Laughter is a universal language. It knows no barriers.
This was proved when we conducted a two-day laughter yoga and meditation programme for a small group fromUzbekistan. The group included a child psychology teacher, fitness trainer for seniors, tour conductor, and yoga trainer.
During the first day, we focused on the four steps of laughter yoga clapping and chanting, deep breathing, childlike playfulness and laughter exercises. After the exercises, seventy-three year old Viktorina said, I feel light, very light. I am ready to fly in the sky like a bird!
Sixty-six year old Valentina found great value in the inner spirit of laughter and the health benefits of laughter for the seniors. She is a fitness trainer for the old people inTashkentand would be adding laughter exercises to her repertoire when she goes back.
On the second day, the participants experienced laughter yoga meditation. Laughter flowed like a fountain. Their bodies and laughter mingled like milk and water. Zulfiya described it as an out-of-the-world experience.
They also created a number of new laughter exercises splash splash laughter, soap bubble laughter and angry cat laughter. The chants of Kharasho, Kharasho, Yay!! (Very Good, Very Good, Yay!!) reverberated in the surroundings, creating positive vibes all around.
Marina, as a child psychologist, could sense the latent potential in laughter yoga for developing soft skills in children like communication skills and creativity. She loved the value based laughter exercises like appreciation laughter, argument laughter and forgiveness laughter, and found them specially valuable for the children.
Angelika, who has done the certified laughter yoga leader training with us twice at Rishikesh, expressed her gratitude for the life changing experience. She teaches laughter yoga back home inTashkentand is happy transforming many lives there.
Our special thanks to Ivan Skofenko for doing all the ground work for bringing three groups from Tashkent to Rishkesh during the last two years and helping us as an interpreter and translator of the highest caliber. He is a trained yoga teacher and has undergone certified laughter yoga leader training with us on three occasions. We appreciate Ivans sincere devotion to the cause and the good work he is doing in propagating yoga and laughter yoga inUzbekistan,KazakhstanandKyrgyzstan.
When the participants learned that Radhika conducts free yoga classes on a daily basis atIndore,Indiaand a number of ladies have benefitted from them, they requested her to impart lessons in traditional yoga also. She readily agreed to their request. They will be cherishing memories of the yoga sessions early in the morning in the serene surroundings of Rishikesh the world capital of yoga for a long, long time!
Radhika & Jagat Singh Bisht
Laughter Yoga Teachers