The benefits of yoga don’t have a minimum age requirement. Just ask Julie Sullivan, the mastermind behind Petit Papillon Yoga—your Totally Awesome pick for best kids sports class in the Boston area. Julie created Petit Papillon Yoga on a foundation of family-oriented community and the unshakable belief that yoga can be for anyone and any body. With kids workshops, family classes, and more, Petit Papillon Yoga is the place to get involved and get happy.

Julie recently took the time to talk with us about her studio’s new Totally Awesome status, the great services Petit Papillon offers, and more. Read on:

Red Tricycle: Congratulations on being voted “Most Awesome” by your community! What do think your customers value most about your business?

Julie Sullivan: Unlike most yoga studios, we specialize in yoga for kids and families.  Our program is designed to engage children of all ages in a fun and creative way, making the ancient practice of yoga accessible to today’s children.  We offer a variety of classes, including inclusive classes where children with intellectual disabilities and physical challenges are welcome and encouraged to practice alongside their peers, and family yoga classes where the whole family can practice together.  All of our instructors are specially training to teach yoga to children and they all continue to attend trainings and workshops to further their education in the field of children’s yoga.  PPY’s classes for adults are welcoming and supportive.  In our classes for adults, we welcome all body types, all ages and all levels, including absolute beginners.  Overall, it is our warm community of families sharing yoga together that people value most.

RT: What inspired you to start your business?

JS: My personal yoga practice began when I was a college dance major looking to add something new to my workout routine.  I was a children’s dance teacher for over 15 years and began to incorporate yoga poses and stretches into my dance classes.  My students responded so well to the yoga, especially the relaxation, I decided I need to learn more about children’s yoga.  After completing my first training, I looked around and realized that no one on the South Shore had created a yoga program JUST for kids, so I decided to create one!  Petit Papillon Yoga grew out of my dream to share the many benefits of yoga with children throughout the greater Boston area.

RT: Any advice for new business owners just getting started?

JS: Don’t get discouraged!  Starting a business is a roller coaster ride of highs and lows, excitement and frustrations, successes and challenges.  Try and surround yourself with people who believe in your vision for your business so they can help you remain focused and not let the challenging moments derail your dreams. It takes time to build a business, so be patient and trust that if you work hard it will happen in exactly the way it is supposed to happen!

RT: Can you give us one tip for balancing entrepreneurship with parenthood?

JS: I have not yet been blessed with children of my own.  Hopefully someday in the future!

RT: What is your proudest moment as a business owner?

JS: My proudest moments as a business owner are being able to bring our program into non-traditional spaces like public schools, Boys and Girls Clubs and afterschool programs.  It is wonderful to be able to share yoga with children who might otherwise not have the opportunity to get into a yoga studio to take a yoga class, especially in underserved neighborhoods.

RT: Is there a special offer you’d like to include for Red Tricycle readers?

JS: We would love to offer Red Tricycle readers $10 off either a 30 minute private lesson for up to four kids or a family private lesson.  For anyone not local to Boston, we offer private lessons via Skype as well!  Normally $50, but for anyone that mentions code REDTRI it will be only $40! Folks can email us to book a private lesson.

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