Life Changing Experience

  • Laughter Came Back Into My Life At A Cemetery

    Nancy Weil
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    Nancy Weil: 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...
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Me Cope With Difficult Times

    Gary Hahn
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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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    Ana Banana: 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...
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  • I Became More Confident

    Sylvie Dagenais-Douville, CLYT, Canada
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    Sylvie Dagenais-Douville, CLYT, Canada: 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...
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  • I Learned To Laugh In Adversity With Laughter Yoga

    Natalie Lui, Hong Kong
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    Natalie Lui, Hong Kong: 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...
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  • I Learnt To Live In The Present Moment With Laughter Yoga

    Cedric Komar
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    Cedric Komar: 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....
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  • Laughter Yoga for Physical and Mental Health

    Jayne Meldrum, Australia
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    Jayne Meldrum, Australia: 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...
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  • Laughter Yoga Reacquainted Me With My Joyful Inner Self

    Lesley Lyle
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    Lesley Lyle: 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...
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  • I Became a Happier, More Balanced Person Through Laughter Yoga

    Richard G. Bhanap
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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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    Michaela Pearson : 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!)...
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  • Laughter Yoga connected me to Whole Body Peace

    Karen Michelle Bayard, Utah, USA
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    Karen Michelle Bayard, Utah, USA: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...
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  • Laughter Yoga helped me to Love

    Richard Romagnoli, CLYT
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    Richard Romagnoli, CLYT : 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...
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  • Laughter Yoga Enriched My Life

    Marianne Bishop, Adelaide
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    Marianne Bishop, Adelaide: 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...
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  • How I Came To Laughter Yoga

    Dr. Ute Meinel, Egypt
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    Dr. Ute Meinel, Egypt: 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...
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  • Ha Ha Helen of LAFOLOT\'s Story

    Helen Szollosy
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    Helen Szollosy: 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...
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  • I Learned to Extend Love and Peace with Laughter Yoga

    Elaine Nieberding, RN
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    Elaine Nieberding, RN: 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...
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  • Accepting All That Is As It Is Through Laughter Yoga

    Tommy Westerfield
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    Tommy Westerfield: 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...
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  • Inner Spirit Of Laughter Helped Me Cope With Grief

    Cathy Urroz
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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
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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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    Robert Rivest, Performer, Artist/ Educator, CLYT: 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...
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  • Why Laughter Yoga Chose Me

    Carla BeDell USA
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    Carla BeDell USA: 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...
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  • Laughter Yoga For Balanced Life

    Johanne Bouchard, CLYT, Canada
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    Johanne Bouchard, CLYT, Canada: 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...
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  • I Laughed Away All My Troubles!

    Marcia Wyman, USA
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    Marcia Wyman, USA: 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...
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  • Laughter Yoga Has Taken Over My Life

    Monnet Zubieta, USA
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    Monnet Zubieta, USA: My first laughter club experience was with Sparkie Lovejoy. After doing the Laughter Yoga Leader training with Jeffery Briar she was inspired to start a daily laughter club to support her commitment to laugh every day for 40 days. The Santa Rosa Laughter Club met every morning about 10 minutes away from my house. Sparkie's laughter sessions were playful and energetic filled and...
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  • Laughter Yoga For True Happiness

    Daniele Berti, CLYT
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    Daniele Berti, CLYT, Gestalt Counselor and Happiness Coach, Italy: In high school I was convinced that the best thing while dealing with politics is to be happy and produce happiness, but when I tried to do it, I realized it was not possible because you had to accept to work for someone and their interests. I thought maybe if I promoted a feeling of comfort, it might be an ideal instrument to provide...
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