Kids Yoga With Sunny : South Shields teaching assistant begins dream career as children's yoga instructor and encourages physical and mental benefits of exercise

A teaching assistant is beginning a dream career as a children’s yoga instructor, and encouraging parents to look into the mental and physical benefits of the exercise.

Thursday, 9th September 2021, 12:16 pm
Sunny-Jade Boddy, 24, has started yoga sessions for children in South Shields.

Sunny-Jade Boddy, from South Shields, started doing yoga at 18, and quickly fell in love with it.

The 24-year-old decided to train as a yoga instructor and dreamed of delivering sessions to young people.

Now a fully qualified instructor, the yogi has launched ‘Kids Yoga With Sunny’, turning that dream into reality by instructing yoga and preaching the benefits of the exercise to parents and young people.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

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

Working as a teaching assistant in a Sunderland special needs school, Sunny was able to demonstrate some of what they learned to classes and has been amazed at the benefits yoga offers.

Sunny said: “I started doing yoga at 18 and just absolutely loved it. It’s had so many benefits for me both physically and mentally. I suffered from sciatica and yoga was key in helping me get over that.

“I started doing yoga in school with kids and it was amazing to see how much joy they got from it and seeing someone experience the benefits of yoga first hand is just so rewarding.”

Now fully qualified, Sunny has been able to officially launch sessions, offering six week classes for the ages of 4-7, 8-12 and 4-12.

Sunny-Jade Boddy, 24, demonstrating yoga.

Sunny added: “I started doing sessions a few weeks ago and the reaction has been great. It’s been magical watching the kids and seeing how much they enjoy it and I can't wait for it to hopefully grow.”

Sunny said the yoga sessions are non-competitive, tailored to anyone and everyone and include deep breathing, self regulation and confidence building.

While still working as a teaching assistant, Sunny hopes to one day take on yoga instructing full time while still finding a way to incorporate schools.

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

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

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

:: Anyone interested in finding out more about the sessions can visit the group’s website at or its Facebook page via

Support your Gazette and become a subscriber today. Enjoy unlimited access to all of our news and sport, see fewer ads, experience faster load times, test your brain with daily puzzles and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. The Shields Gazette has been on South Tyneside since 1849, and your support means we can continue telling your stories for generations to come. Click here to subscribe.