RENATA SUMAR GAERTNER
C-IAYT, E-RYT500, E-RCYT and YACEP
YOGA FOR THE SPECIAL CHILD CO-DIRECTOR / PROGRAM TEACHER AND COORDINATOR
Renata started to practice Yoga with her mother, Sonia Sumar, at three years of age. While still a child, Renata participated in many Yoga courses and conventions with her mother. At twelve years, she completed her first Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program through Brazil's Federal University at Minas Gerais (UFMG). And, at fifteen years old, she began her teaching career in Hatha Yoga. Since then, Renata’s passion for anatomy, neurology, physics and physiology has guided the way she teaches yoga. Her goal is to inspire each one of her students to use their abilities to their fullest potential.
In 1989, Renata advanced her teaching skills by completing the Teacher's Training Program for Yoga for the Special Child. In 1990 Sri Swami Satchidananda, the great teacher and founder of Hatha Yoga Integral, visited Sonia Sumar's Yoga Center in Brazil and this visit caused Renata to begin following a new path. By the end of 1991 Renata went to Satchidananda Ashram in VA. In 1994 she received her university diploma in Speech Therapy. Her thesis, "Yoga as a Method of Global Stimulation for Children with Down Syndrome", describes her original research which indicates Yoga is an effective method for stimulating the development of children with Down Syndrome.
In 1995 Renata returned to Satchidananda Ashram where she spent seven months under the guidance of Sri Gurudev. During that time Renata participated in courses and attended many lectures, constantly trying to increase her knowledge about Yoga. Renata also assisted her mother by helping to teach her annual courses of Yoga for the Special Child at the ashram and in New York City.
Renata is the Director of the Integral Yoga Center in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and a member of the Integral Yoga Teachers Association, Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapy (C-IAYT.; E-RYT500, E-RCYT and YACEP).
She moved to Sarasota, FL in October of 2007 with her family. She is now working with Sonia in at the office and also teaching a few programs a year. She still run the Yoga Center in Brazil with Prakash, her business partner, and she goes there with her family once a year in order to teach programs and workshops.