Usuff is a laughter yoga leader (CLYL) and teacher (CLYT) based in Sydney, Australia. He has been involved with laughter yoga since 2002 and has led at half a dozen Sydney laughter clubs over the years. He currently leads weekly laughter sessions at the North Sydney Community Centre in North Sydney.
He has attended training by Dr Madan Kataria, founder of Laughter Yoga, and other top international laughter yoga trainers both locally and overseas. He has presented laughter sessions to numerous organizations, including Hurstville and West Ryde public libraries, Liverpool Hospital Mental Health Ward, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Schizophrenia Fellowship, Australian Foundation for Disabilities to name a few. He has also conducted laughter sessions at Sydney schools such as James Meehan and Mosman High Schools. He was born in Hong Kong of Indian ancestry.
In addition to his community laughter efforts, Usuff offers laughter sessions in the workplace. He has conducted laughter sessions for corporations such as Johnson and Johnson and government agencies such as the NSW Housing Commission, DHADC and various Sydney councils. He offers sessions lasting from 20 to 60 minutes. In these sessions he gently leads participants through a process aimed at creating natural laughter. Participation is voluntary, never forced, and participants are made to feel comfortable with gentle encouragement along the way.
Laughter yoga reduces workplace stress and promotes staff bonding. Staff tend to get along better with one another if they’ve laughed together. Laughter yoga is particularly effective for sales and service staff who deal with members of the public on a regular basis. Staff interaction with the public become more relaxed and friendlier, leading to higher customer satisfaction and sales.
Workplaces that are “fun” enhance productivity and learning whilst reducing burnout and absenteeism according to a study by the Business Council of Australia (Hull, D. and V. Read, Simply the Best Workplaces in Australia. 2003, ACIRRT – University of Sydney + Business Council of Australia: Sydney. p. 41). In other words, having fun can be serious business.
Furthermore, laughter builds rapport. It is one of the best ways to build a team. It’s hard to be in conflict with someone if you’ve laughed with them, as laughter breaks down barriers and connects.
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“Thanks so much for attending our family fun day and facilitatingthe laughter workshop. The day was a great success because of people such as yourselfentertaining our crowd and delivering a great message.”
Maha Sedhom, Events and Marketing Coordinator, Karitane October 2011
“Our meeting and laughter yoga session went really well. Everyone went away relaxed and happy. Everyone commented on how much fun it was and we will be having our December get together/meeting @ the same spot.”
Anna Li Poma, CACP TeamLeader, Sydney Multicultural Community Services Inc October 2011
“We just had a laughter session with Usuff. Big smiles all around, a great time. Thanks, Usuff.”
William Field, Youth Education Officer, ACON. September 2011
“Thank you so much for taking the time to attend our cancer support group today. Although this was a new experience for most of the group, it was just a short time before we all felt at ease, and were able to enjoy the laughter exercises you shared with us. It gave us a real taste of the benefits of laughter and its potential for healing.”
Margaret Adams, Group Facilitator,
Cancer Support Centre, Sydney Adventist Hospital August 2011
“I am a teacher at Mosman High where Usuff ran a laughter yoga session with year 11 psychology students who had a fantastic time. Usuff made them relax , participate and feel uninhibited.It was a huge success and we will definitely be booking another session , Thanks for the laughs!!”
Mandy Reed, Mosman High School August 2011