Alan, UK: During the 60's I got involved with Buddhism, yoga, meditation peace and love - and like most of us 60's kids let everything drift away as I got into marriage, family and business, though an element of my 60's philosophies stayed with me. The laughter side of life has always been dominant - laugh at your troubles and woes was the way I was brought up as a kid - and I've tried to pass that on to my children.
Then, about 12 months age, disaster struck, my wife of 25 years decided perhaps I wasn't the one she wanted to spend the rest of her life with after all - no warning, no arguments and no one else - she just wanted a different future. I was devastated. Then one evening I was walking by the sea and realized that for the first time in 40 years I had no responsibilities - no mortgage, children grown, no one else to consider - and I remembered my teens and twenties, the next week I went to a Buddhist meeting and realized being truly happy was part of life I'd let slip away since my separation.
A few weeks later, browsing the web, I came upon a short video of two women talking about Laughing Yoga, quite disparagingly, I Googled it and found something I felt was just for me and I started laughing by myself (November 2010).
In early May this year, I was telling a friend about it, and they jokingly said: 'Film it and put it on YouTube' that prompted me to look into what I called Laughter Yoga a bit more seriously, working out how and why it made me feel so good, then I launched Laughing Yoga online http://www.laughing-yoga.com/ , on a blog: http://laughing-yoga.blogspot.com Facebook: https//www.facebook.com/laughingyoga and on YouTube and Twitter @LaughingYogaHa - and the rest, as they say, is history.
My aim is to get people to commit to 28 days - after which they should feel so good they don't want to stop - I try and keep it interesting and fun, while remaining everyday and ordinary - hence the ironing and the cooking videos. The number of blog viewers is increasing steadily. Last week I filmed one with a friend, Paul, playing guitar - everyone loved it, so we did another one - and we we've been asked to play at a Pop Music Festival in September - whether I can laugh in front of 1,000 or more is a test of my 'I can' thinking . Laughter Yoga has changed my life, and sharing it has brought me lots of joy too.