Life Changing Experience

  • Landed in Laughter Yoga Room By Mistake

    Marlene, USA
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    A couple of days ago while doing a Laughter Yoga session in an apartment building with a small group of just five members, an 88 year old woman walked into the room by accident thinking it was a lecture meeting. I told her to stay anyway and explained what it was about. She told me she didn't know if she could laugh because she had shingles on her eye which had spread across to her upper lip and...
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  • Laughing Alone -Sparkie Lovejoy, USA

    Sparkie Lovejoy, USA
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    I have been doing laughter Yoga alone for 1/2 hour everyday since my leader training. I have received many "unrelated" benefits...release from hoarding tendencies (cleared out garage, closets, stuff ), am having a lot more fun in my parenting, am way less stressed about money, career, parenting, driving, connecting with people. I used to isolate, you know, keep to myself. Now I am talking with anyone...
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  • More Laughter in my life now!!

    Matti Anttila, CLYT, Victoria, BC, Canada
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    After reading Norman Cousins’ book, “Anatomy of an Illness", I was keen to visit a laughter club. I attended two one-time sessions before finding a Saturday morning club here in Victoria. I immediately volunteered to get trained as a leader and enjoyed the whole process of coming to a club and then learning how to lead one. A real shift happened, though, when a friend told me how a big...
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  • Where had my own laughter gone?

    Linda Leclerc, CLYT, Montréal, Québec
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    I was always described as someone with a sense of humour. Many times in my life, I was able to get people to laugh instead of getting upset or angry. It helped me diffuse difficult situations. Little that I know that laughter was going to be one of the biggest gifts of my life. In 2000, I was in a car accident and ended up seeing physiotherapists every other day for a very long time. At that time, my...
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  • How Laughter Yoga Discovered Me

    Marja Pirie, CLYT, Canada
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    It’s funny that I am teaching laughter as I was never known as someone who made others laugh. I could never remember a joke or think of a witty comment that would illicit laughter. As a child, I grew up in Malaysia to Dutch and Finnish parents. While I loved laughing with my sister and at my father’s silly antics, I soon lost my laughter, as years of boarding school created feelings of...
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  • Chronic Fatigue and Laughter Yoga

    Teresa Verde, USA
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    Starting around my 40th birthday on March 13th, 1995 (which just happens to be the exact date Dr. Kataria birthed Laughter Yoga), my health began to collapse. I found myself in a place of debilitating chronic fatigue and post-traumatic stress for about 6 years, until I discovered Laughter Clubs. Almost immediately I began my own Club in the fall of 2001, got trained as a Laughter Leader in the...
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  • Laughter Yoga Therapy helped me in Multiple Sclerosis

    Karla
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    Soon after the birth of my child, I began to lose sight without realizing what was happening. I had lost 90 per cent of my sight and was almost blind for more than a week. The diagnosis was Multiple Sclerosis (MS). My life became like the vanishing light of a candle. I used to be a kind, affectionate and loving person with a remarkable sense of humor and plenty of vitality. But, I found myself living...
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  • Laughter Yoga – An Answer to My Prayers

    Judy Mikeska bond, USA
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    This is a moving story of how Laughter Yoga helped Judy Mikeska bond with her 83-year-old mother and transformed her relationship with her forever.This story was sent by Monnet Zubeit, a certified Laughter Yoga Teacher in the USA. I have an 83-year-old mother, but unfortunately we’ve not had a great relationship since the last 40 years. Looking after her has been a difficult task and has left...
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  • Cancer Survivor Thanks Laughter Yoga

    Des, Australia
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    I got involved with Laughter Yoga when my wife Carolyn became a Laughter Leader in Mildura, which is about six hours from Melbourne. I had Hodgkin's Lymphoma, which is a type of cancer, and went through chemotherapy and radiation. But, the cancer persisted in the form of a tumor. Carolyn and I moved to Melbourne and she started a Laughter Club in Eltham. In addition to laughing in the Laughter...
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  • Counter Cancer with Laughter Yoga

    Carolyn Nicholson, Mildura
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    In 2004, I had my own healing business of counseling, Reiki reflexology, massage and spiritual healings. During my meditation, I was guided to look for laughter on the internet and found Laughter Yoga. That was the perfect thing for me. I trained as a Laughter Leader in Melbourne, and started a Laughter Club in Mildura. I then moved to Melbourne and started the Eltham Laughter Club. My life has...
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  • Laughter Yoga Easy Exercise

    G.K. Ramamurthy, Bangalore, India
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    G.K. Ramamurthy is barely three-weeks old member of the Laughter Club of Bangalore that meets at Lalbagh every morning from 7 am – 7.45 am. The 61-year-old senior, Ramamurthy was too immersed in his business and hardly gave a thought to the importance of exercise in daily life. After retirement, he found himself to be fat and was regretting abstaining from routine physical exercise. About three...
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  • Positive Attitude with Laughter Yoga

    Ramgopal, Mumbai, India
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    In the year 1995, Ramgopal moved to Mumbai, where the First Laughter Club was born. For the first couple of years, Ramgopal continued with his early morning walk as his routine activity. This routine gave him freshness to carry the day forward. Ramgopal joined the Laughter Club when one started in his neighbourhood. Since then he has been a regular and is now a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. He...
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  • Laughter Yoga Saved My Marriage

    Shalani McCray, Australia
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    About a year ago, I heard a very brief story about Laughter Yoga on TV. My work at the time centred on Preventive health education. My years in private practice had led me to believe that about 95% of all physical condition starts in the mind, and research seemed to back this up. This was a good thing because it suggested there was something we could do about it. I Googled Laughter Yoga. The more I...
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  • I Laughed Until I Cried with Laughter Yoga

    Heidi Bock, Australia
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    Being a part of the Laughter Yoga Movement was pretty much fate when you work for an organisation that believe in fun, optimism, happiness, quality of life and, of course, Laughter, because at Camp Quality, we believe Laughter is the Best Medicine. My life has always been very easy. I’m lucky that things have just always seemed to work out. I haven’t had to go through anything hard and a...
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  • Laughter Yoga Therapy for Stress Release

    Kym Goodman, Australia
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    I first experienced Laughter Yoga when the Women’s Wellness group I am involved with decided to run a Fun & Laughter Day in Myrtleford, North East Victoria, Australia in 2007. We invited a speaker to hold a “Laughter Workshop” for us. He explained the marvellous health benefits to us then ran us through a Laughter session. Well, I just thought Wow! It felt strange to be laughing...
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  • My Stress Melted Away with laughter Yoga

    Usuff Omar, Sydney, Australia
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    I was first exposed to laughter yoga in 2002. I was called up onstage to take part in a laughter club demonstration in Sydney. I didn't know what to expect. As the laughs proceeded I started to crack up. I kept laughing even whilst the leader was explaining the next laugh. I was still laughing after the demonstration was over. I even followed the demonstrators off stage to keep laughing. I joined a...
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  • Laughter Yoga and Challenges of life

    Nathan Mansbach, Mexico
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    My Yogic life started back in the late 1990’s, but it was not until the year of 2006 that Laughter Yoga found me. And yes, I like to say that Laughter Yoga found me, because it arrived into my life unexpectedly. I was doing a Yoga Therapy Teacher training in the USA, when one day, one of my classmates asked for permission to lead a Laughter Yoga session during an afternoon break, just for fun. I...
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  • Better Health as a Senior

    Dr. S.H. Patil, Mumbai, India
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    Dr. S.H. Patil and his wife, native of Karnataka and resident in Mumbai for the last 50 years, has been practising Laughter Exercises for over 10 years now, post retirement. Dr. Patil and his wife Mrs. Patil were in Bangalore to attend the All India Laughter Yoga Conference, LAFF-2009 from Dec.4-6, 2009. A retired Scientist of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, Dr. Patil is one of the 8-10 founder...
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  • Laughter Yoga Improved My Physical and Mental Health

    Maganlal ji Pandit, Andheri (East), Mumbai, India
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    82-year-old Maganlal ji Pandit has had a couple of surgeries – one following a hip bone fracture and another for the knees. “I was also suffering from sciatica in the left side of the back which made that area stiff”, recalls Pandit ji. All these caused serious mobility issues. Two of his friends came to him one morning, about two years ago, just after they launched a Laughter Club...
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  • Laughter Yoga Transformed Me

    Susie, Australia
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    I've always laughed a lot in the USA, but after moving to Japan, I began to feel I didn't have enough laughter in my life. Whenever I got together with American friends in Japan, all of us would say how the one thing we really missed was laughter - real belly laughs. Later, an American friend in Japan, asked me to go to Dr. Kataria's 2-day Leader Training in Tokyo. I had no idea what Laughter Yoga...
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  • Laughter Yoga Experience at Men’s Prison in New Zealand

    Hannah Airey, New Zealand
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    Hannah is a brand new Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher who took Teachers' Training in Sydney, Australia, in November 2009. She created a group – The Giggles, which is dedicated to bring Laughter Yoga in New Zealand (Social laughter Clubs, Yoga studios, companies and corporations). She works with Richard and Honalee, as a core group, to promote laughter in New Zealand. Let's hear from her, what...
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  • Laughter Yoga Therapy In Multiple Sclerosis

    Vanessa Coéllar, Architect, Mexico
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    This is the story of how Laughter Yoga helped Vanessa Coéllar, an Architect from Mexico City, cope with Multiple Sclerosis. I have Multiple Sclerosis since five years, and I can tell you it’s a terrible disease. Your life doesn’t go very well - in fact, it just gets worse. You need to try and be happy as this is the only thing that may help you feel better. Unfortunately, I lost...
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  • Laughter Yoga and Tapping Helped in Panic Attacks

    Sue Ansari, USA
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    Two nights ago, I was awakened with what I know was a major panic attack - heart racing and crying hard. I didn't know what to do and how to control it. I finally started deep breathing and decided to add some "Ho Ho Ha Ha's" to the mix, and also decided to start tapping. I tapped systematically, the many different acupressure points on my face and head, while continuing to chant, “Ho Ho Ha Ha...
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  • Laughter Yoga Reduced My Pain of Rheumatism

    Ingrid, CLYL, Austria
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    I’ve been suffering from acute rheumatism since I was 15, and two serious whiplash injuries worsened my discomfort. At the age of 43, I was forced to stop working as a Nurse and needed home help and domiciliary care. For several years, I was doing pain therapy, and it was my therapist, who introduced me to Laughter Yoga. In September 2009, I visited Salzburg’s Laughter Club for the first...
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  • Laughter Yoga Gave My Life A New Meaning

    Laura Toffolo, Rome, Italy
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    After playing the role of a wife, mother and a professional for years, I felt a deep need to give a different meaning to my life. I practiced Kundalini Yoga and attended various comic therapy workshops. But, my life really changed when I learnt about Laughter Yoga seven years ago. I realized it was just the perfect tool for me as I loved to play and be joyful. I got the opportunity to attend Dr. Madan...
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