Jagat Singh Bisht, CLYT, Indore (India): A brief presentation on Laughter Yoga was followed by a live demo and a thunderous laughter session at the state-of-art auditorium of the State Bank Academy at Gurgaon, India.
It was attended by 170 officers of the State Bank of India and its five associate banks which included the General Manager and Principal, Deputy General Managers and Senior Faculty, Regional Managers, Assistant General Managers and Managers from across the country, HR Trainers from 27 Learning Centres of the Bank and young Probationary Officers.
State Bank Academy is the highest learning seat of the Bank and this was the second occasion when its auditorium witnessed warm echoes of laughter. Earlier in January I had made a similar demo-cum-presentation on Laughter Yoga which was well received. This time my wife Radhika also accompanied me and conducted laughter exercises on the stage.
The audience felt overwhelmed by the intrinsic strength of the concept and the instant experience of joy. Many of the officers were so thrilled at the end of the session that they came forward to share that this was one of their best experience of life. One of the officers, an asthmatic patient, told us that he found it difficult to laugh in the beginning of the session due to asthma but with group synergy started laughing and feeling very healthy after the session as his respiratory track smoothened. Some of the HR Trainers promised that they would use Laughter Yoga back home in their training sessions.