5 benefits of Yoga

For those of you aren’t sure about Yoga and its benefits, don’t worry you are not alone… This is why here at YogaBugs we have decided to tell you why Yoga is such a growing success and how it can help each and every one of us.

 

Yoga Promotes weight loss

 

Once you have the correct diet in line with your yoga exercise, your weight will drop right off. Studies have shown that if you follow a protein-rich diet, then you will build muscle and lose fat while doing low intensity exercise. This shows that it can not only help you lose weight, but also give muscle tone, which is perfect with summer holidays coming up!

 

Yoga improves your general health

 

Yoga can benefit your general health in more ways than one. Because it is a relaxing exercise, it has been proven to lower the heart rate and regulate breathing. Because Yoga is considered ‘low-impact’ activity, you are at much less risk of exerting any muscles or joints in your body. Yoga can also give you more self-confidence and change your outlook on life in a positive sense. This type of exercise will give you a better body-mind connection because you are using both at the same time and you will be aware of your body much more.

 

Yoga can alleviate sleep issues

 

Regular Yoga has now been proven to improve the quality and duration of sleep, according to studies. By using controlled breathing and relaxing muscles tension through exercise, it is said that those who take up Yoga on a regular (weekly) basis are likely to get between 7-8 hours of sleep a night. This is great news for any mums and dads coming home from a long day at work!

 

Yoga can combat stress

 

It’s nice to take a step back from our social bubble sometimes. Equally, shaking of any stress that comes along with it. Scientifically speaking, when taking part in yoga the levels of inflammatory compounds naturally decrease which are responsible for reacting to stress. If this doesn’t make you want to start doing Yoga, then I don’t know what will.

 

Yoga can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression

 

Studies in Boston University Medical Centre have proven that there is a link between taking part in Yoga and decreasing levels of depression and anxiety. More specifically, taking part in Yoga can increase the intake of GABA in the human body which is said to affect our mood.

 

At YogaBugs we make sure that each child receives the full benefits of Yoga, by teaching through story themed adventures. We can’t tell you how many times parents have come forward about their kids and said that Yoga has helped them tackle social situations in school and also made them more confident, well-rounded children.

 

If you are interested in your child taking part in YogaBugs, but don’t know enough about it, don’t worry, our taster sessions allow them to take part with zero pressure!

 

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New Statistics report over half of children are not getting enough exercise!

 

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New Statistics from the BBC reported that half of the UKs young children are not getting enough exercise!

The University of London monitored 6,500 children in order to find out how active children in this country really are and shockingly 51% of children are still not getting the recommend one hour of physical exercise each day.

These statistics suggested that 38% of these were girls compared to 63% for boys.

Here at YogaBugs our aim is to introduce and encourage children from the moment they can start walking to get active through our unique yoga inspired classes.

Its not just about yoga!

We pride ourselves on helping to educate children along with their parents/carers into the importance of living a healthy lifestyle – eating right and getting enough exercise, no matter how old they are. We offer diet and nutritional information to our parents along with classes that can be done together at home click here to view a sample.

Researchers from UCL suggested in their study that it is vital to make sport and other activities more attractive to children, in particular girls.

And thats the beauty of YogaBugs; our classes bring stories to life through specially developed moves inspired by yoga. Combining fun with exercise, children from a young age go on wild adventures where they may roar like a lion, fly like a bird or blast into outer space!

Our unique yoga programmes are suitable for children from walking age – 12 years, encouraging both girls and boys to participate together. Our classes help increase children’s confidence and concentration by encouraging them to be vocal during classes, by expressing their emotions physically and through specially developed yoga-inspired moves that help children to focus.

All children can do YogaBugs to their own ability, they don’t need to be fast, have good hand to eye co-ordination or to be physically fit, all they need is bags full of energy and imagination.

Dr John Middleton Faculty of Public Health said;

“We need our children to grow up to be fit and healthy adults, not just because it’s what any civilised society would want for its children, but it’s also best for our economy too”.

 

Prof Carol Dezateux, one of the lead authors of the research then went on to say;

“There is a big yawning gap between girls and boys. We need to really think about how we are reaching out to girls. Our findings are particularly worrying as seven-year-olds are likely to become less active as they get older, not more, no matter what gender.”

The research then went on to explain in order for children to achieve the one hour a day that is recommended, children need to take part in moderate or vigorous activities, which could include anything from brisk walking and cycling to playing football or rugby and running.

This is where YogaBugs is making a difference!

Our yoga programmes have been developed with the help of yoga professionals and individuals experienced with working with children, to help instil a love of exercise from a young age with a big emphasis on the children having fun in a YogaBugs class, as well as getting them active at the same time.

The UCL research is not the first to suggest that children of this generation are not active enough. Previous studies have relied on self-reporting by children or parents/carers estimating the levels of exercise which is not precise. Whereas this research by UCL involved real-time monitoring of the children as they wore and accelerometer to measure the exercise levels, this was attached to an elastic belt around their waist.

Dr Ann Hoskins, of the Public Health England added;

“This study highlights that there is still much to do to keep children and young adults active as they grow older.”

 

At YogaBugs we couldn’t agree more and as a company we are actively seeking individuals who are passionate about yoga and want to help us get kids active, to join our network of talented franchises.

For information about local classes and franchising opportunities visit our website www.yogabugs.com

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Sources from: www.bbc.co.uk/news

Written by: Amy Burge

Kids & Exercise

Keeping with our theme of physical literacy, we came across this article in the Huffington Post about “Kids & Exercise.” It looks at the changes to activity levels as children become increasingly tech-savvy and more sedentary, as well as the impact of a diet based more on processed food.

So what did happen to ‘French Elastic’, hopscotch and the ball games we used to play after school? Are these games now extinct?!