Promoting healthy body image and wellness with YogaBugs!


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In recent news there has been a lot of talk about promoting a healthy body image and wellness of the mind in children. There are many influences in social media as children have more access to images of unhealthy body types that may pressure them into thinking that they need to look a certain way to be accepted as ‘normal’ in society. Girls who are in transition into teenage years seem to be particularly affected by such pressures, so it is important that we support these children during these difficult times. There is also the added pressure of the looming SATS, which means rising levels of stress and anxiety for these girls.

There are ways that YogaBugs classes can help alleviate tensions and worries of the modern world. The activities that we have created reduces stress, creates ‘mindfulness’, promotes relaxation and boosts self-confidence.

Our Yoga’d up classes for 8 – 12 year olds are structured to appeal to an age group who want to be physically challenged, mentally stimulated and entertained. Classes include a variety of postures, partner poses and fun Yoga’d Up games. Children end the class with relaxation and visualisation techniques. The combination of all these ingredients help and support them through a time of pre-teen change and beyond to adolescence.

This concern follows a BBC article ‘Under-18 models may be banned from catwalk.’ This article strongly highlights how young girls are pushed by top modelling agencies to lose weight so they are “down to the bone”. We recognise how unhealthy this is and how damaging it can be for a young girl’s self-confidence and self-esteem.

Here at http://yogabugs.com/index.php?page_name=home YogaBugs we are committed to ensuring children and young people achieve their full potential and enjoy a healthy, safe, and happy life. YogaBugs allows children of all abilities excel and children can work towards improving their personal best without the pressure of competition.

As well as being a great form of physical exercise, YogaBugs promotes a wide range of emotional benefits such as

  • Improved self-confidence
  • Release of day to day anxieties
  • Improved concentration & memory retention
  • Increased ability for children to learn more easily
  • Developed creativity
  • Improves healthy sleep patterns
  • Allows children to express their emotions physically

Not to mention a wealth of Physical benefits such as

  • Strengthened muscles
  • Balanced energy levels
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Improved respiratory and circulation
  • Improved digestive systems
  • Supported joint mobility
  • Developed posture
  • Improved flexibility

YogaBugs run classes in local schools and nurseries as well throughout the community.

CLICK HERE to find out more about how your child can develop a sense of well-being through our YogaBugs classes.

Alternatively contact us at 0121 777 7792 / info@thebugsgroup.com

 

The Bugs Group, proud to add DanceBugs to their creative child development classes

The Bugs Group is the UK’s leading provider of Children’s activities offering unique programmes for children as from the moment they can walk – 12 years. Our programmes have been tailor made to enhance a child’s learning experience by using the power of stories and imagination and by building key skills such as confidence and social interaction. The BugsGroup activities encourage children to enjoy sport from a young age.

At The Bugs Group our aim is to create and develop a wide range of high quality activities and sports that places the child’s overall wellbeing at the forefront of everything we do!

Our ethos is to help every child reach their true potential in a supportive and safe environment…whilst having fun!

But did you know….

DanceBugs has recently launched in Birmingham, and is taking Solihull by a storm! Offering fun and creative dance classes for children from 3-9 years in a variety of styles from ballet and freestyle to cheerleading and tap.

All classes encourage children to express themselves positively through music and movement and they grow in confidence as they learn dance in a fun and pressure free environment.

Currently DanceBugs classes are being held at: Solihull Sixth Form College Dance Studio, Widney Manor road, Solihull, B91 3WR.

Dates with classes available:

Dainty Dancers – Ballet for children 3-5 years at 10am-10:30am

Mini Movers – Freestyle for children 3-5 years at 10:30-11am

With more classes coming SOON!

If you would like to attend a free taster at a DanceBugs class in Solihull please contact Sam on 0121 777 7792 / sam@dancebugs.com

Big Welcome to Somer Lynn

YogaBugs are pleased to announce that we have a new Franchisee who has joined our team and will be stretching the imagination of children in her territory from January 2016!

Somer Lynn will be taking over the Ipswich and Colchester area by storm when she completes her training in January 2016.

Somer comes from a previous background in sales and just loves the YogaBugs ethos and cannot wait to contact schools in her area to spread the word of the fantastic child development programmes that YogaBugs have to offer.

When we asked Somer what interested her in becoming a YogaBugs franchise she said:

“Having worked in a corporate environment previously, i look forward to achieving success and after having a family i am particularly interested in helping others, this is why i feel that YogaBugs is the perfect opportunity to contribute positively to my community and family, while building a successful business in my area”.

To find out what our franchisees think about being a YogaBugs franchisee and what made them join please click here.

If you would like to find out more information about becoming a YogaBugs franchisee and to see if your area is available please contact Lisa Applebee-O’Connor on 0121 777 7792 /franchise@yogabugs.com

Top Ten Tips To Get Your Child Fit & Healthy over the summer holidays

  1. Get your child to YogaBugs. YogaBugs is great exercise for all children and fully inclusive for children of all abilities with different classes for various age groups. YogaBugs not only works the body but also develops concentration, self-esteem, literacy and numeracy. YogaBugs uses yoga as a medium to tell stories and inspire children. Please click here to find your local class
  1. Eat slowly and in moderation. In a day and age when nearly a quarter of children are obese or overweight, this is really important. Control portion sizes and you will be able to continue to offer a wide variety of food. Also make sure they eat slowly. This will allow their brain the time to realise they are actually full.
  2. Get a minimum of eight hours sleep. Sleep shall help your child keep to the right weight. Sleep will rest their metabolism and prepare it for burning fat the following day.
  3. Give them a choice. Turn the television off but then give your child a choice of activities. This leaves them feeling empowered and more inclined to join in the physical activity because they have actively chosen it.
  4. Get dancing. Use your love of music to get your child active. Have lounge discos and they will be getting exercise whilst having loads of fun and bonding with you.
  5. Involve their friends. Children are far more likely to be active if they are playing with their friends. Just make sure the games consoles are out of reach.
  6. Ditch the car. Walking to and from shops and parks in the morning is not only great for the environment, it makes sure your child has done some physical activity before they have even truly begun their day. It won’t hurt you either.
  7. Turn TV commercials into fitness breaks. Nobody really likes it when adverts ruin their favourite show. Invent funny names for simple exercises like squat thrusts, press-ups, and sit-ups, and then do them together till the show comes back on. This will really add up over the course of the day.
  8. Get charitable. Exercise for exercise sake can be difficult to motivate yourself for never mind your little ones. Yet, it becomes far easier with a focus. Sign up for a charity fun walk. Children have great empathy and they will love being able to help those less fortunate and will be proud to tell their teacher and class mates when they go back to school.
  9. Get them in the garden. Love it or hate it there is no doubt that gardening is good physical exercise for everyone. Get your children involved and not only will they be doing something healthy they will also be learning new skills.

We hope that you have found this information useful and it has excited and motivated you to take the next steps for yourself and your child to keep fit and healthy over the summer holidays.

To find your local YogaBugs class or to attend a free taster session please visit: www.yogabugs.com.

If you would like to join our talented team of franchisees and bring the benefits of YogaBugs to the children in your area, please visit www.yogafranchises.co.uk

Top Five Tips To Improve Your Child’s Concentration

  1. Get your child to YogaBugs. Unlike any other children’s activities YogaBugs is specially designed to not only give your child an enjoyable physical work out but also to improve their concentration. They will learn loads, have fun and develop their concentration skills. By using the yoga postures to tell stories, YogaBugs are able to engage children on a variety of levels and develop many skills.
  2. Play ‘Beat The Clock’. Deadlines get things done. If a task has to be completed in a set time this will help your child focus. They way to make it fun is to turn into a game. As a general rule assume your child can concentrate without a break for one minute per year of age. So if your child is 5, set the clock to 5 minutes and ask them to complete the task before the alarm rings.
  3. Avoid overwhelming your child. If your child is whisked from activity to activity they will never settle. Choose a couple of activities and allow for downtime in between. This will help them focus and will produce better results. Remember quality over quantity.
  4. Eat the right foods. Eating healthy food will give your child the energy they need to focus for longer. Avoid foods that are high in sugar as these will lead your child to crash.
  5. Remove all distractions. If you want your child to focus make sure all diversions are out of the way. If the television is off it ceases to become an option. There is no such thing as multi-tasking only multi-failing.

To find your local YogaBugs class or to attend a free taster session please visit: www.yogabugs.com.

We are actively seeking business minded individuals to join our team of talented franchisees who bring the joy of YogaBugs to children in their area. Please visitwww.yogafranchises.co.uk for more info or call Lisa on 0121 77 77792

Schools are taking a stand against too much sitting down!

Schools across the UK are taking a stand on too much sitting down in classes, children as young as 3 and 4 are beginning their battle against the diseases of old age the BBC reports.

The majority of schools across the UK are not hitting the recommended target of 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise. Dr Loosemore warns in the BBC article that a “tsunami of inactivity” in young children can lead to a dramatic increase in largely avoidable and common diseases.

He went on to explain that to an adult even a thirty minute run after work can’t repair the damage caused by hours over the years of sitting down behind a desk and that it is crucial we start to get young children standing up and stretching more within school hours.

“Sitting can create inflammatory cytokines (chemicals used by cells to signal to each other) which damage the lining of the arteries and the brain, leading to heart attacks and strokes and some cancers and also lead to diabetes and even alzheimers”.

Do we want the children of our new generation to be at risk in 30 years time?

Researchers believe it has become worse due to the age we live in of screen-based social media and computer games. Children represent an opportunity to change current habits and prevent their generation being at risk.

Schools and nurseries are the ideal place to teach and instil a new awareness of the dangers of a sedentary life and to start to tackle obesity and get children into the habit of being physically active from a young age.

In this modern-day environment children of all ages lead a more sedentary lifestyle. There is less emphasis on physical education as Dr Loosemore mentioned, the majority of schools are not reaching their target of physical activity and focusing more on literacy and numeracy in order to meet the ever demanding educational targets.  Children are being denied their natural freedom of movement, imagination and inherent creativity within schools. We want to help schools change this.

From the moment children join reception at school they are sat in front of desks for the majority of the day and adding to this, they often spend long hours in front of television and computer games at home which is leading to postural problems and inertia, and not surprisingly childhood obesity. One in four children in England is classified as obese according to government statistics.

YogaBugs is a great way of introducing some much-needed physical activity into your children’s daily routine at school and nursery in a way they will find enjoyable as well as benefitting them hugely in the future.

YogaBugs franchisees have a range of programmes to offer schools to help make this much needed change, in particular our Early Year’s Impact and Change Programme which works with children for a year, helping to improve their physical and emotional literacy and providing schools with a detailed report of each child’s improvement.

If you are passionate about changing our children’s future and looking for a business opportunity that is rewarding both positively and financially, then please get in touch! YogaBugs is in demand by schools and nurseries alike, we just need you to make the difference in your area.

For more information on the franchise opportunity, please visit www.yogafranchises.co.uk

YogaBugs – Impact and Change

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‘Impact & Change’ is a game changing product produced by YogaBugs

Did you know… every governmental report on children’s health highlights the need for what YogaBugs offers and with schools being given funding to improve Primary School PE, YogaBugs is always on top of the game.

Unlike other children’s activities YogaBugs franchisees benefit from offering a bespoke child development programme, called Impact and Change, to schools and nurseries. This is results driven and adds extra value for Ofsted.

This programme contains class plans around key texts and best of all can be tailored toeach school and at the end of the programme a report is produced detailing the individual and group improvement of the children involved.

YogaBugs is perfectly placed in the Education sector offering a programme that develops children both emotionally and physically which is why schools keep booking us. Want proof? Check out what our customers say here!

You do not need to be a yoga expert to become a YogaBugs franchisee, you just need to be motivated and ideally come from a previous sales background, have a good  head for business and a desire to inspire children to be physically and emotionally active. If this sounds like you, get in contact today!

New Statistics report over half of children are not getting enough exercise!

 

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New Statistics from the BBC reported that half of the UKs young children are not getting enough exercise!

The University of London monitored 6,500 children in order to find out how active children in this country really are and shockingly 51% of children are still not getting the recommend one hour of physical exercise each day.

These statistics suggested that 38% of these were girls compared to 63% for boys.

Here at YogaBugs our aim is to introduce and encourage children from the moment they can start walking to get active through our unique yoga inspired classes.

Its not just about yoga!

We pride ourselves on helping to educate children along with their parents/carers into the importance of living a healthy lifestyle – eating right and getting enough exercise, no matter how old they are. We offer diet and nutritional information to our parents along with classes that can be done together at home click here to view a sample.

Researchers from UCL suggested in their study that it is vital to make sport and other activities more attractive to children, in particular girls.

And thats the beauty of YogaBugs; our classes bring stories to life through specially developed moves inspired by yoga. Combining fun with exercise, children from a young age go on wild adventures where they may roar like a lion, fly like a bird or blast into outer space!

Our unique yoga programmes are suitable for children from walking age – 12 years, encouraging both girls and boys to participate together. Our classes help increase children’s confidence and concentration by encouraging them to be vocal during classes, by expressing their emotions physically and through specially developed yoga-inspired moves that help children to focus.

All children can do YogaBugs to their own ability, they don’t need to be fast, have good hand to eye co-ordination or to be physically fit, all they need is bags full of energy and imagination.

Dr John Middleton Faculty of Public Health said;

“We need our children to grow up to be fit and healthy adults, not just because it’s what any civilised society would want for its children, but it’s also best for our economy too”.

 

Prof Carol Dezateux, one of the lead authors of the research then went on to say;

“There is a big yawning gap between girls and boys. We need to really think about how we are reaching out to girls. Our findings are particularly worrying as seven-year-olds are likely to become less active as they get older, not more, no matter what gender.”

The research then went on to explain in order for children to achieve the one hour a day that is recommended, children need to take part in moderate or vigorous activities, which could include anything from brisk walking and cycling to playing football or rugby and running.

This is where YogaBugs is making a difference!

Our yoga programmes have been developed with the help of yoga professionals and individuals experienced with working with children, to help instil a love of exercise from a young age with a big emphasis on the children having fun in a YogaBugs class, as well as getting them active at the same time.

The UCL research is not the first to suggest that children of this generation are not active enough. Previous studies have relied on self-reporting by children or parents/carers estimating the levels of exercise which is not precise. Whereas this research by UCL involved real-time monitoring of the children as they wore and accelerometer to measure the exercise levels, this was attached to an elastic belt around their waist.

Dr Ann Hoskins, of the Public Health England added;

“This study highlights that there is still much to do to keep children and young adults active as they grow older.”

 

At YogaBugs we couldn’t agree more and as a company we are actively seeking individuals who are passionate about yoga and want to help us get kids active, to join our network of talented franchises.

For information about local classes and franchising opportunities visit our website www.yogabugs.com

For a sample of our classes please click here:

 

Sources from: www.bbc.co.uk/news

Written by: Amy Burge

Lion, Snake and Butterfly: Yoga Games You Can Do With The Kids

Yoga and kids make a great fit because children naturally love to move their bodies and use their imagination to act like animals and other things in their world. Just keep in mind that younger tots will prefer hopping and ribbiting in Frog pose rather than holding still, so encourage them to move around and make lots of noise.

You can use these poses to play a game of ‘Simon Says’ where you do a pose like Lion or Snake and the kids copy you. A game of ‘Freeze Yoga’ is also fun — play some upbeat tunes, and when the music stops, call out a yoga pose (like Boat or Flamingo) and they have to hold the pose like a statue. Or have your kids make up their own yoga poses. When it comes to children and yoga, the most important thing is to be creative and have fun so as they grow up, their love of yoga will grow, too. Here’s a group of yoga poses your kids will love to try:

Lion Pose – Start by kneeling, stick your tongue out as far as it will go and roar like a lion. If you feel foolish doing this, remember that this pose gives a natural facelift as it is said to prevent and eliminate wrinkles!

Snake Pose – Lie on your tummy. With your hands next to your shoulders, push up and hiss like a snake.

Cat Pose – Kneel on your hands and knees. Line your hands right underneath your shoulders and your knees right under your hips. Round and arch your spine toward the ceiling and let your head float toward the floor. Hold for three breaths. Make the “meow” sound as you hold the pose to create an audible relation to Cat Pose.

Cow Pose – From Cat Pose, let your belly sink toward the floor as you raise your gaze upward which creates a curve in the spine. Make the cow sound “moo” and move back and forth between Cat and Cow Pose a few times.

Dog Pose – This poses gives kids’ brains a boost in circulation and improves breathing. From Cow Pose, curl your toes under, and lift your hips up as you straighten your arms. Your body will resemble an upside down V. Gaze straight back at your belly and relax your neck.

Butterfly Pose - Sitting on the floor with the bottoms of the feet together, let your knees drop open to the side so that they form a diamond shape. These are the wings, which you can gently flap up and down. Butterfly pose is intended to be fun and calming.

Tree Pose – Invite the children to imagine a giant tree and its roots holding it firmly, as if roots are growing out of the soles of their feet and into the ground. This pose is a invitation to develop balance while using the imagination. Draw one foot to the side of the calf and balance on the standing leg. Bring the hands first to prayer position at the heart, and then raise them in the air to form branches. Try closing your eyes and see how long you can remain balanced. Repeat on the other side.