A small group of laughter lovers - including a young fashion designer, a scientist, an engineer, a doctor, a psychologist, a teacher and two yoga teachers flew down from Tashkent to Rishikesh, known as the world capital of yoga, to learn the basics of Laughter Yoga. All of them had a background of yoga but had come to India with an eagerness to master the happiest workout in the world Laughter Yoga.
We conducted a 2-day certified laughter yoga leader training programme for them covering theoretical and practical aspects of Laughter Yoga including the inner spirit of laughter, laughter meditation and guided relaxation.
The programme was well appreciated by all the participants. Here are some of the feedbacks received from some of them:
In my normal life, I do not laugh much. Here, I discovered that I have so much laughter hidden inside me. Everyone seems to have an infinite capacity to laugh. And, it feels so good. My daughter is also here with me. Now, we will go back home and it is going to be a happy, cheerful place forever!
I am a psychologist and have found the concept of Laughter Yoga to be very useful. Laughter can be a good tool for healing. I shall be applying in practice what I have learned here.
I have found a new way to engage with my grand children. We are going to sing, dance, laugh and play the whole day. The kids are going to find the fun based laughter exercises really interesting.
I am a yoga teacher and have included Laughter Yoga in my curriculum after I came to Rishikesh a few months ago and learned it from you. I have come along with one of my students and we have got deep insights into laughter and meditation. Laughter has enormous potential for healing depression and aches.
I also came here in April 2013 to undergo Certified Laughter Yoga Leader training. After going back to my country, I organized several laughter retreats in the mountains on the weekends. The retreats have got fantastic response as laughter touches the innermost core of being. I have also been to two neighbouring countries, namely Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, and made presentations on Laughter Yoga before large groups. I propose to come back here for Laughter Yoga soon with a group from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
This was the second certified laughter yoga leader training organized in Rishikesh for nationals from Uzbekistan this year by us and three participants had come for the second time again in the programme due to their sheer love for Laughter Yoga.
Dr Madan Kataria, the founder of Laughter Yoga, who had visited Kazakhstan recently, extends best wishes to all the new certified laughter yoga leaders and appreciates the efforts made by Ivan Skofenko, Tashkent for propagating Laughter Yoga in Uzbekistan and the neighbouring countries.
Radhika and Jagat Singh Bisht
Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers