Integral Yoga® Affiliate

Sivakami Sonia Sumar

Founder of Yoga for the Special Child | Teacher Trainer | Yoga Therapist

Sivakami Sonia Sumar

Integral Yoga® Affiliate

  • E-RYT 500
  • CRYT
  • C-IAYT
  • Yoga for children with special needs
  • Yoga Therapy
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Yoga philosophy


  • Portuguese
  • English



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.

Yoga for the Special Child

A Therapeutic Approach for Infants and Children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Learning Disabilities


Un programa innovador y sencillo de seguir para padres, educadores, profesores de Yoga y profesionales de la salud. Es seguro para bebés y niños con síndrome de Down, parálisis cerebral, microcefalia, TEA y muchas otras afecciones y problemas de desarrollo.

Soul to Soul

Mantras for the basic Yoga for the Special Child® Program

From the Inside Out: Yoga for the Special Child

Science confirms that Yoga works on deep levels and in all systems of the body and mind—essentially, it works from the inside out!

Yoga for the Special Child: The Sonia Sumar Method

An Interview with Sivakami Sonia Sumar
Roberta, my second daughter, was born with Down Syndrome. It was 32 years ago. It was a difficult time because there wasn’t yet early intervention, even in the United States….

Popular Lecture Topics

  • Yoga Therapy with Special Children
  • Workshops and professional training programs
  • Infants and Children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Deepening Your Yoga Practice with Meditation and Hatha Yoga
  • Chanting & Mantras for Spiritual Growth