A great idea for an original Christmas present

Happy Christmas From The YogaBugs Team

Happy Christmas From The YogaBugs Team

What do you buy the child that has everything? Finding the right gift at Christmas can be difficult, finding an original gift even more so. Yet creative parents across the UK seem to have found the perfect solution. YogaBugs.

“It has been quite surprising. We have had a nice upturn in visits to the website and bookings for the New Year, with parents or close family booking children into classes as Christmas presents. They are looking for something that lasts way beyond Christmas, something more than just a toy.” said a spokesperson from Bugs HQ.

YogaBugs is a unique children’s activity devised by the consultant to hit CBeebies show Waybaloo, Fenella Lindsell. The sessions take children on wild adventures where they can be lions, jungle explorers or pirates. This is all done through yoga postures giving the children a physical workout by stealth. The sessions also have hidden benefits as the classes have been devised to also improve literacy, numeracy and self-esteem. The sessions are really inclusive and accessible to all.

Linda a mum of a YogaBugs child, reckons YogaBugs is the ideal Christmas gift. “I love the way in which Yogabugs has enabled Annabel to explore worlds and visit places in her imagination; it is the perfect antidote to a busy school day.”

All YogaBugs instructors are qualified, highly trained, well motivated and CRB checked. This is why parents across the UK see YogaBugs as the perfect antidote to games consoles, tablets and DVDs. 


Aquaterra in Islington Teams Up With YogaBugs To Get Families Active!

The recent publication of shocking new NHS statistics showing that nearly a quarter of children are overweight or obese by the time they start primary school has focused concern on the increasingly sedentary lifestyles of young children. In Islington, London, more than 40% of children participate in less than the recommended 3 hours of high quality PE and out of school sport whilst more than 38% of 11 year old children are overweight or obese. This situation is replicated in many other parts of the UK.

As a result, the debate on how we can tackle this problem is set to continue, prompting calls for renewed government action. However parents are also seeking more ways in which they can help their children to stay fit and healthy, both as a family participating together in sport and exercise as well as through specially designed children’s fitness programmes. Finding physical activities that small children can do as well, or better, than grown-ups is difficult. However the yoga world has come up with the solution – family yoga!

YogaBugs North & East London has teamed up with Aquaterra, a charity working for the health and wellbeing of the whole community to deliver family yoga classes. Glenn Branch, manager of Aquaterra’s Highbury Pool and Leisure Centre, explains why:

“We want to encourage parents and young children in Islington to join in the new family yoga classes at Highbury. The children really enjoy channeling their energy in to the yoga and parents get a work-out too. The classes are great for developing flexibility, agility and stamina.”

Denyse Whillier from YogaBugs North & East London added:

“Children’s natural flexibility and energy mean that they can do yoga postures that many adults can only dream about! The CBeebies programme, Waybaloo, has got pre-school children doing yoga. Breathing and warm up techniques help children and parents to clear their minds and focus whilst the posture work strengthens and tones their bodies. Postures such as Lion help children to let off steam, whilst Downward Facing Dog energises parents by increasing the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. Everybody benefits.”

Aquaterra manages six public leisure facilities in Islington and seven in Bath & North East Somerset in partnership with the two local authorities. For information about the classes call Aquaterra on 020 7690 0413 or email Denyse Whillier on denyse@yogabugs.com.

Like YogaBugs On Facebook To Receive A Free Class!

We’re offering parents the opportunity to try out a YogaBugs class for free! If you’ve never been on one of our adventures before and you’re wondering what thet’re all about, visit our Facebook page, click like and download your free class voucher! Unlock the magic of YogaBugs for your child here – http://www.facebook.com/YogaBugs.

Blasting Off Into The New Year!

What a busy and exciting year 2011 was! In July, we launched a new programme of parent and toddler classes whilst in August we launched our new website and blog. Despite the challenging economic circumstances, we were delighted to welcome new franchisees to our team so that we are now able to offer classes in the Birmingham, Stratford Upon Avon, Swindon and Derbyshire areas.

Looking forward to the New Year, for the first time we will be able to offer classes north of the border in Glasgow, whilst we have a new franchisees starting up in southern England including Brighton, Southampton, Berkshire and Wessex. We have appearances lined up at the summer LolliBop festival in Regents Park and YogaBug is looking forward to getting his camping equipment out again for the Magic Loungeabout in Yorkshire.

We have been developing the “Fun Zone” area on our website to include activities you can do at home with your kids. You can now blast off to space on An Intergalactic Adventure! We’ve also put up some simple routines you can do at home – take a look at our Waking & Stretching routine which is ideally for getting moving on cold and blustery days. If you’re not familiar with all the yoga postures, check out our new guide.

The New Year wouldn’t be complete without setting some goals. At YogaBugs mission control, we’re getting set for the Yoga Journal 21 day challenge starting on 9 January. Why don’t you join us too?

New YogaBugs Classes Starting….

What Is YogaBugs?

We’re delighted that the following six people have recently completed their training with YogaBugs and will be starting classes in the New Year. Our franchisees run classes in primary schools, nurseries and children’s centres as well as in private settings. Our teacher representatives run private classes and after school clubs.

Jane Swayne – YogaBugs Wessex

E: janeswayne@yogabugs.com  T: 0845 863 0690

Jane has worked with children for 16 years at a boarding school with the role of Head of Community Services, Boarding Staff Co-ordinator and Duke of Edinburgh’s (D of E) Award Leader. In 2003 Jane set up and ran the Kosovo Youth Education Programme (KYEP). The KYEP ran community programmes and annual Summer Schools for orphans of the Balkan war and worked with young people from all ethnic groups, inc those with special needs. Jane has been practicing yoga for 35 years and also trained as a contemporary dance teacher in the 80’s.

 Danielle (Dani) Denton – YogaBugs (name tbc in Berkshire area)

E: Danielle@yogabugs.com  T: 0845 863 0692

Dani is a mother of 2 young children and a health and fitness professional with 11 years industry experience teaching a variety of group and 1-2-1 exercise programmes. After working long hours in her previous role, Dani has taken on the YogaBugs Franchise to be able to spend more time with her family whilst teaching YogaBugs classes and passing on the great benefits we offer to children.

 Jane Couper – Teacher Representative Glasgow

Jane works with children of a variety of ages and their parents to provide nutritional support and advice.  Jane also has seven years of experience as a gymnastics coach working with children of all ages from pre-school through to club level. Jane has been practicing yoga for 3 years and as a mother of 3, she is aware of the very positive and calming influence yoga can have on children.

 Emma Maeer – Teacher Representative Southampton

Emma initially trained with YogaBugs working for the Southampton franchise. Emma has re-trained and is excited to be setting up her own classes. Emma is a trained dance teacher and has worked with children of all ages from babies to primary school and secondary school children. Emma completed a British Wheel of Yoga foundation course in 2009 and has been practicing yoga for 11 years.  Emma is recently back from maternity leave  and is excited to start teaching YogaBugs again.

Emma Thomas – Teacher Representative Sutton Coldfield

 Emma has experience of working with children as a classroom assistant in a primary school as well as working with in a nursery for a short time. Emma is also a freelance PR/writing consultant. She has 2 daughters and is excited to join her passion for working with children, with her passion for yoga which she has been practicing for over 14 years.

Laura Sykes – Teacher Representative Brighton

Laura has recently graduated from University with a BSc in Geology and has a 4 year old son who she looks after full time. Laura has been practicing yoga for several years and admires the YogaBugs ethos and unique way that we tackle issues  such as increasing confidence in little ones.