In 2005 my best friend Joanne Helms got trained by Dr. Madan Kataria in Interlaken (Switzerland), so she brought Laughter Yoga to Portugal.
When Joanne introduced her first laughter yoga session in Lisbon, I was there and I was very surprised by the practice. In that time of my life I was down and I was not happy with my job, or with my personal life.
At the end of 2005 I started work in a personal development association as a receptionist. When my colleagues heard me laughing, everybody suggested to me that I attend laughter yoga leader training with Joanne.
So, I went to the training and she taught me how to become an excellent laughter yoga leader. I loved the experience and I was already feeling that Laughter Yoga was producing benefits in my body and in my mind. I was getting ready to be happy again ...
After training, I started to work for free, to give a good account of this new pioneering method created by Dr. Madan Kataria.
As Dr. Kataria regarded my effort, he honored me with an International Laughter Yoga Ambassador award in October 2006, in the first European Congress in Berlin. It was an honor to know Dr. Madan Kataria.
I became really motivated and decided to become a Laughter Yoga Teacher. I then went to Interlaken to do the training with Dr. Kataria in May of 2007. It was an amazing experience
After that training, I started to work and have never stopped. It's rare that I feel down or unhappy, since I laugh every day. My life, it has changed, absolutely for the best!