It was June 2006. We were 15 people sitting in a circle, waiting for the class to begin. I was attending a 2-day training program to become a certified Laughter Yoga Leader.
My Tryst With Laughter Made Me A Better Person Robert Rivest: My background is in performing arts. I have been presenting comic mime, health, literacy and stress management educational programs in schools, libraries, and theaters for over 30 years. In 2009, Mary Rives and Keith Carlson offered a Laughter Yoga session at my performing arts…
2 day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training ” A week ago I had the great fortune to spend a weekend taking the Laughter Yoga leader training with Kathryn Kimmins. It was a life changer. First, let me say what an amazing person you are! You not only led us through all the intricacies of Laughter…
Early years of life were marked by some painful events because I lost my parents and my relationship with my elderly sister was not very great. I felt depressed and was not interested in my future anymore. I lost all faith in life because of some negative job experiences and rampant corruption in the world.
Laughter Yoga Eased My Labor Pains Eight years ago my son Cedar was born, changing my life forever. I had a water birth at home and during the last hours of labor, I got the giggles! Just when the labor got intense, it suddenly struck me as absurd that an entire person was coming out…
My mother always said that her two children had very hardy laughs. While my brother became an investment banker, I had to find something else to fall back
“Laughter Yoga is mindfulness based practice using fun and creative activity to reduce stress and create a sense of connection and well being,”
I am a massage therapist and also teach Hatha Yoga. When I was six years old, my parents owned a bar, but unfortunately they did not get along.
Antonella Manna,Italy:health professional: For several months now, I go regularly to the oncology department to bring more laughter
Fla Geyser,Thailand:To share this story I need to go back in time to 2008 when I arrived at a point when I had to make some big changes
Sharon,malaysia: I got to know about Laughter Yoga a few years ago at a Yoga Studio where I attended a 2 days laughter workshop.
VarunaKhullar,India:Little did I know on completion of my Laughter Teacher Training on 31st May, 2015, that it will change my life forever
Loretta Bert,Italy:I had experience with physically and mentally challenged participants, with prisoners, with blind people.
Vijay Sabharwall,India:My husband after seeing the change in my health continues to encourage me to go to the Laughter club
Laughter Yoga is very enjoyable. It makes people laugh even when they are sad and have problems. It removes stress
Kitty, Hong Kong:The only ‘decoration’ in the venue was yellow flags representing different laughing clubs from all over Taiwan.
Bernadette Mcgree, Ireland:It’s just laughing for no reason with a bunch of other people that are laughing for no reason and you feel good afterwards.
Angela Essick Dykes,USA:Even though her first round with Laughter Yoga wasn’t that great, she came back for a second time and felt different after leaving
Anak Agung Gede Sukarena,Indonesia:When no medicines helped he resorted to meditation as well as Laughter Yoga and felt much better.
Piotr Bielski, Poland:These Laughter Yoga trips also aim at promoting the concept and making people aware of the enormous benefits of laughing.
Lauren Hunt, USA: I discovered that this was a unique concept where anyone could laugh for no reason
Erdinc, USA: it has taught me to have a lighter perspective. It has given me the ability to have a joyful approach to the journey of life.
Chandanna Denzayll, Malaysia: In conclusion, Laughter Yoga really works as an effective means of bringing relief in situations of intense pain and trauma
Dr. Annelie Gareis, Ecuador: I have found my place in this life, where I can feel the joy of life by doing what I really like
Mandy Riches, UK: I was devastated to have to deal with cancer again, and this time it hit me much harder emotionally.
Thomas TOPOLANEK, Austria: Laughteryoga I became a healthier, loving, caring and optimistic person who inspires his environment through his balance, joyfulness and positive attitude.
Mayra Avila,USA: Being a Laughter Yoga teacher has helped my confidence level and I feel that I am ready to face any life challenges
Shareen Richter, South Africa: It was a life changing experience for her. She had never laughed so much in her entire life
Sylvie Dagenais,Canada: but Laughter Yoga makes it easier as it is a physical phenomenon, not a mental process.
Zabotin Andrey,Russia: Motivated by the worldwide spread of Laughter Yoga, I became a laughter teacher
Erika Ruiz, USA: Laughter Yoga in my patients’ sessions, and the joy it brings to their lives—especially those who suffer from Alzheimer’s.
Lisa Pettersen, USA: Laughter Yoga was the ‘Game-changer’ that helped me do it-one laugh at a time….
Laura Toffolo,Italy: There were many endorphins in my body after 5 laughing days!!! Nevertheless
Kelsey Miller, USA: The magic behind this concept is that the brain doesn’t know the difference between fake and real laughter
Jackie Curran,Australia: In keeping with the idea and worldwide mission of Dr. Kataria, Laughter Clubs are a free community program
Pauline Ginnelly, Scotland: To me Laughter Yoga hasn’t changed my life – it has changed me
Mayra L. Avila, USA: Highly inspired by the positive results, I plan to promote and expand Laughter Yoga trainings
Peggy Tileston,Usa: When I first heard about Laughter Yoga, I was sceptical and a bit creeped out by the idea of forcing myself and others to laugh.
Melanie Rudolph, USA: When I reflect upon meaningful life experiences and in this case, past Laughter Yoga presentations
Sabina Gerin, Italy: I now live every moment of my life in joy, because I feel I am ‘perfectly imperfect’ as others
Cynthia Newsome, USA:For years, I knew about the importance of laughter and good health; but I have to admit that I had never heard of a laughter workout.
Susan Dustin, Thailand: I believe laughter can help us retune bad things and make them better and at times even into wonderful blessings
Sheena Tan, Malaysia: Laughing releases ‘feel-good’ hormones into the bloodstream, which makes the person feel lighter
Matthew Byas, USA: Thank you Dr. Kataria and everyone involved in this profound yet simple and accessible creation
Eiko Saito, Japan: I’ve also opened a “Laughter Cafe” in my house to help spread the magic of laughter ha ha ha.
Heine Bo Hansen, denmark: If I can make just one person laugh, which didn’t think he or she was able to, my mission is complete
Andrea Betke, Germany: I was able to understand the profound meaning of Laughter Yoga – my own feeling of joy
Madhav Mhaske, India: It was a wonderful experience to go through the Silence Retreat program and observe three types of meditations namely Silence, Hearing and Humming
Tullio Altieri, South Africa: My life has changed because I learnt to shift my focus to the positive qualities and possibilities in myself and others
Pauline Fung, HongKong: I intend to help people seeking emotional support and who find it difficult to cope with life’s challenges
Chandana Anandi, Malaysia: I have found a wonderful means of expressing my desire to be unconditionally loving.
I chanced upon Dr. Madan Kataria and his wife Madhuri Kataria, who introduced me to Laughter Yoga.
Koichi, Japan: I have discovered a great way of keeping happy when in dire situations. I use fake laughter as motion creates emotion
laughter increased their charge’s lung capacity, reduced pain and produced endorphins as well as provided a more positive outlook
I instantly felt how laughter was a huge help in letting go of judgment of myself and of others
It changed my life for the better. Mentally, laughing elevates the mood and improves brain functioning and communication skills
Dr. Kataria and Laughter Yoga taught me the meaning of inner joy instead of happiness
laughter helped us to get over the sadness and grief due to sudden death of one of our members
Laughter Yoga has also improved my relationship with my mother, because now we laugh more often together
Laughter Yoga is the best remedy for complete body – mind wellness. This is because it is a unique exercise routine which does not require humor
He has even done laughter sessions for the blind elderly home as well as for the mentally disabled
Laughter is an amazing action-reaction system in our life which if done consciously it can transform our life very positively into a peaceful and joyful life
I found that it is suitable for clients because it is easy to learn such as breathing or clapping exercises
I became a certified Laughter Yoga teacher and joined a Laughter Club which felt fantastic and amazingly wonderful.
There were happy and sublime Indian women, dressed in colorful saris, laughing with all their heart on television
I can use my personality and Laughter Yoga has captured my heart and soul.
Our world needs more joy and laughter. Yet, somehow, when we become adults, we often lose the sense of playfulness we once enjoyed as children
It has been said laughter is “the best medicine”. And yes, it has proven to be true. When you are a child you do not think about the benefits, you just laugh
I found myself smiling and laughing throughout the day
I laughed for no reason and indeed, weeks later, I started seeing some improvement
Ever since Sike joined the Laughter Club, her sleep became better and the blood pressure back to normal
It is this huge gift of life, which teaches people even to laugh in the midst of hardships
Laughter was our first language, before words. Perhaps it’s the language of the soul. It’s ancient.
I organized the celebration of World Laughter Day in three major cities of Poland, Warsaw, Cracow and Lodz
It was a 90 minute talk and activity about using positive emotions and sustained laughter as a stress relief tool
I also did Laughter Meditation, and ended the session with Yoga nidra which left the participants relaxed and stress free.
I have added my own business Gifts of Laughter with the gifts being people themselves attending groups
Laughter Yoga has taught me how and why we laugh in the face of adversity
Laughter Yoga classes also taught me another thing – that I can laugh deeply, without a reason.
I owe my sanity to Laughter Yoga. It really did help me focus on the positive
I am sure I will live the rest of my life energetically and happily with Laughter Yoga.
I hugged her and thanked her for giving me this life. The power and magic of Laughter Yoga never cease to amaze me.
Here is another interesting incident when Laughter Yoga helped me cope with a crisis
I made the most of what I had learned in the laughter movement
I feel better now dealing with such people. I have the ability to laugh at myself
I first heard about Laughter Yoga on the American TV show ‘Dancing with the Stars’
There was a remarkable change and I found myself much happier
He firmly believes that laughter helped him rejuvenate and nurtured him to good health
hearty laughter improved my hearing power and I feel much better
Now, I can do a lot of work with my hands
I felt my childlike laughter coming back. I was dancing and playing.
Laughter works on both physical and psychological level; therefore the whole health care can be transformed
which helped to bring more laughter into my life. Now, I’am laughing more often
Laughter Yoga has increased my confidence ten fold. While coaching at a breath work seminar
my friends in the neighborhood have also joined the Laughter club.
The shoulder is now totally pain free and my movements are also free and improved
I no longer require the sleeping pill and there was no disruption in my sleep. I felt light hearted
Now I laugh more easily at anything and everything in my daily life and wish to share this joy with the world
The language barrier doesn’t seem to matter-You see Laughter is a universal language
Thank you laughter yoga, and Dr Kataria, thank you laughter club, My life is totally changed.
Laughter Yoga and Dr. Madan Kataria changed my Karma in life.
It was so interesting to watch my son go from scared, nervous to relaxed and happy as your class progressed
Laughter Yoga gave me a postive mental attitude to go through the most challenging phase of my life
Laughter Yoga has brought many changes in my life. At first it challenged me to face some hidden fears
It’s true: laughing is good for the body and afterwards you just feel like you’re on a cloud
I also recommend laughter sessions for all corporates as it is the best tool for stress management and team building
It’s really good to be with friends who always laugh and I like Laughter Yoga because it really benefited me.
After attending the CLYL program, I realized I was much happier and light-hearted
I can lead Laughter Yoga sessions and help to spread good health and joy.
I founded the first Laughter club of Taiwan in March, 2005. Though I tried very hard to spread the good idea
I believe that it has really been helpful in bringing more laughter in my life
my right shoulder was stiff and movement was difficult, but after the laughter sessions it’s all gone
It has completely changed my perspective about laughter
My mouth, I can open it! I can move my lip and open my eyelid again which I wasn’t able to do for so long
I began Laughter Yoga in good health and continue it everyday for prevention
Amazed at the wonderful change, I started attending the laughter sessions 2-3 times a week
It makes me happy to know that more people have put laughter back in their life because of me and the leaders I train.
Laughter Yoga has helped me to be more in my heart and less in my head
Not only is my health tremendously improved, my entire life has turned around.
Laughter Yoga has given me a new meaning to my life. I have learnt to Laugh all by myself under any condition
I feel like we will have a different relationship forever now – thanks to Laughter Yoga Exercise
Laughter has also improved my relationship with my wife
My life has changed in several ways with daily practice of Laughter
Ramamurthy has been so energized that he has already brought in 5-6 new members
Laughter Yoga is not a religious, political group and above economic divisions as well.
One of the most wonderful effects of Laughter Yoga has been the difference in my husband
My best Laughter Yoga experience was a session with our Camp Quality companions
I have watched the Laughter group members become more relaxed
In that state all stresses melted away and nothing worldly bothered me anymore
Laughter Yoga found me. And yes, I like to say that Laughter Yoga found me
Laughter Yoga has helped me overcome severe acidity that I was suffering from during my career days
two years of continued Laughter Yoga exercises, Pandit ji says the stiffness in the back is all gone long ago
I had never realized that laughter is such a powerful form of intimacy
Wow, my heart fills with joy and laughter when I think of you all
It was Laughter Yoga that changed my life for the better, and helped me develop a positive attitude
I learned Laughter Yoga because I was a Lymphatic Therapist
I visited Salzburg’s Laughter Club for the first time. I was enthusiastic
I quit my job and started practicing Laughter Yoga on a regular basis
I am laughing much more than I used to, and my sense of humor has gone up significantly
We have learnt a great deal about the power of laughter, its social connection
Since the last 10 years, I have been suffering from Advanced Osteoarthritis
I discovered that crying is not the only way to release sorrow
I knew Laughter Yoga was what I had been searching for. I completed the two-day Laughter Leader
it will be a new beginning of a joyful age where Laughter Yoga will be a great tool to enhance world happiness
Laughter, though wonderful, had always bogged me in my life
I could see how Laughter Yoga fitted into this framework and could be on the cutting edge of wellness
I want to learn to practice Laughter Yoga and that I would really want to learn it from the source
Laughter decreases cortisol levels, increases endorphins, thus decreasing stress
My wife and I now enjoy a happier, healthier, more joyful marriage
I did so well because of my “Gratitude Attitude”. I say that came from my experience with Laughter Yoga.
Laughter Yoga feels so right, time has been rendered meaningless
Ever since I started practicing Laughter Yoga, I have not bought any magnesium
Ever since I started doing Laughter Yoga, I found myself very peaceful. Earlier
I have changed a lot by practicing Laughter Yoga. My immunity has increased
I have also experimented playfully with laughing silently in crowds, gently laughing with everyone
I felt all of this laughter buoyed my mood, made me very relaxed, and allowed me to pay close attention to all I was being taught
My mother took her own life when I was just eight years old. This was very traumatic. I don’t remember laughing much as a child
Laughter Yoga is very important in my life because, as part of my personal spiritual quest
When we attended the teacher’s training in Chicago April 2010, that all changed
we are now liking Laughter Yoga nationwide and internationally
We can respond with laughter, with lightness, with joy – to anything and everything
Laughter Yoga has given me the confidence I never knew before
It was really wonderful to see a group turn around that easily and quickly.
Practicing Laughter Yoga and leading laughter sessions has helped me to thrive in times of hardship
The training was amazing, challenging, ego-busting, thrilling, intoxicating and fun.
it’s enough to remember the joyful faces of my laughter friends, and it automatically brings a smile on my face.
this was exactly the right path for me – being free to express joy and playfulness through laughter
I laughed whole heartedly and it actually felt good. So, I went back for more ha ha ha
I feel happy and am also able to make others around me happy
This story shows different aspects of my life; before and after my Laughter Yoga journey.
The experience at the training was life changing. Though I had faced many hardships in life
I am a certified Laughter Yoga teacher and I have stage IV metastatic Bone Marrow cance
Laughter Yoga has greatly enhanced our relationship and has brought so much
It’s been six years since I took to Laughter Yoga and it has really changed my life
Laughter Yoga is my favorite field of work today and I am convinced
I attended this workshop and “Laughed like I had never laughed before” and was hooked
I also join the Skype Laughter Club which is very animating. To laugh together
I felt a distinctive shift in my perspective in life. I had already made a huge leap of faith
The Laughter Yoga training gave me the solution to manage such stress
Laughter Yoga has definitely changed my life. In fact, you can say it saved my life
I enjoyed ‘laughter meditations’ the best as it was like a spiritual experience. It was amazing
After I returned from the Laughter Yoga training, my heart was filled with immense power
All of a sudden it dawned on me that I had just had a fantastic time
FOR NO REASON! And I thought I felt something familiar. It was Joy.
I was unexpectedly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a progressively debilitating disease
I found myself laughing, playing, and having fun in a dynamic way
It was in 2003 that I was introduced to Laughter Yoga and life has not been the same
I first heard about Laughter Yoga while watching an episode of the MTV reality show
I was laughing with friends, co-workers, and even the random person
When I first heard about Laughter Yoga, I knew immediately
My mother always said that her two children had very hardy laughs
Portugal has been known as the ‘land of sadness’ for a long time
This has really helped her to get over the pain as well as the anxiety
Laughter Yoga has become a growing family connecting people worldwide
she asked me to attend the two-day Laughter Yoga class with her. Though I accepted
I had my tryst with Laughter Yoga one fine morning in Mumbai, more than a decade ago
Laughter Yoga taught me to see my disease as a possibility of a new beginning
When you hear the sounds “Ho ho ho!” it might mean you‘re with Santa Claus
A few days after my mother’s hip replacement surgery,
I am a happy and positive individual who treats people for colonic irrigations
The training started and the “magic” happened. I got completely involved in this unique concept
It happened spontaneously for me a few weeks ago, after two and a half years
With growing old, the biggest problem I realized was
As long as I can remember I have been a very shy person.
Training to be a certified laughter leader has changed my life
Laughter is more than just a physical act, it is also an attitude
For me, the sound of laughter has all not always been pleasant
After writing to Dr. Kataria and receiving a very loving and personal first response
I had the chance to discover Laughter Yoga 4 years ago
life composes different magic moments which lead you to the path of your dream
I came across Laughter Yoga through the Internet several years ago
The course was wonderful I came home and threw my self
It was a scientific journey rather than a spiritual one that brought me to Laughter Yoga
I found myself participating in and then leading my first Laughter Yoga session..
I hope that a Laughter yoga exchange program will develop all over the world
I’ve always loved to laugh and found it everywhe
Becoming aware of laughter yoga for me was not a coincidence..
The eyes are the windows to the soul……
I owe the fact that I became interested in Laughter Yoga to my father
I come from a ‘good-hearted’ but challenged family of 7 children
My finding Laughter Yoga was quite unexpected
I could laugh for laughter’s sake
because I had been cultivating the “inner spirit of laughter”
To me, life has been a series of events
I discovered Laughter Yoga 2 years ago when Mary Rives and Keith Carlson
Carla BeDell Why Laughter Yoga Chose Me I love to laugh. I always have.
I started the Laughter Club of La Prairie-Montérégie
We first sponsored the first World Laughter Yoga Day
My first laughter club experience was with Sparkie Lovejoy
Happiness measured according to neuroscience is a state of mind
Tell your name and laugh, ha ha ha…
As a child I was very happy with lots of laughter
I was so happy and all the members were happy..
Laughter yoga has changed my life! I am more happy
Promoting Laughter Yoga has been my full time job..
I had a wonderful experience when I laughed..
The most precious gift of Laughter Yoga from my friend
Laughter Yoga was my cure of being a heavy smoker
Laughter Yoga came to me in response to my request to serve the world.
I was even crowned a Laughter Queen
I first heard about Laughter Yoga opportunities
I participated in a Laughter Yoga session for the first time
Laughter Yoga isn’t for everyone, but it’s been an absolute gift
I post something about my experience with Laughter Yoga
I am very blessed because I am always cheerful
Laughter has been my best buddy
My journey with laughter yoga began in 2007
We had invited a Japanese Laughter Yoga teacher
A Happy Thing Happened on the Way to Enlightement
the vast potential healing powers of laughter