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Fri, Jan 19



95H Certification Program Part 1 The Sonia Sumar Method - Hybrid - Sarasota January 2024

The Part 1 comprehensive training program provides the essential tools for working with children with additional needs. Using hands-on instruction, videos and other tools, we will guide program participants through each stage of the special child’s development.

95H Certification Program Part 1 The Sonia Sumar Method  - Hybrid - Sarasota January 2024
95H Certification Program Part 1 The Sonia Sumar Method  - Hybrid - Sarasota January 2024

Time & Location

Jan 19, 2024, 9:00 AM EST – Jan 28, 2024, 5:00 PM EST

Sarasota, 7365 Merchant Ct Unit 3, Sarasota, FL 34240, USA

About the event

95H Part 1 (48H) (Hybrid)  

Dates:: January 19-21, 26-28


Friday - 09 am to 05 pm (online)

Saturday and Sunday - 09 am to 5 pm (hybrid - join from your home or in Sarasota

Program Location: Soul to Soul Yoga Sarasota, FL

Teacher:  Renata Sumar Gaertner (MahaJyoti)

Yoga for the Special Child Part 1 is a comprehensive, hands-on, experiential course that will help you gain all the tools and skills you need to start teaching yoga to children with special needs. The course is open to yoga teachers, yoga students, school teachers, health practitioners, OT, PT, parents of children with special needs, and everyone interested in helping children with special needs through yoga.

The Method Sonia Sumar pioneered over 50 years ago is rooted in classical Hatha Yoga; therefore, it carries all of its components: voice work- chanting, eyes exercises, breathing work- pranayama, physical exercise, asanas, deep relaxation, and meditation- yoga nidra. It is a safe and gentle yet compelling therapeutic yoga approach that has been helping improve the lives of children and adults with special needs across the globe. The method is suitable for any age and any conditions.

You will be given a manual - workbook, and as the course progresses, you will be handed out more materials to read and study.  All material from the manual will be covered fully.

With this training, you will learn how to work with babies and children up to 12. Renata Sumar will share her knowledge, experience, and all she has learned and keeps learning from Sonia Sumar Sivakami directly. She will guide you through deepening your understanding of Yoga, developing your yoga practice, developing a practice for a child with special needs, gaining all the tools and skills you would need to deliver a yoga class, and gaining an understanding of the core Yoga for the Special Child Method values and structure.

As the week progresses and you learn more about the different stages of development, we will share 4 / 5 other videos with you so you can see the methodology applied directly. This offers a fantastic opportunity for all participants in the course to not only see but also have the chance to discuss, question, and investigate further all that has been learned over the week.

Each day will start with a short yoga session to teach you how to lead a class for a child with special needs. It is essential to understand and experience the benefits of this particular yoga methodology on your own body/ self before even attempting to apply it & share it with children with special needs.

Part 1 looks closely at the different stages of an individual's physiological and psychological development and how yoga helps and supports an individual.  The methodology is divided into 4 stages, which you will study and learn about in depth. By the end of the course, you will be able to work with children with particular/additional needs immediately.

The curriculum is rich and engaging. The course includes :

  • how to evaluate infants and children
  • how to create the optimum home environment
  • how to work with specific conditions
  • how to create a practice suitable for each individual
  • how to adjust and accommodate a child so he/she is safe
  • how to improve the breath of the child, which in turn promotes better overall wellbeing
  • how to calm the child's nervous system so they are better self-regulated
  • how to improve a child's strength, balance, flexibility, stamina, concentration, focus, sleep, self -esteem and state of mind

 If you are a licensed practitioner with Yoga for the Special Child, an AOTA member, or an IAYTrent of a child with disabilities, you may be eligible for a discounted rate. Please pay the deposit and contact us to check if you are eligible for a discount and to learn about the payment process for your balance. Please use the following email address to get in touch: 


  • Special Discount

    When you sign up until November 30, 2023

  • Early bird

    When you pay by December 31st, 2023

  • Regular price

  • Deposit only

    Balance ( can be paid in installments (last payment on January 26, 2024). Total price: $1080.




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