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

 

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

Meet our franchisees

YogaBugs is the largest children’s yoga inspired activity in the UK offering classes for children from walking age to seven years and beyond, with franchisees all across the UK stretching the imagination of thousands of children, our franchisees are the forefront of our business.

And we would like to introduce you to some of our YogaBugs Regional Managers and why they LOVE the YogaBugs ethos and why they chose to join our Team.

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Francesca Kleanthous- Kastelanides

YogaBugs SE & SW London – Wandsworth & Lambeth Regional Manager since 2009

“Growth is the key to this business. I love the Yoga and the uniqueness of YogaBugs means I really stand out from the competition of other more traditional children’s activities. I take this message and I share it with as many people as I can reach, and I understand the need to fully put into practise and use the support tools HQ provide me with. For me this is a full time business and one I take very seriously. We have an important message to deliver, but the beauty is the more children I inspire to be active the more I earn”.

 

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Karen Butcher

YogaBugs Derbyshire & Borders Regional Manager since 2011

“I began as a YogaBugs teacher. I loved it so much eventually I knew I had to make it my business. The unique approach, the story telling, the creative use of rhymes and music and of course the exciting adventures mean I am delivering a product be like no other. On top of that in helping on the YogaBugs mission to inspire children to be active every week, I am given great materials from HQ to support the parents outside of the classes. The earning are great and I love being in control of my own diary. Yes I work hard but I work hard for me and for the children I work with”.

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Simon Duong

YogaBugs North & West Central London Regional Manager since 2012

“This is a truly wonderful business with a powerful reason for doing it. Every child I reach through the classes that my business offers means we get one step closer to inspiring children every week. The product can at times almost sell itself and Head Office are continually developing new tools and spending money to help me get more customers. This was simply the best decision I ever made.”

 

To hear of more of our franchisees and what they 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

Well done to YogaBugs Franchisee Karen Williams celebrating her 1st Year with YogaBugs!

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We would like to say a BIG congratulation to Karen Williams our YogaBugs Teesside Regional Manager, who is celebrating her first year With YogaBugs in style by securing 45 hours per week in schools and nurseries in the Teesside area for the new school term in September.

Since Karen joined YogaBugs in August 2014, she has been off to a flying start with so many Head Teachers and PE Co-Ordinators loving the YogaBugs’ ethos and recommending her to others in the area – she is proud to be stretching the imagination of so many children in schools and nurseries in her territory.

Please see below a fantastic testimonial from one of the schools Karen is currently working in….

“The days Karen comes in to work with our nursery children are always so exciting for us all – children and staff love her!  She has a really good manner with the children and always tries to link with our curriculum which has been lovely to see.  As this year is progressing we can see how well the children are responding to the exercises she does with them, now she can say the name of one of the familiar postures and the children respond by getting themselves into the correct position.  We are all big advocators of YogaBugs in Nursery and Karen is doing a marvellous job with the children”.

Kate JukesNursery Teacher at Green Lane Primary Academy, Acklam. 

When we caught up with Karen and asked her what made her choose YogaBugs this time last year this is what she said…

“Following eleven years as a primary school teacher and after having my two children, I began looking for a better work/life balance that would allow me to combine my love of working with children and my desire to run my own business. When I came across YogaBugs I knew it was the right thing for me! Children can be introduced to the benefits of yoga whilst most importantly using their imagination and having fun I love seeing the impact that YogaBugs can have on children who take part in our classes”.

Karen has truly taken her first year with YogaBugs by storm, and we cannot wait to see the growing impact that she will have on schools and nurseries in her area in the 2015/16 new school term!

Well Done Karen,

Keep up the great work!

If you would like to find out if your area is available and how to become a successful YogaBugs’ franchisee like Karen, Please contact Lisa Applebee-O’Connor on 0121 777 7792 / franchise@yogabugs.com.

YogaBugs has been delivering fun and educational programmes in schools for over ten years!

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Our most popular programmes is Impact and Change, which is a results driven child development programme that helps children develop both emotionally and physically through stories, yoga inspired moves, breathing and relaxation techniques.

With YogaBugs, children learn through play, they engage in the stories which increases their concentration and listening skills, which in turn helps improve behaviour.

YogaBugs is all inclusive and non competitive, meaning children of all abilities can participate and progress at their own pace. Children feel proud of what they can achieve, which helps them grow confidence!

YogaBugs can be run as a before or after school club or within PE curriculum time, If you would like to recommend that your school starts YogaBugs from September 2015, please click here and complete the form and we will get in touch with your school when the new term starts!

For more information on the classes or birthday parties that YogaBugs has to offer in your area and to attend a FREE taster session please click here

 

Franchising is a short cut to success with the bespoke training and support that YogaBugs offer!

The success of our mission is to inspire children to be physically and emotionally active every week, is totally dependent on the success of our franchisees. As such we pride ourselves on offering bespoke training and support to ensure your business grows and helps as many children as possible. Your YogaBugs training is all inclusive and we train your first 3 teachers for free as well!

Teacher Training

Your initial 2 day teacher training will bring out your creativity. YogaBugs is so much more than just a yoga session and in this 2 day course you and your teachers will be encouraged to use your imagination as your learn the YogaBugs ethos. Training covers both practical and theory. We shall be teaching ground breaking yoga techniques as well as health and safety and ways to manage your children. By the end of these 2 days you and your team will be ready to inspire your potential customers. The training is led by leading yoga instructors.

Business Training

This core 2 day course is the perfect way to get your business off to a flying start. Led by the Birmingham business man Mark Goode, CEO of The Bugs Group and General Manager, Lisa Applebee, you will be taken step by step through the YogaBugs business model, how to plan, how to deliver and how to make the most of the reward.

Supported by a world class team of marketing and business experts

You will be talked through sales materials, logistics and marketing strategies to ensure you know exactly how build your business from day one. You’ll leave the business training with a detailed action plan, and this will be your guide in the months and years ahead as a successful YogaBugs Franchise.

Bespoke Support

With a dedicated support team, we can help you will all aspects of the business, you name it, we’ve been there and done it. Any problem, no worries…we can help! Whether it is a technical issue, a business question or you just want a friend to support you after a challenging day we are there to support our franchises. We know that franchising is the shortcut to success. As such we have already done the hard work so you don’t have to. Insurance, booking systems, DBS checks, policies, artwork and suppliers. We already have it covered. All you have to do is follow your bespoke action plan and concentrate on growing your business.

We hope that you have found this information useful and it has excited and motivated you to take the next steps into investing into a YogaBugs franchise.

To see if your area is available and to speak to a member of team for more info, please call us on 0121 77 77792 / franchise@yogabugs.com www.yogafranchises.co.uk

Eating healthy over the six weeks holidays.

During the six weeks of summer holidays, children will tuck into 126 meals before they go back to school.

Fast food is a big part of modern life these days, making it incredibly hard to teach a child how they should eat healthy. The cheapest and easiest foods are those that are normally the least healthy for us.  If you give your child the choice between healthy food and junk food, you are more than likely not like the results.

Even though it isn’t possible to get a child to like all healthy foods, there are some ways to get your child/children to try and hopefully like at least a few of them during the holidays. You can be as creative as you like, getting kids to eat healthy foods can be a little harder than people think.

Here are some great ideas to make eating healthy fun for your child/children.

  • Sneak the healthy food in.  Even though it would be great if your child to understood the importance of fruits and vegetables, this isn’t always the case. If you can’t get them to eat good food willingly, there are ways to sneak them in, such as making
    muffins out of bananas or apples, or pizza with spinach on it, or blending vegetables into mash potato.
  • Call fruits and vegetables by funny names.  You can refer to broccoli as “trees”, making them more fun to eat. There are many different names you can call fruits and vegetables, even making up your own if you prefer. Majority of children prefer to eat foods that sound fun.
  • Try to make the foods taste better. Ranch dressing is great for broccoli, while peanut butter is a great topping for celery. There are several combinations for vegetables that can make them taste much better for children. You can let your child pick a topping for a vegetable; even if it’s something you wouldn’t normally like yourself, they will think this is fun and will make them want to taste it as they have chosen what to out onto it.
  • Dress the vegetables and fruit up.  Just as much as calling them names help children eat healthy foods, making them look funny also helps. You can do this by making funny designs on the plate, or setting them up to look like people.

 

For example you could draw a funny face onto a banana skin and call the banana ‘Barry the banana’. Although some parents don’t like their children playing with their food, sometimes it helps to get them to eat healthier.

There are several ways to make your kids eat healthier, but in order for them to enjoy it also has to be fun as well, this means the parents interacting with them and making it fun.

Getting children to eat healthily isn’t always an easy task, because children usually don’t like foods that are good for them. It can however, be done with a bit of creativity and fun. Hopefully, doing this will help your child develop a love of healthy foods for the rest of their lives.

Coming up with delicious dishes every day is hard, especially when kids can be such fussy eaters.

 

Please click here to download our Fun and Healthy recipes to try with your child at home.

To find your local YogaBugs class or to enquire about joining our team of talented franchises please visit: www.yogabugs.com / www.yogafranchises.co.uk 

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

When was the last time you went to work and laughed all day?

For franchisers in the child based sector all over the UK a day at work is never a dull day!

There are more than 13 million children living in the UK alone, so is no surprise that child-based franchises have become the most popular franchise opportunity for people to invest in. Franchisor Mark Goode believes that the child-based sector offers huge opportunities, as parents are always willing to invest in their child’s education and health. Having a franchise in the child base sector goes above and beyond the financial rewards as your business will help children to learn, grow and develop and to also help tackle child obesity in the UK.

You may think that you need to know everything about Yoga in order to become a YogaBugs franchise but this is not the case as you do not need a yoga background to become a YogaBugs franchisee. In fact, when Mark Goode started out as a franchisee he didn’t fully understand what yoga was, if you’d said to me three years ago that Id be involved in child yoga I would have looked at you very strangely, he now jokes. Now CEO, the business model Mark developed in his own franchise was so successful that the entire network adopted his approach. He says: I loved the company so much I bought it myself! Mark then went onto develop the Bugs Group and introduced FootieBugs, which teaches football skills in a fun an innovative way.

These children’s franchises are a perfect fit for people who are commercially minded and want to develop a thriving business. Mark explains that a franchise for any one of these companies will suit entrepreneurial, business-minded people who want to follow a proven successful method. Prospective franchisees should be business minded first, and then the passion for the product comes alongside it with anyone of our franchisees, says Mark.

Child-based franchises such as YogaBugs are seen as mainly a female-dominated industry but are increasingly attracting men. Fenella Lindsell founder of YogaBugs explains YogaBugs used to be seen as a mainly female dominated industry but we are getting more men coming through. Especially the younger ones that have been working in the Yoga industry and are looking for other opportunities.

Mark Goode adds were also getting husband-and-wife teams that are very much interested in investing money into a child-based franchise as they want to be able to pick their own destiny rather than just solely relying on jobs that may not be secure in as little as 5-years time.

YogaBugs and FootieBugs offers classes from an average of just £5-6 a class. This makes it affordable for parents who do not want to compromise their children’s physical activities. Mark adds “We’ve actually seen an increase in the YogaBugs and FootieBugs classes. Parents are no longer going on big holidays, due to this they are looking at smaller opportunities available for their children during term-time and after school”

As a franchisee of a child-based business you will undoubtedly see children progress, develop, learn and stay fit and healthy. Mark continues by saying “You are working with children who may not have a healthy lifestyle at home – you may only have them for an hour a week, but it is that hour that can make all the difference. In that hour you can give something positive back to that child and seeing the benefit from it, is incredibly rewarding as you are helping to make a difference by tackling childhood obesity.”

This sense of reward and achievement is often the very core of why people want to get involved with working with children. For Mark Goode, YogaBugs transformed his outlook on life: It actually changed some of the relationships I had with friends and family  you start to appreciate things more because you see that you are in a world where not everybody has what you have. It grounds you.

A business franchise that helps child development, education, social skills, and helps to keep a child fit, active and healthy often attracts interest and support from the Government, which can help massively to increase interest and demand for a business such as YogaBugs and FootieBugs. Mark explains, “The Government announced new funding for schools with sport and PE premium, for the next academic year. The money will be given directly to primary schools in England, and this can be used in order to pay for extra coaching sessions to improve the quality of sports and PE provision in schools across the UK.” This is great news for YogaBugs and FootieBugs. A position of such high priority on the Governments agenda can only be beneficial for a franchise such as YogaBugs and FootieBugs.

It would be impossible not to feel inspired by child-based franchises, which can provide education, fitness and emotional development for children. So why not listen to your inner-child and return to a child-like happiness by working with children today! Franchise opportunities are available today…why not take the next step?

YogaBugs: www.yogafranchises.co.uk

YogaBugs; Great fun, serious business!

There have been countless studies that prove and demonstrate the health benefits of yoga. It is practised by many superstars who openly promote the benefits. From fibromyalgia to colds and the flu, yoga is great for the body. Pain relief, increased strength, and a stronger immune system are all side effects of a regular yoga practice. Researchers may not be sure why yoga has some of the effects it does, but those who practise yoga are happy to enjoy the benefits. Many people are also inspired by their yoga practice to improve their diets, to get more sleep, and many other healthy lifestyle choices. YogaBugs takes this to the next level by actively supplying its customers with information to support a healthy lifestyle beyond the yoga class.

YogaBugs is aimed at children and improving their lifestyle. YogaBugs unique Child Development programmes take children on wild adventures using the medium of yoga. Not only do children get all the usual health benefits associated with yoga, YogaBugs also enhances their literacy, numeracy, self-esteem and social development.

Yoga is a real fun activity and has great benefits both physically and emotionally. Yet more needs to be done to give more children access to this unique and totally inclusive form of exercise. But who can do this?

YogaBugs franchisees are able to take the ground breaking programmes and deliver it to children on mass. This is because YogaBugs is a management business opportunity. One yoga instructor can only teach one class at a time. Six instructors however can teach six classes at a time. A YogaBugs franchisee does not need to be a yoga instructor themselves. Simply just have a passion for yoga and for helping children.

Franchising is not for everyone, but for those who want a short cut to running their own successful business it can be a dream come true. YogaBugs are an internationally recognised franchisor with 10 years experience. With a tried and tested business model, YogaBugs could be the perfect opportunity for you to take control of your own future.

Yes yoga is fun, but for the right person a fun pursuit could also be a serious business opportunity. YogaBugs are committed to finding the right individuals and offering them first rate training and support. 

To learn more about the possibility of becoming a YogaBugs franchisee please visitwww.yogafranchises.co.uk