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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The StrengthCast PowerShow 9. COVID Can't Stop US! And Strengthen Your Core Through Yoga

Hello there Athletes and Warriors!

On this week's show we bring you more training ideas from home, as we push to get our gyms and fave' workout spaces open for biz; we press on during these whacky times. (Because we are tired of hearing about how 'unprecedented' these times are!) :(
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Strengthen Your Core Through Yoga

  • Author Yogi Vishnu Panigharhi

Yoga is an amazing way to lose weight or belly fat. In all of the postures, if done correctly, you are activating your entire body and strengthening your core. Most of the postures massage or stimulate your digestive system, which helps to increase the removal and waste in toxins from the body.

Yoga is part of a holistic approach to your well-being meaning that this is achieved through a proper and balanced diet, physical exercise, and breathing as well as meditation techniques.

Now, the physical part of yoga by itself is not enough to help you lose weight and trim belly fat. What you put into your body is just as important as what happens on the outside. Try to not eat processed foods, genetically modified foods or anything with high amounts of sodium or sugar. Treat your body as a sacred temple. The best types of foods to put into that sacred temple are wholesome grains, fresh, live organic fruits and vegetables, and plenty of water to stay hydrated. There are some gentle twisting postures which helps you increase your metabolism and move the digestion process forward. When you bring your knees into the belly, you are giving your ascending colon a gentle massage.

Practicing yoga will help you eliminate stress and anxiety, which are major causes of unhealthy eating and influence people to either overeat or choose non-nutritious foods.

If you practice regularly, you will absolutely be able to see a difference in your body, giving it a tighter and more youthful appearance. By sweating, all of the accumulated toxins in your body are released in a natural and healthy way.

If your desire is weight loss, choosing more dynamic, faster-paced classes such as Vinyasa Flow or Ashtanga would be perfect for you. Surya Namaskar is a great set of asanas for building up core strength. Doing plank and side plank along with Chaturanga Dandasana will tone all of the muscles in your abdomen, legs, arms and lower back. Finding stability in the core will keep your spine straight and entire body balanced.

Here are examples of two asanas that will directly get your core engaged and help you lose belly fat when practiced regularly:

Boat Pose (Naukasana)

Lie down on your back. Breathe in deeply and lift up your legs, arms, shoulders, head and trunk off the ground. Lift your sternum up and lean back slightly. Your arms need to be stretching forward and your legs can be either slightly bent or straight. Try to stay for 10-20 and repeat for 5 rounds.

Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)

Lie on your stomach and spread your knees hip-width apart. Grab the outside of your ankles with both hands. Breathing in, lift your chest and legs up and back. Continue to take deep breaths in this pose. With each inhale try to lift a little bit higher. After holding for 15-20 seconds, bring your chest and legs to the ground and relax.

Remember that creating a healthy lifestyle which includes eating healthy, getting the right amount of sleep and drinking enough water is just as important as the physical practice. Try to practice some of these postures mentioned and you will notice positive changes in your core and belly in no time.

After practicing yoga from very early age of 12, he decided to leave his family and friends behind to pursue the yogic path and meet his first Yoga Master - Narayan Muni at Jharsuguda Muni Samaj Yoga Ashram. It was here he took his first steps into the Himayalan Tradition. In 1988 he met his second Yoga Master - Swami Niranjan ji to learn the wisdom of the Vedas

Yoga school in Rishikesh:


Monday, December 28, 2020

5 Ways Fermented Foods Reduce The Risk of Cancer and Benefits of Probiotics

 Benefits of Probiotics

  • Author Elleder Pan

Probiotics promote intestinal health by regulating host mucosal and systemic immune function or by regulating the balance of intestinal flora. When the number of probiotics in the intestine is sufficient, the body's digestion, absorption, detoxification, and immune functions are all in a normal state. The intestines can fully absorb various nutrients to ensure the normal operation and repair of various organs, and provide strong immunity to the human body. (Continued below......)

Did you know that fermented foods are key to fueling the body and preventing cancer? Or that 80% of your immune system is located in the gut? In the brief video, you'll learn our top 5 fermented foods and how they promote a healthier, happier life. Learn more.......

(.....Continued.....)Probiotics and harmful bacteria have a placeholder struggle in the intestines. Whoever has more quantity will be in a dominant position. Therefore, taking probiotic supplements can increase the amount, so that it can take nutrients with harmful bacteria and inhibit the growth and reproduction of harmful bacteria.

The main effects of probiotics are as follows:

  1. Maintain normal intestinal function. Probiotic strains produce digestive enzymes in our gastrointestinal tract, helping us to better digest and absorb nutrients.

  2. Help lactose intolerance to promote digestion. Probiotics can help lactose intolerants produce galactosidase-active bacteria, thereby solving the adverse reactions such as abdominal pain and flatulence caused by lactose intolerance.

  3. Enhance human immunity. Active probiotics can colonize the gut and regulate the balance of various flora in the gut. Probiotics can also directly affect the immune system of the intestine and enhance the immune function of the intestine. It also works against stomach acid. The probiotics adhere to the surface of the epithelial cells of the intestine, and a protective membrane is constructed to prevent harmful bacteria from entering the intestines, protecting the gastrointestinal mucosa from damage, and blocking the toxins from entering the other organs of the body for destruction.

  4. Prevent cancer and inhibit tumor growth. Metabolites such as polysaccharides, bacteriocins, and lactic acid that inhibit tumor growth can be obtained from probiotics, which activate the body's immune system, reduce the pH in the intestine, and stimulate intestinal peristalsis by inhibiting the production of enzymes that convert carcinogens. It eliminates pathogenic toxins and carcinogens in the intestines, thereby reducing the possibility of carcinogenesis.

  5. Alleviate allergic reactions. In general, the more probiotics in the human gut, the less likely you are to suffer from allergic diseases.

  6. Lower serum cholesterol. Probiotics have the action of a bile salt hydrolase. It can reduce the absorption of cholesterol by the body's hydrolyzed bile salts and cholesterol.


The human flora should be kept in balance, so the probiotics are not the more the better. Excessive intake and supplementation of probiotics not only can not have a positive effect on the human body, but also may cause the human organs to be overloaded, causing negative effects and disturbing the intestinal environment. In general, probiotics are mainly found in fermented foods such as yogurt, cheese, natto, soybean meal, fermented bean, and kimchi. Fresh fruits and vegetables also contain various prebiotics. It is now also made into a variety of dietary supplements (capsules, tablets, powders). People should focus on eating foods that contain probiotics, rather than relying too much on probiotic supplements.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Tactcial PE On Us Sports Net Featuring: Special Operations Units of the World and Surveillance video shows moments leading up to explosion in downtown Nashville

 Special Operations Units of the World

  • Author James Kara Murat

The term, ‘Special Operation Units’ is used to refer to highly specialized and extensively trained military operation units who are known to perform highly volatile military operations. These forces are specially trained to participate in unconventional warfare tactics, reconnaissance as well as counter the highly dangerous terrorist activities. Around the world, in various countries, these ‘Special Operation Units’ are also termed as ‘Special Forces’ or ‘Special Operation Forces’.

Specialty of special operation units

Special Operation Units typically comprise of small teams of highly trained military personnel. These units are unique because unlike other military platoons, they operate on the principles of self sufficiency, speed, stealth and are extremely dependent on team work. These elements are what make these special operation units highly desirable for volatile and dangerous missions. The units are usually trained in using exclusive armament and special equipment to aid in their equally special operations.

Special Operation Units are called upon by the government to handle specialist situations like terrorism activities and other such dangerous activities both on the international and domestic front. On some occasions, such units are also termed as ‘force multipliers’ when they are used to train indigenous military forces in the specialist technique of guerrilla warfare.

Historic account

Special Operation Units have played a significant role in the shaping of nations and their respective militaries, the world over, since time immemorial. History has abundant accounts of the heroic tales of Special Forces across the world, who have played an important part in changing the destinies of nations. The special operation units are known for their sabotage and surprise ‘hit-and-run’ warfare techniques. They do not indulge in traditional face-front combat. Such units act as a single entity during the operation, which is the secret of their success. History has tales of ancient Chinese and Japanese Ninjas. These were special troops skilled in Martial arts, who indulged in espionage and specialist guerrilla warfare.

Special operation units in the world wars

Many such special operation units were part of World War I and World War II as well. The Italian "Reparti d'assalto" was famous for their shock attack techniques in World War I. In World War II, Winston Churchill also formed various specialist British operation units like Long-range Desert Unit, Special Naval and Air Service, various Raiding Forces etc.

Special operation units in the 21st century

In the early 21st Century, Special Forces were using by both sides in the effort to win sub-military operations. Examples can be cited from the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, War in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka etc. The most recent accounts of the special operation units can be cited from the recent war on Iraq, launched by the US to counter terrorism. The specialist force called the "Navy SEALs" were an important part of this operation. Using their shock and awe techniques, they defeated the Iraqi forces.

This Article is written by James Kara Murat from, the contributor of US Special Forces Store. A longer version of this article is located at Special Operations Units of the World and related resources can be found at US Navy SEALs Store.

Friday, December 25, 2020

The Rock Almighty Devotional, Praise, and Worship with Tourniquet and BEING A GENEROUS GIVER



The act of giving is something the world doesn’t understand. A willingness to give generously is an important part of being a powerful and influential Christian. Giving with the right attitude demonstrates selflessness the way Jesus modeled it during His earthly ministry.  Financial giving is uncomfortable for people trapped by worldly influences; however, the knowledge of how God’s grace toward us affects our finances enables us to give joyfully and without reservations.

There’s a mistaken notion floating around that says when we give, we get blessed. The truth is that because of the finished works of Jesus, we’ve already been blessed. Believers understand this; we give out of gratitude and thanksgiving, with the aim of blessing others the way God has blessed us. We could never outgive God; He so loved the world that He gave the most expensive gift heaven had—His only begotten Son.

The amount of our financial gifts matters less than the spirit in which they’re given; a joyful, thankful heart is the main prerequisite for the type of giving that pleases God. Each of us must give as we’ve decided in our hearts, not reluctantly or grudgingly, because He loves a cheerful giver. Relying on God in every area of our lives, including in our finances, lets Him abundantly bless us. The blessing of the Lord makes us rich, with no sorrow added to it.

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It’s God’s will that we’re generously supplied with all we need, so that we can be the light of the world and stand out from the crowd in every way. Because we’ve received freely from Him, we can freely give to others. A lack of understanding of this principle makes people afraid to give. Applying this principle to our financial giving makes God’s Word on it resonate with others.

Christians are servants, just as Jesus was on earth. Sowing into others’ lives demonstrates the heart of a servant. Giving is a powerful form of ministry to others.


Lord, one of the things Your Son did was \teach on money and financial giving. Your Word in this area shows us how to give so we can bless and minister to others. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen.


John 3:16

2 Corinthians 9:7

Proverbs 10:22

Matthew 5:14

Matthew 10:8

For more on how generous financial giving with the right frame of mind enriches all aspects of our lives, click on the link for the midi-book, Help! I’m Afraid to Give.

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Merry Christmas From US Sports! What Is Salvation? And Salvations on a Cruise Ship

 What Is Salvation?

  • Author Kevin Bart

The Need For Salvation

There is one very critical issue that needs to be settled before you can ever begin to deepen your relationship and fellowship with God. Do you have a reconciled personal relationship with God ? What are the requirements and details of Salvation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ ? (Continued below.....)

Todd White was a drug addict and atheist for 22 years. In
2004 he was radically and miraculously set free when a gun fired at him and he should have died but instead heard God speak to his heart, “I took that bullet for you, now are you ready to live for me?” Learn more.......

(.....Continued.....)It is often said about the various religions of the world that there are "many ways to God" or "the various religions all lead to the same God." Is this true ? What does God’s Word the Bible have to say about Salvation & Gospel of Jesus Christ ? Is Jesus one of many ways to God, or is he The Way to salvation and a reconciled relationship with God ?

True Salvation And the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Step 1: God loves you and wants you to have a personal relationship with Him, and to experience peace and life. Abundant and eternal life

"We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." – Romans 5:1 (peace with God means to have a restored or reconciled relationship with Him)

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life." – John 3:16

"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." – John 10:10

God offers peace with Him, a restored relationship with Him, and eternal life in heaven as a gift. Many people think they need to earn these things from God by being religious, or being a good moral person, or by doing more good than bad in their life.

Romans 6:23 – "… the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Even though God offers these wonderful things as a gift, and He wants everyone to have them (1 Timothy 2:4), sadly most people today do not have these things and they are far from God. Why ?

Step 2: The Problem – Our Sin & Separation From God

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." – Romans 3:23

"For the wages of sin is death (eternal separation from God), but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." – Romans 6:23

"But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear." – Isaiah 59:2

Our sins cause us to have a broken relationship with God, and to be far and separated from Him. Many people try to fix this problem themselves in various ways.

Our Attempts To Reach God

People have tried in many ways to bridge this gap and separation between themselves and God. Good works, religion, philosophy, morality,… None of these work.

"There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." – Proverbs 14:12 (death in this verse means to die and forever be separated from God and His love, and to forever be under punishment for your sins)

Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one may come to the Father except through me." – John 14:6

Because God loves us and He knows we cannot fix this problem of sin & separation from God ourselves, He sent the solution.

Step 3: God’s Solution To Our Problem

"For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ." – I Timothy 2:5

"For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God." – I Peter 3:18

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

Jesus is God’s answer and solution to our problem of sin, eternal separation from God, and eternal punishment for our sins.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life." – John 3:16

God solved our problem of sin & separation from Him by sending His Son Jesus. In order to receive these wonderful gifts from God, the Bible is clear about what we need to do in response to God’s solution.

Step 4: Our Response: Repent from sin, Trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and Receive Him by Faith and Commit Your Life to Him

"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." – Revelation 3:20

"That if you confess with your mouth "Jesus is Lord", and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." – Romans 10:9

"Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. "The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!" – Mark 1:14-15

"Yet to all who did receive him (Jesus), to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." – John 1:12

You Need to Make Jesus Your LORD and Savior

Nearly everyone wants Jesus to be their friend. Nearly everyone wants Jesus to be their Savior and save them from their sins and the eternal punishment of hell. But many people do not really want Jesus to be their Lord. The Lord of their life. Which means to give up control and the rights to their life to Jesus.

It may mean you need to give up your dreams and goals and plans, and accept Jesus’ will and plans instead. It may cost you a lot. Their is a cost to follow Jesus as Lord & Savior and be His disciple (a disciple is a learner & follower of Jesus).

You need to commit your life to Jesus, and commit to follow Him as your Lord and Savior. If you have never trusted and received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, but you are ready to do so, then you can do it right now.

Repent, Believe With All Your Heart, Receive Jesus As Lord & Savior

  1. Admit your need ("I am a sinner and I need a savior") 2. Be willing to turn from your sins (repent -Mark 1:14-15). 3. Believe with all of your heart that Jesus loves you and died for your sins and paid the price for them. Believe also that Jesus rose again from the grave after 3 days, and later ascended back to heaven. (Mark 1:14-15 & John 1:12) 4. Through prayer, invite and by faith receive Jesus Christ to come into your life and be your Lord and Savior, and commit to follow Him (John 1:12)

Talk to God If You Are Ready to Repent, Believe Jesus, and Commit Your Life to Him

"Dear Lord, Thank you for loving me very much, and for sending Jesus to die for my sins. Lord, I have sins in my life. Please forgive me for all of my sins. And dear Lord Jesus, please come into my life, and be my Lord and Savior. I commit my life to you, to follow You and Your ways. And I repent and turn away from my sins, and I turn back to you. Please give me peace with God and eternal life in heaven. Please teach me your ways, and help me grow closer to you. In Jesus name. Amen."

You Can Know For Certain That You Are Saved

If you have done these things in your prayer to God – you truly repented of your sins, put all of your faith and hope in Jesus Christ, and received Him as your Lord & Savior and committed your life to Him and meant it with all your heart – then you for sure have a reconciled relationship with God, peace with God and eternal life, and new life in Jesus.

"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." – Romans 10:13

"Those who have the Son (Jesus) have life. Those who do not have the Son do not have life. These things have I written, that you may know you have eternal life." – I John 5:12-13

You can find more information and articles about your relationship with God at the Pursuing Intimacy with God site.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

US High School Track & Field Featuring: Recruiting Video: Patrick Adams Presented on US Sports Net by Game Planner Pro!

 Patrick is a 3.820 GPA, three-sport student athlete. He has excelled as a freshman, sophomore, and junior varsity track and field starter, as well as a freshman and sophomore wrestling starter and junior varsity football starter. Patrick's events in track and field consist of 110m High Hurdles, 300m Low Hurdles, Long Jump, and occasionally the 4x400m relay. Due to COVID-19, Patrick's sophomore season was cut short, so sadly he was unable to race and does not have any times recorded for that season. Coaches and recruiters. Click here to contact this student-athlete


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The Horizontal Jumps: What`s Important and How to Implement

by Nic Petersen
The Horizontal Jumps: What`s Important and How to Implement


In this course, Coach Nic Peterson delivers different drills, techniques, and breakdowns to improve speed, long jump, and triple jump. Learn more......

The Coach

Petersen by the Numbers

  • 18 Individual Men’s and Women’s National Championships (14 by Gators)
  • 19 Individual Men’s and Women’s SEC Championships
  • 85 Men’s and Women’s USTFCCCA All-America Honors (65 by Gators)
  • 7 University of Florida School Records Broken
  • 4 IAAF World Championships Qualifiers
  • 3 USATF Outdoor Championships Gold Medals
  • 3 USTFCCCA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year Awards
  • 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships Gold Medalist (Marquis Dendy)
  • 2015 The Bowerman Winner (Marquis Dendy)
  • 2008 Olympian (Dusty Jonas, Nebraska)

Nic Petersen, who finished his seventh season as a men’s and women’s assistant coach for the University of Florida track and field in 2019, has made his own imprint on one of the nation’s historically elite jumps programs.
Petersen was also named to USA Track and Field’s coaching staff for the 2019 IAAF World Championships, where he will serve as the men’s assistant coach for jumps and combined events.

The Gators have continued their extraordinary run of success in the jumps under Petersen, as they rank second nationally with 14 men’s and women’s NCAA titles since his arrival in 2013, with two from Yanis David in 2019, three from KeAndre Bates in 2017, and seven from Marquis Dendy (2012-15).

Here’s where the Gators rank among all Division I programs in terms of individual jumps national titles since Petersen’s tenure began:

  • 14 men’s and women’s NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships – 2nd (three off lead)
  • 11 men’s NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships – five more than any other program
  • 7 men’s NCAA Outdoor Championships – four more than any other program
  • 4 men’s NCAA Indoor Championships – tied 2nd
  • 2 women’s NCAA Indoor Championships – tied 5th

He also oversaw Bates and then-freshman Grant Holloway as they became the second pair of teammates in Division I history to post a 1-2 finish in the men’s long jump at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Petersen-coached student-athletes have combined for nine marks or performances on the indoor and outdoor collegiate all-time top 10 lists, including Whitney Gipson’s tying of the indoor long jump record while at TCU. Learn more......

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The StrengthCast PowerShow Featuring Leg Exhaust, For Max Gains? And How To Put The Beast In Your Mode..

 Hey there warriors. Time to bring it hard. Pandemic or not!
On today's show we visit once again with the "Dean" of bodybuilding Kris Gethin with a smoldering pre-exhaust leg workout that sure to bring on the latter gains in a big way.

Also we take a look at a cool often abused exercise for sports performance, explosiveness, and power. Done the right way from Coachtube Strength and Conditioning.

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Building the Lower Legs

  • Author Daniel Green

Calves used to be the bugbear of bodybuilders all over the world, this changed with the introduction of the standing calf machine enabled bodybuilders to use very heavy poundage's each leg work out that the lower legs really started to blossom. Today we also have the seated calf machine and the leg press apparatus to help keep the calves growing, so it is no longer considered "impossible" to develop the calf muscle to any great degree.

There are many ways to achieve calf size and definition, individuals will structure their workouts in a manner which suits them, an example on how to remodel the calf can be performed on a daily basis, with ever increasing weight loads on a standing calf machine. If you are unable to use the calf machine, then consider performing donkey calf

raises with two heavy training partners sitting across your back.

Way back in the last century when men wore tights, it was common practise for men to wear false calves, just as today we wear jackets fitted with shoulder pads to give the visual appearance of added width. To get the best from your calves, it is recommended to spend at least twenty minutes each workout stretching your calves. This can be

done by standing on a high block without any weights, stretching as high as you can, and then lowering down to maximize the effect. By this stage you should only be interested in getting full and complete stretching action. Later in the workout, you can train the lower legs with resistance exercise (calf machines) and follows the traditional pattern of working them with about 5 sets of 15 to 20 reps.

The following are specific calf exercise which should be seriously considered when developing well defines calves. The Donkey Calf Raise, there is no doubt that the bent over position one adopts for the donkey calf raise exercise does something very special for the lower legs. This exercise is a great favourite of many Mr. Olympia contestants. Lean on a bench or table top so that your upper body is comfortably supported parallel to the floor. Have a training partner sit on your lower back, over the hip area. Rise up and down on your toes until you cannot perform another rep. Use a 4 - inch block under

your toes to give greater range to the foot movement. You should always aim to perform at least 20 reps in this exercise.

The Standing calf raise, it is important that calf machine you use is capable of loading on heavy weights. The apparatus should either carry a huge stack of weights or else be set up with a leverage benefit, so that comparatively small weights give a considerably increased overall load. Rise up and down on your toes without excessive knee bending and without bouncing at the bottom of the movement. Finally there is the Seated calf raise; this exercise too, is performed on a special leverage machine. The principal muscle worked in this movement is the soleus rather than the gastrocnemius. Perform as many heel raises as you can, concentrating on maximising total calf stretch with each


For more information, please visit the Smart Physical Workout website, although often neglected, the well-developed calf is an overlooked asset.

The concept of Smartphysicalworkout was developed by Daniel Green who has been involved with the Health and Fitness industry since 1999, providing health and fitness products, services to both the local and online community.

After a slow start, the has grown into a well received site for the Health and Fitness community and the team strive to offer the best quality products available, customer service and satisfaction will always be the key to their success.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Chuckle Your Way To Great Health. And 3 Secrets to Stopping Disease | Dr. Zubin Marolia

  • Author Dr. Gene Haynes

The New College Course of the Future Gelotology 101 (The Study of Laughter): A Perquisite is Laughing for No Reason.

Ed.D Haynes, Gene.

1 Training Manager

2 Adjunct Instructor

3 Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher

4 Ed.D Educational Leadership and Management, Capella University

Abstract— There is a new elective course needed in all colleges. Gelotology 101 (The study of laughter) it is course designed as a certification in what is known as Laughter Yoga. The course is a fun interactive course that does not use jokes or comedy. It is a course that engages students to use fake laughing that becomes contagious and real laughter. The course teaches students how to reduce stress through laughter. It also educates students how to start their own laughter programs in their professions. The growing body of research proves there is a need for colleges to implement this course as part of any college curriculum. (Continued below......)

Have you ever considered that your spiritual and emotional wellbeing may be directly tied to your physical health? In this video from TTAC LIVE! 2019, Dr. Zubin Marolia walks us through his experiences with healing and the 3 things you can do to promote better health. Be sure to watch the whole clip to learn why you must learn to lose control before you can gain it. Learn more.......


Index Terms— Gelotology, Laughter Yoga, Stress Reduction, Edutainment, Curriculum, Elective Course.


Gelotology has played a role in health improvement for many years. Most of its significance in the health field was unrecognized. Today the growing body of research has led to the development of a capstone project that proves studying gelotology can play an important role college curriculums. According to Steinberg (2016), every day we must change, innovate and re-think learning. Amazon, Google, and Apple are companies that have used this approach to become successful. Companies in any industry can become successful if they follow this method. The gelotology course is an example of change by offering something new and innovative. The course is built upon existing practices and the course re-thinks learning by its interactive exercise which is different than traditional courses. The course on gelotology is like no other college course. It involves laughing and child-like playfulness in every class.

Today, businesses thrive on innovation; in a competitive market, it is innovation that is the key to an organization’s survival. Almost every year various companies strive to be on top. To be number one and gain as much market share as possible, a company must constantly seek new ways of conducting business. The design of a course on gelotology is an example of thinking outside of the box and thinking innovatively in a rapidly changing world. The course on gelotology is innovative because it is something new and different than the traditional courses offered at the college. The assignments, lesson plans, group work, and class activities; are designed to create a unique course that educates students on a practice that is not offered in many colleges.

The uniqueness of the course is designed to make class fun and interesting to students. At the same time they will learn how something as simple as laughing can have an affect on stress.

According to Ting and Lee (2012), several authors cited the importance of offering elective courses of interest to students. The more interest students have in the content, the greater the impact on student learning. According to Morreall (2014), education is supposed to be preparation for life. It should foster the intellectual and personal attributes needed to be a successful, well-rounded human being, but traditional education either ignores or actively suppresses one of the most important of these attributes – humor. The new course on gelotology includes humor and provides students with new tools to help cope with stress.

II. Background

"Yoga" is derived from a Sanskrit root word ‘Yuj’ (join), hence "yoga" means and includes, joining of the body, mind and the ‘Self’(soul)” (Setty, Pailoor, and Mahadevan, 2016, p. 89). Yoga promotes self-knowledge and understanding.. Having this understanding will allow the individual to cope with the daily stress of everyday life. Through its practice people have been able to live a more refreshing life, filled with happiness and good health. As an exercise yoga has been able to help heal the body and reduce stress. Galantino, Bzdewka, Eissler-Russo, and Holbrook (2004) conducted a pilot study of participants with lower back pain. Results found that participants experienced a decrease in disability and stress; and an increase in flexibility. Over time yoga has transformed into an exercise that originated from ancient rituals.

Yoga is a practice that many have used for centuries. The history of yoga dates back to ancient religious text that describes techniques of yoga. According to Kumar and Aanand (2015), it is believed to have originated in India. Some date yoga back 3000 years. Ancient stones show carvings of people in yoga poses. Many years ago, it was believed that people worked long hours and needed time to rest. The rest allowed their bodies to relax and regain its energy. As people rested in these ancient times, they discovered the harmonious effects of sitting still. The mind body and soul connection became a tradition that many used as a way to remove themselves from their busy lives. While there are many different forms of yoga. The most popular categories of yoga divided into four broad sections the vedic period, pre-classical, classical and post-classical. Each of these periods has evolved over time changing yoga into many different forms.

Today, the United States became one of the biggest markets for Yoga. The recognition of yoga received attention, the United Nations General Assembly has declared June 21st International Yoga Day. People all over the world celebrate this day by honoring the traditions that have been practiced for centuries. The actions of yoga help to reduce stress and improve the mind body and soul through relaxation. As yoga developed over the years, new forms of yoga were created.

Gelotology is a term coined in 1964 by Edith Trager and William Fry. The practice was formed from the Greek root gelos (to laugh) Butler (2014). Madan Kataria, a general practitioner in India,


coined the term laughter yoga in 1995 while researching an article he was writing for a health magazine (Kataria, 2002). Kataria began the first laughter club at a park in Mumbai, India, and these laughter clubs have now spread worldwide. Laughter yoga combines laughing with the yogic breathing exercises used in yoga. What makes laughter yoga different is that it involves laughing followed by periods of meditation. There are no jokes, humor or comedy used. Research has found that the body does not know the difference between real laughter and fake laughter. Kataria developed this concept to trick the mind into happiness. The process of fake laughing releases endorphins into the blood stream causing a chemical reaction to reduce stress. Kataria’s movement is established through the development of free laughter clubs.

Participants attend the free clubs to laugh, learn about gelotology and reap the health benefits of the saying laughter is the best medicine. According to Khatchadourian (2010), Kataria concentrated his energies on promoting the therapeutic and health benefits of his exercises. The works of Kataria started in India and have now spread worldwide. According to ‘Yoga,’ (2011), laughter yoga is practiced in 60 countries.

In India, Kataria conducted exercises in maximum security prisons, at schools for homeless children, and at institutions for the blind. He encourages his acolytes to share laughter yoga in similar venues. According to Butler (2014), Fry published studies of the physiological processes that occur during laughter supporting the claim that laughter is equivalent to exercise. Wagner, Rehmes, Kohle, and Puta (2014) conducted a study comparing the activation of trunk muscles during laughter yoga in comparison to exercises such as crunching and back lifting exercises. Results found that during the highest intensity of laughter yoga, the action of the laughter was comparable to those produced by traditional exercises. Therefore, not only is laughter yoga a great method for stress reduction, but it is also a form of physical exercise.

III. The Need for a Gelotology Course

Laughter therapy is a something that can be taught to students in a college setting.. According to Dolgoff-Kaspar, Baldwin, Johnson, Edling, & Sethi (2012), instructors can be certified through Laughter Yoga International. The founder of the organization, Dr. Madan Kataria trains individuals in the laughter therapy principles (Dolgoff-Kaspar, et al, 2012). After students complete the course on laughter yoga, they can pursue more education about the program to enhance their skills. Currently this training is available outside of academia, however there is a need to expand this within college curriculums. Students will learn a new skill in a collaborative space and gain new knowledge to apply to their profession and personal lives. The new course would teach students leadership abilities by helping students to learn how to design programs on gelotology which can be applied outside of the classroom. e.g medical students could use what was learned in the course to help patients recover. A business could also benefit by starting a laughter program at their work place to reduce employee stress.

A new course on gelotology can help bring about change within academia and the allied health field. According to Grogan, Donaldson, and Simmons (2007), leaders who can challenge accepted methods have the most chance of promoting learning for their members. Taking the initiative to identify problems and develop solutions shows a leader’s ability to take action and solve complex problems. The course on gelotology is a

practice that more nurses need training on as laughter therapy gains recognition in the allied health field.

IV. Problem Described

The design of the new course helps the institution review new content and innovative ideas that may bring about change. As one of the faculty at a for profit college, the design of the new course is a suggestion to help meet the needs of students as observed during sample laughter sessions during class time. As a faculty member that teaches freshman students, often students complain about the elective courses offered by the college. Seeing this as a problem led to the development of a new course to address the students complaints about the current curriculum. The changes that would occur consist of the following:

  1. An additional elective course

  2. An innovative course of interests to students

  3. A unique course that is not offered at other colleges

  4. New knowledge to medical professionals as part of a growing body of research

  5. A one of a kind course offering that may attract new students

  6. Educate students on new career choices

  7. Additional content to be added to the students' portfolio

What is most important is that the new course will create a change to your institution by offering a one of a kind course that is not offered at other colleges. A literature review indicates, there is a lack of nurse education in the field of alternative therapies such as gelotology. The course can help to attract new students seeking to learn more about laughter and how it can help improve the quality of life of patients. ‘Academic Programs’ (2014) states the importance of institutions to maintain and achieve financial success. By continuous improvement, colleges will build its brand of keeping up with the changes in healthcare and academia. According to Papandrea (2014), Mount Ida College used a different approach to branding by highlighting its academic programs vs. the institution as a whole.

The development of a new program will allow the colleges to market its new program to new students and possibly use this new approach to branding. O’Brien and Deans in Ting and Lee (2012) stated the importance of students being more diverse within their education. Employers prefer graduates who have diverse skills vs. being too narrow and focused on their majors. Electives give students the opportunities to learn additional skills which can make them more marketable when they are seeking employment. The approval of a new course on gelotology would allow the colleges to teach students new skills that help to enhance their skills and their portfolios. Students are awarded certificates at the completion of the course, which could also be placed into the student's portfolio. According to d'Erizans and Bibbo (2015) After the term is over, students typically take the contents they have learned and either dispose of it or place the items in storage. Without much thought or reflection, the student does not realize how the content could be used to enhance their education. Providing students with a tangible item such as a certificate; the students could save the document electronically or store the item in their professional portfolio in one central location with easy access.

V. Benefits to the Allied Health Field

The development of an elective course on gelotology helps to improve the allied health field by teaching nursing students additional skills to help improve the quality of life of patients. Sometimes medicine alone is not the solution to healing the sick. According to Pressman and Cohen (2005), despite Self-help books, popular magazines, and Sunday newspaper supplements that have suggested that positive affect (PA) can improve people's health, a search of PsycINFO revealed there are twenty times more studies on depression vs. happiness and health. There is a need for continued research and education on other alternative therapies such as gelotology and laughter yoga.

The effects of laughter yoga have improved the quality of life of patients. According to Foley, Matheis, and Schaefer (2002) in Quoidbach, Mikolajczak, and Gross (2015) research tested the use of simulated 1-minute laughter exercises. It was found that fake laughter led to increases in positive emotions. The basis of these findings has provided strong evidence that the use of these alternative therapies can help improve one’s positive experiences. It is important for health professionals to be knowledgeable on these alternative therapies.

Students learning about gelotology will be exposed to new careers which have an impact within the allied health field. According to Warren (2001), clown doctors are in hundreds of hospitals and healthcare settings in at least a dozen different countries around the world (including Canada, Britain, France, Brazil, Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and The States). As more people are educated on this approach to improving health, it may shift the direction of health care. Many hospitals have seen the changes in patients as a result of the care and entertainment of clown doctors. Spitzer (2006) stated how clown doctors helped a twelve-year-old patient in the burn unit, to stop screaming and become settled. Also, clown doctors are not only for children. Adult patients also benefit from seeing clown doctors. “Our society tends to dismiss play for adults. Play is perceived as unproductive, petty or even a guilty pleasure. The notion is that once we reach adulthood, it is time to get serious. Between personal and professional responsibilities, there’s no time to play” (Tartakovsky, 2012, para 1). It is the objective of this research to educate more people, so they are more aware of the research on gelotology. The knowledge learned can greatly impact the allied health field by the new course offering.

III. Benefits to the Workplace

The design of a gelotology curriculum can have a great impact on society as well. The more people that are educated on the principles of gelotology; the more knowledge of its importance in society will become known. The benefits of a course on gelotology do not only help individuals in the allied health field, but it also helps the general population. Workplace stress has become a growing concern for employers. According to Hirsh (2005), the American workplace has seen an increase in stress due to decline in resources and added competition. The lack of resources has led people to work more hours and risk an increase in their stress. The development of laughter programs can also be used to help reduce employee stress. The results of stressed employees have revealed that employees will more than likely be unhealthy, poorly motivated, less productive and less safe at work. The results of this can affect an organization's ability to succeed in a competitive market Mani, Sritharan, and Gayatri (2014). Addressing the problems of stress can help improve society and the productivity of business, which has an impact on the economy.

A study conducted by Mani, Sritharan and Gayatri (2014) found that job stress affects productivity, absenteeism, workplace errors and job dissatisfaction. They also suggested more employee training and knowledge of information about job stress. The

education on this topic can address the problems and provide valuable solutions for improvement in the workplace.

Beckman, Regier, and Young (2007) conducted a study (Fig 1.) that focused on the elements of laughter yoga on personal efficacy in the workplace and found a 100% positive change in a control group of laughter participants.

Figure 1. Laughter Yoga on Personal Efficacy in the Workplace

From Effect of Workplace Laughter Groups on Personal Efficacy Beliefs, by Beckman, Regier and Young. Copyright 2007 by The Journal of Primary Prevention with permission.

For 14 days a laughter yoga session was conducted for 15 minutes. (Fig. 1) shows the results of the laughter groups based upon their changes in assertiveness, optimism, motivation, adaptability, self- regulation, self-actualization, self-acceptance, and self-awareness.

The positive outcomes seen in this study lead to the preliminary conclusion that a workplace laughter groups can appeal to a diverse range of employees, can be effective with minimal investment of time, and may have sustained positive effects on self-beliefs that have been shown to correlate with positive workplace behaviors (Beckman, Regier & Young, 2007).

Studies like what is depicted in (Fig. 1) need further research and should be implemented within the workplace. Kataria, the founder of laughter yoga, has introduced the concept of laughter yoga worldwide. He speaks at various conferences to spread the word of using laughter to reduce stress. Using his studies Kataria has found implementing a laughter intervention in the workplace has benefits such as: improving team building communication, innovation, creativity, increasing attention spans in meetings, and improving peak performance (Kataria, n.d.).

Laughter therapy programs create fun in the workplace. Work has been known to be a serious place. However, fun in the workplace is now becoming more common. “As kids, we go out to ‘play.’ Later in life, we ‘play’ sports or ‘play’ music,” he writes in one posting. “But then in sharp contrast, we leave our homes each day and go to work. The term implies doing uninspired, often boring and yucky things” (Alsop, 2010, p. 50). However, this has changed in recent years.

Companies like Google, which is ranked one of the best places to work, understand the concepts of work and play. Also, when employees are happy it can have a direct impact on sales. According to Baldonado (2015), workplace fun is an important topic in business; laughter yoga was named as one effective method of having fun in the workplace. Popular companies such as Pike Place Fish, Southwest Airlines, FaceBook, and Google have all incorporated these practices into their culture. These organizations have realized how much time is spent on the job. According to

Everett (2011), we spend more than 90,000 hours at work and with the downturn of the economy staff must now accomplish twice the work with half the resources. The amount of time spent at work led to a greater deal of stress on employees.

When corporations adopt a culture of fun in the workplace, performance improves. Yerkes (2003) cited several benefits of using fun in the workplace, including stimulating creativity, fostering commitment, improving employee relations, and reducing stress. The capstone project, shows the benefit of laughter programs in the workplace. The positive changes of developing a course on gelotology, benefits the specialization of education and management by improving learning and fostering change.

Today businesses thrive on innovation; in a competitive market, it is innovation that is the key to an organization's survival. Almost every year various companies strive to be on top. To be number one and gain as much market share as possible, a company must constantly seek new ways of conducting business. Even during poor economic times, research and development efforts must not stop. According to Jaruzelski and Dehoff (2010), more than 90 percent of executive’s surveyed said innovation is critical as they prepare for an upturn, and a majority have maintained or expanded their portfolios and are pursuing new products to improve growth and margins.

A course on gelotology is an innovative course that is designed to engage students. As an educator within the specialization of education and leadership, it is important to understand the importance of designing courses that engage students. Yearwood, Cox, and Cassidy (2016) stated student engagement should be designed into three parts: student engagement with the instructor; student engagement with their peers; and student engagement with the content. Combining the three will ensure the highest level of achievement for student learning. The course on gelotology uses the three forms of engagement by teaching students to interact with each other, engage with the instructor by following guided interactive instructions and engaging with innovative educational content.

The negative effects of not actively engaging students can lead to withdrawing, academic failure, boredom, passivity, absenteeism, aimlessness, avoidance, and apathy. The gelotology course provides an engaging class that entertains students while at the same time teaching them new skills. Today’s courses should involve some form of fun in learning to further grasp students’ attention. Argan and Sever (2010) describes this form of learning as edutainment which combines entertainment and learning. Argan and Sever conducted a study on edutainment in marketing communication courses using a questionnaire as a data gathering tool. Findings of the study indicated that the use of edutainment can help to improve students’ attention and participation. The study also suggests other disciplines should extend edutainment into their specialties as well. It is my objective to one-day have courses on gelotology offered at all colleges. For further details on implementation of a course on gelotology in your college or a workshop on stress reduction through laughter at your workplace please contact Dr. Gene Haynes at

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Dr. Gene Haynes has a Bachelors in management, MBA in Business Administration/ technology management and has a Doctoral Degree in Education. Since receiving certification as a laughologist in 2011 Gene has focused his mission to improve company

moral, enhance the corporate culture, build team work, elevate communication, increase workplace productivity, improve schools retention and increase individual’s health through something as simple as laughter.