Life Changing Experience

  • Laughter Clubs Connect People

    Lynn Caesar, MA, USA
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    I was first introduced to Laughter Yoga when I watched Mira Nair's documentary on Dr. Kataria and his "Laughing Club of India." Soon after, I attended the Laughter Yoga training in Toronto and became a certified Laughter Yoga leader. I was so moved by the training and Dr. Kataria's message, that I started the Arlington Laughter club in Massachusetts the following week in October 2004. At that time,...
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  • Laughter Yoga Reduced My Knee Pain

    Neeta Fadia, 68, Mumbai, India
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    I had heard about Laughter Clubs and the benefits people were getting by practicing Laughter Yoga. Since the last 10 years, I have been suffering from Advanced Osteoarthritis of the knee joints, which has severely hampered my mobility. Even after my Knee Replacement surgery last year, I found it very hard to stand even for 15 minutes without pain. But, thanks to an Evening Laughter Club that started...
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  • How Laughter Yoga Changed Me And Others With Dementia

    Jody Ross, USA
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    After meeting several physicians for years trying to find an answer to my longstanding problem of a debilitating mood disorder, chronic pain & fatigue, I stumbled into a new way of being with Laughter Yoga. I laughed, breathed & clapped, and felt a joy that I could savor – for hours! I called my dear friend shouting, “Guess what? I feel great! I have to do this. Everyone should...
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  • Laughter Yoga Uplifts My Mood

    Kylie Willows, Sydney
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    I first heard about Laughter Yoga at a Yoga Expo in Sydney a couple of years ago. It was the final day of a 3 day conference and I was exhausted from participating in many practical workshops. I was just about to head home when an announcement came over the loudspeaker that a new unusual style of Yoga was coming up next on the main stage: Laughter Yoga! I was intrigued. I nearly didn’t stay to...
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  • Laughter Yoga – A Powerful Tool For Health

    Pedro Hernandez, 51, Mexico City
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    I am a registered Hatha Yoga teacher and have been teaching it for the last 10 years. I also run a Yoga studio with Caty, my soulmate. In January, 2008, I got the opportunity to experience my first Laughter Yoga session. The effect was so profound, almost similar to some of the rare experiences I have had during either Hatha Yoga or meditation sessions in 30 years. So, at once I realized Laughter Yoga...
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  • Laughter Yoga Healing and Connecting

    Charlotte Eaton, UK
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    My friend Sofia and I decided to start a business called 'Life Bulb' which is all about helping people light their life bulb. We wanted to organize workshops to encourage joy, creativity, humor, freedom, imagination and connection. Keeping this in mind, I decided to train as a Laughter Yoga teacher and Sofia encouraged me to go to India to train with Dr. Madan Kataria. Laughter, though wonderful,...
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  • Laughter Yoga For Complete Wellness

    Helen T. Whitley, Psychotherapist
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    I was feeling very burned out in the summer of 2006, when I discovered this new form of body-mind fitness. To cope with my stress, I went to a peaceful yoga retreat in the mountains of North Georgia. After settling in, I looked at the class schedule and found a class on Laughter Yoga. Just seeing the name brought a smile to my face and I couldn’t wait to see what it was all about. That day, I...
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  • Laughter Yoga Changes The Course Of My Life…

    Lakshmi Srinivas, Bangalore, India
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    Laughter Yoga happened in my life in an amazing way with a phone call from Dr. Madan Kataria about 5 years ago, when I used to work as a freelance editor. I had the opportunity to edit Dr. Madan Kataria’s book, “Laugh For No Reason”, for a revised edition. That was my first time knowledge about the how and what of Laughter Yoga. A few months ago, I resumed working for Dr. Kataria...
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  • Laughter Yoga – Great Pain Killer

    Sue Ansari, USA
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    For several days I had been suffering with acute pain in my ribs, till last week when the reason for the pain was diagnosed as shingles. This was a first for me, but I had seen shingles in many of my residents, as well as my mother during her cancer. I knew what it was without even seeing a physician. I decided against any medication, not wanting to put yet more chemicals in my body; however, the pain...
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  • Laughter Yoga Benefits

    Craig Whitley, USA
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    The beginning of 2006 was a trying time for my wife and me. I’d left my job to re-enter private practice as a hypnotherapist and life coach, and it wasn’t going nearly as well as I’d expected. Then we decided to buy an office, but the stress of preparing the new office while still seeing clients and trying to move had us getting on each other’s nerves. Shortly after the move,...
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  • Laughter Yoga Lifts Spirits After Heart Transplant

    Linda LeVier
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    On July 7, 2007, I celebrated my 67th birthday and three months of my heart transplant. I had a great party with friends and family who supported me through my new heart adventure! Did I mention I received my new heart on April Fools Day? It fits my personality perfectly ha ha! My medical situation suddenly changed in a few days in 2004. I went from no symptoms of heart disease to a heart...
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  • Laughter Yoga Transformed My Life

    Fran Joseph USA
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    I was certified as a Laughter Yoga Leader in 2008 and as a Teacher in 2009. It really hasn’t been that long and yet, because Laughter Yoga feels so right, time has been rendered meaningless. It has become an integral part of who I am, not just something I do. It is working transformative magic in my life. I moved to Vermont five years ago when my husband, Stan and I were planning to marry. In...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helps In Restless Legs Syndrome

    Christi Frank, Salzberg, Austria
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    A few days ago, I realized I don't suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome anymore! I've been suffering from this stupid thing for years. There were times I could not sleep a single night without magnesium. I didn't want to take stronger medicine because of side effects but with a high dosage of magnesium, I managed to get along to some degree. Ever since I started practicing Laughter Yoga, I have not...
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  • Anger Management With Laughter Yoga

    Sunita Beri, Mumbai
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    Ever since I started doing Laughter Yoga, I found myself very peaceful. Earlier, I used to get angry at everyone in my house, but now my anger has reduced by 50%. My husband and children are surprised at my changed attitude. They have never seen me laugh like now. I feel relaxed and can sleep better. Thanks to Laughter Yoga; it has really worked like magic.
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  • More Relaxed More Happy With Laughter Yoga

    Reema Hiranandani, Mumbai
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    I'm a member of the original laughter club at Lokhandwala Complex started by Dr. Kataria in 1995. All these years I have been going to the club, but, it was only a few days ago my husband visited the club with his friend. They found it so relaxing and joyful that they suggested I start a laughter club in my building compound. Inspired and motivated, I finally took the initiative and started our...
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  • Laughter Yoga Brought Back Laughter In My Life

    Maya Balenz, Sebastopol, California
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    I first saw your "Laughing Clubs of India" documentary on January 15, 2008. I had always loved to laugh, but your idea of laughing for no reason was completely new to me. I instantly knew, after watching the film, what was missing from my life – it was spontaneous, unconditional laughter and the ability to laugh anytime I wanted. The film inspired me and I felt relieved that I had found...
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  • Chicago Training was Truly a Transformation

    Jason USA
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    I recently had the opportunity to attend Laughter Yoga Teacher Training in Chicago. The leader of the training was Dr. Kataria, the creator of the concept of Laughter Yoga. This training lasted five-days and was filled with sessions which often stretched from early morning into the evening. Yet, I was continually amazed by how the whole week brought out the absolute best in me and how everyone...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Me Heal And Find Inner Joy

    Melanie Rudolph, USA
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    My mother took her own life when I was just eight years old. This was very traumatic. I don't remember laughing much as a child and later made decisions in my teenage years that was not always in my best interest. My own healing path in time prompted me to study "Wellness" and I got an M.A. in Wellness Management & an M.A. in Applied Gerontology from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. What I...
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  • I Found My Happiness With Laughter Yoga

    Melanie Vick
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    An emotionally painful past led me to turn to relationships to fill myself with happiness as an adult. After my 3,334th love relationship failed (ok, not really the 3,334th, but you get the idea), I finally had a great realization that if I wanted to be truly happy, I needed to take 100% complete responsibility for my own happiness. That is when I found Laughter Yoga on the Internet. Now that I have...
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  • Laughter Yoga Brought Joy

    Diane Shalom, USA
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    I was a very highly strung, spoilt, and emotionally neglected child who grew into a rebellious teen and a temperamental adult. Much of my life was a cycle of angry, hateful outbursts that would morph into long episodes of self-loathing and self-hatred. I would seek oblivion and comfort by sleeping up to 18 hours a day. When I would wake up, the cycle would begin again. My mother would say that she...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helps Overcome Challenges

    Lyn-Dee, USA
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    Prior to Laughter Yoga, our days were awesome but there were times that things got in the way of our thoughts being positive and motivational. Although we are always about the solutions, we too have our challenges and would sometimes allow them ruin our day. But, ever since we took up Laughter Yoga, nothing gets in our way. We laugh at the challenges, we laugh during the solution process and we engage...
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  • Laughter Yoga Teaches Acceptance Rather Than Resistance

    Barbara Veale Smith, Oregon
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    I had never heard of Laughter Yoga, but when I heard the question, “Do you want to learn how to laugh unconditionally?” a clear “YES!” came from within me. I first heard about Laughter Yoga in 2009, when a friend with whom I had previously taken some yoga classes returned from Mexico where she trained and laughed with Dr. Kataria for a week! She wanted to bring Laughter Yoga to...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Me To Express Emotions

    Liz Morfea, New York State, USA
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    I was always a melancholic child. After being sexually abused by a stranger, followed by the suicide of my Dad when I was 6 years old, I retreated away from people, into my mind, the only place I felt I had 'control'. This often resulted in obsessive-compulsive behavior, dissociation from reality, anxiety and depression. Following the birth of my son in 2005, I experienced severe...
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  • Laughter Helps Discipline Children

    Cynthia Paris, Laughologist, USA
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    Recently, I visited an elementary school gymnasium with about 300 children from kindergarten to 5th Grade. As I work with behavior health facility and teach experienced based workshops and programs, I was invited to work with classrooms to encourage cooperation, communication and anti-bullying. The youth were excited but were quite undisciplined, constantly disrupting the proceedings. In fact, even...
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  • When Life Throws You Lemons, Just Laugh!

    Lynn Perreault, CLYT, Canada
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    For many years, I have been teaching about the many benefits of laughter to my university students. To demonstrate my point, I would teach students the basic rules of comedy, play some games together, and then we would laugh. However, some students felt too nervous to perform and others were concerned they were not funny. I spent more time addressing students' concerns than I did engaging them in...
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