Life Changing Experience

  • 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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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Overcome Feelings Of Inadequacy

    Sabina Gerin
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    When I was growing up there was always a smile on my face, but somewhere as an adult I lost it. Many people noticed I had lost my smile, but as I considered myself a serious person I was convinced that serious people do not laugh. Yet, I felt something was wrong inside me, so I began a journey of awareness. The path that I had undertaken was made of many experiences - mental, physical and emotional. I...
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  • Laughter Makes You Positive And Joyful

    Cynthia Newsome, Kansas City
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    For years, I knew about the importance of laughter and good health; but I have to admit that I had never heard of a laughter workout. Then, I met Maurine Pachter, a Laughter Yoga Instructor who invited me to her workout and I'm so glad she did. I met this group of lovely ladies who were welcoming and in a great mood which set the perfect stage to begin laughing. We began with a group chant, "Ha, ha,...
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  • Laughter Makes Bad Things Better

    Susan Dustin, Thailand
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    Some days ago, I had a rough start and yet a great opportunity to laugh when I didn’t feel like laughing. I scrambled aboard a fast moving, crowded bus and found a seat miraculously, only to discover I’d forgotten my money purse. I started to laugh, as it really was humorous and rather silly of me. I had my ATM card, so knew I’d be ok for the rest of the day. I cheerfully apologized...
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  • Laughter Improved My Breathing

    Sheena Tan
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    As a little girl I could not participate in sports and games in school as I suffered from breathing difficulties and had to use the inhaler often. Even when I was doing housework, I’d get asthma attacks because of the dust and after walking up and down the stairs. Fortunately, I started on Laughter Yoga two years back when my sister recommended it to as an exercise routine that would benefit...
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  • Awakening to my right to laugh

    Matthew Byas
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    The great thing about me is, I am a good observer. Observing has been one of my greatest teachers. The bad thing about me is, I am a good observer. Over time my observing nature and has kept me primarily in my head. I had to intellectually understand something before I could even attempt to apply it. My laughter was calculated and I was stingy with it. I am still 34 years old and I have been...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helps Recover From Disaster

    Eiko Saito, Japan
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    This is an account by Eiko Saito a 54 year old woman, who was a witness to the dreadful tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. She very well describes how a group of people, huddled in a building, amidst terror and panic eased their fears through Laughter Yoga. Laughing at a time of crisis may seem strange, but Laughter Yoga has the power to reduce stress almost instantaneously and lend a positive attitude...
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  • Laughter Yoga Gave Me The Confidence To Do Anything

    Heine Bo Hansen
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    In 2003 I attended my first Laughter Yoga session in a local club near my home. It turned out to become a life changing experience. I went to the club, thinking I could work on my laughter like a muscle, making it stronger. But quickly I discovered, my weakness was not in the belly but inside my head. I was a very shy person with a quiet laughter. Did not have the nerve to laugh out loud, and was...
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  • My Laughter Yoga Experience

    Andrea Betke, Germany
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    I had my first Laughter Yoga experience in the year 2000, but it was only in 2010 that I became a certified laughter leader and started two Laughter Clubs. I worked for different major commercial enterprises. They hired me to increase their sales, to connect the staff and to find solutions for products and services.  A year later, I felt that it was time for change and decided to become a full...
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  • Laughter & Silence Retreat – A Great Experience!

    Madhav Mhaske, CLYT - India
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    It was a wonderful experience to go through the Silence Retreat program and observe three types of meditations namely Silence, Hearing and Humming. I felt very relaxed and light, especially during the exercise of writing a letter of forgiveness. I decided to write to my late father, seeking forgiveness for not being able to visit him before he died. All my life I carried this guilt, but after having...
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