Life Changing Experience

  • Laughter Helps Discipline Children

    Cynthia Paris, Laughologist, USA
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    Recently, I visited an elementary school gymnasium with about 300 children from kindergarten to 5th Grade. As I work with behavior health facility and teach experienced based workshops and programs, I was invited to work with classrooms to encourage cooperation, communication and anti-bullying. The youth were excited but were quite undisciplined, constantly disrupting the proceedings. In fact, even...
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  • When Life Throws You Lemons, Just Laugh!

    Lynn Perreault, CLYT, Canada
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    For many years, I have been teaching about the many benefits of laughter to my university students. To demonstrate my point, I would teach students the basic rules of comedy, play some games together, and then we would laugh. However, some students felt too nervous to perform and others were concerned they were not funny. I spent more time addressing students' concerns than I did engaging them in...
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  • Why I Fell in Love With Laughter Yoga

    Bob Barner, USA
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    I was first introduced to Laughter Yoga when I screened the film "Laughing Clubs of India," at a short film Festival. The seed was planted. I recall laughing hysterically when the workers in blue uniforms got in a circle, looking quite somber and then they performed a simple stretch from bending low to lifting their arms high. When their arms reached high, for no apparent reason whatsoever, they all...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Me Find My Purpose

    Sylvia Pencheva, Bulgaria
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    Since I graduated, I've been working as a software developer. Every day I spend at least 8 hours in front of the computer. You can imagine how you get used to it - the virtual communication, the piles of information, which distract you from what you really need to do. I soon realized that the only people I was talking to were those who were also hooked on to the net. I found out about Laughter Yoga...
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  • Laughter Yoga Gave Me My Mission – Empowerment Through Laughter

    Gaga Barnes, USA
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    My true nature is playful and I laugh easily. Yet, since my high school years, I became serious. I squished my joy and laughter inside and shared it only with people very close to me. I found out about the laughter movement in September 2006 from my friend Sarito Sun. I attended her Laughter meditation class and laughed so hard that tears were rolling down my cheeks and my belly ached. Instantly, I...
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  • How Laughter Yoga Changed My Life

    Ulrike Bauer, physiotherapist (Switzerland)
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    One day my daughter invited me to come with her to a Laughter Yoga session as she had already tried it and was all for it. At the beginning, the exercises, especially the ones where I had to force myself to laugh, were so embarrassing that I promised myself never to come again. But as I wasn’t brave enough to leave, I stayed till the end and played along. At the end however, I laughed whole...
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  • Laughter Yoga Increases Happiness

    Loretta Bert, CLYT, Italy
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    After graduating I worked as a technical trainer in the IT industry for a short while, after which I became an Education Manager, and since 2000 have been working as a free-lance in training and coaching for companies and universities. In my job, I've always tried to have a positive and smiling attitude. With NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) I modified my view of life, becoming even more flexible...
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  • My Journey With Laughter Yoga

    Michael Stretch, England
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    This story shows different aspects of my life; before and after my Laughter Yoga journey. Since an early age, I was a little aloof and had an occasional pattern of waking in the night amongst horrific deliriums that left me scared beyond belief. After a difficult parental divorce, I had a fairly normal childhood until before high school, when I began using substances as a form of escape and peer group...
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  • My Laughter Yoga Story

    Rachel Ades, Switzerland
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    My Laughter Yoga story begins a little bit different. It was one weekend when my son and his wife and kids came over to see us. As we chatted, my daughter in law told me about an article she read on Laughter Yoga. I thought that was exactly what I was looking for without knowing what I was looking for! The next day, I opened my laptop and typed first in German: “Lachyoga” then Laughter...
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  • Laughter Yoga A Great Pain Killer

    Linda Batchelor-Ballew USA
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    I am a certified Laughter Yoga teacher and I have stage IV metastatic Bone Marrow cancer. Last year - in May, I had a bone marrow biopsy - the doctors use a bone awl to push and turn, cutting down through the bone so they can get a core sample and also draw out some bone marrow. The doctor I had was right handed and could only do it where I have a bone island on the horn of the hip. Usually this takes...
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  • Laughter Yoga Enhances Relationships

    Bill and Linda Hamaker, USA
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    Laughter Yoga has greatly enhanced our relationship and has brought so much more laughter into our everyday life. The playfulness it creates has also helped to balance our lives as we are usually doing left-brain activities most of the day. Our first encounter with Laughter Yoga was a three-day seminar in 2008 at the Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. It was a wonderful experience to attend...
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  • Laughter Yoga Brought Me More Joy

    John Chen, Laughter Teacher, Taiwan
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    It’s been six years since I took to Laughter Yoga and it has really changed my life and enriched my heart. My story is a little different. Unlike most laughter professionals who begin their Laughter Yoga journey because of some problem in life, I had no such predicament – my only purpose was to bring more happiness and joy into my life & family. Frankly speaking, I did not feel any...
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  • Laughter Yoga – Right Way To Fulfill My Dream

    Yoshiko Takada Japan
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    In January 2009, I concluded the Laughter Yoga Teacher Training in Mumbai, and came back to Japan. The next morning, at 6.40am, I started a Laughter Club at a small nearby shrine. I have never stopped laughing since then. In Japan, it is common for small groups to gather in the morning to practice a 10-minute exercise along a daily radio program. There is one such group at Nezu Shrine, and I...
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  • Laughter Yoga for Wellbeing

    Julie Whitehead, London, (UK)
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    I am a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher and I have practiced Hatha yoga for over 30 years and thought I had a very positive attitude to life – but in 2001 when I saw Dr Kataria on the TV laughing on a beach in Mumbai with John Cleese – I realised that I wanted to get more laughter in my life! Shortly after that I saw a magazine article saying that Dr Kataria was coming to England in June...
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  • How Laughter Yoga Changed My Whole World

    Gudrun Mathys Switzerland
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    In May, 2010 while attending a medical congress, one of the topics for discussion was Laughter Yoga. I thought that is nothing for me. I rather go for a walk. But, it was raining heavily, so I decided to stay back and listen to the talk on Laughter Yoga. Believe me, during the hour long session, I was very impressed and convinced about the new concept of laughing without a reason and thought it would...
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  • Laughter Yoga - Truly A Life Changing Experience

    Khushmita Sanghvi, India
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    As soon as I completed my Certified Laughter Yoga Training (CLYT) course in June 2010, I felt a distinctive shift in my perspective in life. I had already made a huge leap of faith last year by quitting my corporate job and becoming a full time yoga instructor, but Laughter Yoga took my journey ahead by a thousand miles! I felt so light and clear in my head when I returned from the training, and just...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helps Cope With PTSD

    Alex Eingorn, Medical Doctor, NY
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    Laughter Yoga has definitely changed my life. In fact, you can say it saved my life. I first became aware of Dr. Kataria’s work through a patient who said to me, “When you made me laugh, you saved my life!” At the time, I was being treated for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and taking two different anti-depressant Serotonin uptake inhibitors, as well as seeing a therapist...
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  • Laughter Yoga Relieved My Stress

    Karen Sze Tho, Malaysia
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    Even before attending the Laughter Yoga training in India, I was conducting short laughter sessions whenever there was an opportunity to share laughter. However, I felt I lacked full knowledge about the concept and was somehow not able to apply it to myself. There were times when I was really stressed and had migraine attacks. The Laughter Yoga training gave me the solution to manage such stress....
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  • Laughter Yoga and Spirituality

    Charlotte Eaton, UK
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    I was among the 24 participants in the Laughter Yoga course together with a journalist, from New Yorker magazine. We spent five days learning about the health benefits of laughter, how to run sessions including anything from corporate teambuilding to those for seniors in care homes and laughing more than I've ever laughed before. It was an incredible experience, a physical workout, a freeing up of...
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  • Laughter Yoga Can Transform The World

    Ina, Operations Manager, Levity Project, USA
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    After I returned from the Laughter Yoga training, my heart was filled with immense power, love and laughter. I drove to southern Minnesota to visit my in-laws in the rural town of Owatonna. Let's just say my husband's parents view the world through very different eyes than I do, so I often think that what I do seems a bit freaky to them, even though they love me very much. But, this time much to my...
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  • Laughter Yoga Made Me More Relaxed

    Olympia Holliday, USA
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    I first heard about Laughter Yoga from a Laughter Yoga Leader named Leah Tunnell. She was a client of my husband’s and had come over to our home to pay for some work he had done. During our conversation with her she told us she was a “Laughter Yoga Leader”. I remember feeling ‘embarrassed for her’. Despite my efforts to be positive and open minded, I had never heard of...
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  • Laughter Yoga Brought Back Joy In My Life

    Fletcher Holliday, Laughter Yoga Leader and Trainer, USA
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    I grew up in Houston, Texas in a middle class family and was mostly surrounded by hardworking and good people. As a kid, my brother and I would make up crazy games to play, have a mud fight, or play with the neighborhood kids. We would laugh like it was the last time we would ever get the chance. As time went on, we grew older, started going to school, and making other friends, laughter became a less...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helps Cope With Multiple Sclerosis

    Mandie Navarr, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader , USA
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    I am the owner of Universal Laughter Yoga with a passion for sharing the joy of laughter. Throughout my youth and into adulthood, I was an avid swimmer and runner with a fascination for nutrition. Life has a tendency to take us along a frequently twisting path with unforeseen changes in our perfect plans. So, by the time I was in my mid-thirties, I found myself to be a single mother of 2 children...
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  • Laughter Yoga - Amazing For Cancer Patients And Caregivers

    Stephen Findley, USA
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    I work as a Staff Chaplain at the University of Texas at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, the number one cancer research hospital in the world. In 2006 the theme for National Pastoral Care Week was “Healing Humor”. I was in charge of the event and organized a “Healing Humor Worship Service” in the hospital Chapel which received rave reviews from patients,...
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  • Laughter Yoga Brought Great Joy In My Life

    Marilyn Fogelquist
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    I'm not a funny person. Neither can I tell jokes or remember them nor did I grow up in a home with humor. In fact, I didn't learn any skills for defusing conflict or dealing effectively with stressful events and as for problems at home; we didn't talk about them at all. As an adult, I gained skills for dealing with interpersonal relationships through my training as a clinical social worker. But even...
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