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Kids Yoga and the Bambini Yoga Project

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For our 19th episode, I had the pleasure to sit down with Jessica Cox. Jessica is an Athleta Ambassador with me and we met thru the brand ambassadorship program. As soon as she talked about her non-profit, I was amazed by her passion and drive and I was really curious to know more about her work with the Bambini Yoga Project so I invited her on the podcast so we can talk about it, and so you guys can discover what it is, why it matters and eventually maybe so you can support this project as well!

Before we get to today’s episode, I first wanted to take a minute to wish you a happy new year. As we start this new year the podcast also celebrates its first birthday so from the bottom of my heart I wanted to thank you all. I know how busy our lives are and I feel really grateful that you’ve chosen to spend your time with us.

Athleta has been supporting this podcast since the beginning and I am beyond grateful for their help. The team at Athleta really stands behind their mission to ignite strong women that want to create community and lift each other up. A very special thank you to Stephanie Phelan for believing in me.

Finally if you’re ever left a rating, a review, or shared this podcast with a friend, you are my personal hero. Thanks to you, more people can find this podcast and join our wonderful community.

To celebrate you and our birthday, the giveaway will be a little different this time. Instead of picking only one winner, I wanted to offer something to many of you and treat you in person. On February 9th, I’m leading my favorite workshop called Roll, Release, and Relax. It’s a mix of self-massage, breath work, and Yoga Nidra (a guided meditation in a reclined position) bringing you to an incredibly deep state of relaxation. This work has changed my life and I know it has the potential to change yours too. So if you’re in the Bay Area, or you’re willing to travel, use the promo code PODCAST15 to save 15% when you register online at www.sukhayoga.com and we can celebrate together.

Listen to the episode here :

Thank you so much for listening and being part of our 19th episode! Our 2019 lineup of guests is incredible, so if you’re not already subscribed, now’s the time! That way you won’t miss anything.

If they’re any subject you’d like us to tackle this year, or anybody you’re dying to learn from, let me know! I would love to hear from you and create those episodes… Email me at erika.belanger@gmail.com or DM me on Instagram and we’ll talk!


  • What is The Bambini Yoga Project?
  • Why did you decide to start it? How did it happen? Why choose a non-profit?
  • How was your first experience teaching kids? What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since then?
  • What’s the difference between teaching yoga to kids in a studio vs a school?
  • Do you feel that it’s important to offer yoga to kids that don’t have parents that necessarily practice?
  • Can you walk us thru a typical class?
  • Why are yoga and meditation important for kids? What are the benefits?
  • Have you seen the impact / received feedback from teachers and parents?
  • Can you give a few tips for yoga teachers that want to get into teaching kids?
  • What’s your hope for the future of The Bambini Yoga Project?


Jessica Cox, Executive Director and Founder of the Bambini Yoga Project, is a Virginia Tech grad, mom, and yoga instructor. In the fall of 2016, Bambini Yoga Project was created with the mission to better the academic and life experience of underserved children by providing them with the life-changing practices of yoga, mindfulness and meditation.

Since it’s inception, BYP has grown to provide services to more than 800 children per week. BYP’s experienced instructors teach a customized curriculum in the classroom during the school day. Jessica believes that by empowering children to be happy and resilient, we can support them in reaching their highest potential. If you are interested in bringing this program to your school, please feel free to reach out.
Find out more about her and the organization or help :


FB @bambiniyogaproject

IG: @bambiniyogaproject

To donate: www.bambiniyogaproject.org/donate

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Hi, I'm Erika.
Your Yoga Teacher and Life Coach.

I have a passion for helping women in their personal growth, so they can feel that anything is possible in life. Blogging is one way I do that; another medium for me to share a more personal side of the whole journey. Self-Study, awareness, and inquiry are a big part of my path. Join me as I use my experiences as the base for the lessons I want to share. I write about what I know and what helps me, hoping that it will help you.

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