Health And Family

The he-he-healing wonders of Laughter Yoga

LAUGHINGLY YOURS - Elvie Estavillo -

Enjoy health, beauty, and long life — the DMI way” was the theme of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (DMI) sisters at their International Region V regional assembly last August 27 at the Asian Institute Management, Makati City. The DMI members came promptly, braving the strong winds and almost nonstop rains typhoon Mina brought that Saturday morning. The AIM conference room was packed!

When I took LYoga as a life-long advocacy, I knew that being blessed with the power and ability to make people laugh enta great responsibility. The responsibility of making every session much better, more effective than the previous one and, if possible, surpass all previous LYoga sessions. I thought my past Laughter Yoga sessions were already the best — until I conducted an LYoga session for the 320 sisters, guests, and friends of DMI. 

From the start, the participants already showed great interest in Laughter Yoga, especially after I made it clear, right at the beginning of the LYoga session, that the level of benefits one would derive depends on the intensity of their participation during the session. The DMI sisters took this to heart and gave their heart and soul all through the session. They laughed without a care in the world as I introduced them to the new, unforgettable experience of good health, happiness, and positivism. The hilarious, roaring laughter of the DMI sisters was infectious!

Since beauty was one of the main themes, it was but fitting that I demonstrated Lion Laughter that’s good for the facial muscles, is anti-aging and anti-wrinkles. It brought the house down! The participants really lapped it up, along with the other kinds of laughter that I shared and demonstrated to them. 

After the session, the participants profoundly expressed their appreciation and thanks, saying: “It was our best regional conference ever.” 

I was about to go out, but due to their very warm welcome and wholehearted participation, I stopped and taught them how to help cure rheumatism, arthritis, and gout; lower their cholesterol levels, sharpen their brains; increase memory power, enhance concentration; and prevent insomnia — all, yes all, through the use of their fingers! And while waiting for the lift, some waiters and maintenance personnel approached me to say they, too, enjoyed the LYoga session tremendously.

Here’s what the DMI sisters say about their LYoga session:

• Esther Magleo: Everything is so light, everything is a blessing. Laughter brings out the best in us, to care for ourselves, for the family, and the world. We forgive, forget, and be perfectly happy and healthy. Whatever you sow, you reap. Thank God. Thank you, Laughter Yoga.

• Irene Tejones: Two thumbs up!

• Mrs. Javellana: – Thank you for the enlightening healthy tips. I greatly enjoyed the LYoga session.

• Mrs. Marquez: You made my day!

• Lucy Aquino: The Laughter Yoga session was great! It was a very enjoyable and healthful session. Thank you, Ms. Elvie, for sharing your talent and expertise with the DMI sisters!

• Helen Balmores: Very helpful! Super ganda! I’m taking tons of maintenance medicines, and now, I’m replacing them with LYoga.

• Chit Miguel: I felt so happy after the LYoga session.

• Lydia P. Ordoñez: Very rewarding experience. We would like to invite Ms. Elvie to conduct the same session in our office at the Board of Investments.

• Flor Victoria: Makes life easier to bear.

• Cora Afuang: Excellent!!!

• Moseette Don: I have not really laughed for a long, long time since college. But now, I learned so much and really felt the great difference laughter brings. 

I have mentioned about my osteoarthritis before. It’s been six days since the LYoga session, and my osteoarthritic knees have not at all bothered me — considering I went up and down the stage about a dozen times last Saturday. I must have released enormous endorphins, our bodies’ natural painkillers and feel-good hormones, that relieved me of my usual aches and pains. I hope this would last till my next LYoga session.   Ho, ho, ha, ha, ha!

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LYoga schedules: Sept. 9, Assumption College; Sept. 19, Johnson & Johnson; Sept. 22, Cagayan de Oro; Sept. 30, Department of Justice, Probation & Parole Section. Let’s keep laughing to a healthy, happy, positive us! E-mail me at laughteryogaphils@gmail.com. Visit www.laughteryogaphils.com. Want to laugh and relax? Visit youtube: lycphohohahaha!       


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