Who am I and why I am so passionate about spreading laughter therapy for wellbeing.
Hi, my name is Kirti Sharma and I wanted to share my story with you about how the power of breath, concentration, emotion, play and in particular laughter yoga profoundly helped change the course of my life for the better and why I believe it can work for others too.
I have suffered with pain from a degenerative spine for many years along with peripheral neuropathy and acute lymphoedema. I have used several mobility aids and tried everything to help me cope with my pain from very strong painkillers for nerve pain to cervical root block injection given in the neck area of the spine. Nothing seemed to work and the side effect became as agonising as the pain. So I relied on meditation and light yoga to help me deal with my pain; and to be honest, the persistent chronic pain can at times get the better of all of us too.
Then I discovered Laughter Yoga...
Laughter Yoga gave me my smile and my life back. It gave me the tool to manage my pain in such a way that I found myself actually enjoying life rather than constantly trying to find ways of taking my mind off the pain.
At first, it was a little out of my comfort zone to laugh as an exercise but I soon discovered that in Laughter Yoga I just needed to immerse myself in the experience and let go of my inhibitions. By doing so I found myself surrounded by so much contagious laughter which turned my smile into uncontrollable laughter and in the end I needed a tissue to wipe the tears rolling down my cheeks! I feel I benefited three fold from my very first laughter yoga experience, physically, psychologically and spiritually.
The more I participated the better I kept feeling in every way including being able to sleep through the night; instead of letting the pain keep me awake until the early hours of the morning. I soon realised that I had discovered a precious gift of Laughter Therapy and one I wanted to share with everyone. Now as a DBS checked and certified Laughter Yoga Teacher I can follow my vision and spread laughter therapy.
Laughter Therapy is not a substitute for prescribed medication or medical treatments. It should also be noted that it is like any other aerobic exercise and all conditions apply as that of aerobic activity. Likewise, in my case, the benefits of laughter yoga therapy didn’t take the cause away but it certainly facilitated a better coping mechanism for me and one that I enjoy immensely.
I would also like to share with you something that was strongly instilled in me (from a very young age) by my mother. She would always remind us to capture some fun from the present moment - even when going through some tough times. She said “you only live in the very now moment and if you miss that you miss the essence of life”.
Many people find themselves under a lot of pressure trying to keep up with such a fast pace of life. If we can take a moment to re-assess, it soon becomes apparent that time is constant; we cannot stop, rewind or replay. Though we can do something in the present and find ways of making changes. For example listening to our hearts and committing to focus on those little things in life that bring joy to life. From my personal experience I found that when we change our focus we are more likely to find a positive change in our attitudes and therefore in our life too.
I hope this helps and if you would like to discuss how Laughter Therapy can be implemented within your workplace as a wellbeing program please contact us on Mob: 07736158352 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on our contact form and we will get back to you.