Adaptive Yoga... yoga for every Body
Yoga for the Special Child
Yoga for the Special Child®, LLC The Sonia Sumar Method, is a comprehensive program of yoga techniques designed to enhance the natural development of children with special needs. This 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. This therapeutic 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.
Rates for therapeutic yoga are comprable to other therapies. Please email or call for current rates.
Please contact Heather at 214-533-3856 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consultation for you and your special child.
Yoga for people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities.
As a yoga teacher, I strive to create classes that are a wonderful, enjoyable, and achievable experience for every student that walks through the door. The last thing you want to do is make a student feel frustrated, singled out, or ashamed on their yoga mat.
Having completed the Yoga for All Training, I incorporate the skills I have learned to create classes open to everyone. Who can benefit from yoga for all?
"Larger-bodied and differently-abled students often leave yoga feeling frustrated. Maybe the teacher didn’t know how to modify poses, forcing the student to squeeze, stumble, and crunch themselves into the pose. Maybe the teacher just ignored the student, leaving them feeling invisible.
Or worse, maybe the teacher singled the student out and offered modifications that implied the student wasn’t doing “real yoga.”"
-Yoga for All Training Website
By adapting the poses to the student, rather than the student to the poses, a true yoga experience is created to establish balance and harmony in body and soul. Body-neutral languaging, trauma-informed practices, and an understanding of the use of props and adaptations to transform the poses creates a space where anyone can feel successful and engaged.