During a recent yoga session an 8 year old boy found it hard to settle during the relaxation at the end. At one point, I asked him to lie still, breathe, relax, be more 'yogic', stop making noises, laughing and distracting the others.
Upon reflection, I realised that he was the better teacher at this point than me and this was the end of week 'silly' stress release he needed and not my oms and quiet time.
I've looked more into 'laughter yoga', and have so far found these benefits -
- easy, instant and free
- instant stress release
- keeps you in a good mood and cheerful
- oxygenates the brain and gives you energy
- keeps a positive mental attitude
- present moment awareness
- an opportunity for pranayama breath practice
I'll be incorporating these ideas and more into my sessions -
- laughter cream
- hot soup laughter
-crying with laughter
I don't think the kids will need much encouragement.
HO HO HO, HA HA HA (clap)
If you can think of more benefits and ideas then please do comment, love to hear from you.