Yoga for the Special Child® offers 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 (Sivakami) Sumar, whose innovative teaching methods have been improving the lives of children with special needs for more than 30 years.
Using hands-on and video instruction, Sumar, a senior student of Sri Swami Satchidananda, guides program participants through each stage of the special child’s development. The program includes an integrated series of balanced Yoga poses to increase body awareness, strength and flexibility, specialized breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to improve concentration and reduce hyperactivity, and an early intervention program to assure the healthy formative development of infants and toddlers. Safe for babies and children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Microcephaly, Autism and other developmental disabilities. These methods also provide an effective treatment for children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, ADHD and Learning Disabilities.
Sumar offers Yoga for the Special Child™ Teacher Training in Yogaville every Fall and maintains a busy travel schedule offering the training worldwide. More information about the Yogaville program is available online or contact: 1-800-858-YOGA. For more information on Sonia Sumar’s work, please visit: SpecialYoga.com or call: 1-888-900-YOGA.
Watch a video of Jo Manuel (ofThe Special Yoga Centre in England) giving an overview of the Yoga for the Special Child approach.
Yoga for the Special Child: the book
PART I: Narratives
Chapter 1: The Story of Roberta
Chapter 2: Case Histories and Testimonials
PART TWO: A Yoga Handbook for the Special Child
Chapter 3: A Yoga Primer
Chapter 4: The Early Stages of Development
Chapter 5: The Preparatory Stage —
Early Intervention (birth to six months)
Chapter 6: The Inductive Stage —
Initiating Asanas (six months to one year)
Asanas are body poses in the Hatha Yoga tradition.
Chapter 7: The Interactive Stage —
Boosting the Level of Participation (one to two years)
Chapter 8: The Imitative Stage —
Developing Independence (two to three years)
Chapter 9: Teaching Group Classes (ages three and up)