We are delighted to welcome Michelle Best back to the YogaBugs family! Previously a Regional Manager, Michelle took time out to have her son, Dylan, and has just returned to take on her own franchise. Speaking about her reasons for re-joining the YogaBugs team, Michelle said:
“Originally I trained as a nursery nurse with Asquith Nurseries. I then went on to do degree in Early Childhood Studies at Wolverhampton University. Working as an early years teacher in Hertfordshire I was shocked to find pre-school children becoming obese and suffering from poor health, bad diet, asthma and allergies. Moving back to Birmingham in 2006, I went to work for a David LLoyd Fitness Club. I found that very few families encouraged their young children to exercise so when the opportunity came to work with YogaBugs, I saw that as my chance to make a change.
Whilst working as a Regional Manager for YogaBug, I saw at first hand the impact yoga classes were having on children in local schools. I now understand the importance of keeping flexible and mobile, and how an exercise such as yoga helps children to calm and focus. Through YogaBugs, I strongly believe we are helping children have a happier and healthier lifestyle.
I decided to buy my own franchise so that I could work around Dylan. Being a franchisee allows me the freedom to manage my own time. I now have a perfect work-life balance. I teach classes one day a week and have fantastic teachers who teach for me the other days.”
Michelle has always been interested in keeping fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. When she was 13, she was diagnosed with scoliosis (which causes curvature of the spine). Michelle was advised not to exercise so that she didn’t cause any further pain and damage. Speaking about her experience, Michelle said:
“Now we know that this was the wrong advice. Gentle exercise and yoga especially, can aid injury recovery and is an excellent complement to other forms of sport. My condition was very painful growing up, but I loved sport so started to swim and run regularly. I went on to run for my school in the county school races, and even managed to complete the Great North Run. One day I would like to run the London Marathon….maybe the YogaBug man could run alongside me!
Michelle is now holding weekly classes at 2 local primary schools and has 5 private classes starting shortly. MiniBugs and MightyBugs start at the Layca Centre, Shirley on Monday, 10th October whilst MIniBugs, MightyBugs and MegaBugs classes start at Rowheath Pavilion, Bournville on Friday, 7th November. You’ll find her classes at http://www.yogabugs.com/find_class.php?page_name=find.
Michelle is looking to recruit part time teachers. So if you love drama and story-telling, want to make a positive impact on local family life and practice yoga, do get in contact.
If you live in or around the Birmingham and Solihull areas, you can connect with Michelle via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=hp#!/group.php?gid=12515566857.