My personal Laughter Yoga Story
Why am I doing this?
My cousin Melanie Rudolph, who happens to be a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher in Louisville, KY , introduced me to this wonderful practice 8 years ago at a family reunion down in Memphis, TN. I will never forget how good I felt after the session. Then I got preoccupied with my busy life and forgot about it until Winter 2014 , when I decided to do a speech on Laughter Yoga at my Toastmaster’s Club in Swarthmore, PA.
After having researched Laughter Yoga, I was so impressed by its many health benefits, that I made a spontaneous decision to travel to India to study with the founder of Laughter Yoga, Dr. Madan Kataria. So in August, off I went to Bangalore where I enrolled at the Laughter Yoga University and began with a Silent/Spiritual Retreat followed by the Teacher Training. My mission was to return home prepared to start up a Laughter Yoga club in my community and beyond.
All my life I had been looking for a way to reach out and help others. I found that, not only did Laughter Yoga give me great personal satisfaction but it allowed me to connect with people in a way I never experienced before. It also offered endless possibilities to reach people of all ages and backgrounds.
I wish I had learned about the power of laughter sooner. It could have helped me during my awkward teen years. It could have helped me during my college years. It could have helped me during trying times in my life- in very confusing, abusive relationships and dangerous situations. It could have helped to make me more courageous and self-assured.
I lost someone I loved to suicide. Had I been practicing Laughter Yoga earlier, perhaps I could have helped him. These laughter exercises could have helped me assist others who suffer from anxiety, loneliness and depression and who are in great need of lightness and hope in their life.
The world has become a very serious place. Sadly, we are at the risk of losing touch with our inner child. Most of us live lives filled with stress, pressures & anxiety which cause illness. We are bombarded with negative news, sensationalism and violent imagery. So much pain and suffering. What we’ve forgotten along the way, is that we each posses a powerful power tool deep within us. It is called our laugh. We all know that laughing makes us feel good and we all want to laugh more. So how do we do this? What are the techniques? How can we keep it up, even when it may feel awkward at first? How can we laugh in the face of adversity? How can we become emboldened? Come learn about the power of the breath and rediscovering your laughter.
If I can do it, you can do it too!