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Yoga for the Special Child®, LLC 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 internationally renowned Yoga therapist and author Sonia Sumar (and her well trained, certified teachers), whose innovative teaching methods have been improving the lives of children and adults with special needs for almost 50 years.


Sonia is a recognized member of: Yoga Alliance (US and UK), Integral Yoga Teachers Association and International Association of Yoga Therapists. 


She began teaching Yoga for children with special needs after her daughter Roberta was born with Down Syndrome in 1972. Sonia noticed many positive changes in Roberta from using Yoga, so in 1975 she became a Certified Yoga Teacher. Sonia's life dream is to help the world's special children achieve their full potential and become active and productive members of society. Nothing can better express her success than the letters she receives from the parents of her students.




Our 95H Certification Program is a comprehensive training that provides the essential tools for working with the population with special needs. Using hands-on instruction, our teachers guide program participants through each stage of the special child’s development. 

These courses are open to Yoga therapists, instructors, students, health care practitioners, and families of special children who have completed our Yoga for the Special Child® 95H Certification Program Part 1. 

This 200H Yoga Alliance approved program will give you the tools to work with adults with and without special needs following the Sonia Sumar Method. 


January 24-27, 2020  | CPD The Golden Keys of Yoga for the Special Child and their application on lifen - Sarasota, FL  > more info and sign up

February 01-06, 2020  |  Yoga for the Special Child  95H Certification Program  Part 1 - Taipei, Taiwan  > more info and sign up

February 07-09, 2020  |  CDP on Yoga for Arthritis and Scleroderma - Taipei, Taiwan  > more info and sign up

February 15-20, 2010 |  Yoga for the Special Child 95H Program - Part 1 Sarasota, FL > more info and sign up

February  15-18 & March 07-08, 2020 Yoga for the Special Child 95H Program - Part 1 New York, NY > more info and sign up

February 22-28, 2010 |  Yoga for the Special Child 95H Program - Part 2 Sarasota, FL > more info and sign up

March 01-06, 2020 | Intermediate Hatha Yoga Training - Part 1 Sarasota, FL > more info and sign up




"Sonia teaches from a very deep place within herself sharing personal experiences with a wonderful sense of humor allowing us to self reflect, learn the beauty of Yoga, and truly learn to appreciate children with special needs and how Yoga can impact them."

Cindy Kaplan
Boston, Massachusetts

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