Laughter Yoga in a Daycare

Do I recommend doing Laughter Yoga with little children?   I say YES, keeping mind the following thoughts and suggestions:

-   To keep the group motivated, offer activities that are adapted to the children’s age and cognitive level.  Avoid mixing different age groups.

-   Enlist a couple of adults familiar with the group who can help you calm down any fears, break down any barriers and initiate the exercises with you – it appears that at such a tender age, systematic interpersonal relations are not always easy to initiate;  – first they did the activity with the adults and eventually they practiced with other children.

-   Have a lot of space available for floor exercises.

-   Find a way to trigger the children’s interest at the beginning of the session.

-    Wear vibrant colors.

-     Be as enthousiastic as you can (very enthusiastic – even more than with adults!).

-     Be able to enter the imaginary world of childhood when you plan your activities – be creative, flexible and open to surprises.

-     Have some good songs adapted to the group and to laughter, on which they could eventually dance.

-     Be in good shape – hahaha!  If a regular Laughter Yoga class is like a low impact aerobic class, with children it becomes high impact!

-     Follow your heart – if you think that you really prefer to do Laughter Yoga with regular adults, with seniors or with corporate groups, or if you have no experience of group animation with young children, do not jump into this kind of experience – fabulous but very demanding in term of energy and ability to adapt.

-     If you do jump in, you will have FUN! and will certainly leave the session exhausted but with a big smile in your heart …

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The "Movement Creates Emotion" Principle

The “Movement Creates Emotion” Principle.

Two-way Link between the Body and Mind …

In 1884, Psychologist William James found that the state of mind, whether positive or negative, is mirrored in a matching bodily expression or ‘body behavior’.  In his research he found that each emotion in the mind has a corresponding behavior in the body.

He discovered that bodily enacting any emotional behavior triggers corresponding changes in the state of mind. The connection works both from mind to body and body to mind.

If you willingly assume a sad posture, you will, after a few minutes, feel a vague melancholy associated with dark thoughts. To get ready to play a sad scene, an actor will assume facial expressions and physical attitudes that are associated with sadness, and can also think about a personal event or situation where he or she felt sad. And this applies to all emotions.

Does an enthusiastic person present herself with drooping shoulders and a downcast posture? Of course not! She will have bright eyes, straight shoulders, deep smile lines on either side of the mouth and a forward-leaning torso – ready to conquer life!

Your posture reflects your inner reality. When you decide to assume a dynamic and playful demeanor, your mind and spirit will follow…

Nurturing this kind of attitude will be a source of infinite comfort… so why not try Laughter Yoga to learn how to apply the principle of “Movement Creates Emotion”?

Whatever goes on in the mind also goes on in the body. Laughter Yoga takes advantage of this two-way link between mind and body to influence your mood and perception of reality, through body movements such as: hand-clapping, singing, specific moves, etc., as well as laughter and breathing exercises.

Even when you’re not “in the mood”, acting joyfully soothes the mind. Bring laughter to your body, and your state of mind will soon follow suit…

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