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Date & Time Details:
Friday Sep. 21, Check-in: 3 – 6 pm
Saturday Sep. 22, Program Begins: 9 am
Program ends at 5 pm on Thursday, September 27, 2018.
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Credits: Program offers Integral Yoga 300-hour credits

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Yoga for the Special Child Teacher Training – Basic Part 1

with Sivakami Sonia Sumar, E-RYT 500, CRYT, C-IAYT and Co-Teacher Gita Catherine Brown, RYT 500

September 21 - 27, 2018

Yoga for the Special Child®, LLC, is a multi-level comprehensive program of Yoga techniques designed to enhance the natural development of children with special needs. Our style of Yoga is gentle and therapeutic—it is 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 hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities.

A therapeutic approach, this program helps to increase body awareness and strength, improve concentration, and ensure healthy formative development in children with special needs.

Through hands-on instruction, participants will be guided on how to facilitate Yoga poses designed for each stage of a child’s development. Participants will also learn how to interact and bond with infants and children, how to create the optimum home environment, and how to work with specific syndromes and disorders.

Yoga for the Special Child® curriculum includes:

  • Specific techniques for evaluating infants (0–3) and children (3–12)
  • Live or video demonstrations of working with children of different ages
  • Components of a complete Yoga practice
  • Benefits and contraindications
  • Breathing exercises
  • Relaxation techniques

Information on the four stages of development:

  1. Preparatory Stage (birth to 6 months)
  2. Inductive Stage (6 months to 1 year)
  3. Interactive Stage (1 to 2 years)
  4. Imitative Stage (2 to 3 years)

Training Information


None. Yoga for the Special Child® is ideal for parents, caregivers, Yoga teachers, educators, nurses, occupational, physical, and speech therapists, or anyone interested in teaching Yoga to children with special needs.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate of your program’s total contact hours. For more information, email [email protected].

Yoga for the Special Child® Basic Certification

After Basic Part 1, participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.
After Basic Part 1 and Basic Part 2, participants will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment for the Yoga for the Special Child® Basic Certification. For Registered Yoga Teachers with 200 hours, completion of both Basic Part 1 and Basic Part 2 satisfies the 95 contact hours for Yoga Alliance RCYT (Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher). Please note: you must complete both courses to have the combined 95 contact hours for the Yoga Alliance. Please refer to Yoga Alliance for additional information on the requirement to obtain RCYT certification.

After completing Basic Part 1 and Basic Part 2, you will not be certified to teach Yoga for the Special Child® to other teachers, but you will be certified to teach children of all ages using the Sonia Sumar Method.


The hands-on experience, the advice, and the wisdom I got from Sivakami herself will help me to be a better Yoga practitioner, which will, in turn, help me be a better teacher.  — Sarah Gilbert

This program was truly life changing. Not only did I receive the training I was expecting, I also felt that I became a true yogini while attending. It allowed me to go so much deeper on my own spiritual journey, which in turn will make me a far better teacher for the children I work with.  It is so much more than just a training. — Jennifer Novak

I have worked with special children and wanted to deepen my practice to better serve them. I got much more than I could have anticipated. — Program Participant

I found this to be a phenomenal program. Sonia Sumar’s method of teaching, modeling, and presenting was heartfelt. — Johnnie Stewart

Sonia Sumar’s Yoga for the Special Child program combined with staying at Yogaville changed my life and my way of thinking for the better. It was a positive mind and body connection. I was able to fully immerse and better myself so that I can better the lives of others. — Tabitha Tatum


Sivakami Sonia Sumar, E-RYT 500, CRYT, C-IAYT
Sonia Sumar (Sivakami) is internationally known for her pioneering work using Yoga therapy with special children. Her innovative techniques and methods have been improving the lives of children with special needs for over 40 years. She owned and directed Yoga centers in Brazil and Chicago, where she has achieved remarkable results working with children and adults. She currently travels extensively, conducting workshops and professional training programs for Yoga teachers and other professionals throughout the world. She is author of the book Yoga for the Special Child®, which has been published in several languages. See more at
Learn more about Sivakami Sonia Sumar, E-RYT 500, CRYT, C-IAYT
Co-Teacher Gita Catherine Brown, RYT 500
Gita began teaching kids using the Yoga for the Special Child method in 2006. She teaches private and group classes at South Shore Conservatory (SSC) and in public schools, day habilitation programs, autism resource groups, and after-school programs throughout the South Shore. Gita is training with Sonia Sumar to become a Yoga for the Special Child teacher trainer, and she serves as a co-teacher for the Basic 1 Program. She is the Accessible Yoga Program Coordinator in the Creative Arts Therapies department at SSC in Massachusetts. See more at
Learn more about Co-Teacher Gita Catherine Brown, RYT 500

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