Try our ‘Quick and Easy’ Calming Bedtime Routine

Yoga is full of calming postures that can help anyone relax and unwind from a long-day at work if you’re a parent or school if you’re a YogaBug.

Let’s start with a sleepy bedtime routine that you can do with your child!

 

  1. Begin the exercise by sitting on the floor with your child. (S/he can be sat beside you, face-to-face or even on your lap).
  2. Then, you and your partner need to inhale big deep breaths, filling your belly with lots of air.
  3. After you’ve done that, place your hand on your belly and feel your stomach move.
  4. At YogaBugs we like to count to four as we inhale and then count to four again as we exhale.
  5. Repeat this exercise three – four times for a full sleepy bedtime routine.

 

Good work! Now that you know the basics, let’s include some of our special relaxation poses!

Child’s pose: Sit on your heels, with you arms at your side. Lean forward and place your head on the floor facing down.

Cow Pose: Kneel on the floor on all fours. Raise your head up and sink your back down into a deep curve

Sleepy Star: Sit up straight, bring your legs into a diamond shape. Stretch your arms out to the side as far as you can. Finally, sway your body gently side by side like leaf blowing in the wind. We usually like to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star during this exercise to make our YogaBugs feel extra sleepy!

 

Try this tonight with your Son / Daughter and tell us what you thought of it on our Social Media Below… We would love you to join in the discussion!

Iron Man Does Yoga?!

If you weren’t already a fan of Yoga, then you will be after hearing this….

When one of the most successful actors in the world, Robert Downey Jr. is doing yoga to help him overcome his problems and pressure, you just know it’s a good thing to do!

Once Robert Downey Jr. found out that Yoga can have a healing effect on harmful addictions, he took it up and he hasn’t looked back since.

At YogaBugs we know that exercise is no. 1 when it comes to emotional development, and yoga has helped so many people overcome difficulties.

Downey Jr. also said that it was a ‘break from normal life’, this is important for all of us to take a lesson from because the speed and pressure of every-day life can build up and lead to mental health issues….Yoga allows you to live in the moment and forget about all of that.

At YogaBugs we believe that yoga helps everyone and the younger you start, the better! This is why we teach yoga to a range of ages and abilities (from 2-12 years old) helping as many kids as possible get the best start in life. If you are looking for a new hobby for your child, or you found this article helpful then feel free to take a look at our classes below!

 

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Here’s why Yoga is the perfect exercise for these winter months

If you’re an athletic family, you will know how important it is to stay fit and enjoy the warm weather while you can. Whether its going for a stroll at the nearest park or going for a family cycle, these experiences are what make summer the fun exciting time it is.

But what happens when the cold, icy nights come along?

 

Well there’s one exercise that is available all year round… and that’s YOGA!

Not only is it an exercise that you can literally do anywhere, but it has been proven to help with physical and mental health in a number of ways, let’s take a look.

 

The Bridge Pose – this is a fantastic way to open up the airways in the body that might be congested and even beginners can take part.

The Camel Pose – this pose opens up the chest and stretches the back, making it super useful in opening of the body and relieving blocked airways.

Bow pose – this is a full body exercise and is very effective in opening up the upper body. It improves your breathing as your body opens and allows better circulation and even helps you relax.

 

These are just some of the YogaBugs poses that you can get started with at home if you have a blocked nose, bad cough or a virus that you just want to get rid of.

So, going for a run or paying for a gym membership isn’t the only option.

 

Personally, I know how difficult it can be to motivate yourself to get up in take that first step out the door especially when you know it’s going to rain, which is why I have taken up Yoga in my free time as a way getting my daily workout and also calming my mind stepping out of real life and tapping into my imagination… I’m two weeks into my weekly yoga programme but I’ll keep you posted on my results!

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Overall health and wellbeing – 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.

 

The area we are discussing today is overall health and wellbeing.

Overall health and wellbeing in our minds is how a child feels after they take one of our classes. Of course, our aim is to ensure that each child enjoys the session and is fully engaged. But more importantly, our outcome is for children to improve their overall wellbeing as a result of taking our classes, because that is what matters the most.

YogaBugs is a great way for children to get involved in sport in a pressure free environment. At YogaBugs there is a strong emphasis on enjoying physical activity rather than just performance. This is what allows each child to relax, have fun and show their personality.

Overall health and wellbeing in particular is very important to our YogaBugs teachers and this is clear through our top statistics, let’s have a look…

 

At Christ Church C. of E, we introduced our YogaBugs Impact & Change programme for a total of 6 weeks. The children were assessed on ten key areas before and after the programme was implemented. Before the programme, the children received an average rating of 3.9 out of 10 for overall health and wellbeing and after the ten weeks they had seen an improvement to 4.9 out of 10. That’s an improvement of 25%! We were very proud of this result and saw a massive improvement in the children’s development outside of class and they were able to interact with a number of difficult poses at the end of the programme such as Crab, Turtle etc.

At Wattville Primary School, we also introduced our Impact & Change programme for a total of 15 weeks. Our YogaBugs class ran half an hour sessions on a weekly basis for a period of 15 weeks. The children were given an average rating of 3.6 out of 10 before the programme started and after it ended, they were given a rating of 4.7 out of 10. This was another incredible improvement of 31%!

 

Overall, we are very proud of our work across the UK and of course each child that has taken part in our Impact & Change programme.

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Dragons’ Den Peter Jones tells YogaBugs… “You’ll live to regret this.”

“You’ll live to regret this” That’s what Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Peter Jones told YogaBugs founders, Fenella Lindsell and Lara Goodbody after they turned down funding offers for their child-focussed business YogaBugs.

We asked The Bugs Group CEO Mark Goode, what happened and how did it influence the business over the years

When Nell and Lara appeared on Dragons’ Den in August 2006 they were asking for a £200,000 investment to develop what was our franchise operation at the time and a way of improving the cash flow for the company. “Dragons” Theo Paphitis and Peter Jones both offered them the money, but for double the percentage of the business that they wanted to offer. They said no. “Dragon” Richard Farleigh then offered them £200,000 on his own but for 30 percent of the business. Again, somehow the two of them held out. In fact, once the cameras were off, Peter Jones even offered to buy the whole company for £1.5m. however, after great thought the two of them again said no.

£1.5m is a great deal of money for a company that had not even got off the ground yet and I guess a lot of people would have took the money and ran, I think at the time the belief in the business was such that no price was going to get them to walk away from their dream.

The day after it aired we actually fielded another 17 serious offers, more than 1,000 emails but we did make some fantastic contacts.

 

Did they do the right thing?

Well, YogaBugs has grown into a multi-million pound operation with not only classes across the UK but offices now in Australia, China and Singapore as well as receiving enquiries from around the world on a regular basis.

YogaBugs also now forms part of The Bugs Group, joining together with FootieBugs, DanceBugs, RugbyBugs, TennisBugs and MultiBugs. All with the aim of encouraging children to enjoy the world of sport.

 

But what makes YogaBugs so successful…

In a nutshell, YogaBugs is a way of bringing the benefits of yoga inspired movement to children aged between 2½ -7 years, with “Yoga’d Up” catering for children aged 8-12 years. Traditional yoga postures, breathing and relaxation techniques are taught through story adventures that are aimed at capturing the children’s imagination.

Many yoga postures have child-friendly names, such as, Dog, Surfer and Crab and the classes incorporate a series of warm-up exercises, a story for the younger children and fun-themed classes for the Yoga’d Up age group. They include between 15 to 30 yoga postures, games, songs and relaxation time.

 

What better non-competitive, all-inclusive sport can you get?

To date YogaBugs now have over 40,000 children taking classes each week (many via private funding, or free funding via Schools Sports partnership & lottery funding grants).

It has also trained over 1,200 teachers and is constantly expanding.

“Turning down the Dragons was quite something,” I guess “We will never know what would have happen if we had taken the money” but I think most people would say it has all worked out very well in the end.

 

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To find out more about YogaBugs or The Bugs Group Click here

 

Animals can do Yoga now?

For those of you who practice yoga at home and have a pet… you’ve probably had them crawling around your mat while you are in your downward dog! If you love animals and you want to be as close to them as possible, then yoga is a great way to help us connect to them even more!

Because Yoga is suitable for all-abilities, everyone can get involved, animals included! At YogaBugs we follow the same rule and let everyone take part and develop at their own pace, which helps with confidence and self-esteem.

We found this funny video which should brighten up your day and get you doing yoga at home with your pet!

Which pet do you think could be a yoga teacher in disguise?

We hope you enjoyed the video – the postures and flexibility from the animals was great, and we could see them fitting in very well in our YogaBugs classes!

 

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Yoga in 26 different countries?!…

With Yoga becoming one of the most popular, simple and fun exercises to take part in, it is no surprise that it has become as popular as it is.

However, it’s quite incredible to see the reach that it has across the world.

At YogaBugs, we help children all over the UK to handle their emotions and become more calm individuals. We have found that this has helped hundreds of children become physically and emotionally stronger which are two very valuable life skills.

Today we came across a video by a yoga expert doing her moves in different locations in the world.

In this, she does some of our YogaBugs inspired moves including the Downward Dog, Surfer, Archer, Magic Bird any many more.

We hope you enjoyed the video, remember to share this article to help Amy spread her story all over the world.

 

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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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Yoga reduces anxiety – it’s a fact!

 

You kids have been going through a tough time recently, and we understand why. With Anxiety being higher that it’s ever been through the pressures of school, exams and social circles it’s a time in a child’s life that is often overlooked by us parents.

At YogaBugs we came across an interesting study found in the “Psychology Research and Behaviour Management” which outlines the fantastic benefits that you will notice in your child straight away!

UK stats show that 1 in 5 children will suffer from a mental health-related illness before the age of 11. This figure is continuing to rise across the UK, and YogaBugs are working to stop it in its tracks.

 

 

But what causes Anxiety in children?

There could be a number of issues that trigger anxiety in kids. Social fears can be a common cause, for example a child being placed in an unfamiliar or challenging situation can make them nervous, this is known as normal anxiety.

 

So how do I know if my child is suffering from Anxiety?

Sometimes it’s hard to tell, especially if your child is afraid to talk about their feelings. This is why there some clear symptoms that can give you as a parent, a hint;

  • Airing negative thoughts
  • Worrying about things constantly
  • Struggles to concentrate
  • Irritable, quick to get angry
  • Not eating meals properly

These are just some of the common symptoms, but for more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/anxiety-disorders-in-children/

 

What does Mindfulness do to help?

Mindfulness is a calming method to help alleviate anxiety disorders and even depression. Mindfulness is a meditation practice that focuses on breathing methods and posture to create a relaxed environment and a healthy mind. At YogaBugs we have learnt that this is the best way to help improve a child’s ability to observe challenging situations without being scared.

 

YogaBugs is the largest children’s yoga inspired activity in the UK offering classes for children from walking age to seven years and beyond. We work with hundreds of schools to give children a fun experience, whilst improving their confidence, concentration and the children’s overall wellbeing.

 

For more information on visit http://www.yogabugs.com/page_render.php?id=81&page=YogaBugs%20Mindfulness

 

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Promoting healthy body image and wellness with YogaBugs!


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In recent news there has been a lot of talk about promoting a healthy body image and wellness of the mind in children. There are many influences in social media as children have more access to images of unhealthy body types that may pressure them into thinking that they need to look a certain way to be accepted as ‘normal’ in society. Girls who are in transition into teenage years seem to be particularly affected by such pressures, so it is important that we support these children during these difficult times. There is also the added pressure of the looming SATS, which means rising levels of stress and anxiety for these girls.

There are ways that YogaBugs classes can help alleviate tensions and worries of the modern world. The activities that we have created reduces stress, creates ‘mindfulness’, promotes relaxation and boosts self-confidence.

Our Yoga’d up classes for 8 – 12 year olds are structured to appeal to an age group who want to be physically challenged, mentally stimulated and entertained. Classes include a variety of postures, partner poses and fun Yoga’d Up games. Children end the class with relaxation and visualisation techniques. The combination of all these ingredients help and support them through a time of pre-teen change and beyond to adolescence.

This concern follows a BBC article ‘Under-18 models may be banned from catwalk.’ This article strongly highlights how young girls are pushed by top modelling agencies to lose weight so they are “down to the bone”. We recognise how unhealthy this is and how damaging it can be for a young girl’s self-confidence and self-esteem.

Here at http://yogabugs.com/index.php?page_name=home YogaBugs we are committed to ensuring children and young people achieve their full potential and enjoy a healthy, safe, and happy life. YogaBugs allows children of all abilities excel and children can work towards improving their personal best without the pressure of competition.

As well as being a great form of physical exercise, YogaBugs promotes a wide range of emotional benefits such as

  • Improved self-confidence
  • Release of day to day anxieties
  • Improved concentration & memory retention
  • Increased ability for children to learn more easily
  • Developed creativity
  • Improves healthy sleep patterns
  • Allows children to express their emotions physically

Not to mention a wealth of Physical benefits such as

  • Strengthened muscles
  • Balanced energy levels
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Improved respiratory and circulation
  • Improved digestive systems
  • Supported joint mobility
  • Developed posture
  • Improved flexibility

YogaBugs run classes in local schools and nurseries as well throughout the community.

CLICK HERE to find out more about how your child can develop a sense of well-being through our YogaBugs classes.

Alternatively contact us at 0121 777 7792 / info@thebugsgroup.com