Confidence – YogaBugs issue of the day!

Here at The Bugs Group we have helped thousands of children to come out of their shell when taking part in sport, which has seen some fantastic results across all the schools we have worked with. Some of the parents from our classes have even come forward and said how beneficial the FootieBugs, DanceBugs, YogaBugs and MultiBugs classes have been for their child’s early development.

One area we are discussing today is Confidence.

 

Confidence can vary from being involved more in the classroom i.e. asking and answering questions or it can be a child’s self-esteem and how they feel when they are taking part in sport.

 

 

YogaBugs helps increase confidence in a number of different ways. First of all, each class has a non-competitive environment which allows each child to excel at their own pace and removes all the focus on ‘ability’, that we see so much in sport nowadays.

We also believe that it is necessary for children to express themselves, so things like ‘Roaring like a Lion’ or ‘Soaring through the skies like an Eagle’ allows the children to interact with the different Yoga poses in a fun and exciting way.

Another area that has helped thousands of children develop in confidence is our Mindfulness Programme. This programme teaches children about the different emotions they feel and how to recognise and deal with them positively.

 

Overall, we have found that these different teaching methods have all been very successful in improving children’s mental wellbeing, which makes it all worth our time. We are always striving to be the best that we possibly can be, which is clear through our top statistics, let’s have a look…

 

At Marston Green Primary School, we introduced our YogaBugs classes alongside the Impact & Change Programme. Before the children started, they were given an average rating of 5 out of 10 based on confidence in lessons. However, after just 10 weeks of our YogaBugs classes being introduced, the teachers had already seen a drastic improvement in the children’s overall confidence and the figure increased to 6.8 out of 10. To put it in perspective, that’s an improvement of 36%!

At Wattville Primary School, we had similar success after running YogaBugs for a period of 15 weeks, we found that the children were really adapting to the lessons. We saw an increase of 27.9% in children’s confidence levels since we first started which, both us and Wattville school considered was a significant improvement and a statistic that we are very proud of.

Dorridge Primary School is another school that we have worked with where the children have had a massive boost in confidence after taking part in our classes. After comparing results at Dorridge School throughout the 10 weeks, we found that there was a 25.3% increase in the children’s confidence levels. Our teachers at YogaBugs were very proud to see each individual getting involved in Yoga and it was even better to see that this had a positive effect on their contribution in the classroom.

Here at the Bugs Group we are always looking to grow children’s confidence and our sessions are designed to involve all ages and abilities in a pressure free environment. We feel that this has been the main contribution to our success as well as the children willingness to get involved in each class.

We believe that confidence is a big part of a child’s journey through and it is vital for them to reach their full potential. We also look at self-esteem, concentration, communication and behaviour which are just some of the emotional outcomes we always look to improve across our classes.

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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

 

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

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.