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"Love is always the answer."






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

July 19-23/26-29 (English) - Yoga for the Special Child 95H Program Part 1 - Teacher: Sonia Sumar 

Times: 8:00am-10:30am EST/1:30pm-4:00pm EST - REGISTER HERE

More info and sign up : / text messages: 941-320-9290 /(this program is part of our 95H training)

August 09-13/16-19 (English) - Yoga for the Special Child 95H Program Part 1 - Teacher: Sherry LeBlanc

Times: 8:00am-10:30am EST/1:00pm-3:30pm EST - REGISTER HERE

More info and sign up :, 416-532-5988 /(this program is part of our 95H training)

September 10-12  (English) - Teaching Asanas, Adjustments and Sequences CPD- Renata Sumar Gaertner (18H)

08:00-11:00 and 01:00-04:00pm (EST) - REGISTER HERE

More info and sign up : / text messages: 941-320-9290 /(this program is part of our 300H 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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