Having Fun At Christmas Is Good For You

All too often the festive period receives bad press when it comes to being healthy. A time when adults drink too much, everyone eats too much and we all sleep a lot. The negatives of the festive period may be obvious, even if we choose to ignore them, however an article in the Daily Mirror has highlighted just how Christmas can benefit our health. And the best part is we get to do all the things we would want to do at this time of year.

Everybody loves a good old sing song, whether it is a raucous Karaoke party or candlelit carol service. Swedish researchers have discovered that singing not only lifts the spirits but it also helps control our breathing and regulate our heartbeat and pulse. Singing a solo shall do you the world of good but if you can find others to croon along with, the research shows this will be even more beneficial.

Heart Research UK carried out a study as part of their annual Sing For Your Heart Campaign, and found that singing is a great ‘aerobic exercise, giving your heart and lungs a fantastic workout.’ Most excitingly the health benefits of singing are similar to yogic breathing, which has a beneficial effect on blood pressure.

So you can make singing your exercise but surely all that food is going to pile on the pounds. Well perhaps not as your Christmas dinner makes it really easy to get your five a day.

Christmas is a time to be enjoyed and YogaBugs are big believers in fun. That is why we created this special free online gift for you, a Christmas Advent Calendar.

Have a great Christmas from all at YogaBugs.

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Beware of the Celebrities

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat. By January 2nd it is highly possible that you and your loved ones may also have put on a few pounds. The New Year will no doubt herald a new healthy start. the obvious solution to this will be to diet. 

At YogaBugs we are in favour of healthy eating and exercise for a balanced lifestyle. However if you are going to follow a diet be very careful about who you listen to. In a recent article in the British Medical Journal, doctors have issued a warning about the dangers of listening to celebrities bogus health and diet advice. Many A-Listers such as Gwyneth Paltrow impact endless health tips but doctors have accused them of suffering ‘unconscious incompetence.’ The concern of the doctors was that celebrity fad diets were doing little more than giving disordered eating a ‘veneer of respectability.’

The article however does go on to acknowledge the potential of star power when promoting healthy living advice urging doctors to do more to use the ‘herding power’ of stars to give genuine medical advice.

Our friends at Waybuloo practice yoga on a daily basis on CBeebies, with YogaBugs founder Fenella Lindsell who is a consultant for the show. So we recommend you and your children get your yoga ‘fix’ over Christmas with the team from Waybuloo.

At YogaBugs we think that the answer is to eat sensibly and exercise often. As such YogaBugs shall be an excellent way to make a great start to a healthy 2014.

Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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 

Yoga, Great Fun, Serious Business

Yoga is great fun, but can also be a serious business opportunity

Yoga is great fun, but can also be a serious business opportunity

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. The unique YogaBugs 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. The best part is that, YogaBugs is so established they offer a first year money back guarantee. This is unheard of in the world of franchising,

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. 

The learn more about the possibility of becoming a YogaBugs franchisee please visit www.yogafranchises.co.uk 

 

 

Technology Is A Ticking Time Bomb For Children

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Researchers at Swansea University have discovered that the number of children receiving treatment for back or neck pain has doubled in the last six months. Their research has found that more than two thirds of primary school children are experiencing back or neck pain over the course of one year. Things need to happen to make a difference.

The research highlights the growing unease in the medical community about the excessive use of computers, tablets, consoles and smart phones. Children are becoming less active at home and spending more time on computers at school. It has been well documented that excessive use of these technologies can have a negative impact on posture. The excessive use of computers and consoles has also seen children take part in less physical activity  This has also resulted in high child obesity rates. More needs to be done get children to be physically active.  

Lorna Taylor the physiotherapist involved in the research said “Modern lifestyles and the increase in technology are having detrimental effects on our children’s musculoskeletal health and, if not addressed in school and at home now, will have far reaching effects for our children, the future working generation and society. This is a health care time bomb.” What Lorna Taylors’ predicting is a huge strain on the NHS in the the future, as it is overloaded by people with back and neck injuries caused by to much time spent in front of a screen as young children. It is not a cure that is needed but rather a prevention. 

Adam al-Kashi, the head of research and education at charity BackCare responded to this study by saying, “There are many pluses to modern life and technology, but the darker side is how it divorces us from the need to use our bodies and exert ourselves physically. We are now living dangerously convenient lifestyles, where you don’t even have to move to exist.” The solution is creating an activity that inspires children to leave the laptop and do something to counteract the damage. 

One of the key benefits of Yoga is how it can improve body posture., it realigns the spine. This can be done easily with a few yoga poses a week. A good session of yoga could be the difference between a life with or without back and neck pain.

Whilst it may be easy to explain the benefits of yoga to a an adult and an adult with a back injury will try most things to alleviate the pain, it may be more difficult to inspire a young child, and they almost certainly will have no interest or perhaps understanding of the benefits of preventing back pain. Therefore they have be inspired in a different way.

YogaBugs is for children from when they are first are able to walk until the age of twelve. YogaBugs however is so much more than just a yoga. YogaBugs uses yoga postures to take children on wild adventures, the postures are the medium through which a story is told and acted out by the children. The children love it but they do not realise they are doing yoga. They are getting all the benefits and having fun. The way YogaBugs has been designed means that for children there is also hidden benefits for numeracy, literacy, self-esteem and social interaction. YogaBugs is the answer to diffusing the ticking time bomb of back and neck pain.

Whilst across the UK there are already thousands of children benefiting from YogaBugs, many more still need to be offered the chance. YogaBugs are looking for the right people to join their franchise network. With 10 years franchising experience YogaBugs know what they are doing so much so, they are able guarantee their franchisees an income of at least £30,000 per year. 

An international franchisor represented in Australia, China and Singapore, YogaBugs is the leading children’s activity franchise. Franchisees do not need a background in yoga just a passion for making  a  positive difference to the lives of as many children as possible. Could you do it?

 

 

Why Yoga Could Do The Business For You

Having beaten the Dragons, YogaBugs knows a thing or two about business

Having beaten the Dragons, YogaBugs know a thing or two about business

In 2006 YogaBugs turned down Duncan Bannatyne and Richard Farleigh of the Dragon’s Den and never looked back. Since then YogaBugs have grown their network of franchisees across the UK, and have helped tens of thousands of children develop socially, improve their confidence, literacy and numeracy skills and have loads of fun. As well as all the usual benefits associated with yoga. To see YogaBugs slay the Dragon click here http://yogafranchises.co.uk/in-the-media/

The beauty of YogaBugs is that it really makes a difference.  It is loved  by children, parents and schools. The reason for this is that it gets children physically and emotionally active and benefits them well beyond the yoga class. YogaBugs are on a mission to inspire 140,000 children to be physically and emotionally active every week. Everybody involved works towards this, from the CEO Mark Goode, to the employed yoga teachers. To hear more about the mission click here http://yogafranchises.co.uk/the-mission/

Nidhi Shah is a YogaBugs franchisee. After a very successful career in architecture she wanted to spend more time with her daughter. Having taken her daughter to YogaBugs classes since she could walk, Nidhi loved it so much she decided she wanted to make it her business. To see what Nidhi and other franchisees have to say click here  http://yogafranchises.co.uk/meet-the-franchisees/

The best thing about YogaBugs is that you do not need to be a yoga teacher, or even have done yoga to be a success. If you love the concept and have a passion to improve the lives of as many children as possible then YogaBugs could be for you. Click here and see if it is worth you finding out why YogaBugs does what no other franchisor can. http://yogafranchises.co.uk/10reasons/

As an international franchisor with 10 years experience we believe that YogaBugs could be the perfect business opportunity for you. As the leading children’s activity franchise it surely worth learning from the best. Click here and you can download our free E-Book on how to become franchisee of the year. http://yogafranchises.co.uk/

 

Yoga is now a secular practice

YUP - Down DogVarious traditions of yoga are found in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism and it is practised as a spiritual and ascetic discipline. It is of course for many still an integral part of their religion. Yet, yoga has been embraced across the Western world and by people of all races, cultures and most religions. Across the West, yoga with its breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practised for health and relaxation.

There are many hidden benefits with yoga such as improved concentration, posture and improved strength and flexibility. With YogaBugs unique use of storytelling and adventures told through the medium of yoga there are other benefits to children from when they can walk until the age of 12. These include concentration, core skill development and improved social development.

In the West for the vast majority yoga is totally secular. It is not a medium for teaching religious beliefs. But across the globe yoga instructors have come up against vocal and determined opposition. This was recently highlighted in the United States. The issue of yoga in schools reached a boiling point in California this summer when a family filed a suit against the Encinitas Unified School District after the start of a pilot yoga program in an elementary school. As Reuters notes, a judge refused to block the teaching in July, ruling that ‘yoga at it’s roots is religious.’ but its modern practice is secular and “a distinctly American cultural phenomenon.”

In the USA yoga practitioners simply dismiss such criticisms as a  ’concern of the far right’.  In the UK whilst yoga rarely has to fight such prejudice on religious grounds it is still viewed by some with scepticism. This is despite recommendations from many health organisations including the NHS.

YogaBugs has a crucial role to play going forward. Whilst it uses traditional yoga  postures it inspires children to be physically active and use their imagination. Yoga has simply become a medium of play with many benefits, hidden from the children because they are having great fun. It is learning by stealth. Anyone who ever watches or participates in a YogaBugs class instantly changes their preconceptions and marvels at how the classes work. The children really enjoy them and over time when they attend regularly parents see measurable benefits to their children’s life skills.

The only way for yoga to overcome the negative preconceptions is for companies like YogaBugs to drive the message forward. As a business opportunity YogaBugs has everything you could need to be a success. With 10 years franchising experience YogaBugs are the leading children’s activity franchisor. Whilst YogaBugs have franchisees making a difference across the country we are always looking for the right people to spread the message. If you would like to find out more about the YogaBugs franchise opportunity click here www.yogafranchises.co.uk

Many of our franchise owners are not yoga teachers themselves but were attracted by the nature of the business. YogaBugs has such a distinct offering that there is nothing else quite like it. It inspires children to be both physically and emotionally active. It ticks all the boxes and encourages children to think for themselves, which means ultimately they will one day be able to form their own beliefs. This can only be a good thing.

 

Educational Underclass is an unacceptable label

Every child deserves an equal chance

Every child deserves a chance

 New research from the Orwellian sounding Centre for Social Justice has stated that children from the poorest homes risk becoming an educational underclass. The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) study was produced by a panel of educationalists, chaired by Sir Robin Bosher of the Harris academy federation. The report damningly states that ‘an abysmal start leaves children unready for school.’ The report goes on to demonstrate this by stating that some children arrive at school in nappies and behaving like toddlers. The Think Tank Director Christian Guy drew his conclusions from the report identifying that ”White, working-class boys are in danger of becoming an educational underclass,”

The report which is heavily critical of parents identifies broken homes and disengaged parenting as the cause of this ‘educational underclass’. The study talks of the impact of family breakdown on children and how much they can be damaged by instability in their home life. The lack of a male role model in families is also described as a factor affecting pupils’ behaviour. ”Emotional neglect” from disengaged parents is also a damaging factor for children’s development, says the study.

So lets say a big well done to the Centre for Social Justice for identifying there is a problem that school’s already knew was there. So what have they done about it. Put pressure on the government. Started campaigns targeted to inspire these parents who they are blaming? No. They have created a label. A label that now writes children off at the age of 4.

This phrase educational underclass is truly damaging. I am not saying that there are not issues that need addressing and that parents have no responsibility for ensuring their child is toilet trained, can communicate and concentrate when they start school. The report identifies that there are  700,000 children living with parents who are “dependent drinkers” and 335,000 with “dependent drug users”. This is scary and action must be taken. However, this is not the fault of the children, yet it is the children that are being socially labelled in such a negative way.

Sometimes semantics are really important. Britain historically divides itself through class. Surely the Centre for Social Justice have a responsibility to take this into consideration, and word their reports with more social sensitivity. Their phrasing of educational underclass immediately creates barriers to improvement as marks children out as being different.

A Department for Education spokesman said: “This government is taking decisive action to support disadvantaged pupils and close the unacceptable attainment gap between them and their peers. We are increasing the pupil premium to £2.5bn a year and doubling the number of disadvantaged two-year-olds eligible for free nursery places to 260,000.” I think this can only be a good thing as we cannot ever provide to much funding to our children. Yet, no amount of funding in the world can recover the damage if a child is labelled so negatively.

But this educational underclass has already been created and labelled. Sadly it is here. At YogaBugs we never write children off. We know that within just 10 weeks we can make a big impact and bring about positive change with every child. Over the course of a school year, our ‘Impact & Change’ programme would lift every child out of this disgustingly labelled educational underclass.

So Sir Robin Bosher and Christian Guy, perhaps you need to get in touch with YogaBugs because we will not allow an educational underclass.