Once introduced to Laughter Yoga, they keep requesting it.
Laughter Yoga offers many benefits.
This Friday night they asked to laugh again (and again and again…).
Many months ago I introduced a short session of Laughter Yoga to the youth coaching group. It seems they have never forgotten about it. They now ask to do another session when there is time.
This past Friday, they had completed the tasks for all their roles and had 10 minutes left. They asked if we could do Laughter Yoga once again.
What is Laughter Yoga you may ask? It is an exercise method developed by an Indian doctor, Dr. Madan Kataria. In the session, you trigger laughter with pretend laughter exercises. If you wish to learn more there is a link to a video below.
WHAT IS THIS SILLY NONSENSE?
Many adults and even children think this is just chaos at first. We are having young people laughing without any real control. They are not acting with normal discipline. This looks just like silly fun with no real purpose. Is it just a way of filling in 10 minutes that may have been more productive?
There are many articles about schools introducing Laughter Yoga. You can search for them and find many examples. They do it around the world.
The schools report many benefits such as:
It works their body and mind.
They are in a better mood.
They have more energy.
They have better concentration.
Their stress levels decrease.
There is an improvement of team co-operation and sense of belonging.
Their learning ability and academic performance improves.
There are many stories about schools around the world adapting the practice. Here is one about ‘How Laughter Fixed a Classroom’ in a small northern Ontario town school. You can find it at: