Laughter Yoga with Orphaned & Vulnerable children

Tuesday 15 July 2014 ~ Umtha Welanga

How wonderful it was to see some familiar faces, and some new when we were invited back to share Laughter Yoga with 2 groups of children at Umtha Welanga on Tuesday.  I was accompanied by fellow Laugher and friend Roseanne Turner who also consults for this organisation.  We did 2 laughter sessions, one with the younger children (5 – 10 year olds) and then one with the older children (10 – 18 year olds).  Again I was deeply touched how these at first tentative children really opened up and we shared some deep belly laughter together.

To follow are some pics from this recent visit.

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Tuesday 10 December ~ Umtha Welanga

LY Very Good YAYWe were privileged to be invited to share Laugher Yoga with close on 80 children between the ages of 7 & 18, at Umtha Welanga.  Umtha Welanga is a NPO based in Khayelitsha, they provide support and care for orphaned and vulnerable children affected by HIV aids.

I was accompanied by fellow Social Laughter Club members Roseanne Turner and Michele Harvey.  Earlier in the year we were part of a team who in celebration of Mandela Day (18 July) went and cleaned out the storage room at Umtha Welanga.  Now 5 months later to be back at this inspiring organisation to share Laughter Yoga, and this on the day of Madiba’s memorial service.  I really could not think of a better place to be as we celebrated Madiba.

As a good Laughter Yoga teacher, I had my lesson plan all drawn out – I was quickly reminded that life seldom goes according to plan.  We shared some of our favourite laughter exercises and the children taught us some new laughter exercises: Farm yard laughter, sheep, cow and horse laughter.  It was wonderful to see an initial tentative group of children, relax and laugh along.  We emphasised that laughter is a life skill and can be used when experiencing anger or frustration – the reminder to laugh despite life’s circumstances.

Next year I will be returning to Umtha Welanga to offer an on-going monthly laughter yoga session with these children. To follow some pictures of the event.

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