Life Changing Experience

  • Message from Laughing Laura

    Laura Gentry,CLYT USA
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    Laura Gentry,CLYT USA: 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...
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  • Why I love Laughter Yoga

    Sebastien Gendry
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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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    Masami CLYT Japan: 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...
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  • Laughter Yoga improved my health

    Anna Zakharova, Moscow
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    Anna Zakharova, Moscow: 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....
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Me Quit Smoking

    Tosha Tobias, CLYT, Santiago, Chile
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    Tosha Tobias, CLYT, Santiago, Chile: 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...
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  • More Positive

    Anju Shahani, Moscow
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    Anju Shahani, Moscow: 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...
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  • Laughter Yoga Lightened Up My Life

    Cal Appleby, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and USA
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    Cal Appleby, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and USA:  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...
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  • Laughter Yoga – Great Tool To Enhance World Happiness

    Pedro Hernandez, Mexico
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    Pedro Hernandez, Mexico: 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...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Me Rediscover Myself

    Eleonora Zuleta Patiño, San Joaquin, Carabobo, Venezuela
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    Eleonora Zuleta Patiño, San Joaquin, Carabobo, Venezuela: 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...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Me Manage My Diabetes

    Caroline Sheehan, USA
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    Caroline Sheehan, USA: 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...
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  • Laughter Yoga Makes One Feel Energetic

    Mona Warner
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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...
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  • Laughter Yoga Brought Out The Best In Me

    Michi Morioka, Japan
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    Michi Morioka, Japan: 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...
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  • My Laughter Journey – A Life Changing Experience

    Feliz Angela Hassan
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    Feliz Angela Hassan: I am very blessed because I am always cheerful, bubbly and happy. Self-employed, I am a full-time swimming instructor since the last 10 years, and am happily married to a wonderful, loving and understanding husband. My life routine was teaching swimming, going to church and helping out as an usher in a church. In my free time I would go fishing with my husband as my home was...
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  • Laughter, My Best Buddy!

    Kathryn Kimmins, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
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    Kathryn Kimmins, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader: Laughter has been my best buddy as far back as I can remember. I grew up with a father who loved to make people laugh. He was always smiling and laughing. As a young child I was very sensitive – I mean super sensitive. If you looked at me, I thought you were either talking about me or laughing at me. I wish Laughter Yoga had been part of my...
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  • PBS NOVA Filmed My Laughter Yoga Club

    Judi A. Winall, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher
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    Judi A. Winall, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher : My journey with laughter yoga began in 2007 when I received an e-mail inviting me to a leader training in South Africa. Attending that training was not an option for me, so I began doing research and discovered a training much closer to home near Chicago. The profound experience of this training changed my life in a powerful way. I felt lighter,...
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  • A Soul Searching Experience

    Adarsh Sharma, CLYT
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    Adarsh Sharma, CLYT: I was born and raised in India but have been living in Japan for the last 33 years. I came across an article on Laughter Yoga somewhere in late 90’s. Few weeks later, I saw a TV program which showed people laughing loudly and doing ‘funny’ exercises in a park in Mumbai. It was something really crazy but within five minutes I was laughing uncontrollably while...
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  • Laughter Yoga In Romania

    Roxana Badea, Bucharest, Romania
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    Roxana Badea, Bucharest, Romania: In september 2010 I read the book of Lenny Ravich,“ A Happy Thing Happened on the Way to Enlightement” and then I had an insight – I can do much more that I actually do to help people! I soon founded an association called “ Smile has no age”(its objective – animation of old people living in the fosters and people with disabilities)....
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  • Laughter Yoga – A Great Healer!

    Elvie Punzalan-Estavillo
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    Scientific studies have long confirmed the vast potential healing powers of laughter, and my most recent experience once again proved this. Last October as I was going back to my car, I missed a step and slid to my left side before landing on my right foot. On being medically examined it was found that the 5th metatarsal of my right foot was fractured. It was put in a temporary cast that still enabled...
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  • Laughter Yoga Made Me Feel Alive After A Stroke

    Cynthia Sharp, Laughter Yoga leader
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    Sitting in my living room, thoughts came slowly, and that is an understatement. It was the second week of December 2011; just a few days after I had had a stroke, and all I knew is my brain that always moved quick and fast had slowed to a polite rest stop. Long gone were the days of accomplishing goals, the “to do list” became dormant, and all that was left was emptiness. I shed a lot of tears those...
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  • Laughter Yoga in Bangkok - Thailand

    Susan Dustin, Melbourne
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    I have been a full time, non-salaried volunteer worker for 35 years in 25 countries – The longest time being in Thailand. I have been doing Laugher Yoga for the past 4 1/2 years after the health ministry of Thailand asked me to conduct a workshop on 'Humor in the Workplace' for 300 healthcare providers. I learnt a lot from the Laughter Yoga website and Youtube and put together a program for my...
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  • Laughter Yoga with Cindy Miles - USA

    Cindy Miles, CLYT, USA
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    Laughter Yoga has opened so many doors for me; I have presented to groups as small as a dozen and as large as 800. I presented Laughter Yoga at an eight-state regional Aging conference (Southeast Association of Area Agencies on Aging), and at Mobile, AL to facilitate a Laughter Club session with 250 family caregivers on one day, and then the four-hour Laughter Yoga retreat, which was featured on the...
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  • Giggling&Grieving

    Teena Miller
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    Today I was blessed to bring Laughter Yoga to a group of hospital workers in San Francisco who were in crisis mode. Tragedy had visited them in the work place and their Administrator invited me(she has known my Laughter Yoga work for the past 3 years) to bring my style of Laughter Yoga to her staff for stress relief. I only had a few days to plan, yet there was no anxiety on my part, as I felt in my...
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