This is why Yoga should be in schools…

Teachers look away now, because Yoga is coming to a school near you.

Our YogaBugs classes are filled to the brim with action-packed adventures that take a trip through a child’s imagination. Whether your a teacher looking to calm a class of 30 kids, or even a child looking to battle with the pressures of learning 10 different subjects, Yoga is ready and waiting to try and take the cool off.

You can’t argue with our fantastic storytelling, so why not join in the ride, if you can get a seat. Whether your child wants to be a treasure seeking pirate sailing through the seven seas, or see from the eyes of a chimpanzee swinging through the Amazon jungle, we help the kids open up their bright minds and you won’t believe some of adventures some of the kid’s have told us about in the past.

If storytelling isn’t your thing then feel free to join in on our silly songs, they help make the class fun and are totally the opposite of being sat through a boring maths class.

It doesn’t stop there, lots and lots of social interactions take place in the Yoga sessions. The children get to share their experiences with new friends through their love of Yoga, this can improve their spoken language and self-confidence. Some children from our classes have even showed too much confidence… and corrected their parents Yoga postures.

The great thing about YogaBugs is that children don’t need to look at their parents for help, in fact the beautiful thing is that it’s often the other way round because the kid’s are the ones with all the creative imagination. The classes not only engage you mentally though, there are some unique postures that feature in every lesson, that will make you stretch in all sorts of directions that you didn’t know were possible.

Let this be a reminder that Yoga should indefinitely be part of the school curriculum, just look at some of the benefits listed above, and you can make your own mind up as to whether it should be it’s own class!

Children often complain that there are enough classes these days, but Yoga doesn’t have the same feel, it’s purely an escape. There are always times that we have wanted to hide-away from pressures in school, but there has never been a healthy alternative that isn’t damaging. This is where Yoga comes in, as it’s often a way often channeling your mature

The opportunities are endless here at YogaBugs, and every day we find new benefits that apply to both parents and children, so you better to get started.

For more information please visit: http://www.yogabugs.com/page_render.php?id=8&page=What%20is%20Yogabugs

 

New Study of YogaBugs School’s Programme Shows Remarkable Results

Today YogaBugs, the UK’s leading provider of children’s yoga, published the first evaluation of its Impact & Change programme for schools. The study evaluated results from 1,122 children who participated in its Impact & Change programme from across 50 different schools. Nine areas related to emotional and physical aspects of learning were analysed. Remarkably the results from children at Key Stage 1 showed an overall improvement of 39% across the nine areas evaluated, whilst children at Key Stage 2 showed an overall improvement of 38%.

In addition the study found:

  • The overall improvement made by boys was 39% by whilst the overall improvement made by girls was 38%;
  • Before the programme, children at Key Stage 1 scored an average of 5.7 out of 10 for confidence, with this rising to 8.1 when the programme ended;
  • There was an overall increase of 37% in the ability of children at Key Stage 1 to concentrate and listen, rising to 41% at Key Stage 2;
  • There was an overall increase of 39% in the ability of children at Key Stage 1 to work co-operatively, respect and relate well to others whilst the overall improvement made at Key Stage 2 was 36%;
  • There was an overall increase of 41% in the fitness of children at Key Stage 1 whilst the overall improvement made at Key Stage 2 was 34%.

To ensure a full cross section of children were included in the study, the results from a total of 1,122 children were analysed. 591 boys and 531 girls took part. 651 were from the Key Stage 1 age group and 471 were from the Key Stage 2 age group. To measure whether financial background made a difference to skill levels, a cross-section of schools from low-income areas (£10,000 or less), mid-income areas (£25,000 – £35,000) and high-income areas (£50,000 plus) were selected. The results were consistent across the three income groups.

The purpose of the Impact & Change programme is to increase children’s emotional, physical and social development whilst also providing schools with tangible evidence of its results and benefits. At the start of the 10 week programme, the YogaBugs teacher delivers a short programme to the class teacher, giving them the skills to use breathing and relaxation techniques with children on a daily basis. This helps to reinforce the weekly programme of YogaBugs classes which are based on key texts such as “Giraffes Can’t Dance” and “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt” to take children on a magical adventure. These stories provide stimulus for the imagination and are central to the YogaBugs vision.

Classes follow a clear structure with exercises to warm up at the beginning, followed by an adventure into which yoga postures are weaved and a period of relaxation at the end. The class teacher assesses the children’s social, physical and behaviour skills before and after the course. At the end of the programme, the school receives a full report highlighting the changes that have resulted in each of the nine areas assessed.

Fenella Lindsell, founder of YogaBugs explains why the Impact & Change programme has been so effective:

“Many of us practice yoga for the physical benefits we gain in terms of improved mobility, flexibility, strength and stamina but we may not have realized quite how much yoga helps us mentally and emotionally.  We’re really excited by the results that have been gathered from our Impact and Change Programme and feel it is an ideal time to highlight them to more schools nationwide.  The Healthy Schools Programme underlines the importance of emotional well-being.  A child who is confident and happy will be an easier and more responsive child to teach and the child will enjoy learning more as a result.”

Commenting on the success of the programmes, Mark Goode, YogaBugs CEO said:

“YogaBugs programmes have been carefully and specifically designed with the purpose of improving children’s emotional and physical literacy. They target nine main areas based on developing social, emotional, physical and behavioural skills. Our goal is to improve the overall well-being of every child. What is remarkable is that regardless of a child’s background or gender, the YogaBugs programme achieved major improvements across all the nine targeted areas.”

 

YogaBugs To Launch First Emotional & Literacy Study

On Monday, YogaBugs will launch its first ever study about the impact of its Impact & Change programme on the emotional and physical literacy levels of children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. We evaluated the outcomes for 1222 children, representing a cross-section from low, middle and high income families.

Each school ran an identical  Impact and Change programme. The purpose of this programme was to assess the level of each child (in nine key areas) ‘before’ and ‘after’ they participated in the YogaBugs programme. Our results show a remarkable improvement in the emotional and physical literacy levels of boys and girls from all backgrounds across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

We’ll be publishing the results on Monday. Meanwhile, you can view Nick Wright, Deputy Head Teacher at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School talking about the benefits YogaBugs classes have brought to his school  in this video on our Gallery. You will find more information about our Impact & Change programme on the Education section of our website.