• Why I Love Laughter Yoga

    Lin Ying China: We learn to be grateful and to take care of those who need our love and care. We also grow in confidence laughing in a group, doing laughter exercises.

    Jane Xu China: The pressure we face is reduced, we make new friends and experience new things as well as strengthen the body.

    Handsome Jiang: Laughter Yoga is new to me. During my first session, all the emotions rose in the mind – pressure, family, fatigue and sadness. After half an hour’s laughter exercises and games, I felt refreshed and delightful as if those emotions affecting me had been swept away.

    Wang Xin: I've been much more mindful and focused after letting go of some frustration and stress through loud laughter. So I will keep on practicing.

    Liu Wei: My passion for work has grown since I took part in Laughter Yoga and I am in a much better mood these days.

    Qiu Wuhua: Since taking part in laughter Yoga, I have felt better and better. I am happier and much more at ease when serving guests. It also reduced the pressure and helped me to lose weight. I love it!

    Zhao Jing: When I first took part in Laughter Yoga, I was excited and shy, so I didn’t open my heart fully. However, I realized that it made me relaxed, refreshed and feel so good. I will keep on laughing to stay young in mind, body and spirit!

    Zhang Minwen: Laughter Yoga brings us happiness and energy. It helps to improve efficiency and enhances working relationships amongst colleagues.

    Chen Qiuping: Yoga helps me to lose weight, get rid of excessive gas and makes me more focused. It also allows me to let go of depression and frustration.

    Sue Carter Ansari, USA: I have been a Laughter Yoga teacher since 2005. It has changed my life in almost every way! I am no longer depressed, shy or afraid to speak my mind in any way. Additionally, it has given me the tools necessary to put together an entirely holistic wellness program with laughter and a plant-based diet as its base, "CANcer-Proof Your Life!"

    Helen, UK: I have recently started a Laughter Yoga company and also Leicester’s first Laughter Club. I have a passion for laughter and have found work that I love after many years of searching.

    Raquel Gestal Zas, Spain: As a Yoga & Pilate teacher, I like searching the web for different styles in both disciplines, and that´s how I came across Laughter Yoga, and I just loved it! Curiously, not even two months later, the company I worked for asked me to do a short workshop on 'laughter'. Not being trained, I tried to practice with your videos and books, and finally did my first Laughter Yoga workshop. I did my best that day and the results were magical. I felt wonderful after that class and couldn´t stop smiling the whole way home.

    Andrew Glover, New Zealand: I once saw an American fictional program in the 80's and people were doing a laughing class outside. I have always wanted to do that. I called it laughercise! Can't remember exactly when I heard about Laughter Yoga but I did attend a class 3 years ago. It was awesome but I haven't done one since. No classes run where I live. Hope to do more one day, better still learn to run one myself! I'm from New Zealand by the way!

    Kevin Carmody: I have been practicing Yoga asanas for some time and am amazed to find that the same sense of growth is possible through Laughter Yoga; in fact it seems to go deeper because it so easily disables my ego.

    Jannine Muirhead,UK: I already teach healing, and I believe laughter is a big part of that. I am hoping to get trained as a laughter professional and help people to learn laughter right from the very old to the very young and everyone in between. I also want to take it to people living with disabilities as laughter is good for them.

    Sean McDevitt, New York: I found out about Laughter Yoga on WNYC public radio and have been laughing with the Skype Laughter Club for almost a year. People who can laugh together can live together. I hope laughter will promote peace, love and understanding.

    Sonia Rutter,Thunder Bay, ON Canada: I was introduced to Laughter Yoga through an annual wind up event of the Thunder Bay Business Women's Network (www.tbbwn.com) where we did Laughter Yoga. I then took another session earlier this year. I love to laugh and thoroughly enjoyed myself both times. I was told I'm a natural - no surprise there - and was asked if I'd be interested in becoming a leader. The course is this October and I have every intention of taking it. Laughter truly is the best medicine.

    Joelle Moore, France: I will be soon presenting Laughter Yoga to the international homeopathy foundation in France to expand its trainings. Laughter Yoga has become an integral part of several educational programs in my area, and I have also been using it in my English classes. Laughter Yoga is my life. It has helped to change my perception - the way I see people/the world, and the way I think. I can see people change, become joyful and embrace peace and serenity.

    Monica Millares, London: I was introduced to Laughter Yoga by a friend from work and wow it has changed my life! Originally from Mexico, I had reached a point where the cold and darkness was too much for me and I felt caged. It was laughter that set me free. It’s been a spiritual experience connecting with myself and the world.

    Brittney Gosselin, USA: Heard of Laughter Yoga through Time magazine article in 2010. Trained in Atlanta, GA in Oct 2010 and have been doing it since. It helped me through my most difficult time, 6/20 of this year; we lost our entire home to a fire. We were smart enough to have insurance and no one was harmed and Laughter Yoga allowed me the positivity within to shine bright and remember that the items we lost were just THINGS. I enjoy leading each club knowing that laughter brings such a natural joy to each person's heart and soul.

    Carol Walker Albers, USA: I learned of Laughter Yoga from Facebook. I have not yet become a leader, but! I laugh at every opportunity. And if there is no opportunity, I laugh just because I can!

    Kelly Hume Scofield, Washington State, USA: I heard about LY only recently while watching a documentary on yoga. I was so intrigued that I quickly found a club. I would love to become a laughter leader because I am a teacher in a 2000 bed all male prison.

    Joshua Thurber, South Saint Paul, Minnesota: I think Laughter Yoga is the biggest miracle that has ever come into my life!

    Sofia Menezes, Portugal: I heard about Laughter Yoga from some friends who have experienced and loved it, and now I'm looking forward to experiencing it myself. So far, I've only heard and watched videos about it, but am sure it will be worth the waiting when I do it!

    Marta Keller, Yukon, Canada: I recently became a Laughter Yoga leader, and we here really need a good laugh in winter when it gets cold and the days are very short.

    Maurine Pachter ,Kansas city, Missouri: I found out about Laughter Yoga through Linda Putoff our Yoga instructor. I have been doing Laughter Yoga for 3 years now and slowly it is changing my life. I am going through some things right now, but still am able to laugh. By the way, I did Laughter Yoga with a group of children who really loved it.

    Leanne Stock, London: I'm a recently qualified Laughter Yoga Leader and I really adore it so much that I can’t believe I’ve lived so long without it! I am doing my best to spread this fantastic concept around England especially with kids and toddlers.

    Krista Sullivan, Malta, Europe: Laughter Yoga has changed my life and I love the effect it has on other people's lives.

    Angie Lindenau, Ireland: A friend told me about it and I leapt at the next opportunity to do it. It is a reliable stress buster, so I can now effectively control a quick work-through back to equanimity - which is necessary to 'work things through'. I'm going down the road of therapeutic applications to share the power of laughter over despair and other challenges.

    Pina Kamolnick, California, USA: I discovered Laughter Yoga through a newspaper article and started doing it immediately. My immune system, which was weak, is much stronger now and I sleep and feel better.

    Carla Jackson Kearney, NJ: I'm a minister, and I do Laughter Yoga before preaching. It calms the nerves.

    Kimberly Ruch-Alegant, New Jersey, USA: I became a certified laughter leader in June of this year with Beverly Burns and have been doing Laughter Yoga with seniors, but am looking forward to doing classes where I'm not the only one walking around! I love how good I feel after leading a class. I love being able to laugh for no reason.

    Leah Tunnell, Austin Texas: I wanted a way to promote joy in the world and Laughter Yoga is the best tool for doing it.

    Khristia Maranan Levita,Philippines: Laughter Yoga helps to keep our body and mind healthy and also our heart. It even keeps us looking us younger!

    Noni Gove, Australia: I have doing Laughter Yoga for 10 years and still love it. In fact, a friend uses it for jail inmates as it is very beneficial for and is a great stress buster. It is great for my well being and immune system.

    Deb Gatlin Townley, San Jose, CA: I did Laughter Yoga for the first time at the LGBT community center and it was the best workout EVER! I try to remember to have and enjoy a good laugh daily. Feels physically great and is an instant mood booster. I love it!

    Sol Cabrera, Xalapa, Veracruz, MX: Laughter Yoga has changed my life in a positive way. It is my ‘laughter drug’ and I need my daily doses to be happy. Now that I'm a certified laughter leader, I want change the life of other people too.

    Victoria Zakany, Mexico: I have been practicing Laughter Yoga for two years. It has lifted my spirit and positively changed my mood while I was battling cancer. The laughter community has always been there for me, providing laughing support.

    Anna Lyra,Finland: Laughter Yoga helps me to maintain childlike playfulness and is great way to help people around me. As a teenager I was diagnosed with severe depression and eating disorder but Laughter Yoga is my way to keep myself out of that path again.

    Petr Fridrich, Czech Republic: I discovered Laughter Yoga in 2003 but became active in 2009. Since that time I founded Laughter Club in Prague (first in the country) and made many sessions on festivals, conferences and in companies and also in media. I also made 1st Czech Laughter Championship with Albert Nerenberg. Now is the time to move closer to using more Laughter Yoga for non-profit organizations and I´d like to also start some research and therefore I´m in the process of founding kind of foundation. Laughter Yoga helped me to overcome burnout and depression.

    Eileen Healy, West of Ireland: I heard about Laughter Yoga from a friend and my gut told me I needed this. Went to leader training by Michael Stretch in Galway in June this year and haven't looked back since. While travelling in Berlin and London alone recently, I was able to tap into clubs there and feel connected to some lovely people. I co-led a Laughter Yoga club in Ennis and plan to start another one in September. Laughter Yoga has definitely changed the ‘lens’ I used to view the world by shifting my emotional landscape - if the negative thoughts creep in they just seem absurd now. I'm also much more detached from outcomes and seem to be able to 'wear life loose' compared to before. I love it and how it makes me feel about myself and the world.

    Stacie Meredith, USA: When I start to do something, I don't want to do as I feel myself getting tens. But Laughter Yoga has taught me to get through anything with a cheerful heart.

    Brandy Lyrical Sorensen, Seattle: Laughter Yoga gave me the drive to do something. I am looking to get certified so I can start sharing it with people/friends/family. I think many need this, and I want to be able to offer it to them and bring more laughter and joy into their lives.

    Jeffrey Briar, USA: I love how Laughter Yoga generates feelings of friendship, so now I have thousands of caring friends all over the world. I used to be a lonely guy, but now I have to check my social calendar every day to see what wonderful event I am attending, guffawing with my laughter buddies.

    Melanie Rudolph, USA: I Love Laughter Yoga because it is good medicine for my mind, body & spirit. I also love it because it connects me more deeply to my inner peace & outer peace with others around the world.

    Deniz Keller, Turkey: I love Laughter Yoga because it unites people unconditionally with the most positive emotions. It heals and transforms the soul in a giggle. Can anyone beat that?

    Tosha Tobias, Chile: What I love most about Laughter Yoga is the way I feel when I see all the changes and joy that these simple but profound laughter exercises can produce in others.

    Duncan Cook, Canada: I love Laughter Yoga because it's simple - and it works.

    Meg Scott, USA: I love watching strangers connect and lighten up when they laugh together during Laughter Yoga.

    Mary Tadokoro, Japan: I absolutely love watching peoples' faces bloom into the most radiant smiles during Laughter Yoga and I am always amazed at how people who were complete strangers at the beginning of the session talk over lunch as if they've known each other for years.

    Jen Smith: All Laughter faces are beautiful and are still beautiful after laughing!

    Linda Lou Batchelor-Ballew: I love Laughter Yoga because in less than ten minutes I can teach people how to access the perfect joy within us which heals and is never dimmed by circumstances. I love to see their joyous surprise as their hearts open and spirits lift for no reason at all, whatever burdens they carry.

    Diane Shalom: I love Laughter Yoga because I learn how to rejoice in the moment and how to celebrate life with others.

    Erika Ruiz: I love Laughter Yoga because I can make my Alzheimer patients enjoy the moment and have good laugh. While laughing, they forget about memory and have a lots of fun.

    Ute Lorenz, Germany: Laughter Yoga is my elixir for EASY LIVING and LIGHTLY BEING!

    Susan Dustin Hattan-Aldous, Australia: I have been doing Laughter Yoga for over three years and have weekly hospital programs in Thailand where I am based. At the beginning of the year I took it on the road for 50 days for my 50th birthday. I travelled through Thailand, Malaysia and Sri Lanka! It was a blast!

    Steedsman-Haas Careema, South Africa: I have experienced many personal health benefits ever since I started doing Laughter Yoga from 2007.

    Aphale Swapnali, India: I have become more confident and optimist towards life after Laughter Yoga came to my life.

    Gabriela Rueda, Mexico: Laughter Yoga helped me deal with the death of my father and transformed my life completely. I am so blessed to have found this. Now I lead 2 free clubs in my community in Playas de Tijuana Mexico and I've had very good response from the people that participate laughing with me.

    Sointu Mäki-Lohiluoma, Finland: I have done Laughter Yoga last six years and it has helped me to have more fun and laugh to myself.

    Mary McDonald, Rhode Island: I have been laughing for almost 2 years. I have a monthly club and this summer I am bringing laughter to 3 different senior centers. This week we will have a laughter party in my pool in the back yard for my laughter friends.

    Kathleen Kelly: I go to a Laughter Club when I haven't had a good laugh in awhile - to release my soul.

    Tobi Tobin Toenz, Toronto: I've been laughing for 7 years and also do weekly laughter sessions with seniors and my community. Laughing and singing is enrichment for the soul.

    Elisabeth Grant-Gibson, Louisiana, USA: I've been laughing since Jan 2011 and it has brought joy and the ability to help deal with any situation. It's also been helpful on my journey to optimal health--down 210 pounds with 75 more to go.

    Pauline Stark - United States: - I love it because it just makes you feel stress free!

    Shama Rainwater, USA: I was certified as a Laughter Yoga instructor in January 2011, but was inspired by the documentary "Faces" with John Cleese. I now have a monthly meeting at Unity Of Gainesville church where I raise money for the children's program, and also at the Gainesville city Senior Life Center. I am so happy with this wonderful gift, and it is my goal to spread it to the small rural areas that are always the last place to learn new things.

    Alexandria Bott, Austria: In 2006 I founded the first laughter-theatre here; now I am organizing laughter-meetings for companies.

    Deborah Doyle, England: I'm very lucky as I work for a Community Interest Company which helps people delivering therapeutic exercise. I have incorporated Laughter Yoga in my sessions and it has really made a difference .All ages are receptive to Laughter Yoga and it is very rewarding.

    Roswitha Kö, Stuttgart: I had been looking for a positive theme for my diploma in Social Work. And I found Laughter Yoga which changed my life because the laughing child inside me appeared again - and did not disappear again.

    Louise Stevens, Auckland New Zealand: Laughter Yoga taught me to laugh easily at things which would have made me upset in the past.

    Muriel Michal Hollander, Brussels, Belgium: I cannot imagine my life without Laughter Yoga. It helped me in a very difficult moment of my life, and continues to help me and inspire me doing good things for myself and for others.

    Clare Goodwin, Cape Cod, USA: My husband Alan and I are both laughter professionals. We love sharing Laughter Yoga and it has brought the gift of joy and laughter into our daily lives and marriage!

    Carol McLaughlin, Iowa: Laughter Yoga has inspired me to practice my Hatha Yoga with a smiling happy face - now I gain even more benefit and happiness from my practice.

    Harmony Ananda, Sarasota, FL: I've been teaching yoga for over 30 years and for two years, Laughter Yoga has been integrated into my classes. It is a pranayama that brings up the joy factor.

    Ali Khodadoost, Iran: My experience with Laughter Yoga is based on watching Dr. Kataria’s videos on silent laughter and gentle giggling. I laugh with him as I haven't joined any club yet, but the practices I do alone make me feel so refreshed and I am ready to do my work with more energy. It has also healed me to laugh more easily in life now.

    Pham Phuong, Vietnam: My life changed a lot after I became a certified laughter professional and started practicing Laughter Yoga on a regular basis. My life is now always jubilant and happy and the best part is that I can bring laughter and joy not just to my family and friends, but also to other people. It has also improved my health both physically and mentally.

    Sanna Heinonen, Finland: Here is so dark and cold that we really need to laugh and Laughter Yoga was my number one exercise last winter. It gave me back my childhood joy! Now nothing can stop me from laughing!

    Pamela Prather: As a Laughter Yoga teacher from 2006 I have been incorporating Laughter Yoga in my voice training workshops for executives and actor as it is a wonderful way to open the voice.

    Marlene Chertok, USA: I am a Laughter Yoga teacher and have been laughing since 2004. It helped me to find my own laughter again while recovering from cancer. I also run the St Louis Laughter Club since 8 years plus work with seniors, disabled, or whoever else is interested. Have learned not to attach and just flow with wherever the laughter takes me. Has been one of the best things I have done for my health! This confirms what I love about Laughter Yoga - how it connects you with people around the world!

    Sharon Firemermaid, USA: I only tried Laughter Yoga once and I loved it as I laughed like never before. I am a therapist and maybe someday I will be able to share Laughter Yoga with my clients.

    Debbie Macmillan, UK: Doing Laughter Yoga for nine months has made me a more positive person and I really want to share this fantastic therapeutic exercise with more people.

    Raisa-Tiina Lahtinen Finland: I am a laughter teacher since 2009 and it has really changed my life. I have got new friends and feeling much better both physically and mentally.

    Tania Sherley, Australia: I have been going to 'Sunshine Laughter Club' for well over a year now. The group I do it with are some of the most beautiful people I have had the pleasure to meet. We are all so 'real' with each other; we are all there for the same goal, to laugh and just simply to be happy with each other, and enrich each other’s lives. I love that we hug each other when we greet each other, and that we are genuinely caring towards each other. Having a disability, this weekly 'activity' also lets me 'escape' for a morning, I think of nothing else but laughing!

    Emma Klues, St. Louis, Missouri, USA: I have been doing Laughter Yoga for 3 years and this wonderful regime is a workout for every part of my body - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Can't get enough, just got trained as a leader.

    Marian Meade: I was working as a psychotherapist and shared some of the Laughter Yoga exercises with my team and they just loved it. Right now I am living in Tulsa and am preparing to launch my relationship coaching practice. Underscoring that is my number one passion, emotional fitness, and Laughter Yoga sure fits the bill.

    Annie Goglia, California: I've been a big laughter fan all my life! When I discovered Laughter Yoga in 2005, I knew it was for me. And now I'm the fortunate leader of the fabulous Oakland Lifefire Laughter Club in California, USA. I also use Laughter Yoga with elders with Alzheimers, friends, family and in my life coaching practice. Everything goes better with laughter.

    Carlos Góngora, Colombia, Canada: Every day I'm impressed , inspired and delighted by people who are finding their voice in Laughter Yoga

    Laurence Robert, Australia: Laughter Yoga has created a more positive outlook for me and helped me to see the funny side in most aspects of life. I have also found an inner peace I have been longing for.

    Wil Hendriks: I started Laughter Yoga in 2004 in The Netherlands. Now it is my company and fulltime job. The finance is bad, but it makes me socially rich! Let us work together for a Magic Smiling World.

    Deb Godfrey: Laughter is certainly a healing vibration of connection and love!

    Loretta Bert, Italy: Life is deeply changing with Laughter Yoga. It's a great tool for connecting people together. Laughing together for no reason is amazing: gradually, with the regular practice, we all become aware that human beings are all made by the same "stuff"! We are no more strangers and feel part of the same community, in spite of the so called "differences".

    Sue Carter Ansari, USA: I have been a Laughter Yoga teacher since 2005. It has changed my life in almost every way! I am no longer depressed, shy or afraid to speak my mind in any way. Additionally, it has given me the tools necessary to put together an entirely holistic wellness program with laughter and a plant-based diet as its base, "CANcer-Proof Your Life!"

    Helen, UK: I have recently started a Laughter Yoga company and also Leicester’s first Laughter Club. I have a passion for laughter and have found work that I love after many years of searching.

    Raquel Gestal Zas, Spain: As a Yoga & Pilate teacher, I like searching the web for different styles in both disciplines, and that´s how I came across Laughter Yoga, and I just loved it! Curiously, not even two months later, the company I worked for asked me to do a short workshop on 'laughter'. Not being trained, I tried to practice with your videos and books, and finally did my first Laughter Yoga workshop. I did my best that day and the results were magical. I felt wonderful after that class and couldn´t stop smiling the whole way home.

    Andrew Glover, New Zealand: I once saw an American fictional program in the 80's and people were doing a laughing class outside. I have always wanted to do that. I called it laughercise! Can't remember exactly when I heard about Laughter Yoga but I did attend a class 3 years ago. It was awesome but I haven't done one since. No classes run where I live. Hope to do more one day, better still learn to run one myself! I'm from New Zealand by the way!

    Kevin Carmody: I have been practicing Yoga asanas for some time and am amazed to find that the same sense of growth is possible through Laughter Yoga; in fact it seems to go deeper because it so easily disables my ego.

    Jannine Muirhead,UK: I already teach healing, and I believe laughter is a big part of that. I am hoping to get trained as a laughter professional and help people to learn laughter right from the very old to the very young and everyone in between. I also want to take it to people living with disabilities as laughter is good for them.

    Sean McDevitt, New York: I found out about Laughter Yoga on WNYC public radio and have been laughing with the Skype Laughter Club for almost a year. People who can laugh together can live together. I hope laughter will promote peace, love and understanding.

    Sonia Rutter,Thunder Bay, ON Canada: I was introduced to Laughter Yoga through an annual wind up event of the Thunder Bay Business Women's Network (www.tbbwn.com) where we did Laughter Yoga. I then took another session earlier this year. I love to laugh and thoroughly enjoyed myself both times. I was told I'm a natural - no surprise there - and was asked if I'd be interested in becoming a leader. The course is this October and I have every intention of taking it. Laughter truly is the best medicine.

    Joelle Moore, France: I will be soon presenting Laughter Yoga to the international homeopathy foundation in France to expand its trainings. Laughter Yoga has become an integral part of several educational programs in my area, and I have also been using it in my English classes. Laughter Yoga is my life.  It has helped to change my perception - the way I see people/the world, and the way I think. I can see people change, become joyful and embrace peace and serenity.

    Monica Millares, London: I was introduced to Laughter Yoga by a friend from work and wow it has changed my life! Originally from Mexico, I had reached a point where the cold and darkness was too much for me and I felt caged. It was laughter that set me free. It’s been a spiritual experience connecting with myself and the world.

    Brittney Gosselin, USA: Heard of Laughter Yoga through Time magazine article in 2010. Trained in Atlanta, GA in Oct 2010 and have been doing it since. It helped me through my most difficult time, 6/20 of this year; we lost our entire home to a fire. We were smart enough to have insurance and no one was harmed and Laughter Yoga allowed me the positivity within to shine bright and remember that the items we lost were just THINGS. I enjoy leading each club knowing that laughter brings such a natural joy to each person's heart and soul.

    Carol Walker Albers, USA: I learned of Laughter Yoga from Facebook. I have not yet become a leader, but! I laugh at every opportunity. And if there is no opportunity, I laugh just because I can!

    Kelly Hume Scofield, Washington State, USA: I heard about LY only recently while watching a documentary on yoga. I was so intrigued that I quickly found a club. I would love to become a laughter leader because I am a teacher in a 2000 bed all male prison.

    Joshua Thurber, South Saint Paul, Minnesota: I think Laughter Yoga is the biggest miracle that has ever come into my life!

    Sofia Menezes, Portugal: I heard about Laughter Yoga from some friends who have experienced and loved it, and now I'm looking forward to experiencing it myself. So far, I've only heard and watched videos about it, but am sure it will be worth the waiting when I do it!

    Marta Keller, Yukon, Canada: I recently became a Laughter Yoga leader, and we here really need a good laugh in winter when it gets cold and the days are very short.

    Maurine Pachter ,Kansas city, Missouri: I found out about Laughter Yoga through Linda Putoff our Yoga instructor. I have been doing Laughter Yoga for 3 years now and slowly it is changing my life. I am going through some things right now, but still am able to laugh. By the way, I did Laughter Yoga with a group of children who really loved it.

    Leanne Stock, London: I'm a recently qualified Laughter Yoga Leader and I really adore it so much that I can’t believe I’ve lived so long without it!  I am doing my best to spread this fantastic concept around England especially with kids and toddlers.

    Krista Sullivan, Malta, Europe: Laughter Yoga has changed my life and I love the effect it has on other people's lives.

    Angie Lindenau, Ireland: A friend told me about it and I leapt at the next opportunity to do it. It is a reliable stress buster, so I can now effectively control a quick work-through back to equanimity - which is necessary to 'work things through'. I'm going down the road of therapeutic applications to share the power of laughter over despair and other challenges.

    Pina Kamolnick, California, USA: I discovered Laughter Yoga through a newspaper article and started doing it immediately. My immune system, which was weak, is much stronger now and I sleep and feel better.

    Carla Jackson Kearney, NJ: I'm a minister, and I do Laughter Yoga before preaching. It calms the nerves.

    Kimberly Ruch-Alegant, New Jersey, USA: I became a certified laughter leader in June of this year with Beverly Burns and have been doing Laughter Yoga with seniors, but am looking forward to doing classes where I'm not the only one walking around! I love how good I feel after leading a class. I love being able to laugh for no reason.

    Leah Tunnell, Austin Texas: I wanted a way to promote joy in the world and Laughter Yoga is the best tool for doing it.

    Khristia Maranan Levita,Philippines: Laughter Yoga helps to keep our body and mind healthy and also our heart. It even keeps us looking us younger!

    Noni Gove, Australia: I have doing Laughter Yoga for 10 years and still love it. In fact, a friend uses it for jail inmates as it is very beneficial for and is a great stress buster. It is great for my well being and immune system.

    Deb Gatlin Townley, San Jose, CA: I did Laughter Yoga for the first time at the LGBT community center and it was the best workout EVER! I try to remember to have and enjoy a good laugh daily. Feels physically great and is an instant mood booster. I love it!

    Sol Cabrera, Xalapa, Veracruz, MX: Laughter Yoga has changed my life in a positive way. It is my ‘laughter drug’ and I need my daily doses to be happy. Now that I'm a certified laughter leader, I want change the life of other people too.

    Victoria Zakany, Mexico: I have been practicing Laughter Yoga for two years. It has lifted my spirit and positively changed my mood while I was battling cancer. The laughter community has always been there for me, providing laughing support.

    Anna Lyra,Finland: Laughter Yoga helps me to maintain childlike playfulness and is great way to help people around me. As a teenager I was diagnosed with severe depression and eating disorder but Laughter Yoga is my way to keep myself out of that path again.

    Petr Fridrich, Czech Republic: I discovered Laughter Yoga in 2003 but became active in 2009. Since that time I founded Laughter Club in Prague (first in the country) and made many sessions on festivals, conferences and in companies and also in media. I also made 1st Czech Laughter Championship with Albert Nerenberg. Now is the time to move closer to using more Laughter Yoga for non-profit organizations and I´d like to also start some research and therefore I´m in the process of founding kind of foundation. Laughter Yoga helped me to overcome burnout and depression.

    Eileen Healy, West of Ireland: I heard about Laughter Yoga from a friend and my gut told me I needed this. Went to leader training by Michael Stretch in Galway in June this year and haven't looked back since. While travelling in Berlin and London alone recently, I was able to tap into clubs there and feel connected to some lovely people. I co-led a Laughter Yoga club in Ennis and plan to start another one in September. Laughter Yoga has definitely changed the ‘lens’ I used to view the world by shifting my emotional landscape - if the negative thoughts creep in they just seem absurd now. I'm also much more detached from outcomes and seem to be able to 'wear life loose' compared to before. I love it and how it makes me feel about myself and the world.

    Stacie Meredith, USA: When I start to do something, I don't want to do as I feel myself getting tens. But Laughter Yoga has taught me to get through anything with a cheerful heart.

    Brandy Lyrical Sorensen, Seattle: Laughter Yoga gave me the drive to do something. I am looking to get certified so I can start sharing it with people/friends/family. I think many need this, and I want to be able to offer it to them and bring more laughter and joy into their lives.

    Jeffrey Briar, USA: I love how Laughter Yoga generates feelings of friendship, so now I have thousands of caring friends all over the world. I used to be a lonely guy, but now I have to check my social calendar every day to see what wonderful event I am attending, guffawing with my laughter buddies.

    Melanie Rudolph, USA: I Love Laughter Yoga because it is good medicine for my mind, body & spirit. I also love it because it connects me more deeply to my inner peace & outer peace with others around the world.

    Deniz Keller, Turkey: I love Laughter Yoga because it unites people unconditionally with the most positive emotions. It heals and transforms the soul in a giggle. Can anyone beat that?

    Tosha Tobias, Chile: What I love most about Laughter Yoga is the way I feel when I see all the changes and joy that these simple but profound laughter exercises can produce in others.

    Duncan Cook, Canada: I love Laughter Yoga because it's simple - and it works.

    Meg Scott, USA: I love watching strangers connect and lighten up when they laugh together during Laughter Yoga.

    Mary Tadokoro, Japan: I absolutely love watching peoples' faces bloom into the most radiant smiles during Laughter Yoga and I am always amazed at how people who were complete strangers at the beginning of the session talk over lunch as if they've known each other for years.

    Jen Smith: All Laughter faces are beautiful and are still beautiful after laughing!

    Linda Lou Batchelor-Ballew: I love Laughter Yoga because in less than ten minutes I can teach people how to access the perfect joy within us which heals and is never dimmed by circumstances. I love to see their joyous surprise as their hearts open and spirits lift for no reason at all, whatever burdens they carry.

    Diane Shalom: I love Laughter Yoga because I learn how to rejoice in the moment and how to celebrate life with others.

    Erika Ruiz: I love Laughter Yoga because I can make my Alzheimer patients enjoy the moment and have good laugh. While laughing, they forget about memory and have a lots of fun.

    Ute Lorenz, Germany: Laughter Yoga is my elixir for EASY LIVING and LIGHTLY BEING!

    Susan Dustin Hattan-Aldous, Australia: I have been doing Laughter Yoga for over three years and have weekly hospital programs in Thailand where I am based. At the beginning of the year I took it on the road for 50 days for my 50th birthday. I travelled through Thailand, Malaysia and Sri Lanka! It was a blast!

    Steedsman-Haas Careema, South Africa: I have experienced many personal health benefits ever since I started doing Laughter Yoga from 2007.

    Aphale Swapnali, India: I have become more confident and optimist towards life after Laughter Yoga came to my life.

    Gabriela Rueda, Mexico: Laughter Yoga helped me deal with the death of my father and transformed my life completely. I am so blessed to have found this. Now I lead 2 free clubs in my community in Playas de Tijuana Mexico and I've had very good response from the people that participate laughing with me.

    Sointu Mäki-Lohiluoma, Finland: I have done Laughter Yoga last six years and it has helped me to have more fun and laugh to myself.

    Mary McDonald, Rhode Island: I have been laughing for almost 2 years. I have a monthly club and this summer I am bringing laughter to 3 different senior centers. This week we will have a laughter party in my pool in the back yard for my laughter friends.

    Kathleen Kelly: I go to a Laughter Club when I haven't had a good laugh in awhile - to release my soul.

    Tobi Tobin Toenz, Toronto: I've been laughing for 7 years and also do weekly laughter sessions with seniors and my community. Laughing and singing is enrichment for the soul.

    Elisabeth Grant-Gibson, Louisiana, USA: I've been laughing since Jan 2011 and it has brought joy and the ability to help deal with any situation. It's also been helpful on my journey to optimal health--down 210 pounds with 75 more to go.

    Pauline Stark - United States: - I love it because it just makes you feel stress free!

    Shama Rainwater, USA: I was certified as a Laughter Yoga instructor in January 2011, but was inspired by the documentary "Faces" with John Cleese. I now have a monthly meeting at Unity Of Gainesville church where I raise money for the children's program, and also at the Gainesville city Senior Life Center. I am so happy with this wonderful gift, and it is my goal to spread it to the small rural areas that are always the last place to learn new things.

    Alexandria Bott, Austria: In 2006 I founded the first laughter-theatre here; now I am organizing laughter-meetings for companies.

    Deborah Doyle, England: I'm very lucky as I work for a Community Interest Company which helps people delivering therapeutic exercise. I have incorporated Laughter Yoga in my sessions and it has really made a difference .All ages are receptive to Laughter Yoga and it is very rewarding.

    Roswitha Kö, Stuttgart: I had been looking for a positive theme for my diploma in Social Work. And I found Laughter Yoga which changed my life because the laughing child inside me appeared again - and did not disappear again.

    Louise Stevens, Auckland New Zealand: Laughter Yoga taught me to laugh easily at things which would have made me upset in the past.

    Muriel Michal Hollander, Brussels, Belgium: I cannot imagine my life without Laughter Yoga. It helped me in a very difficult moment of my life, and continues to help me and inspire me doing good things for myself and for others.

    Clare Goodwin, Cape Cod, USA: My husband Alan and I are both laughter professionals. We love sharing Laughter Yoga and it has brought the gift of joy and laughter into our daily lives and marriage!

    Carol McLaughlin, Iowa: Laughter Yoga has inspired me to practice my Hatha Yoga with a smiling happy face - now I gain even more benefit and happiness from my practice.

    Harmony Ananda, Sarasota, FL: I've been teaching yoga for over 30 years and for two years, Laughter Yoga has been integrated into my classes. It is a pranayama that brings up the joy factor.

    Ali Khodadoost, Iran: My experience with Laughter Yoga is based on watching Dr. Kataria’s videos on silent laughter and gentle giggling. I laugh with him as I haven't joined any club yet, but the practices I do alone make me feel so refreshed and I am ready to do my work with more energy. It has also healed me to laugh more easily in life now.

    Pham Phuong, Vietnam: My life changed a lot after I became a certified laughter professional and started practicing Laughter Yoga on a regular basis.  My life is now always jubilant and happy and the best part is that I can bring laughter and joy not just to my family and friends, but also to other people.  It has also improved my health both physically and mentally.

    Sanna Heinonen, Finland: Here is so dark and cold that we really need to laugh and Laughter Yoga was my number one exercise last winter. It gave me back my childhood joy! Now nothing can stop me from laughing!

    Pamela Prather: As a Laughter Yoga teacher from 2006 I have been incorporating Laughter Yoga in my voice training workshops for executives and actor as it is a wonderful way to open the voice.

    Marlene Chertok, USA: I am a Laughter Yoga teacher and have been laughing since 2004. It helped me to find my own laughter again while recovering from cancer. I also run the St Louis Laughter Club since 8 years plus work with seniors, disabled, or whoever else is interested. Have learned not to attach and just flow with wherever the laughter takes me. Has been one of the best things I have done for my health!  This confirms what I love about Laughter Yoga - how it connects you with people around the world!

    Sharon Firemermaid, USA: I only tried Laughter Yoga once and I loved it as I laughed like never before. I am a therapist and maybe someday I will be able to share Laughter Yoga with my clients.

    Debbie Macmillan, UK: Doing Laughter Yoga for nine months has made me a more positive person and I really want to share this fantastic therapeutic exercise with more people.

    Raisa-Tiina Lahtinen Finland: I am a laughter teacher since 2009 and it has really changed my life.  I have got new friends and feeling much better both physically and mentally.

    Tania Sherley, Australia: I have been going to 'Sunshine Laughter Club' for well over a year now. The group I do it with are some of the most beautiful people I have had the pleasure to meet. We are all so 'real' with each other; we are all there for the same goal, to laugh and just simply to be happy with each other, and enrich each other’s lives. I love that we hug each other when we greet each other, and that we are genuinely caring towards each other. Having a disability, this weekly 'activity' also lets me 'escape' for a morning, I think of nothing else but laughing!

    Emma Klues, St. Louis, Missouri, USA: I have been doing Laughter Yoga for 3 years and this wonderful regime is a workout for every part of my body - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Can't get enough, just got trained as a leader.

    Marian Meade: I was working as a psychotherapist and shared some of the Laughter Yoga exercises with my team and they just loved it. Right now I am living in Tulsa and am preparing to launch my relationship coaching practice. Underscoring that is my number one passion, emotional fitness, and Laughter Yoga sure fits the bill.

    Annie Goglia, California: I've been a big laughter fan all my life! When I discovered Laughter Yoga in 2005, I knew it was for me. And now I'm the fortunate leader of the fabulous Oakland Lifefire Laughter Club in California, USA. I also use Laughter Yoga with elders with Alzheimers, friends, family and in my life coaching practice. Everything goes better with laughter.

    Carlos Góngora, Colombia, Canada: Every day I'm impressed , inspired and delighted by people who are finding their voice in Laughter Yoga

    Laurence Robert, Australia: Laughter Yoga has created a more positive outlook for me and helped me to see the funny side in most aspects of life. I have also found an inner peace I have been longing for.

    Wil Hendriks: I started Laughter Yoga in 2004 in The Netherlands. Now it is my company and fulltime job. The finance is bad, but it makes me socially rich! Let us work together for a Magic Smiling World.

    Deb Godfrey: Laughter is certainly a healing vibration of connection and love!

    Loretta Bert: Life is deeply changing with Laughter Yoga. It's a great tool for connecting people together. Laughing together for no reason is amazing: gradually, with the regular practice, we all become aware that human beings are all made by the same "stuff"! We are no more strangers and feel part of the same community, in spite of the so called "differences".

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