Life Changing Experience

  • I Learned to Extend Love and Peace with Laughter Yoga

    Elaine Nieberding, RN, USA
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     My finding Laughter Yoga was quite unexpected -- but it feels like "destiny"! As a holistic nurse, I'm knowledgeable about lots of different relaxation, stress release and energy medicine approaches to health and wellness. In the hospital oncology unit setting where I work, I frequently teach deep and focused breathing for pain relief, relaxation, emotional balancing, and easing into sleep. And...
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  • Accepting All That Is As It Is Through Laughter Yoga

    Tommy Westerfield, USA
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    I have had a dramatic life. Like many people who have had dramatic lives with genuine suffering and trauma, I became addicted to drama as a normal way of living with no proportion or sense of perspective. And, like many people, I thought, I must have healing; I must discover the meaning of my suffering and search for a new path in how to live - but how? As soon as I asked myself that question,...
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  • Inner Spirit Of Laughter Helped Me Cope With Grief

    Cathy Urroz, Mexico
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    Cathy Urroz: Over a month ago, my son, daughter in law and two friends of theirs were subjected to a nightmare of an assault and robbery. After six hours of being kidnapped, they were left in the middle of nowhere in a mountainous area, barefoot, with no sweater or coat. They had to walk another six hours across the range looking for help, which they found in a very humble and poor family who put...
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  • Laughter Yoga Taught Me To Love

    Mary Stallings, Mexico
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    To me, life has been a series of events that I have labeled as either good or bad. I’ve carried these experiences around with me and have given them power to prevent me from doing certain things. I have been continuously worried about what others would think of me that I have not been able to enjoy life. I have felt as if I were walking on eggshells everyday to try and please everyone else when...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Me Reach Out

    Robert Rivest, Performer, Artist/ Educator, CLYT
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    My background is in the performing arts and I have been presenting comic health, literacy and stress management educational programs in schools, libraries and theaters for 28 years. I discovered Laughter Yoga 2 years ago when Mary Rives and Keith Carlson offered a free Laughter Yoga session at my performing arts guild. I loved it and felt great for even after several hours. Highly inspired, I...
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  • Why Laughter Yoga Chose Me

    Carla BeDell USA
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    I love to laugh. I always have. I married a man who loved to laugh as much as I did. For a while, everything was great. But just as what happens in most peoples lives, things became too serious. My husband and I were both involved in the stressful corporate life: him working with ever changing technology in the banking industry and me juggling the increasing pressure filled environment of a high level...
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  • Laughter Yoga For Balanced Life

    Johanne Bouchard, CLYT, Canada
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    I started the Laughter Club of La Prairie-Montérégie, QC, Canada five years ago. As a leader, I like laughing weekly with the members and interacting with them. I even practice laughing alone together with proper breathing exercises and humming. This has made a significant difference to my body, mind and soul. As a child, I lived with a single mother who suffered from manic-depression...
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  • I Laughed Away All My Troubles!

    Marcia Wyman, USA
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    I used to run my own archery business for 25 years, but last year on July 24th I had a stroke that incapacitated my left side totally and I spent 4 days in the hospital. The prognosis was that I would have more strokes in the future and that I'd have difficulties with my left side. Needless to say, my archery business had to be closed. However, I saw a documentary on the Laughter Movement and thought...
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  • Laughter Yoga Has Taken Over My Life

    Monnet Zubieta, USA
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    My first laughter club experience was with Sparkie Lovejoy. After doing the Laughter Yoga Leader training with Jeffery Briar she was inspired to start a daily laughter club to support her commitment to laugh every day for 40 days. The Santa Rosa Laughter Club met every morning about 10 minutes away from my house. Sparkie's laughter sessions were playful and energetic filled and with childlike...
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  • Laughter Yoga For True Happiness

    Daniele Berti, CLYT, Italy
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    In high school I was convinced that the best thing while dealing with politics is to be happy and produce happiness, but when I tried to do it, I realized it was not possible because you had to accept to work for someone and their interests. I thought maybe if I promoted a feeling of comfort, it might be an ideal instrument to provide that state of happiness, but after some time I had to change my...
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  • Laughter Yoga Brings Back Laughter To Mankind

    Bachan Singh, Malaysia
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    The style of introducing oneself during the certified Laughter Yoga training changed my entire perception regarding Laughter Yoga. It begins with ‘Tell your name and laugh, ha ha ha. Tell where you come from and laugh, ha ha ha. Tell what you do and laugh, ha ha ha.’ While answering these questions, I realized my ego gradually diminished thereby creating a borderless environment. It gave a...
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  • I Found My Life’s Mission With Laughter Yoga

    Saskia van Velzen, CLYT, Netherlands
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    As a child I was very happy with lots of laughter and lots of friends, but unfortunately it did not last when I grew older. I studied finance and always worked in this field. But that didn’t make me smile. What did make me smile was the time, about 15 years ago, when I was a therapist in the alternative field and gave reiki courses and all kinds of workshops. I loved to help people a little...
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  • Laughter Yoga helped Me Cope With My Pain

    Loretta Bert, Italy
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    Some days ago, I was running a laughter class in our club. My idea was to lead the class for the first minutes, because I needed to leave my club-mates, at a given time, in order to reach a bookshop for a Laughter Yoga presentation. I was so happy and all the members were happy as well and full of energy. There was also a new entry in our club and I wanted to communicate all our enthusiasm to her....
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  • Message from Laughing Laura

    Laura Gentry,CLYT USA
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    People call me Laughing Laura. Laughter yoga is a simple form of exercise and yet it is a powerful technique that has tremendous power to increase health of mind, body and spirit. Laughter yoga also creates union—both union within and without—enabling participants to experience greater harmony. Therefore, my conclusion is that Laughter yoga is actually a potent movement for peace under the...
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  • Why I love Laughter Yoga

    Sebastien Gendry, USA
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    My name is Sebastien Gendry. Teaching and promoting Laughter Yoga has been my full time job since 2005. This unique method has played a major role in shaping who I now am. I spent the first decade of my adult years in an inner state of confusion. I conformed with society and what I thought was expected of me: my father had worked hard all his life, so I too worked hard. In my head this was what it...
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  • Laughter Yoga In A Funeral Hall In Japan

    Masami CLYT Japan
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    Recently, I had a wonderful experience when I laughed in a funeral hall together with 57people and over10 staff members. It was great to see people enjoying a laughter session in a place usually not meant to laugh. For the first time, in its 99 year old history, the funeral hall was filled with the sound of laughter instead of the customary sadness. After the session, an old lady said that after her...
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  • Laughter Yoga improved my health

    Anna Zakharova, Moscow
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    Two years after graduating from Moscow Aviation Institute in 2010, I was fortunate to get the most precious gift of Laughter Yoga from my friend. Called “Anju's Yoga Lessons”, these lessons were conducted by laughter teacher Anju Shahani. I was delighted and highly inspired and went for my second lesson during the celebrations of World Laughter Day this year. For 15 years I was looking...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Me Quit Smoking

    Tosha Tobias, CLYT, Santiago, Chile
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    I was a very heavy smoker (more than 30 cigarettes a day). Just before I traveled to the US to take my Laughter Yoga Leader & Teacher course with Dr. Kataria I had a very strong cold and couldn't smoke because it made me cough. So I decided to not smoke and practice to be able to go through those training days smoke free. No smoking on the plane. No smoking room at the hotel. No smoking during the...
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  • More Positive

    Anju Shahani, Moscow
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    Though originally from Mumbai, I have been living in Moscow since the last ten years. I experienced Laughter Yoga about 15 years ago when I visited Mumbai with my mother- in-law who was very active in the Laughter Yoga social clubs when they just started. In fact, I was even crowned a Laughter Queen one of the years! Hahaha. Just thought it was the silliest things to participate in, but to make her...
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  • Laughter Yoga Lightened Up My Life

    Cal Appleby, Minneapolis, MN, USA
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    I was fascinated several years ago when I first heard about Laughter Yoga opportunities in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. My partner, Laurie Savran, began to attend the Lake Harriet Laughter Club, facilitated by Jody Ross, several weeks before I began attending, Laurie had been recently diagnosed with lymphoma, and was interested in the healing potential of Laughter Yoga. Changes as she continued to...
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  • Laughter Yoga – Great Tool To Enhance World Happiness

    Pedro Hernandez, Mexico
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    I have been a professional Hatha Yoga teacher for 10 years – practicing for 30 – and own a Yoga studio in Mexico City. I participated in a Laughter Yoga session for the first time in January 2008 and the effect was profound, almost similar to some of the rare experiences I have had during either Hatha Yoga or meditation classes in 30 years of practice. To me Laughter Yoga is a very...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Me Rediscover Myself

    Eleonora Zuleta Patiño, San Joaquin, Carabobo, Venezuela
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    Laughter Yoga came to me in response to my request to serve the world. I wanted to deliver something from me to others. Starting a Laughter Club and sharing unconditional laughter and joy was my answer. In the process, I rediscovered and began to believe in myself. I started sharing my laughter and smiles with everyone. This remarkable change which I experienced also spread to my mother and thanks to...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Me Manage My Diabetes

    Caroline Sheehan, USA
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    Laughter Yoga isn’t for everyone, but it’s been an absolute gift for me and has been a remarkably powerful force in my diabetes management. The activity itself doesn’t lower my blood sugar — although one study found lower post-prandial blood sugars among Type 2 diabetics who attended a comedy show compared to those who sat through a boring lecture. For me, laughter helps in a...
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  • Laughter Yoga Makes One Feel Energetic

    Mona Warner, Canada
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    Mona Warner: Recently, a lot of people suggested that I post something about my experience with Laughter Yoga... well, here's what I came up with: Back in early 2007, a friend of mine told me she did Laughter Yoga training. I thought it sounded odd, not very yogic… too irreverent perhaps? Anyhow, as she was telling me how great it was, I tuned out. Apparently I was not ready yet. Then in 2009 I...
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  • Laughter Yoga Brought Out The Best In Me

    Michi Morioka, Japan
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    I first encountered Laughter Yoga in summer 2011 – 5 months after the devastating earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan. Although our hometown wasn’t affected physically, everyone was affected mentally and emotionally. We were also all afraid of the nuclear crisis and the radiation leaks. It felt like a lot of people stopped laughing, and the country was filled with sadness, anger and...
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