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.

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 

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!

5 Ways To Make Healthy Eating Fun

What are meal times like in your house? Are they fun, calm happy times or can they be stressful? How healthy are they? Are meal times happier, calmer and more fun the more unhealthy the meal? Typical!

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We all know that we should eat healthy but the reality can be a little bit more difficult. How often do you cook three different meals at the same time for your family? At YogaBugs we know that you and your family need the right fuel to have the energy to have fun. That’s why we are giving you our five top tips to make healthy eating fun.

  1. Dip it – Most kids don’t like eating vegetables and this can cause a lot of tension at meal times. You know they need vegetables so why not see what you can do to disguise them and improve the flavour. We suggest a mild salsa or yoghurt-based dressing.
  2. You are not a cafe – As the parent you are in charge of the evening meal, if you allow yourself to be treated like a restaurant don’t be surprised when your child places an order that is different to what you were intending to cook. Children will mimic adult behaviour. Get into the habit of cooking just the one meal. Take back control of the kitchen.
  3. Carefully introduce new foods – Allow your children to get used to new flavours. Don’t overload their plate, explain that their taste buds will need time to adapt. Also consider who their heroes are. Does their hero eat broccoli? We shall let you decide.
  4. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – Mornings might be chaotic but you need to make the most of them. Find a cereal that the kids want but that you agree with. Try and avoid chocolate but accept that there might be some sugar. A proper breakfast will decrease your child’s desire to snack. Get them into the habit from an early age. It will really make a big difference to their entire life.
  5. Get them involved – We all feel better when we have ownership of a situation. Take your children shopping with you. It can be a great place to have conversations about healthy eating and educate them to the right ways of eating. Then get them to help with the cooking. You will find their appetite grow for even the most mundane meal if they have been involved in it’s creation.

Happy Healthy Eating

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Top 10 Health Tips For A Great 2014

Make 2014 your year for a fit and healthy lifestyle

When the clock strikes midnight on December 31st many of us resolve to live healthier better lives.  YogaBugs want to help you this New Year and so here are our Top Ten 10 Tips to a healthy 2014.

1. What Does The Cat Do?

The hit viral song of 2013 was What Does The Fox Say, in 2014 we want you to ask what does the cat do? When a cat wakes up it stretches. Learn to stretch with yoga as soon as you wake up. This will aid circulation, digestion and ease back pain.

2. Let your emotions out.

Having a cry is good for you. So is having a good laugh. Studies from Japan have proven that laughter in particular can boost the immune system and help the body in fighting allergic actions.

3. Eat your most important meal of the day.

If you miss breakfast you can expect to put on weight. The good news is you can eat loads for breakfast as long as it is the right stuff, such as fruit, yoghurt, high fibre cereal or brown toast. Fill yourself up and avoid the desire to snack later in the day.

4. Give your mind a work out.

People who develop their mental agility tend to have lower rates of age related mental decline. Simple things like brushing your teeth with your other hand can make a big difference. This will energise your brain.

5. Judge a food by its cover.

Always read the label in the supermarket. See what the products contain as understanding what is in your food will help you make healthier choices for you and your family.

6. Take stress for a walk.

When you are feeling the pressure, get out and go for a walk. It will clear your mind and give you space to put your thoughts in order. If it is a brisk walk it shall also count as exercise.

7. There is no substitute for exercise.

Quite simply 30 minutes of aerobic activity for 5 days a week will help you burn those calories and look after your heart. Fit it in when you can. Just make sure you do it.

8. An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

You may have heard it many times, but in terms of diet your five a day is perhaps the most important thing you can do.

9. Enjoy a sweet treat.

When you finish dinner and need something sweet. Do not despair simply swap high sugar fatty deserts for diet jelly with natural yoghurt.

10. Do it for at least 8 hours a night.

Sleep is really important. It is when your body and brain recharge. You need at least 8 hours a night. Do all you can to make sure this happens.

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What will it take for people to get the message?

Healthy diet and exercise is the only way forward

Healthy diet and exercise is the only way forward

This week The Sunday Times obtained some seriously scary information in a Freedom of Information Request from Newport Council. In August 2012 a five year old girl was taken into care because she weighed more than three times the weight of a healthy child her age. The girl weighted 10st 5lbs.

Newport council issued a statement saying, “a thorough assessment of the child and the family is always considered in cases like these.”  In October 2012 the girl’s weight rose to 10st 10lbs, but had fallen to 7st 7lbs  by August 2013 while she was in care. This extreme case highlights the bigger problem of childhood obesity.

A spokesperson from Public Health Wales, said “fast food advertising, especially for high fat, highly processed foods, as is the amount of fast food outlets in more deprived areas and a lack of play spaces for children,” were at the root of the problem.

Parents have passed the consumer culture onto their children. They are finding it more and more difficult to say no. The current economic climate does not help the situation either, with a Bargain Bucket growing in appeal for cash strapped families.

The cost of living is increasing and wages are not matching it. Times are tough and families need help. This can be done financially by the government, but organisations such as YogaBugs also have a role to play. The role is one of education. Both for the children and the parents.

YogaBugs encourages children to do physical exercise. The beauty of it is the children do not see it as a chore or task to be completed, they are in fact playing. Whilst doing the physical exercise of yoga, the children are participating in stories and going on wild adventures. There are many benefits of children’s yoga, such as improved concentration, but the YogaBugs programme is specially designed to also develop numeracy, literacy and self-esteem. YogaBugs also support the parents with booklets on exercises for home and the YogaBugs Fun Zone has some great stuff to help parents keep their children healthy. 

Keeping children healthy is the responsibility of everyone. The poor girl in Newport was let down by everyone who came into contact with her. Surely somebody could have prevented a situation where a child is taken into care because they are severely overweight.

if you would like to help keep children fit and healthy, could you run a YogaBugs franchise? YogaBugs are looking for the right people to join their network and help more children be physically and emotionally active. Make a positive difference!

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. 

 

Ryan Giggs believes Yoga is the reason for his success

OUT OF THE FAST LANE: Yoga has been a big part of Giggs keeping his career going A fresh faced Ryan Giggs, who is still going strong at 40 because of yoga.

Ryan Giggs is hoping to make 1000 appearances for Manchester United. Giggs has spent the last 3 decades representing Manchester United, playing a key role for arguably the world’s most successful club.

The reason for his longevity? Yoga. Giggs was committed to being successful and as such would go to any length to extend his career. For example, he stopped driving sports cars because of their impact on his hamstrings, improved his diet and retired from international football. All these things have helped him play for United until the age of 40. It is however yoga that Giggs, gives most credit too.

“You can feel it working and you can feel the benefits straight away. My body feels so much better having done the yoga. I still get the odd hamstring strain, which you are going to get when playing football, but it wasn’t about curing the problem, but making it less frequent. I wish I had done it from the start of my career.” 

Although always opened minded Ryan Giggs, was sceptical at first about some of the yoga practices.  Yoga was typically associated with mums and for a Premier League footballer this was certainly a bold and brave move to break with convention. He could not see the benefit to him to stretch in this position or that. Then he was shown stills of how he would contort himself on the pitch, albeit unwittingly, and it all made sense. The results have been emphatic.

Ryan is still playing regularly at United and the Old Trafford legend has 1000 appearances firmly in his sight. It would be foolish to bet against him.

YogaBugs are putting yoga into schools across the UK. Not only are children benefiting from the physical exercise in the way that Ryan Giggs has, due to the unique nature of the programmes they are also improving their literacy, numeracy, self-esteem and social skills.

There are still some children in the UK that are unable to access this opportunity. YogaBugs are looking for the right people to join their franchise network. With 10 years franchising experience YogaBugs are able to guarantee success for their franchisees. If you would like to find out more about this opportunity please visit www.yogafranchises.co.uk