Life Changing Experience

  • Laughter Yoga Relieved My Stress

    Karen Sze Tho, Malaysia
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    Even before attending the Laughter Yoga training in India, I was conducting short laughter sessions whenever there was an opportunity to share laughter. However, I felt I lacked full knowledge about the concept and was somehow not able to apply it to myself. There were times when I was really stressed and had migraine attacks. The Laughter Yoga training gave me the solution to manage such stress....
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  • Laughter Yoga and Spirituality

    Charlotte Eaton, UK
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    I was among the 24 participants in the Laughter Yoga course together with a journalist, from New Yorker magazine. We spent five days learning about the health benefits of laughter, how to run sessions including anything from corporate teambuilding to those for seniors in care homes and laughing more than I've ever laughed before. It was an incredible experience, a physical workout, a freeing up of...
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  • Laughter Yoga Can Transform The World

    Ina, Operations Manager, Levity Project, USA
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    After I returned from the Laughter Yoga training, my heart was filled with immense power, love and laughter. I drove to southern Minnesota to visit my in-laws in the rural town of Owatonna. Let's just say my husband's parents view the world through very different eyes than I do, so I often think that what I do seems a bit freaky to them, even though they love me very much. But, this time much to my...
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  • Laughter Yoga Made Me More Relaxed

    Olympia Holliday, USA
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    I first heard about Laughter Yoga from a Laughter Yoga Leader named Leah Tunnell. She was a client of my husband’s and had come over to our home to pay for some work he had done. During our conversation with her she told us she was a “Laughter Yoga Leader”. I remember feeling ‘embarrassed for her’. Despite my efforts to be positive and open minded, I had never heard of...
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  • Laughter Yoga Brought Back Joy In My Life

    Fletcher Holliday, Laughter Yoga Leader and Trainer, USA
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    I grew up in Houston, Texas in a middle class family and was mostly surrounded by hardworking and good people. As a kid, my brother and I would make up crazy games to play, have a mud fight, or play with the neighborhood kids. We would laugh like it was the last time we would ever get the chance. As time went on, we grew older, started going to school, and making other friends, laughter became a less...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helps Cope With Multiple Sclerosis

    Mandie Navarr, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader , USA
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    I am the owner of Universal Laughter Yoga with a passion for sharing the joy of laughter. Throughout my youth and into adulthood, I was an avid swimmer and runner with a fascination for nutrition. Life has a tendency to take us along a frequently twisting path with unforeseen changes in our perfect plans. So, by the time I was in my mid-thirties, I found myself to be a single mother of 2 children...
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  • Laughter Yoga - Amazing For Cancer Patients And Caregivers

    Stephen Findley, USA
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    I work as a Staff Chaplain at the University of Texas at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, the number one cancer research hospital in the world. In 2006 the theme for National Pastoral Care Week was “Healing Humor”. I was in charge of the event and organized a “Healing Humor Worship Service” in the hospital Chapel which received rave reviews from patients,...
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  • Laughter Yoga Brought Great Joy In My Life

    Marilyn Fogelquist
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    I'm not a funny person. Neither can I tell jokes or remember them nor did I grow up in a home with humor. In fact, I didn't learn any skills for defusing conflict or dealing effectively with stressful events and as for problems at home; we didn't talk about them at all. As an adult, I gained skills for dealing with interpersonal relationships through my training as a clinical social worker. But even...
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  • Great Mood And More Energized With Laughter Yoga

    Cathy O’Donnell, USA
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    I have been working in the fitness industry for 20 years as an Aerobics Instructor, Personal Trainer and now as a National Fitness Presenter. I first heard about Laughter Yoga while watching an episode of the MTV reality show “Celebrity Fit Club”. One of the celebrities was having a very hard time, she was really stressed out and her coaches suggested she take a Laughter Yoga class. I...
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  • Laughter Yoga Gave me More Energy More Laughter

    Michele Caskey, USA
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    Eight years ago, I was an aspiring comedienne constantly working on jokes, trying to find the punch line. Laughter had begun to invade my every day existence and I was a little obsessed with making people laugh. I was laughing with friends, co-workers, and even the random person on the treadmill next to me at the gym. I noticed something interesting about people when they were laughing - they...
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  • Laughter Yoga Taught Me Acceptance

    Anne Timpany ID USA
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    When I first heard about Laughter Yoga, I knew immediately that it was something that I must do; it resonated with every cell in my body! But at the time, I didn't know that Laughter Yoga would answer a deep question I'd been pondering on, a question with life-altering effects. Last winter, I had set out to explore what it really means to live the word "Namaste." We hear it often and say it fairly...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Cope With Adversity

    Francine Shore, CLYL and Counselor, NYC
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    My mother always said that her two children had very hardy laughs. While my brother became an investment banker, I had to find something else to fall back on.As a recovering class clown, and a former talent agent and casting associate, who worked with lots of comedians and actors I was always for all things laughter related. However, my laughter story came full circle when nine years ago; I came...
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  • Portugal - Laughter Yoga Healed Sadness

    Ana Banana, CLYT, Portugal
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    Portugal has been known as the ‘land of sadness’ for a long time and people found it difficult to laugh. But today, it is a perfect example of how Laughter Yoga can change attitude and even culture. It was introduced in 2004, but was faced with a very hard start and a reluctant community. Gradually, the dam of centuries of repression exploded and a tidal wave of laughter came pouring out....
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  • Laughter Yoga helped me with Chronic Pain and Reflex Sympathetic Dystropy Syndrome (RSDS)

    Margaret Mason, Ashland, Oregon, USA
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    Margaret Mason was diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSDS). It is a very painful chronic disease with possibly no cure. The pain is very intense and at times unbearable. She has been laughing all by herself. She and her partner watched Dr. Kataria's Laughter Yoga videos on YouTube and then she started laughing alone. This has really helped her to get over the pain as well as the...
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  • Laughter Yoga Club Members Connect Worldwide

    Neeta
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    Laughter Yoga has become a growing family connecting people worldwide and many Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders & Teachers have become great friends. Technology has made it much easier for laughter leaders to stay in touch especially with Facebook & Skype. Here is an example of a Laughter Yoga Worldwide Exchange with Nita from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia who is a Yoga teacher and did Laughter Yoga...
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  • Laughter Yoga Therapy for Migrane, Allergy

    Monica Odar, Lima Peru
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    I am 31 years old and am working as an assistant to the coordinator of the Faculty of Communications at Universidad de Lima. I love my job but it is very stressful at times due to which, some years ago, I started having health problems like migraine, insomnia and skin allergy. As I had never had any allergy problem before, my doctor felt that daily stress was the most likely cause. My younger sister...
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  • Touching Human Lives With Laughter

    Jagat Singh Bisht, Laughter Professor, India
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     During the last hundred days, my wife Radhika and I have laughed with more than a thousand people. It has really been a life changing experience! We are now proud to have a life skill with us wherein we can connect to any group of people anywhere, anytime and make them laugh unconditionally. We feel cheerful throughout the day, and life is full of joy. We have converted our bodies into...
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  • Coping In Hard Times With Laughter Yoga

    Jackie, Peru
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     About a year back, I was diagnosed with cancer of bilateral ovary stadium the IIIrd C. I did not know what would become of me, till I was introduced to Laughter Yoga that really changed my life. Though I kept my faith in God and continued my medical treatment; it was laughter that helped to treat my soul and sad spirit. It gave me the courage to cope with the challenging times, and as I started...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Overcome Chronic Pain

    Pat Conklin, Orlando, FL, USA
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    When you hear the sounds “Ho ho ho!” it might mean you‘re with Santa Claus. But chances are, you’re in the presence of PositiveLY Pat (Conklin), an energetic and engaging Laughter Yoga Leader/Teacher, speaker, and Laughter Coach (in training)—and the founder and Principal Positivist of Laughter Yoga Orlando. Call Pat on the phone, and you may just hear her answer with...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped me Grieve the loss of my Mother

    LAURA GENTRY USA
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    Laughter Yoga Helped me Grieve the loss of my Mother: A few days after my mother’s hip replacement surgery, she reported some unusual symptoms to my dad, who took her to the emergency room. There, they discovered she had a life-threatening aortic aneurysm and the decision was made to transport her by medflight to a nearby hospital for emergency heart surgery. As we anxiously awaited the...
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  • Laughter

    Edna Granot, Melbourne, Australia
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    I am a happy and positive individual who treats people for colonic irrigations and guides them about general aspects of life as well as health and emotional issues. In 2009, I attended Dr. Kataria’s Laughter & Silence Yoga conference for 5 days in Melbourne, which helped me to resolve some important issues in my personal life. The first was my hatred towards the man who sexually abused me...
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  • My Nonstop Laughter Story… Ha Ha Ha

    V. Malar, LY Teacher, Chennai, India
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    Since the last two decades, I have been training people from all walks of life in different areas like Health &Safety, Reproductive Health, Human rights etc. But, after some point of time, it started feeling monotonous and I wanted to give myself a break. In December, 2010, my brother saw a poster of Laugher Yoga leader training being conducted at Tiruvannamalai and insisted that I attend the...
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  • Laughter Yoga Changed Me From Pessimistic To Optimistic

    Taizo Yokokawa, Tokyo, Japan
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    I came to know about Laughter Yoga through a television program in August, 2009. I was greatly inspired by laughter professionals Mary and Takashi Tadokoro, and the unique concept of Laughter Yoga in which anyone can laugh without relying on humor, jokes, or comedy. I just felt, "That's it!" For a long time, I used to think that just smiling can make me feel better. But soon it became difficult,...
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  • Laughter Yoga Improved My Eyesight

    Matti, Canada
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    It happened spontaneously for me a few weeks ago, after two and a half years of Laughter Yoga practice. I had bought a magnifying lens for reading the fine print on supplement bottles and for reading in bed at night. At work one day, I realized I needed to print something so I got out my lens but instead of using it properly, I unintentionally relaxed my eyes. For a while I could not see very clearly,...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Me Become More Playful

    Nihat Tsolak, London, United Kingdom
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    With growing old, the biggest problem I realized was that I had forgotten how to play and have fun. Though I am very busy socially mainly organizing and facilitating concerts, poetry evenings, running drum circles etc. I still do not feel like I had fun or enjoyed myself. Even going to the pub or a restaurant does not quite appeal to me as I am not a heavy drinker and after a couple of glasses of...
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