Laughter Yoga Changed My Life (and me)

Diseases like cancer come from repressed rage and diseases like diabetes come from repressed grief.  This is what my spiritual teacher said to a group of us in 2007.  It stayed with me for a long time, an ancient piece of wisdom that resonated with truth and with purpose.

I also knew the remedy for both.

In 2006 I went to Masala Mendhi Masti at the CNE grounds.  And that is where I came face to face with Laughter Yoga.  It was such a simple concept – laugh for no reason.  Laugh because it feels good.  Laughter is a human connector, a way to tap into creativity and love. I was hooked.  My friends thought I was a cuckoo for coco pops.  Maybe I was, maybe I am.

I looked for this teacher soon after the festival and discovered he had died of a massive heart attack.  Interesting.  I pursued my yoga studies in Kundalini Yoga with love and devotion.

In 2008, and in a dark place, I went looking for laughter Yoga.  After many months I found a teacher close to Toronto.  I was excited, raring to go.  I got to the training session introduced myself to everyone and spent the next few hours totally miserable.  My body had no way of processing that much pleasure.  I ate so much sugar that night and dragged myself back for the second day of training.  And I am so grateful that I did. What I learned about myself was eye opening.  What I knew I could offer others was humbling.

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What followed from this simple two day training is my own inner spirit of joy.  The more I laugh, the more I want to laugh and the more I laugh the easier everything is.  My day to day experience has become lighter, more fun, playful and creative.  All of these qualities are amplified in the people who I meet.  Laughter Yoga has opened the door for community service – I have taught seniors, kids with special needs and cancer survivors. In venues I never thought possible; the Rogers centre, the Toronto Yoga Conference,The Steven and Chris Show on the CBC and in corporate board rooms.  The reach has been amazing and each time I feel blessed that I make an income this way.

One of the most amazing parts are the people who come to Laughter Yoga – you just can’t help but love someone who you laugh with.  I’ve met some of my best friends through this practice.

In this spirit I am holding a Laughter Yoga Leader Certification April 19 to 21. Bring an open mind and an open heart will follow.  This is an opportunity to explore the practice with a small group of people who want what you want – inner peace reflected as world peace, a natural healthy way to connect to ourselves and to others.  Come for the fun, practice for the pleasure.  Email me at Salimah@yogavision.com to register.

See you soon.

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  1. Lovely article, Salimah, about how laughter has changed you. It resonates with me as my own story is similar. It is so gratifying and humbling to witness the change in others as we, as teachers, keep spreading the laughter. Keep doing what you’re doing! Cheerfully cheering you on, Lynn, Lively & Laughing :) :) :)

  2. Lovely article, Salimah, about how laughter has changed you. It resonates with me as my own story is similar. It is so gratifying and humbling to witness the change in others as we, as teachers, keep spreading the laughter. Keep doing what you’re doing! Cheerfully cheering you on, Lynn, Lively & Laughing :) :) :)

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