Yoga for the Special Child®

Yoga for the Special Child®

Yoga for the Special Child™ training programs offer a unique learning environment for children and their parents, special education teachers, Yoga teachers, and health care professionals. Courses are taught by the internationally renowned Yoga therapist and author Sonia Sumar, whose innovative teaching methods have been improving the lives of children with special needs for more than 30 years.

Course descriptions and certifications

BASIC Part 1
• April 8−14, 2017 (Saturday−Friday)
9 a.m.−4:30 p.m. Saturday through Thursday
9 a.m.−12 p.m. Friday
Cost: $985, Non-refundable deposit: $285
Download Basic Part 1 Application

BASIC Part 2
• July 1−8, 2017 (Saturday−Saturday)
8 a.m.−4:30 p.m. Saturday through Friday, no class Tuesday, July 4th
8 a.m.−1 p.m. Saturday
Cost: $1,050, Non-refundable deposit: $350
Download Basic Part 2 Application

Teacher Bio

SoniaSumarSonia Sumar started teaching Yoga for children with special needs after the birth of her second daughter, Roberta, in 1970. Roberta was born with Down syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by mental retardation and other developmental delays. The changes Sonia saw in Roberta led her to attend a Yoga teacher training program, and in 1972 she received her certification.

Sonia holds a bachelor’s degree in education and has taught at the elementary school level. She has conducted workshops and has addressed special education programs and symposia in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and India. In 1980 she founded the Integral Yoga Center of Belo Horizonte, in Brazil, which is now headed by her daughter Renata. In September 2001 Sonia opened the national headquarters for Yoga for the Special Child, at Satchidananda Yoga Center in Evanston, Illinois. She continues to teach children and adults and offers specialized training courses to Yoga teachers and other professionals who wish to learn her methods.

Sonia is a member of and recognized by Yoga Alliance; IYTA (Integral Yoga Teachers Association); YREC (Yoga Research Educational Center); and IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists).


YSC Logo For Yoga for the Special Child training at Integral Yoga Institute in New York, please call 212-929-0585, ext. 85, or email

Download Basic Part 1 and CE Program Application
Download Basic Part 2 Application

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Learn more about Sonia Sivakami Sumar at or call toll-free (888) 900-YOGA or 941-925-9677.


“An excellent ... program—clear, comprehensive, and compassionate. I was particularly impressed by the profound transformation in Sonia’s students, which came as a direct result of their practicing Yoga.”

—Dean Ornish, M.D., author of Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease
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