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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. 

UPCOMING COURSES-.(online only until June 2021)  

Due the Covid-19 outbreak, we are working on a way to honor all our programs with the same level of quality as they would be if they were in person, offering online choices, so you can still come and learn with us.
We are hoping to be able to offer a few in person training (follow all safety measurements) starting 2022. In the beginning of September we will have all the information you need to choose your course and sign up for those programs, if we feel they will be safe to everyone involved in our trainings. 
For online course info, click here

April  03-30 – Hatha Yoga INTERMEDIATE Teacher Training - Sonia Sumar Method  Teachers: Sivakami and Renata (100H)

Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday – 08:00-11:30am (EST) - REGISTER HERE

Saturday and Sunday – 08:00-11:30am/ 01:00-04:00pm (EST) This is a CORE course for the 300H Training program

April 12-16/19-22 (English) - Yoga for the Special Child 95H Program Part 1 - Teacher: Shanthi Erin Haddock (42.5H)

Monday to Friday: 09:00-11:30am EST/ 02:00-04:30pm EST (last day ends at 11:30am)  REGISTER HERE

More info and sign up : or call 773-857-1763 

May 02-16 - (Japanese only) - Yoga for the Special Child 95H Program Part 1 - Teacher: Ryoko Ohtaki

May 02-05 & 08-09 - 08:30-11:30/ 14:00-16:30 -  May 15 - 08:30-12:00 - May 16 08:30-11:30/ 13:30-16:30 (Japanese Standard Time) - REGISTER HERE

More info and sign up : 09081727018 -

May 01-15 - (Spanish only) - Yoga for the Special Child 95H Program Part 1 - Teacher: Sonia Sumar and co-teacher Lakshmi Nadia Cristobal

Wednesday and Friday - 01:00-04:00pm EST (Spain time 19:00-22:00); Saturday and Sunday 07:30-11:00am/01:00-04:00pmEST (Spain time 13:30-17;00/19:00-22:00)- REGISTER HERE

More info and sign up : Lakshmi Nadia

May 14-16/21-23/28-30 (English/Chinese) - Yoga for the Special Child 95H Program Part 1 - Teacher: Renata Gaertner (42.5H) 

Friday 07-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 07-09:30am and 07-10pm (Taiwan Standard Time) REGISTER HERE

More info and sign up : Irene Gallagher - 886-930870711 or

May 17- June 05 (English) – Hatha Yoga Teacher Training - Sonia Sumar Method – Module 1/2 – Teachers: Sonia and Renata (200H training - Module 2 in July 2021) - REGISTER HERE

Monday to Friday – 08;00-11:00am/ 01:00-04:00pm EST - Saturdays May 22, 29 and June 05 - 08:00-11:00am

More info and sign up : / text messages: 941-320-9290 /(this program is part of our 200H training)




"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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