Life Changing Experience

  • 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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  • Laughter Yoga Brings Back Laughter To Mankind

    Bachan Singh, Malaysia
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    Bachan Singh, Malaysia: The style of introducing oneself during the certified Laughter Yoga training changed my entire perception regarding Laughter Yoga. It begins with ‘Tell your name and laugh, ha ha ha. Tell where you come from and laugh, ha ha ha. Tell what you do and laugh, ha ha ha.’ While answering these questions, I realized my ego gradually diminished thereby creating a...
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  • I Found My Life’s Mission With Laughter Yoga

    Saskia van Velzen, CLYT
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    Saskia van Velzen, CLYT, The Netherlands: As a child I was very happy with lots of laughter and lots of friends, but unfortunately it did not last when I grew older. I studied finance and always worked in this field. But that didn’t make me smile. What did make me smile was the time, about 15 years ago, when I was a therapist in the alternative field and gave reiki courses and all kinds of...
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  • Laughter Yoga helped Me Cope With My Pain

    Loretta Bert, Italy
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    Loretta Bert, Italy: Some days ago, I was running a laughter class in our club. My idea was to lead the class for the first minutes, because I needed to leave my club-mates, at a given time, in order to reach a bookshop for a Laughter Yoga presentation. I was so happy and all the members were happy as well and full of energy. There was also a new entry in our club and I wanted to communicate all our...
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  • Message from Laughing Laura

    Laura Gentry,CLYT USA
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    Laura Gentry,CLYT USA: People call me Laughing Laura. Laughter yoga is a simple form of exercise and yet it is a powerful technique that has tremendous power to increase health of mind, body and spirit. Laughter yoga also creates union—both union within and without—enabling participants to experience greater harmony. Therefore, my conclusion is that Laughter yoga is actually a potent...
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  • Why I love Laughter Yoga

    Sebastien Gendry
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    My name is Sebastien Gendry. Teaching and promoting Laughter Yoga has been my full time job since 2005. This unique method has played a major role in shaping who I now am. I spent the first decade of my adult years in an inner state of confusion. I conformed with society and what I thought was expected of me: my father had worked hard all his life, so I too worked hard. In my head this was what it...
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  • Laughter Yoga In A Funeral Hall In Japan

    Masami CLYT Japan
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    Masami CLYT Japan: Recently, I had a wonderful experience when I laughed in a funeral hall together with 57people and over10 staff members. It was great to see people enjoying a laughter session in a place usually not meant to laugh. For the first time, in its 99 year old history, the funeral hall was filled with the sound of laughter instead of the customary sadness. After the session, an old lady...
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  • Laughter Yoga improved my health

    Anna Zakharova, Moscow
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    Anna Zakharova, Moscow: Two years after graduating from Moscow Aviation Institute in 2010, I was fortunate to get the most precious gift of Laughter Yoga from my friend. Called “Anju's Yoga Lessons”, these lessons were conducted by laughter teacher Anju Shahani. I was delighted and highly inspired and went for my second lesson during the celebrations of World Laughter Day this year....
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  • Laughter Yoga Helped Me Quit Smoking

    Tosha Tobias, CLYT, Santiago, Chile
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    Tosha Tobias, CLYT, Santiago, Chile: I was a very heavy smoker (more than 30 cigarettes a day). Just before I traveled to the US to take my Laughter Yoga Leader & Teacher course with Dr. Kataria I had a very strong cold and couldn't smoke because it made me cough. So I decided to not smoke and practice to be able to go through those training days smoke free. No smoking on the plane. No smoking...
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  • More Positive

    Anju Shahani, Moscow
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    Anju Shahani, Moscow: Though originally from Mumbai, I have been living in Moscow since the last ten years. I experienced Laughter Yoga about 15 years ago when I visited Mumbai with my mother- in-law who was very active in the Laughter Yoga social clubs when they just started. In fact, I was even crowned a Laughter Queen one of the years! Hahaha. Just thought it was the silliest things to...
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  • Laughter Yoga Lightened Up My Life

    Cal Appleby, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and USA
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    Cal Appleby, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and USA:  I was fascinated several years ago when I first heard about Laughter Yoga opportunities in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. My partner, Laurie Savran, began to attend the Lake Harriet Laughter Club, facilitated by Jody Ross, several weeks before I began attending, Laurie had been recently diagnosed with lymphoma, and was interested in the healing...
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