Yoga therapy for the Special Child includes an integrated system of
yoga techniques designed to stimulate the cognitive and motor development of children
with special needs. Sonya Sumar, a yoga teacher in Brazil developed developed Yoga for the Special ChildTM
to help children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Attention
Deficit Disorderand Learning Disabilities.
Yoga training for the children with special needs includes a comprehensive series of balanced yoga poses to increase body awareness, strength and flexibility. Specialized breathingexercises and relaxation techniques to improve concentration and reduce hyperactivity. An early intervention program to assure the healthy formative development of infants and toddlers is encouraged. Participation in yoga classes is open to children 5 yrs and older and their parents. Special pre-school classes are also available for children and their parents.