Life Changing Experience

  • Laughter Yoga Helped Me Come Alive

    Kris, Ghent, Belgium
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    Kris, Ghent, Belgium: As long as I can remember I have been a very shy person. During my life I worked a lot on this problem, but never seemed to overcome it as I was afraid of people. In October 2006, I entered a Laughter Yoga club for the first time in Ghent and met laughter leader Luc. I felt immediately at home and the experience of laughing freely was amazing. I wanted more. Unfortunately, the...
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  • I learned To Let Go

    Pamela Wener, Certified Laughter Leader, Montreal, Canada
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    Training to be a certified laughter leader has changed my life in so many positive ways. To begin with, I would have to say that I truly feel different inside. I am a much happier, grateful, upbeat person who is able to share this easily with others. Being a pre-school teacher for almost 30 years and the mother of twin sons and a daughter, I have always loved kids and have found them such a joy to be...
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  • Laughter Came Back Into My Life At A Cemetery

    Nancy Weil, USA
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    I became a laughter leader in 2002 and ran Laughter Clubs for senior citizens. After the Laughter Club ended, I stopped offering any laughter programs. Several years later, I started to work at a cemetery working with the families. Part of the job was to offer programs to community groups. Most of them were cemetery related topics, but I also offered Laugh for the Health of It. This was the only...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Me Cope With Difficult Times

    Gary Hahn, KY USA
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    Gary Hahn: For me, the sound of laughter has all not always been pleasant. As I lost my father at age 1, and my mother at age 12, I spent a large majority of my childhood in an orphanage. Unfortunately, the laughter was often directed towards me by being made fun of at school and at the orphanage. I chose to overcome this bullying by developing myself physically. I later transformed the initial...
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  • A Clown Who Learnt To Laugh!

    Ana Banana
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    I am a professional clown who spent 30 years making people laugh, but that does not mean I can still do it. On the contrary, my life became darker and darker, eventually reducing me to a depressed and severely ill person. I couldn't find the light at the end of the tunnel, with my marriage ending, practically homeless, my little 4 year old daughter, Zara, looking at me with concern and switching roles...
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  • I Became More Confident

    Sylvie Dagenais-Douville, CLYT, Canada
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    I had the chance to discover Laughter Yoga 4 years ago and have been promoting it full time for the last 2 years, after I lost my job unfortunately. I have since published a book for teenage parents with a full chapter on Laughter Yoga and how to use it has a tool. Shortly after losing my job, my 23 year old daughter moved away from home, and I know that it is with the power of laughter that I have...
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  • I Learned To Laugh In Adversity With Laughter Yoga

    Natalie Lui, Hong Kong
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    Do you believe life composes different magic moments which lead you to the path of your dream? I do. I chanced twice upon Laughter Yoga before finally ending up in the Laughter Yoga Teacher Training Course in Bangalore. Few years ago, I went for a social work seminar to Vancouver, which initially was quite a mess as I faced some visa problems and was not allowed into the country, and then the...
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  • I Learnt To Live In The Present Moment With Laughter Yoga

    Cedric Komar
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    I came across Laughter Yoga through the Internet several years ago. Though the idea was very appealing, I told myself that I would look into it later. And then my life started changing two years ago with my first trip to India for an Ayurveda retreat. The reason why my wife and I went to India was fertility treatment as a last chance to have a baby after 6 years of unsuccessful efforts. This trip had...
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  • Laughter Yoga for Physical and Mental Health

    Jayne Meldrum, Australia
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    My name is Jayne Meldrum I live in Sandy Beach, New South Wales, Australia. First time I heard about laughter yoga was in 2009. I had just turned 52, feeling old so I decided to get health & became a fitness instructor. A lady called Kathy Popperwell was advertising in a fitness magazine about becoming a Laughter Yoga Leader; she talked about the health benefit of laughter & child like play....
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  • Laughter Yoga Reacquainted Me With My Joyful Inner Self

    Lesley Lyle, Hampshire
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    It was a scientific journey rather than a spiritual one that brought me to Laughter Yoga. Coming from a background of NLP, Clinical Hypnosis, Clean Language and Positive Psychology, I wanted to find effective ways to promote positive emotion. A chance reading of a magazine article that I read (coincidentally on a flight to Mumbai) led me to enquire about Laughter Yoga Clubs on arrival at my hotel....
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  • I Became a Happier, More Balanced Person Through Laughter Yoga

    Richard G. Bhanap, Mumbai
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    Richard G. Bhanap: I found myself participating in and then leading my first Laughter Yoga session quite by accident a few years ago. It was all triggered by a serious sporting injury which kept me out of action for nearly 4 months. But the story really starts more than a decade before that. While visiting relatives in Nasik, near my hometown Mumbai, I was woken very early one morning by some...
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  • The First Roving Laughter Report !

    Michaela Pearson
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    Hello everyone, all over the world! This is the first, of I hope many “Roving Laughter Reports!” I hope that a Laughter yoga exchange program will develop all over the world and more people can enjoy an invaluable experience! Everyone enjoys the experience! My adventure began with a late night train and after a train swap, I snuggled down (as much as was possible!) to catch a few moments...
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  • Laughter Yoga connected me to Whole Body Peace

    Karen Michelle Bayard, Utah, USA
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    I've always loved to laugh and found it everywhere. When my brother died of AIDS I felt emotionally derailed. My heart was heavy. I had so many questions, the greatest was, "Why didn't he tell me he was sick?" His death came as an awful surprise to our small family. I flew home and I am thankful I had 63 days with him to love him up, talk, laugh and say everything we wanted to say. After his funeral I...
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  • Laughter Yoga helped me to Love

    Richard Romagnoli, CLYT, Italy
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    Becoming aware of laughter yoga for me was not a coincidence, but simply magic! I was doing shopping in a small shop in Puttaparthi (South India) and I noticed that there was a small book titled "Laughter for no reason".Since I was a child, I dedicate myself to the art of magic and illusionism, who for twenty years is also my profession (in Italy and around the world).Some years ago I founded a group...
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  • Laughter Yoga Enriched My Life

    Marianne Bishop, Adelaide
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    The eyes are the windows to the soul…… this saying from my childhood went through my mind as I was gazing into the beautiful eyes of strangers and then giving them a hug and laughing…… laughing for no reason. I did not even know the 30 people at this day retreat. I was invited as a Pranic Healer but was also encouraged to enjoy activities on offer and get inspired by...
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  • How I Came To Laughter Yoga

    Dr. Ute Meinel, Egypt
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    I owe the fact that I became interested in Laughter Yoga to my father, which is a bit of a paradox. My father, an academic with a scientific background, widely read and traveled was a very rational and serious man. He was proud of his intellectual capacity of getting to the bottom of things through critical questioning. Early on in life, I too became skeptical of everything and did not believe in...
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  • Ha Ha Helen of LAFOLOT\'s Story

    Helen Szollosy, USA
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    I come from a 'good-hearted' but challenged family of 7 children, a creative/vaudeville-type funny dad who worked 42 years for the Bethlehem Steel Co., and a mom who left her nursing career early on - to raise 7 children. My mom, as was her father, brothers and my dad's dad and a brother - were challenged with alcohol addiction. A dark humor comment I make is: Our last name translates to Grape...
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  • I Learned to Extend Love and Peace with Laughter Yoga

    Elaine Nieberding, RN, USA
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     My finding Laughter Yoga was quite unexpected -- but it feels like "destiny"! As a holistic nurse, I'm knowledgeable about lots of different relaxation, stress release and energy medicine approaches to health and wellness. In the hospital oncology unit setting where I work, I frequently teach deep and focused breathing for pain relief, relaxation, emotional balancing, and easing into sleep. And...
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  • Accepting All That Is As It Is Through Laughter Yoga

    Tommy Westerfield, USA
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    I have had a dramatic life. Like many people who have had dramatic lives with genuine suffering and trauma, I became addicted to drama as a normal way of living with no proportion or sense of perspective. And, like many people, I thought, I must have healing; I must discover the meaning of my suffering and search for a new path in how to live - but how? As soon as I asked myself that question,...
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  • Inner Spirit Of Laughter Helped Me Cope With Grief

    Cathy Urroz, Mexico
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    Cathy Urroz: Over a month ago, my son, daughter in law and two friends of theirs were subjected to a nightmare of an assault and robbery. After six hours of being kidnapped, they were left in the middle of nowhere in a mountainous area, barefoot, with no sweater or coat. They had to walk another six hours across the range looking for help, which they found in a very humble and poor family who put...
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  • Laughter Yoga Taught Me To Love

    Mary Stallings, Mexico
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    Mary Stallings: To me, life has been a series of events that I have labeled as either good or bad. I’ve carried these experiences around with me and have given them power to prevent me from doing certain things. I have been continuously worried about what others would think of me that I have not been able to enjoy life. I have felt as if I were walking on eggshells everyday to try and please...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Me Reach Out

    Robert Rivest, Performer, Artist/ Educator, CLYT
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    My background is in the performing arts and I have been presenting comic health, literacy and stress management educational programs in schools, libraries and theaters for 28 years. I discovered Laughter Yoga 2 years ago when Mary Rives and Keith Carlson offered a free Laughter Yoga session at my performing arts guild. I loved it and felt great for even after several hours. Highly inspired, I...
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  • Why Laughter Yoga Chose Me

    Carla BeDell USA
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    I love to laugh. I always have. I married a man who loved to laugh as much as I did. For a while, everything was great. But just as what happens in most peoples lives, things became too serious. My husband and I were both involved in the stressful corporate life: him working with ever changing technology in the banking industry and me juggling the increasing pressure filled environment of a high level...
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  • Laughter Yoga For Balanced Life

    Johanne Bouchard, CLYT, Canada
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    I started the Laughter Club of La Prairie-Montérégie, QC, Canada five years ago. As a leader, I like laughing weekly with the members and interacting with them. I even practice laughing alone together with proper breathing exercises and humming. This has made a significant difference to my body, mind and soul. As a child, I lived with a single mother who suffered from manic-depression...
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  • I Laughed Away All My Troubles!

    Marcia Wyman, USA
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    I used to run my own archery business for 25 years, but last year on July 24th I had a stroke that incapacitated my left side totally and I spent 4 days in the hospital. The prognosis was that I would have more strokes in the future and that I'd have difficulties with my left side. Needless to say, my archery business had to be closed. However, I saw a documentary on the Laughter Movement and thought...
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