Yoga for the Special Child

Yoga for the Special Child®, LLC is a comprehensive Program of Yoga techniques designed to enhance the natural development of children with special needs. Our style of Yoga is gentle and therapeutic - 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.



Our therapeutic Program includes:
  • An integrated series of balanced Yoga poses to increase body awareness, strength. 

  • Specialized breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to improve concentration.

  • An early intervention program to assure the healthy formative development of infants and toddlers


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, whose innovative teaching methods have been improving the lives of children with special needs for over 39 years.


Sonia Sumar’s pioneering work with special needs children is recognized internationally. When her second daughter Roberta was born with Down’s Syndrome, Sonia used Yoga as an early intervention therapy for her. Over the years, her daughter was able to achieve near-normal test results in school and function socially and physically on par with other children her age. Sonia expanded her Yoga Therapy System to include children with other learning and developmental disabilities. Yoga for the Special Child®, LLC significantly enhances the child’s physical, mental and emotional developments in a safe and gentle manner. 

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Yoga for the Special Child®, LLC is Registered with the Yoga Alliance 200 hour Teacher Training, Yoga Alliance 95 Hours Children Teachers Training, the Integral Yoga Teachers Association, and International Association of Yoga Therapists.

About Yoga for the Special Child®


NISCHALA JOY DEVI is a masterful teacher and healer. For many years she has been highly respected as an international advocate for her innovative way of expressing Yoga and its subtle uses for spiritual growth and complete healing. Her dynamic delivery and deep inner conviction empower each individual, allowing the teachings to expand beyond boundaries and limitations of any one tradition enabling her to touch people’s hearts.

She was graced to spend over 25 years as a monastic disciple with the world renowned Yogiraj Sri Swami Satchidanandaji, receiving his direct guidance and teachings. She also was blessed with teachings from great Yoga masters in US, India and worldwide.

Originally trained in Western medicine, she began to blend western medicine with Yoga, offered her expertise in developing the yoga portion of The Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease, and co-founded the award-winning Commonweal Cancer Help Program. Her book “The Healing Path of Yoga,” and her Abundant WellBeing Audio Series expresses these teachings.

With her knowledge of yoga and her experience in assisting those with life-threatening diseases (particularly people with heart disease and cancer), she created Yoga of the Heart®, a training and certification program for Yoga teachers and health professionals designed to adapt Yoga practices to the special needs of that population.

She is now dedicated to bringing the Feminine back into spirituality and the scriptures, in her book, The Secret Power of Yoga, a woman’s guide to the heart and spirit of the Yoga Sutras andSecret Power of Yoga Audio book Nautilus Book Silver Award Winner 2009!



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