Life Changing Experience

  • 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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  • Why I Fell in Love With Laughter Yoga

    Bob Barner, USA
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    I was first introduced to Laughter Yoga when I screened the film "Laughing Clubs of India," at a short film Festival. The seed was planted. I recall laughing hysterically when the workers in blue uniforms got in a circle, looking quite somber and then they performed a simple stretch from bending low to lifting their arms high. When their arms reached high, for no apparent reason whatsoever, they all...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Me Find My Purpose

    Sylvia Pencheva, Bulgaria
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    Since I graduated, I've been working as a software developer. Every day I spend at least 8 hours in front of the computer. You can imagine how you get used to it - the virtual communication, the piles of information, which distract you from what you really need to do. I soon realized that the only people I was talking to were those who were also hooked on to the net. I found out about Laughter Yoga...
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  • Laughter Yoga Gave Me My Mission – Empowerment Through Laughter

    Gaga Barnes, USA
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    My true nature is playful and I laugh easily. Yet, since my high school years, I became serious. I squished my joy and laughter inside and shared it only with people very close to me. I found out about the laughter movement in September 2006 from my friend Sarito Sun. I attended her Laughter meditation class and laughed so hard that tears were rolling down my cheeks and my belly ached. Instantly, I...
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  • How Laughter Yoga Changed My Life

    Ulrike Bauer, physiotherapist (Switzerland)
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    One day my daughter invited me to come with her to a Laughter Yoga session as she had already tried it and was all for it. At the beginning, the exercises, especially the ones where I had to force myself to laugh, were so embarrassing that I promised myself never to come again. But as I wasn’t brave enough to leave, I stayed till the end and played along. At the end however, I laughed whole...
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  • Laughter Yoga Increases Happiness

    Loretta Bert, CLYT, Italy
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    After graduating I worked as a technical trainer in the IT industry for a short while, after which I became an Education Manager, and since 2000 have been working as a free-lance in training and coaching for companies and universities. In my job, I've always tried to have a positive and smiling attitude. With NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) I modified my view of life, becoming even more flexible...
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  • My Journey With Laughter Yoga

    Michael Stretch, England
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    This story shows different aspects of my life; before and after my Laughter Yoga journey. Since an early age, I was a little aloof and had an occasional pattern of waking in the night amongst horrific deliriums that left me scared beyond belief. After a difficult parental divorce, I had a fairly normal childhood until before high school, when I began using substances as a form of escape and peer group...
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  • My Laughter Yoga Story

    Rachel Ades, Switzerland
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    My Laughter Yoga story begins a little bit different. It was one weekend when my son and his wife and kids came over to see us. As we chatted, my daughter in law told me about an article she read on Laughter Yoga. I thought that was exactly what I was looking for without knowing what I was looking for! The next day, I opened my laptop and typed first in German: “Lachyoga” then Laughter...
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