Children's yoga with Sunny: The teaching assistant begins her dream career as a children's yoga teacher and promotes the physical and mental benefits of exercise

Sunny-Jade Boddy, 24, started teaching yoga for children in South Shields.

Sunny-Jade Boddy started practicing yoga when she was 18 and quickly fell in love with it.

The 24-year-old decided to train as a yoga teacher and dreamed of teaching yoga to young people.

As a fully qualified teacher, the yogi created “Kids Yoga With Sunny” and made this dream come true by teaching yoga and preaching the benefits of the exercise to parents and young people.

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Sunny-Jade Boddy, 24, in a yoga pose.

As a teaching assistant in a special school in Sunderland, Sunny was able to demonstrate some of what she had learned in class and was amazed at the benefits of yoga.

Sunny said, “I started doing yoga when I was 18 and just loved it. It has brought me so many benefits both physically and mentally. I suffered from sciatica and yoga was the key to getting over it.

“I started doing yoga in school with kids and it was amazing to see how much they enjoyed it and to see someone experience the benefits of yoga firsthand is just so rewarding.”

Now fully qualified, Sunny was able to officially start sessions and offers six-week courses for ages 4-7, 8-12 and 4-12.

Sunny-Jade Boddy, 24, shows yoga.

Sunny added, “I started doing sessions a few weeks ago and the response has been great. It was magical to watch the kids and see how much they enjoy it and I can’t wait for it to hopefully grow. “

Sunny said the yoga sessions are non-competitive, tailored for each and every one, and involve deep breathing, self-regulation, and confidence-building.

While still working as a teaching assistant, Sunny hopes to one day be able to teach yoga full-time while finding a way to integrate schools.

Yoga is an ancient form of movement that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to increase physical and mental wellbeing.

It originated in India about 5,000 years ago and has been adapted in various ways in other countries.

Kids Yoga With Sunny takes place at Love2Yoga on Beach Road, South Shields.

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