Life Changing Experience

  • Laughter Yoga Changed My Life & Mind

    Kelsey Miller
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    Some time back my boss sent me an article about the growing phenomenon of Laughter Yoga clubs, along with the simple directive: "You should do this." It sounded great and as it turned out, it was. Initially reluctant, I'd hoped my class would be full of people I could hide among, but soon I found myself laughing and enjoying every minute of it. In Laughter Yoga people laugh simply for the joy of...
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  • My Tryst With Laughter Yoga

    Jackie Curran, NSW-Australia
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    Like many lawyers I became slowly restless about my work. It was a niggling feeling that something within my work- life was not quite right. With my growing impatience I decided to learn new skills and spent the next five years working as a telephone counselor, Referral officer and later a trainer for Lifeline. But, once again my restlessness got the better of me and it felt like time to move on....
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Me Heal My Past

    Pauline Ginnelly, Townhill, Scotland
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    I had a violent and abusive upbringing and a toxic marriage which broke down, leaving me homeless and jobless with little self esteem and confidence. But Laughter Yoga helped me to laugh again and I now teach people to chuckle along with me. To say it changed me completely in one session would be exaggerating but straight away I started to have a different perspective on life. My past is the full...
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  • Promoting Laughter Yoga Training

    Mayra L. Avila (CLYT, Texas)
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    I recently conducted the 2nd Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training in McAllen, Texas, USA and have certified 27 leaders in the past five months. I started as a laughter leader in March 2012 and was the only one conducting sessions in the Rio Grande Valley. Then, in October 2012, I was joined by another certified leader and together we certified another batch of 15 leaders in the area. It is a great...
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  • Laughter Yoga Beneficial For Psychiatric Therapy

    Peggy Tileston, therapist
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    When I first heard about Laughter Yoga, I was sceptical and a bit creeped out by the idea of forcing myself and others to laugh. I wondered how laughter could be generated without a sense of humour. What if someone is depressed or just doesn't feel like laughing? Some of the people I work with have been through horrible experiences. How dare I ask them to laugh? So many people hide behind fake...
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  • Laughter Yoga Testimonial from the Appalachian Psychiatric Center

    Melanie Rudolph
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    When I reflect upon meaningful life experiences and in this case, past Laughter Yoga presentations, one of my most rewarding and valuable experience was bringing Laughter Yoga to Appalachian Regional Healthcare Psychiatric Center in 2012. My mother Marilyn took her own life 32 years ago at the age of 42, when I was just 8 years old. She struggled with mental illness for more than 10 years. This is a...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Overcome Feelings Of Inadequacy

    Sabina Gerin
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    When I was growing up there was always a smile on my face, but somewhere as an adult I lost it. Many people noticed I had lost my smile, but as I considered myself a serious person I was convinced that serious people do not laugh. Yet, I felt something was wrong inside me, so I began a journey of awareness. The path that I had undertaken was made of many experiences - mental, physical and emotional. I...
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  • Laughter Makes You Positive And Joyful

    Cynthia Newsome, Kansas City
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    For years, I knew about the importance of laughter and good health; but I have to admit that I had never heard of a laughter workout. Then, I met Maurine Pachter, a Laughter Yoga Instructor who invited me to her workout and I'm so glad she did. I met this group of lovely ladies who were welcoming and in a great mood which set the perfect stage to begin laughing. We began with a group chant, "Ha, ha,...
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  • Laughter Makes Bad Things Better

    Susan Dustin, Thailand
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    Some days ago, I had a rough start and yet a great opportunity to laugh when I didn’t feel like laughing. I scrambled aboard a fast moving, crowded bus and found a seat miraculously, only to discover I’d forgotten my money purse. I started to laugh, as it really was humorous and rather silly of me. I had my ATM card, so knew I’d be ok for the rest of the day. I cheerfully apologized...
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  • Laughter Improved My Breathing

    Sheena Tan
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    As a little girl I could not participate in sports and games in school as I suffered from breathing difficulties and had to use the inhaler often. Even when I was doing housework, I’d get asthma attacks because of the dust and after walking up and down the stairs. Fortunately, I started on Laughter Yoga two years back when my sister recommended it to as an exercise routine that would benefit...
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  • Awakening to my right to laugh

    Matthew Byas
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    The great thing about me is, I am a good observer. Observing has been one of my greatest teachers. The bad thing about me is, I am a good observer. Over time my observing nature and has kept me primarily in my head. I had to intellectually understand something before I could even attempt to apply it. My laughter was calculated and I was stingy with it. I am still 34 years old and I have been...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helps Recover From Disaster

    Eiko Saito, Japan
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    This is an account by Eiko Saito a 54 year old woman, who was a witness to the dreadful tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. She very well describes how a group of people, huddled in a building, amidst terror and panic eased their fears through Laughter Yoga. Laughing at a time of crisis may seem strange, but Laughter Yoga has the power to reduce stress almost instantaneously and lend a positive attitude...
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  • Laughter Yoga Gave Me The Confidence To Do Anything

    Heine Bo Hansen
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    In 2003 I attended my first Laughter Yoga session in a local club near my home. It turned out to become a life changing experience. I went to the club, thinking I could work on my laughter like a muscle, making it stronger. But quickly I discovered, my weakness was not in the belly but inside my head. I was a very shy person with a quiet laughter. Did not have the nerve to laugh out loud, and was...
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  • My Laughter Yoga Experience

    Andrea Betke, Germany
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    I had my first Laughter Yoga experience in the year 2000, but it was only in 2010 that I became a certified laughter leader and started two Laughter Clubs. I worked for different major commercial enterprises. They hired me to increase their sales, to connect the staff and to find solutions for products and services.  A year later, I felt that it was time for change and decided to become a full...
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  • Laughter & Silence Retreat – A Great Experience!

    Madhav Mhaske, CLYT - India
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    It was a wonderful experience to go through the Silence Retreat program and observe three types of meditations namely Silence, Hearing and Humming. I felt very relaxed and light, especially during the exercise of writing a letter of forgiveness. I decided to write to my late father, seeking forgiveness for not being able to visit him before he died. All my life I carried this guilt, but after having...
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  • Laughter Helped Me Get Over Years Of Depression

    Tullio Altieri, South Africa
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    I met Dr. Kataria in South Africa in 2007, when he trained me to lead Laughter Clubs and laughter classes on a regular basis. This had a profound effect on my life and I gained awareness of my emotional state. I learnt to be more joyful and overcame years of depression and got over being shy and holding back my connection to others. Just this month I attended the Spiritual Retreat and Teacher...
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  • Laughter Yoga Gave Me A Purpose In Life

    Pauline Fung (Gogogo), CLYT & Master Trainer, HongKong
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    Raised by my parents as the eldest daughter in the family, I earned my living as executive secretary for expatriates in regional office. It was the best I could do for my living. I got appreciation from my company. Time flew, economy changed and my job was no longer secured with the company acquisition. Everything changed even though I was warned. The transition led me to realize that I was at the...
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  • My Laughter Yoga Testimony

    Chandana Anandi, CLYT Malaysia
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    Since my childhood, I was on a spiritual path, my mother showed me how to be affectionate and my father raised me on the inspirational values expressed in the poetry of the philosopher, Khalil Gibran. Then in my teenage years, I was introduced to the Sivanada School of Yoga, where I began practicing body postures, breathing exercises and meditation, in search of a connection with the Divine. While...
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  • Laughter Yoga Reduced My Rheumatoid Condition

    Bakhyt Zhunussova, PhD, Laughter Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master
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    The last few years, I have been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. It is a disease when the pain migrates all the time. It hurts your hands, legs, the neck, and the knees – There is constant stiffness, fatigue, aching or shooting pains. I was hospitalized early this year and the tests results showed an index of rheumatoid factor 299.7, when the rate should be 20. And so the stiffness, pain and...
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  • Using Laughter To Stop Bad Feelings In The Mind

    Koichi, Japan
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    There is an inherent link between the body and mind. Whatever happens to the mind happens to the body. The opposite is also true; whatever happens to the body happens to the mind. This establishes a two-way link between body and mind. If one changes the quality of thoughts, one can feel a change in body behavior. Conversely, if one can bring a change in body behavior one can experience the change in...
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  • Laughter Helps Patients In Thailand Chest Hospital

    Susan Dustin, CLYT, Thailand
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    I have been working at Thailand’s Central Chest Disease Institute as a volunteer for six years. Five years ago, I pioneered Laughter Yoga combined with motivational exercises, self-image and talk as well as a great deal of love and affection with the staff and outpatients. This Love ‘n’ Laughter program was in instant hit, so much so that the numerous positive responses from the many...
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  • Laughter Eased My Life’s Challenges

    Dana Kaplan
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    I first heard about Laughter Yoga during a weekend segment of my 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2009. At the time, I was having a lot of lower back and hip pain from an old rollerblading accident. I got sick almost every other month, and had frequent sinus headaches. On the brighter side, I was also in a place of tremendous spiritual growth. I was beginning to put my trust in the Universe...
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  • Laughter Helps Cope With Tragedies

    Allison Marcotte, laughter coach
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    Having gone through some tough times in recent years, including the heartbreaking deaths of loved ones, I can very well say that, if I hadn’t had the laughter, I’d probably be at a mental health ward. I was a very serious person and I would laugh only when all the work was done. So, in effect, I didn’t laugh a lot. It was only when I discovered Laughter Yoga about four or five years...
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  • MY SORROW AND MY SMILE

    Loretta Bert - CLYT, Italy
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    “Mothers do not have obstacles; they don’t fear danger, never fear sacrifice: they silently use to build, day by day, the great miracle of love.” (Father David Maria Turoldo) I have had very troubled days, while dealing with my daughter Isabella’s disease, which began with a trauma when she realized she had been left by her father at the age of four. She faced the brunt of...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helps Cope With Grief & Sadness

    Chico Kanan, Laughter teacher, Okinawa
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    I'm proud to tell you that my Laughter Yoga Club (CHIBARIYO! Laughter Yoga Club of Okinawa) now has three days a week sessions, and it has really changed quite a few people's lives. In fact, recently, laughter helped us to get over the sadness and grief due to sudden death of one of our members. We cried and laughed at the same time, doing Laughter Yoga exercises that our friend had created! It was...
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