Life Changing Experience

  • Laughter Yoga And Me

    Peter Schupp, CLYL, Western Australia, Perth
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    I was introduced to Laughter Yoga in a park by the Indian Ocean in Fremantle Western Australia by Laughter Yogini Kate Lee. I was not hooked straight away but it was only later when my partner organized a Laughter Yoga facilitator training course, I slowly realized the depth of benefits of Laughter Yoga and how many people could use this for their wellbeing, including my own! I have always looked...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helps Connect With Our Inner-Child

    Michelle Major, CLYT, Ireland
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    Ireland's Michelle A. Major is a leading expert in laughter and creative play therapy & happiness habits. She is passionate about sharing and spreading joy, laughter and happiness throughout Ireland and emphasizes that Laughter Yoga can have remarkable power and really can be the best medicine for illness and stress management. In fact, laughing for just 15 minutes is the equivalent of 2-hours...
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  • Laughter Yoga Made Me More Compassionate

    Maurine Pachter, SA
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    I heard about Laughter Yoga in a Yoga Class. My yoga instructor got me involved and, on my very first session I felt I could conquer the world! Ever since, I do not take life seriously. I have become more compassionate, and am surprised to see how it has changed my thinking, and my interaction with people. Laughter is pure happiness, where one can laugh and actually receive aid emotionally. It has...
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  • Skype Laughter Club Changed My Life

    Maria Manninen, Finland
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    At the end of last year my life was so tough that I spent lots of time crying alone at home. I had read about Skype Laughter Club in one Finnish magazine of well-being earlier that year and really felt that I should give it a try. I signed in and anxiously waited for the first on line session. In a couple of weeks' time my life started to fill up with joy and laughter. I found myself smiling and...
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  • Laughter Yoga – A Great Healing Force

    Jacqueline Domhoff, Peru
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    Once again Laughter Yoga has proved to be a great healing force as seen in this inspirational story of Jacqueline Domhoff from Peru, a cancer survivor, who battled her condition by effectively using laughter to regain her confidence and self-belief. In 2009, when diagnosed with ovarian cancer she fell into a state of depression. She felt her life and career as a PR manager came crumbling down. Soon,...
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  • Laughter Helps Resolve Problems Easily

    Nat Lui, Tung Chung Laughter Club, Hong Kong
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    This is the story of how Sike, a retired senior,managed to overcome her Anxiety Disorder by joining the Tung Chung Laughter Club established in 2012 with the local organization at their library in Tung Chung area in Hong Kong. Sike loved laughing since the very first session and actively invited different neighbors to join the Laughter Club. Being diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder, she was under a lot...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Me Cope With Cancer

    M. Cecilia Acuña, Chile
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    In 2007 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and my life was destroyed in a second with the news. I cried for few minutes and then asked God to help me to calm down so as not to scare my children and family. My prayers were answered and I could see some healing as a possibility. To begin with, my children helped me get cheerful by telling jokes, giving me comic books and showing me movies which made me...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Me through Difficult Challenges

    Leigh Meredith, CLYT, Charlottesville, Virginia
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    "In actuality, misery is a moment of suffering allowed to become everything. So, when feeling miserable, we must look wider than what hurts. When feeling a splinter, we must, while trying to remove it, remember there is a body that is not splinter, and a spirit that is not splinter, and a world that is not splinter.” ― Mark Nepo There is a laughter exercise I teach called, the challenge ....
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  • How Laughter Yoga Changed my Life

    Piotr Bielski, Poland
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    I was not always a funny, enertaining person. As a kid, I was rather a shy and solitary boy who preferred to read books or play computer games instead of having fun with other kids. I believed that nobody can like such a fat boy as me. However, a change of school environment helped me to develop love and kindness for myself and others. As a teenager, I switched to vegetarian diet and started an active...
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  • My Laughter Presentation Experience

    Caryl Derenfeld, California
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    On June 1, 2013, I made a presentation "Laughter - The Rhythm of Happiness" to about 1000 lovely participants at the TOPS convention in Santa Clara, California. It was a 90 minute talk and activity about using positive emotions and sustained laughter as a stress relief tool. Well received by the audience, they participated wholeheartedly in the discussion and laughter session. They played, danced and...
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  • Laughter Yoga In Kuwait

    Amal, Kuwait
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    I recently did three Laughter Yoga sessions in Kuwait - the first was my family who at first thought it was peculiar, but soon accepted the idea and learned to laugh with me. We didabout 15 foundation exercises, gibberish conversations, and ended the session with chants of “We are the happiest people in the world”; “We are the healthiest people in the world”, and “We are...
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  • Gifts Of Laughter

    Robin Regele, San Diego, Ca
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    About two years ago my doctor asked me to make an outward sound like yodeling and I found I could not. So, after some research on YouTube I chose Laughter Yoga to heal myself as well as to help others. I later joined Michael Coleman to create Laughter Matters, a Laughter Yoga non-profit in San Diego, Ca. In fact, I was the first volunteer leader to graduate and become a volunteer coordinator. I grew,...
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  • What Laughter Yoga Means To Me

    Caryl Derenfeld - CLYT, USA
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    Laughter Yoga has been a paradigm shifting experience for me. In December 2008 I embarked on becoming a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader thinking I could add this activity to my cache of programs for senior citizens. I had no prior knowledge or experience with Laughter Yoga, didn’t know much about the history, but instinctively knew it would be a great addition to my business. What I didn’t...
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  • Proud To Be The Youngest Laughter Coach In The World!!!

    Melina, Iran
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    I am so proud and happy to be the youngest Laughter Yoga coach in the world!!! Just 13, I am glad I could take part in Laughter Yoga classes because it is the best exercise for everyone, as it teaches how to face difficulties with a smile on our face. I had a very good experience from the laughter training classes and learnt many useful laughing techniques which I can use at any time in my life....
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  • Laughing would lighten me up and make me a happy self...

    Maj Britt, Denmark
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    Short interview with Maj Britt, Denmark taken by Dr. Kataria. Laughter has really changed my attitude. I’m a gym instructor and when I first joined the club, I thought it would be good for the body and the immune system. But, later I realized that the mental and soul benefits were the ones for me. I started with the physical benefits but now I can feel my soul healing. The main part is that...
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  • Laughter Yoga Becoming Popular In Doha

    Gabi Pezo, Doha
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    A recent article in Gulf News reports the growing popularity of Laughter Yoga in Doha, thanks to Doha resident and certified Laughter Yoga teacher Gabi Pezo, who had seen tumultuous years while growing up in a “dysfunctional family”. After taking to Laughter Yoga, it changed her entire perspective towards life and helped her remain calm and positive even in the worst times. Read how...
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  • I found My Laughter With Laughter Yoga

    Nan Ho Yoon, CLYT, South Korea
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    Four years ago when my husband retired, he started feeling lonely and gradually became more strict and stubborn. There was hardly any laughter in my life. It was at this point both of us felt we needed some change. One day while watching television, I came across Laughter Yoga which looked very different from the rest of the health exercises. I further searched the net for more information and...
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  • Laughter Yoga Brought My Mother Closer To Me

    Michi Morioka, CLYT, Japan
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    Among the 5 new leaders I certified recently, one happened to be my mother which really meant a lot to me. Growing up, I didn’t have the best relationship with her, and that’s a part of the reason I’ve felt such a strong desire to share Laughter Yoga with my family.While laughing, sharing ideas, playing like kids and singing with each other during the training, I could clearly feel...
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  • Laughter Yoga Connects People And Brings Joy

    Keith, UK
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    I am a part of the Carlisle Carers Association for caregivers. During one of our conferences, I happened to chance upon a Laughter Yoga workshop which was truly amazing and had me completely hooked. I tried it with my partners in the association and immediately noticed how all the care givers began to shed their worries and concerns - and how laughter brought people together. Highly inspired, I became...
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  • Laughter Help me through major surgery

    Jan MacQuarrie, Canada
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    I have had my abdominal surgery and have three incisions,. I made the most of what I had learned in the laughter movement and had fun doing it! I blew up balloons for two weeks ahead to strengthen my lungs and abdomen- and practiced laughing. For an hour and a half before surgery I laughed in the prep room. with ho, ho's and very goods ! . I asked for my own music to be played during surgery and asked...
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  • Laughing would lighten me up and make me a happy self...

    Maj Britt, Denmark
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    Short interview with Maj Britt, Denmark taken by Dr. Kataria. Laughter has really changed my attitude. I’m a gym instructor and when I first joined the club, I thought it would be good for the body and the immune system. But, later I realized that the mental and soul benefits were the ones for me. I started with the physical benefits but now I can feel my soul healing. The main part is that...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped In Severe Depression

    Dianne Theil McNinch, USA
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    In January 1997, my thoughts of suicide became frequent and by April 1997 I was officially diagnosed with Clinical Depression. Over time my condition became severe and by this year I was spending over $400 on depression medication each month. I first heard about Laughter Yoga on the American TV show ‘Dancing with the Stars’. It seemed delightful. Then on April 11th 2007, I happened to...
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  • Laughter Yoga heals cancer

    Anna, Denmark
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    I had a very painful experience in February 2000 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had to be operated and had to under go chemotherapy. I was frustrated and angry. It was then I learnt about Laughter Yoga and thought it was the only way to come out of my pain. I joined the laughter club in my area and soon started to perceive things in a different way. There was a remarkable change and I...
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  • Reborn In the Laughter Club, India

    Mr. Vishwamohan, Laughter Club, Vijayvada, India
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    It’s usual to celebrate one’s birthday the day one is born. But not so for Mr. Vishwamohan from Vijayvada in southern India. He celebrates his birthday on the day he joined the Laughter club! He feels he got a new lease of life and was ‘Reborn’ in the club. Constantly troubled by never-ending illnesses for the last 30 years he had almost given up on life. From chronic diabetes,...
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  • A New Life for Mr Radhakrishnaiah

    Mr Radhakrishnaiah, Karnataka, India
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    At 5:45 a.m. there was a knock at my door. Two laughter leaders greeted me with laughter - one held a coffee flask and other glasses. After a quick coffee we headed for the laughter club which starts 6:15am sharp. The remarkable thing about laughter clubs in India is that they all start on time. In other matters we Indians are not good at keeping time. This makes me feel proud about laughter...
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