeting 2
  3. 3. ~ Please share* a word or phrase on these 3 topics ~ Laughter is: (Give a Definition, Synonym, Value, etc.) Laughter can: (Give an example) Laughter at Department of Ecology should: (Dream BIG!) *share with the group or a neighbor *share at facebook.com/olympialaughteryoga during the brown bag for a prize 3
  4. 4. Philosophy The Sanskrit word Yoga has the literal meaning “Yoke”. The root yuj means: to join, to unite, to attach, to get hold of, to integrate, or to harmonize. Laughter Yoga can be a physical, mental, and/or spiritual practice. Laughter Yoga helps us integrate laughter into our life. 4
  5. 5. Yaaaawn Contagious Yawners tend to be higher in dispositional empathy. 5
  6. 6. Laughter is an extension of our voice • Laughter can communicate via tone, volume, rhythm • Laughter can be soothing or agitating, helpful or harmful • Appropriate and healthy laughter increases social skills, emotional intelligence, and positive relationships • A culture of healthy laughter reduces the incidence of bullying, teasing, and harassing 6
  7. 7. Assumptions • • • • • Laughter is fun Laughter is healthy Laughter is contagious Laughter is easiest with friends Laughter can happen deliberately without comedy 7
  8. 8. CONTRAINDICATIONS As with any aerobic activity, use precaution. When in doubt consult your physician. • Recent surgery (last 3 months) • Pregnancy • Major psychiatric disorders • Hernia • Heart Disease • Epilepsy • Urinary incontinence • Bleeding piles • Persistent cough 8
  9. 9. When to use Laughter Yoga • • • • • During your commute Beginning of the day – to energize In the field – to overcome challenges During lunch break – for a pick-me-up, to aid digestion End of the day – to decompress 9
  10. 10. Cell phone EMFs? Ask the FCC? 10
  11. 11. Benefits • Increased energy levels • Rapid decrease of stress levels and better ability to deal with stress • Improved commitment and motivation • Increased performance, efficiency, innovation and problem solving abilities • Stronger team spirit • Reduced absenteeism and improved health leading to decreased sick leave and lower medical costs 11
  12. 12. How-To • • • • • • • • Be Willing to Laugh Attitude of Playfulness Warm-Up Stretches Call & Response Laughs without jokes/ talking Signal to Break [VG,VG, Y!x2 or HH/HHHx3] Eye Contact Mingle ‘Yogic’ Breath 12
  13. 13. Silent Laugh Silence will imply consent on meeting management and procedural issues 13
  14. 14. Examples of Themes •Animals •Holidays •Special Events •Common Life Scenarios •Characters from Fiction 14
  15. 15. Laughter & Music • Solfège [Scales] • Beautiful Round Notes • Faux Opera 15
  16. 16. Animals 16
  17. 17. Blow Kisses Breath 17
  18. 18. No Money Laugh Furlough, COLA shortfall 18
  19. 19. Won the Grant Laugh Federal Recovery Act Funding 19
  20. 20. Roller Coaster Laugh High Occupancy Vehicle? 20
  21. 21. Shiver Laugh 21
  22. 22. Hot Cocoa Breath 22
  23. 23. Pirate/ Swashbuckler Laugh Compliance & Enforcement 23
  24. 24. Bow & Arrow Laugh/ 1 Meter/ 1 cm Laugh Assessment 24
  25. 25. Toothache/ Nitrous/ Gargle ACA Dental Plan? 25
  26. 26. Hula Hoop/ Hula Dance Paid Vacation or Staycation 26
  27. 27. Unbalanced Washer Monitoring and Measuring Water Use 27
  28. 28. Bouquet Breath Stop and smell the non-native invasive plants 28
  29. 29. Sneeze Clean air, public health & the environment 29
  30. 30. Wicked Laugh Long term Polluters for Profit? 30
  31. 31. Wolfman, Ghost, Witch Trick or Treat, my sweet 31
  32. 32. Zombie 7 AM Staff Meeting? 32
  33. 33. Vader Breath 33
  34. 34. Cartoon Characters 34
  35. 35. Cutting Onions/ Crying Persistent, bioaccummulative, and toxic substances? 35
  36. 36. Gradient Laugh 36
  37. 37. Further info 37
  38. 38. Safe, Appropriate, Profoundly Memorable Surprises With or without Red Nose 38
  39. 39. Facebook.com/olympialaughteryoga Like · Comment· Share Laughter… Is: ____________ Can: __________ Should:________ 39
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