Life Changing Experience

  • My Experience of World Laughter Day in Taiwan

    Kitty, CLYT Hong Kong
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    As an international laughing buddy from Hong Kong, I was privileged to join the Taiwan laughing buddies for their WLD celebration on 3rd May 2015, which was held in an amazing environment. There was no media coverage, grand venue, professional stage design, gorgeous props and gimmicks which one normally expects for a ‘great’ event, yet what I experienced on World Laughter Day at Kaoshsiung...
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  • Laughter Yoga - How Does It Feel?

    Bernadette Mcgree, Laughter Yoga teacher, Ireland
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    Bernadette Mcgree, Laughter Yoga teacher at the Linfield Laughter Club in Ireland says that laughter is good for a number of different reasons. It's great for connecting people, excellent for helping people de-stress and feel more relaxed. As one of her participant says, “I went through a marriage breakdown and the distress that it caused. Laughter Yoga helped me to get my mind off it. It also...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helps To Regain Joy

    Angēla Essick Dykes, MI USA
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    During a recently held Laugh Fest in Michigan, Laughter Yoga instructor Angēla Essick Dykes conducted a series of laughter sessions which were designed to unleash laughs and inspire a sense of pure, unbridled joy. According to Dykes participants do not need any mat or yoga clothes to do Laughter Yoga; all they need is to leave their inhibitions behind and have fun. But the same was not true when she...
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  • Laughter Yoga Keeps One Healthy & Happy

    Jakarta
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    For years, Anak Agung Gede Sukarena , a middle aged man in Bali, did the rounds of doctors, healers, acupuncturists and alternative therapists trying to understand his ailments, which included shoulder and back pain, severe stomach cramping, migraines, insomnia and crippling phobias. By his early 50s, he lived in a state of total panic and fear. He was unable to sleep without someone holding his...
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  • A Laughter Yoga Travelogue Of India

    Piotr Bielski, CLYT, Poland
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    We recently concluded our second trip to India with a group of 11 participants. For almost a month, a group of Polish Laughter Yoga leaders and fans travelled around South India from Bangalore to Mysore, Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu and Goa. The idea of the trip is very simple: thanks to daily sessions of Laughter Yoga we nurture our inner spirit and meet all the challenges with laughter. This, in...
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  • How Laughter Yoga Saved My Marriage

    Lauren Hunt
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    Several years back things were not so great in my life and in my marriage. I wasn’t happy as two small children were stressing me out and I wasn’t getting time for myself. I felt isolated without much social support and my husband and I were also not getting enough time together. Everything between us was tense and heavy and conversations were typically about finances, kids, and the...
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  • Laughter Yoga Changed My perspective

    Erdinc, Laughter Yoga teacher, USA
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    Though life still throws up the same challenges of the good and the bad, the joy and the sorrow; and yes, I do get hurt and disappointed, there is a fundamental difference. It is in the way I now react and counter these circumstances. Earlier, they almost ruled over me, and I used to find it difficult to deal with them. But ever since I started practicing Laughter Yoga, it has taught me to have a...
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  • Laughter Yoga First Aid!

    Chandanna Denzayll CLYT, Malaysia
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    Life still has it's ups and downs, but the practice of Laughter Yoga has enhanced my ability to respond to challenges more easily and effectively. It's my First Aid Kit, that I take with me everywhere! As part of my teaching, I inform my students that sustained laughter is a catalyst for the release of endorphins (pain killing hormones) into the body, and recently I had the opportunity to put my own...
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  • Laughter Helped Cope With Life’s Challenges

    Patricia
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    Laughter Yoga was first introduced at a Caring Clown meeting and the very name intrigued me. After having googled Laughter Yoga, it was love at first sight and my heart reached out. Initially, the possible price of 2 day training caused some anxiety thinking it could be thousands of dollars. But, in finding out the extremely reasonable price of a Certified Laughter Leader Training, I was ecstatic...
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  • Laughter Story of Dr. Annelie Gareis

    Dr. Annelie Gareis, Ecuador
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    When I was a small child I had a dream which I never will forget. I dreamed that I stood hand in hand with my mother in an amazing blue cave, which was sparkling all over. Off in the distance I saw a woman who smiled at me very cheerfully. I heard such beautiful music that I had to let go of the hand of my mother so I could spin round and round. I danced and started floating inside the cave. Feeling...
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  • Laughter Helped Me Deal With Cancer

    Mandy Riches, UK
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    I had just been diagnosed with cancer for the third time (Hodgkin's lymphoma twice in the 1990s and breast cancer in 2011) but little did I know that later that evening, I would be sitting on the sofa giggling away with my parents and partner. All thanks to a laughtercise DVD given by my friend Stephanie, a laughter practitioner. I started with some of the exercises, and it wasn't long before the...
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  • My Personal LY Story

    Thomas TOPOLANEK, Austria
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    For many years I am fascinated by the story of HOTEI – a Japanese God of happiness, based on a true story of a monk, who travelled from village to village and was just laughing, laughing, laughing … Both – kids and grownups worshiped him a lot. Just before he died he told them his last wish: Burn me with the clothes I am wearing. When he passed away and got burned, a firework...
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  • Laughter Yoga Enhanced My Self-Esteem & Social Skills

    Mayra Avila, CLYT, Texas
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    I first heard about Laughter Yoga when I was working for a community clinic. I was preparing for a wellness group especially for women and I decided to include a laughter session to see what it was. After seeing the session in action, I thought it was a neat and unique exercise but after hearing the participants' comments about how much they had enjoyed the session, I decided to look more into it and...
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  • Laughter Yoga Story

    Shareen Richter, Johannesburg South Africa
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    Shareen Richter, laughter professor who lives in Johannesburg South Africa has been spreading laughter all throughout South Africa and the World. She first went to Mumbai in January 2009 to do Laughter Yoga training with Dr. Madan Kataria. It was a life changing experience for her. She had never laughed so much in her entire life and felt that all the stress was lifted from her soul. Love poured out...
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  • Part of life but, Never easy!

    Sylvie Dagenais-Douville
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    Grief is a natural reaction when one suffers a loss. People get emotionally distressed at losing someone they loved and cherished and it is not easy to overcome this anguish. In fact, it is essential that people talk and express their feelings. This is where Laughter Yoga helps as it is the most effective method to heal emotional distress, pain and mental agony. It is a great connector of people and...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helps Transform Negative Energy

    Zabotin Andrey, Moscow
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    I conduct the Osho dynamic meditation in a yoga studio in my city. Always on the lookout for something new for my participants, I stumbled upon Laughter Yoga where one had to just laugh for 30 minutes in order to get great health and spiritual benefits. It was a great idea. I felt laughter is what I needed. I went out to meet my wife and a friend to tell them about my exploration and we started to...
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  • No Sleeping Pills With Laughter Yoga!

    Erika Ruiz, USA
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    A recreational specialist for seniors at an adult day care center in Miami, Florida, my job entails planning and implementing activities for senior citizens—those with and without memory impairment. Always looking for meaningful activities, especially ones beneficial for Alzheimer's patients, I discovered Laughter Yoga which is a wonderful tool for those whose aging process has stolen their...
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  • Laughter Yoga Was The Game-Changer In My Life

    Lisa Pettersen, USA
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    I'm an alcoholic and an addict. I don't know how many thousands of times I must have said that at different AA/NA meetings, over the years. Getting and staying sober was not an easy thing for me. I started trying to get sober in 1989, going to my first Rehab at that time. For the next 16 years, I went in & out of different treatment centers and was able to put a a few years together, but nothing...
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  • Laughing to withstand ... .every unexpected

    Laura Toffolo , Italy
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    I like to tell you what happened to me recently. Also, I was invited to share my experience by Dr. Kataria. On September 15th, I was in Milan railway station (Porta Garibaldi), coming back from one of my tours around Italy to share Laughter Yoga. I had taken part to a “white night” and to a Leader Training, with a very smart teacher, Elena Barbagallo. I also had been to visit Bruno...
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  • Laughter Yoga Changed My Life & Mind

    Kelsey Miller
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    Some time back my boss sent me an article about the growing phenomenon of Laughter Yoga clubs, along with the simple directive: "You should do this." It sounded great and as it turned out, it was. Initially reluctant, I'd hoped my class would be full of people I could hide among, but soon I found myself laughing and enjoying every minute of it. In Laughter Yoga people laugh simply for the joy of...
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  • My Tryst With Laughter Yoga

    Jackie Curran, NSW-Australia
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    Like many lawyers I became slowly restless about my work. It was a niggling feeling that something within my work- life was not quite right. With my growing impatience I decided to learn new skills and spent the next five years working as a telephone counselor, Referral officer and later a trainer for Lifeline. But, once again my restlessness got the better of me and it felt like time to move on....
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Me Heal My Past

    Pauline Ginnelly, Townhill, Scotland
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    I had a violent and abusive upbringing and a toxic marriage which broke down, leaving me homeless and jobless with little self esteem and confidence. But Laughter Yoga helped me to laugh again and I now teach people to chuckle along with me. To say it changed me completely in one session would be exaggerating but straight away I started to have a different perspective on life. My past is the full...
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  • Promoting Laughter Yoga Training

    Mayra L. Avila (CLYT, Texas)
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    I recently conducted the 2nd Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training in McAllen, Texas, USA and have certified 27 leaders in the past five months. I started as a laughter leader in March 2012 and was the only one conducting sessions in the Rio Grande Valley. Then, in October 2012, I was joined by another certified leader and together we certified another batch of 15 leaders in the area. It is a great...
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  • Laughter Yoga Beneficial For Psychiatric Therapy

    Peggy Tileston, therapist
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    When I first heard about Laughter Yoga, I was sceptical and a bit creeped out by the idea of forcing myself and others to laugh. I wondered how laughter could be generated without a sense of humour. What if someone is depressed or just doesn't feel like laughing? Some of the people I work with have been through horrible experiences. How dare I ask them to laugh? So many people hide behind fake...
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  • Laughter Yoga Testimonial from the Appalachian Psychiatric Center

    Melanie Rudolph
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    When I reflect upon meaningful life experiences and in this case, past Laughter Yoga presentations, one of my most rewarding and valuable experience was bringing Laughter Yoga to Appalachian Regional Healthcare Psychiatric Center in 2012. My mother Marilyn took her own life 32 years ago at the age of 42, when I was just 8 years old. She struggled with mental illness for more than 10 years. This is a...
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