Sonia Sumar - Biography

Sonia Sumar uses a special type of yoga therapy to help transform the lives of children with ADD/ADHD, Down's Syndrome and other disorders. She is the author of "Yoga for the Special Child."

Sonia Sumar has taught yoga in Brazil for more than twenty years and is internationally renowned for her pioneering work with special children. She began experimenting with yoga as an early intervention therapy shortly after the birth of her second daughter, Roberta, in 1972. Roberta was born with Down Syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by mental retardation and other developmental delays. Sonia's teaching work expanded to include infants and children with Cerebral Palsy, Attention Deficit Disorder, and various other syndromes and disorders.

Her life dream is to help the world's special children to achieve their full potential and become active and productive members of society. Nothing can better express her success than the letters from the parents of her students.

Ms. Sumar holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education and has taught at the elementary school level. She has conducted workshops and has addressed special education programs and symposia in Portugal, Brazil, and throughout South America. In 1980 she founded the Integral Yoga Center of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where she continues to teach yoga to both children and adults and offers specialized training courses to yoga teachers and other professionals who wish to learn her methods.

In recent years she has expanded her teaching and mentoring in the United States. She is assisted by her 27-year-old daughter, Renata, who has a degree in Speech Pathology. Sonia's programs are coordinated by Jeffrey Volk, who also supervised the English translation of her book.