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Yoga for the Special Child

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Yoga for the Special Child® is a yoga method developed by Sonia Sumar nearly 50 years ago, for her daughter Roberta who was born with Down syndrome. Since then, the method has been taught in many parts of the world and has helped many children as well as adults with Down syndrome, autism, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy and other special needs. 

​Based on traditional yoga practices, sessions consist of mantra chanting, eye exercise, pranayama (breathing exercise), asanas (yoga postures) and deep relaxation, and are taught one-on-one or in small groups with a Yoga for the Special Child® Licensed Practitioner.

Sessions are held at the Idea News Culture Center, near Yamamoto Station (Hankyu Takarazuka Line), or can also be held at your home or other locations (please consult with the teacher).

First two sessions are offered free of charge. Please contact us through our inquiry format.

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a scientific system of physical and mental practices that originated in India more than three thousand years ago. Its purpose is to help each one of us achieve our highest potential and to experience enduring health and happiness. With yoga, we can extend our healthy, productive years far beyond the accepted norm and at the same time, improve the quality of our lives.

Because yoga works on so many different levels, it has great potential as an effective therapy for chronic diseases and conditions that do not respond well to conventional treatment methods. For this reason, children with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities who practice yoga often surprise their parents and teachers with their quick mastery of motor, communicative and cognitive skills. The same Yoga routine can help children with learning disabilities develop greater concentration, balance and composure in their daily lives. Everyone gains some level of benefit. The only requirements are proper instruction and regular practice.

Source: How yoga helps -Yoga for the Special Child (specialyoga.com)

Teacher Profile

Junko Takahashi has worked for Japanese and Swiss pharmaceutical companies as a public relations specialist for ten years before advancing her career as a freelance translator (English-Japanese) specializing in medicine, pharma and finance. 

As a mother of a child with special needs, she realized the huge potential yoga has for kids with special needs while taking yoga lessons for herself. Since then she started her routine practice and study of yoga. 

Certifications and Other Qualifications:

- Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200)

- Yoga for the Special Child Licensed Practitioner / RCYT

- Yoga Ed. Trauma-informed Yoga for Youth

- Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction 8-week Program

- Sensory Integration Basic Course

- Thai Massage Therapist

- TOEIC score 970