Confidence – YogaBugs issue of the day!

Here at The Bugs Group we have helped thousands of children to come out of their shell when taking part in sport, which has seen some fantastic results across all the schools we have worked with. Some of the parents from our classes have even come forward and said how beneficial the FootieBugs, DanceBugs, YogaBugs and MultiBugs classes have been for their child’s early development.

One area we are discussing today is Confidence.

 

Confidence can vary from being involved more in the classroom i.e. asking and answering questions or it can be a child’s self-esteem and how they feel when they are taking part in sport.

 

 

YogaBugs helps increase confidence in a number of different ways. First of all, each class has a non-competitive environment which allows each child to excel at their own pace and removes all the focus on ‘ability’, that we see so much in sport nowadays.

We also believe that it is necessary for children to express themselves, so things like ‘Roaring like a Lion’ or ‘Soaring through the skies like an Eagle’ allows the children to interact with the different Yoga poses in a fun and exciting way.

Another area that has helped thousands of children develop in confidence is our Mindfulness Programme. This programme teaches children about the different emotions they feel and how to recognise and deal with them positively.

 

Overall, we have found that these different teaching methods have all been very successful in improving children’s mental wellbeing, which makes it all worth our time. We are always striving to be the best that we possibly can be, which is clear through our top statistics, let’s have a look…

 

At Marston Green Primary School, we introduced our YogaBugs classes alongside the Impact & Change Programme. Before the children started, they were given an average rating of 5 out of 10 based on confidence in lessons. However, after just 10 weeks of our YogaBugs classes being introduced, the teachers had already seen a drastic improvement in the children’s overall confidence and the figure increased to 6.8 out of 10. To put it in perspective, that’s an improvement of 36%!

At Wattville Primary School, we had similar success after running YogaBugs for a period of 15 weeks, we found that the children were really adapting to the lessons. We saw an increase of 27.9% in children’s confidence levels since we first started which, both us and Wattville school considered was a significant improvement and a statistic that we are very proud of.

Dorridge Primary School is another school that we have worked with where the children have had a massive boost in confidence after taking part in our classes. After comparing results at Dorridge School throughout the 10 weeks, we found that there was a 25.3% increase in the children’s confidence levels. Our teachers at YogaBugs were very proud to see each individual getting involved in Yoga and it was even better to see that this had a positive effect on their contribution in the classroom.

Here at the Bugs Group we are always looking to grow children’s confidence and our sessions are designed to involve all ages and abilities in a pressure free environment. We feel that this has been the main contribution to our success as well as the children willingness to get involved in each class.

We believe that confidence is a big part of a child’s journey through and it is vital for them to reach their full potential. We also look at self-esteem, concentration, communication and behaviour which are just some of the emotional outcomes we always look to improve across our classes.

 

Dragons’ Den Peter Jones tells YogaBugs… “You’ll live to regret this.”

“You’ll live to regret this” That’s what Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Peter Jones told YogaBugs founders, Fenella Lindsell and Lara Goodbody after they turned down funding offers for their child-focussed business YogaBugs.

We asked The Bugs Group CEO Mark Goode, what happened and how did it influence the business over the years

When Nell and Lara appeared on Dragons’ Den in August 2006 they were asking for a £200,000 investment to develop what was our franchise operation at the time and a way of improving the cash flow for the company. “Dragons” Theo Paphitis and Peter Jones both offered them the money, but for double the percentage of the business that they wanted to offer. They said no. “Dragon” Richard Farleigh then offered them £200,000 on his own but for 30 percent of the business. Again, somehow the two of them held out. In fact, once the cameras were off, Peter Jones even offered to buy the whole company for £1.5m. however, after great thought the two of them again said no.

£1.5m is a great deal of money for a company that had not even got off the ground yet and I guess a lot of people would have took the money and ran, I think at the time the belief in the business was such that no price was going to get them to walk away from their dream.

The day after it aired we actually fielded another 17 serious offers, more than 1,000 emails but we did make some fantastic contacts.

 

Did they do the right thing?

Well, YogaBugs has grown into a multi-million pound operation with not only classes across the UK but offices now in Australia, China and Singapore as well as receiving enquiries from around the world on a regular basis.

YogaBugs also now forms part of The Bugs Group, joining together with FootieBugs, DanceBugs, RugbyBugs, TennisBugs and MultiBugs. All with the aim of encouraging children to enjoy the world of sport.

 

But what makes YogaBugs so successful…

In a nutshell, YogaBugs is a way of bringing the benefits of yoga inspired movement to children aged between 2½ -7 years, with “Yoga’d Up” catering for children aged 8-12 years. Traditional yoga postures, breathing and relaxation techniques are taught through story adventures that are aimed at capturing the children’s imagination.

Many yoga postures have child-friendly names, such as, Dog, Surfer and Crab and the classes incorporate a series of warm-up exercises, a story for the younger children and fun-themed classes for the Yoga’d Up age group. They include between 15 to 30 yoga postures, games, songs and relaxation time.

 

What better non-competitive, all-inclusive sport can you get?

To date YogaBugs now have over 40,000 children taking classes each week (many via private funding, or free funding via Schools Sports partnership & lottery funding grants).

It has also trained over 1,200 teachers and is constantly expanding.

“Turning down the Dragons was quite something,” I guess “We will never know what would have happen if we had taken the money” but I think most people would say it has all worked out very well in the end.

 

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The Daily Mile – Getting your children active this Summer!

Children are becoming less and less active these days… and we believe it’s down to factors such as TV, Video games and Social Media which are all distracting our kids and causing them to live a more sedentary lifestyle.

One of the brand-new fitness programmes that has been created in the UK is the “Daily Mile Programme”, which encourages children to get active more regularly, since studies have now shown that walking or running a mile a day could massively improve your health. Whether it’s getting children to take part on days they don’t have P.E. or introducing the idea to schools that don’t have before or after school club privileges, we think that this could be the future of schools keeping fit!

Around 1200 schools in the UK have taken up this initiative and already thousands of children have felt happier and healthier as a result because after all, exercise is proven to improve children’s physical and mental well-being.

 

But will it be made compulsory in schools?

 

There have not been any plans to make it compulsory as of yet. However, if us parents work together we can make this a possibility for our kids in the future.

At The Bugs Group one of our main goals is to improve children’s health, but in a fun and engaging way. Our DanceBugs, FootieBugs, YogaBugs and MultiBugs classes all have one thing in common, they get kids back into exercise by providing them with positive and enjoyable physical activities. We have already seen a massive improvement across all the schools we work with which is why we fully support the ‘daily mile campaign’.

 

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Happy International Yoga Day!

The 21st of June marks a very important day in each of our calendars… International Yoga Day!

At YogaBugs we think that it is very important for children to get the opportunity to express themselves through their imagination and help develop their confidence along the way.

We have found three very important ways in which Yoga can help support those with mental health struggles.

 

Breathe out the problems

Those who are stressed are commonly found to breathe from the chest rather than deep from the lungs, (this is proven to be able to help children’s breathing after classes). Also, the sound of breathing can have a calming effect on children, which really helps some of our own YogaBugs during classes.

 

Happier brain

Even participating in Yoga for a minute of your day can release chemicals called “GABA”. This chemical helps stop anxiety from developing in the body. Everyone needs a happier brain from time to time, which is one of the reasons why Yoga always wins against mental health.

 

Handling stress

Doctors around the world have now even started prescribing Yoga as a way to tackle stress. After results have found that it can reduce levels of depression especially in children, it is becoming more and more popular. At YogaBugs we understand that children have problems of their own, which is considered when we teach our classes.

 

We hope that this article helped you learn a little more about Yoga and how it can help just about everyone… Happy International Yoga Day!

 

 

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Animals can do Yoga now?

For those of you who practice yoga at home and have a pet… you’ve probably had them crawling around your mat while you are in your downward dog! If you love animals and you want to be as close to them as possible, then yoga is a great way to help us connect to them even more!

Because Yoga is suitable for all-abilities, everyone can get involved, animals included! At YogaBugs we follow the same rule and let everyone take part and develop at their own pace, which helps with confidence and self-esteem.

We found this funny video which should brighten up your day and get you doing yoga at home with your pet!

Which pet do you think could be a yoga teacher in disguise?

We hope you enjoyed the video – the postures and flexibility from the animals was great, and we could see them fitting in very well in our YogaBugs classes!

 

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Robert Downey Jr Does Yoga

If you weren’t already a fan of Yoga, then you will be after hearing this….

When one of the most successful actors in the world, Robert Downey Jr. is doing yoga to help him overcome his problems and pressure, you just know it’s a good thing to do!

Once Robert Downey Jr. found out that Yoga can have a healing effect on harmful addictions, he took it up and he hasn’t looked back since.

At YogaBugs we know that exercise is no. 1 when it comes to emotional development, and yoga has helped so many people overcome difficulties.

Downey Jr. also said that it was a ‘break from normal life’, this is important for all of us to take a lesson from because the speed and pressure of every-day life can build up and lead to mental health issues….Yoga allows you to live in the moment and forget about all of that.

At YogaBugs we believe that yoga helps everyone and the younger you start, the better! This is why we teach yoga to a range of ages and abilities (from 2-12 years old) helping as many kids as possible get the best start in life. If you are looking for a new hobby for your child, or you found this article helpful then feel free to take a look at our classes below!

 

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YogaBugs in 26 different countries?!…

With Yoga becoming one of the most popular, simple and fun exercises to take part in, it is no surprise that it has become as popular as it is.

However, it’s quite incredible to see the reach that it has across the world.

At YogaBugs, we help children all over the UK to handle their emotions and become more calm individuals. We have found that this has helped hundreds of children become physically and emotionally stronger which are two very valuable life skills.

Today we came across a video by a yoga expert doing her moves in different locations in the world.

In this, she does some of our YogaBugs inspired moves including the Downward Dog, Surfer, Archer, Magic Bird any many more.

We hope you enjoyed the video, remember to share this article to help Amy spread her story all over the world.

 

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5 benefits of Yoga

For those of you aren’t sure about Yoga and its benefits, don’t worry you are not alone… This is why here at YogaBugs we have decided to tell you why Yoga is such a growing success and how it can help each and every one of us.

 

Yoga Promotes weight loss

 

Once you have the correct diet in line with your yoga exercise, your weight will drop right off. Studies have shown that if you follow a protein-rich diet, then you will build muscle and lose fat while doing low intensity exercise. This shows that it can not only help you lose weight, but also give muscle tone, which is perfect with summer holidays coming up!

 

Yoga improves your general health

 

Yoga can benefit your general health in more ways than one. Because it is a relaxing exercise, it has been proven to lower the heart rate and regulate breathing. Because Yoga is considered ‘low-impact’ activity, you are at much less risk of exerting any muscles or joints in your body. Yoga can also give you more self-confidence and change your outlook on life in a positive sense. This type of exercise will give you a better body-mind connection because you are using both at the same time and you will be aware of your body much more.

 

Yoga can alleviate sleep issues

 

Regular Yoga has now been proven to improve the quality and duration of sleep, according to studies. By using controlled breathing and relaxing muscles tension through exercise, it is said that those who take up Yoga on a regular (weekly) basis are likely to get between 7-8 hours of sleep a night. This is great news for any mums and dads coming home from a long day at work!

 

Yoga can combat stress

 

It’s nice to take a step back from our social bubble sometimes. Equally, shaking of any stress that comes along with it. Scientifically speaking, when taking part in yoga the levels of inflammatory compounds naturally decrease which are responsible for reacting to stress. If this doesn’t make you want to start doing Yoga, then I don’t know what will.

 

Yoga can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression

 

Studies in Boston University Medical Centre have proven that there is a link between taking part in Yoga and decreasing levels of depression and anxiety. More specifically, taking part in Yoga can increase the intake of GABA in the human body which is said to affect our mood.

 

At YogaBugs we make sure that each child receives the full benefits of Yoga, by teaching through story themed adventures. We can’t tell you how many times parents have come forward about their kids and said that Yoga has helped them tackle social situations in school and also made them more confident, well-rounded children.

 

If you are interested in your child taking part in YogaBugs, but don’t know enough about it, don’t worry, our taster sessions allow them to take part with zero pressure!

 

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This is why Yoga should be in schools…

Teachers look away now, because Yoga is coming to a school near you.

Our YogaBugs classes are filled to the brim with action-packed adventures that take a trip through a child’s imagination. Whether your a teacher looking to calm a class of 30 kids, or even a child looking to battle with the pressures of learning 10 different subjects, Yoga is ready and waiting to try and take the cool off.

You can’t argue with our fantastic storytelling, so why not join in the ride, if you can get a seat. Whether your child wants to be a treasure seeking pirate sailing through the seven seas, or see from the eyes of a chimpanzee swinging through the Amazon jungle, we help the kids open up their bright minds and you won’t believe some of adventures some of the kid’s have told us about in the past.

If storytelling isn’t your thing then feel free to join in on our silly songs, they help make the class fun and are totally the opposite of being sat through a boring maths class.

It doesn’t stop there, lots and lots of social interactions take place in the Yoga sessions. The children get to share their experiences with new friends through their love of Yoga, this can improve their spoken language and self-confidence. Some children from our classes have even showed too much confidence… and corrected their parents Yoga postures.

The great thing about YogaBugs is that children don’t need to look at their parents for help, in fact the beautiful thing is that it’s often the other way round because the kid’s are the ones with all the creative imagination. The classes not only engage you mentally though, there are some unique postures that feature in every lesson, that will make you stretch in all sorts of directions that you didn’t know were possible.

Let this be a reminder that Yoga should indefinitely be part of the school curriculum, just look at some of the benefits listed above, and you can make your own mind up as to whether it should be it’s own class!

Children often complain that there are enough classes these days, but Yoga doesn’t have the same feel, it’s purely an escape. There are always times that we have wanted to hide-away from pressures in school, but there has never been a healthy alternative that isn’t damaging. This is where Yoga comes in, as it’s often a way often channeling your mature

The opportunities are endless here at YogaBugs, and every day we find new benefits that apply to both parents and children, so you better to get started.

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Yoga reduces anxiety – it’s a fact!

 

You kids have been going through a tough time recently, and we understand why. With Anxiety being higher that it’s ever been through  the pressures of school, exams and social circles it’s a time in a child’s life that is often overlooked by us parents.

At YogaBugs we came across an interesting study found in the “Psychology Research and Behaviour Management” which outlines the the fantastic benefits that you will notice in your child straight away!

UK stats show that 1 in 5 children will suffer from a mental health related illness before the age of 11. This figure is continuing to rise across the UK, and YogaBugs are working to stop it in it’s tracks.

 

 

But what causes Anxiety in children?

There could be a number of issues that trigger anxiety in kids. Social fears can be a common cause, for example a child being placed in an unfamiliar or challenging situation can make them nervous, this is known as normal anxiety.

 

So how do I know if my child is suffering from Anxiety?

Sometimes it’s hard to tell, especially if your child is afraid to talk about their feelings. This is why there some clear symptoms that can give you as a parent, a hint;

  • Airing negative thoughts
  • Worrying about things constantly
  • Struggles to concentrate
  • Irritable, quick to get angry
  • Not eating meals properly

These are just some of the common symptoms, but for more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/anxiety-disorders-in-children/

 

What does Mindfulness do to help?

Mindfulness is a calming method to help alleviate anxiety disorders and even depression. Mindfulness is a meditation practice that focuses on breathing methods and posture to create a relaxed environment and a healthy mind. At YogaBugs we have learnt that this is the best way to help improve a child’s ability to observe challenging situations without being scared.

 

YogaBugs is the largest children’s yoga inspired activity in the UK offering classes for children from walking age to seven years and beyond. We work with hundreds of schools to give children a fun experience, whilst improving their confidence, concentration and the children’s overall wellbeing.

 

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