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.

Top Ten Tips To Get Your Child Fit & Healthy over the summer holidays

  1. Get your child to YogaBugs. YogaBugs is great exercise for all children and fully inclusive for children of all abilities with different classes for various age groups. YogaBugs not only works the body but also develops concentration, self-esteem, literacy and numeracy. YogaBugs uses yoga as a medium to tell stories and inspire children. Please click here to find your local class
  1. Eat slowly and in moderation. In a day and age when nearly a quarter of children are obese or overweight, this is really important. Control portion sizes and you will be able to continue to offer a wide variety of food. Also make sure they eat slowly. This will allow their brain the time to realise they are actually full.
  2. Get a minimum of eight hours sleep. Sleep shall help your child keep to the right weight. Sleep will rest their metabolism and prepare it for burning fat the following day.
  3. Give them a choice. Turn the television off but then give your child a choice of activities. This leaves them feeling empowered and more inclined to join in the physical activity because they have actively chosen it.
  4. Get dancing. Use your love of music to get your child active. Have lounge discos and they will be getting exercise whilst having loads of fun and bonding with you.
  5. Involve their friends. Children are far more likely to be active if they are playing with their friends. Just make sure the games consoles are out of reach.
  6. Ditch the car. Walking to and from shops and parks in the morning is not only great for the environment, it makes sure your child has done some physical activity before they have even truly begun their day. It won’t hurt you either.
  7. Turn TV commercials into fitness breaks. Nobody really likes it when adverts ruin their favourite show. Invent funny names for simple exercises like squat thrusts, press-ups, and sit-ups, and then do them together till the show comes back on. This will really add up over the course of the day.
  8. Get charitable. Exercise for exercise sake can be difficult to motivate yourself for never mind your little ones. Yet, it becomes far easier with a focus. Sign up for a charity fun walk. Children have great empathy and they will love being able to help those less fortunate and will be proud to tell their teacher and class mates when they go back to school.
  9. Get them in the garden. Love it or hate it there is no doubt that gardening is good physical exercise for everyone. Get your children involved and not only will they be doing something healthy they will also be learning new skills.

We hope that you have found this information useful and it has excited and motivated you to take the next steps for yourself and your child to keep fit and healthy over the summer holidays.

To find your local YogaBugs class or to attend a free taster session please visit: www.yogabugs.com.

If you would like to join our talented team of franchisees and bring the benefits of YogaBugs to the children in your area, please visit www.yogafranchises.co.uk

Benefits of buying a franchise in the Child-based industry.

Buying a franchise in the child-based industry can be a life-altering experience not just for you personally but also for all of the children that you will be teaching and inspiring. There are many reasons of why you should fulfil your dream and become part of doing something you love, by becoming a franchise today! The following reasons to buy a franchise will help you to understand why becoming a franchisee in the child based industry is great investment and how you can help to inspire the young minds of today.

Proven Method 
When buying a franchise in the child based industry you are buying a proven established business model. YogaBugs is a tried and tested model that is available at your finger-tips which eliminates the errors a newly found business owner would face. Our model is specifically designed to help the increase of sales for each franchise in their territory division and to also improve the overall productivity of the business.

Brand awareness 
Buying into a franchise model that has already established their corporate image and brand awareness gives you the security of an already trusted name, YogaBugs Ltd (part of the BugsGroup which includes FootieBugs) was established 10 years ago and is now an international brand that has appeared several times on the television and produced a book and a DVD, this gives us brand credibility and a name that people trust.  Consumers are generally more comfortable buying into franchises that are already established and have a proven model that they can trust with successful franchisees across the UK.

 

Training 
Training is what makes franchises in the child based industry stand out from any other business opportunity, this is because YogaBugs provides all the possible training you will need in a two day intensive business training course based at YogaBugs Head Office teaching you the skills you need to make your business successful. How you will run your franchise will be the exactly the same way the other franchise locations are run. This ensures that you are operating your business professionally and will help to reduce frequent mistakes new business owners usually come across.

Ongoing Support 
When you buy a franchise you are never alone. You will always have the support of the experienced team based at YogaBugs Head Office along with the support of knowing you are part of the growing YogaBugs network. If you have any questions or need any help you will always be able to pick up the phone and ask any questions directly to your Operations Manager at Head Office.

Marketing
Your dedicated team at YogaBugs Head Office will take care of all the marketing campaigns and designs from leaflets to exhibition stands in your first year. We have also created Letters and emails that are a effective way to contact your market of schools and nurseries, which have already been written and available to you from the start.

Exclusive Territory 
When you buy a franchise you are in addition buying an exclusive territory in which to do business and operate as a YogaBugs Manager. At YogaBugs we will only allow a specific amount of franchises to be open inside a certain geographical region. You will be entitled to a specific territory division that no other franchises (within your franchise system) can be open within that division. An example of this is a franchisee who’s territory is number 32 (Stourbridge & Kidderminster) could not operate in territory number 29 (Solihull). This gives you security and access to a selected number of children that allows you to focus and maximise your earning potential.

We hope that you have found this information useful and it has excited and motivated you to take the next steps into investing into a YogaBugs franchise.

To see if your area is available and to speak to a member of team for more info, please call us on 0121 77 77792 / info@yogabugs.com www.yogafranchises.co.uk

Improve your child’s listening skills

As a parent it is very easy to get frustrated because you feel your child is not listening. Sometimes the reason for the child’s none compliance is rather straightforward, they are more interested in what they are watching on television or playing on their games console. Of course other factors can also affect your child’s ability to listen, such as how long they have already had to concentrate for and the environment they are in at that particular time. As a parent there are certain strategies that you can adopt to increase your child’s ability to listen in all circumstances.

First of all, find your local YogaBugs class. YogaBugs sessions are especially designed to develop children’s listening skills. YogaBugs teaches children to concentrate for longer periods of time and actively encourages compliance with spoken instructions. Of course for the children they are simply having loads of fun going on a wild adventure using adapted yoga poses.

There are also lots of strategies you utilise at home to help develop your child’s listening skills.

Always give lots of praise for good listening – Children love positive reinforcement. If they learn they can win your approval simply by listening then you will find them more willing to be compliant.

Make eye contact – Even though you are busy, if it is important that your child listens to you then you need to demonstrate this importance. Try and avoid talking to them across the other side of the room while you are focussed on a a different task. Stop what you are doing and ensure you have made eye contact. This will help them to engage better with what you are saying.

Be specific when giving instructions – Give your child the best possible chance of understanding by being clear with your instructions. Make clear the behaviour you want from your child and the time frame you want it in.

There is no silver bullet to developing your child’s listening skills but if you take this 360 degree approach then over time you will without doubt see huge improvements.

To find your local YogaBugs class or to inquire about joining our team of talented franchises please visit: www.yogabugs.com / www.yogafranchises.co.uk 

Schools are taking a stand against too much sitting down!

Schools across the UK are taking a stand on too much sitting down in classes, children as young as 3 and 4 are beginning their battle against the diseases of old age the BBC reports.

The majority of schools across the UK are not hitting the recommended target of 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise. Dr Loosemore warns in the BBC article that a “tsunami of inactivity” in young children can lead to a dramatic increase in largely avoidable and common diseases.

He went on to explain that to an adult even a thirty minute run after work can’t repair the damage caused by hours over the years of sitting down behind a desk and that it is crucial we start to get young children standing up and stretching more within school hours.

“Sitting can create inflammatory cytokines (chemicals used by cells to signal to each other) which damage the lining of the arteries and the brain, leading to heart attacks and strokes and some cancers and also lead to diabetes and even alzheimers”.

Do we want the children of our new generation to be at risk in 30 years time?

Researchers believe it has become worse due to the age we live in of screen-based social media and computer games. Children represent an opportunity to change current habits and prevent their generation being at risk.

Schools and nurseries are the ideal place to teach and instil a new awareness of the dangers of a sedentary life and to start to tackle obesity and get children into the habit of being physically active from a young age.

In this modern-day environment children of all ages lead a more sedentary lifestyle. There is less emphasis on physical education as Dr Loosemore mentioned, the majority of schools are not reaching their target of physical activity and focusing more on literacy and numeracy in order to meet the ever demanding educational targets.  Children are being denied their natural freedom of movement, imagination and inherent creativity within schools. We want to help schools change this.

From the moment children join reception at school they are sat in front of desks for the majority of the day and adding to this, they often spend long hours in front of television and computer games at home which is leading to postural problems and inertia, and not surprisingly childhood obesity. One in four children in England is classified as obese according to government statistics.

YogaBugs is a great way of introducing some much-needed physical activity into your children’s daily routine at school and nursery in a way they will find enjoyable as well as benefitting them hugely in the future.

YogaBugs franchisees have a range of programmes to offer schools to help make this much needed change, in particular our Early Year’s Impact and Change Programme which works with children for a year, helping to improve their physical and emotional literacy and providing schools with a detailed report of each child’s improvement.

If you are passionate about changing our children’s future and looking for a business opportunity that is rewarding both positively and financially, then please get in touch! YogaBugs is in demand by schools and nurseries alike, we just need you to make the difference in your area.

For more information on the franchise opportunity, please visit www.yogafranchises.co.uk

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.

YogaBugs – Stretching the imagination.

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 that is 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 our franchising opportunities and to see if your area is available visit our website www.yogafranchises.co.uk

Sources from: www.bbc.co.uk/news

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

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/