Faculty Bios


Barbra Brady, M.A., E-RYT 500E-RYT 500, ParaYoga Level II Certified Teacher, Director of Education
Barbra has been teaching since 2000, and is a Level 2 ParaYoga Certified Teacher. She has studied with ParaYoga® founder Rod Stryker since 2004. With a lifelong thirst for pursuing her passions, she also holds “diplomas” from Yoga Alliance (500 Hour, E- RYT); iRest Yoga Nidra Level 1 Practitioner training; Advanced Teacher Certification with Erich Schiffmann; and 42 hour immersions with both Jivamukti co-founder David Life, and Shiva Rea. She is also has an MA in Liberal Studies and is the Contributing Art Editor of www.yogamodern.com. Yes, Barbra has a vast curiosity about yoga, and life!

Helaine Sheias, PhD, E-RYT 500, YACEP 
Helaine Sheias is a certified international group facilitator and Kripalu inspired Hatha yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance. She has developed an earth-based spiritual approach to health and wellbeing by creating Yingenuity - a tapestry of somatic release, intuitive awakening and the cultivation of radical presence. She holds a doctoral degree in Human Sciences and a Masters in Child Developmental, with a focus on Special Education. She is a graduate of the Socially Engaged Spirituality program at Saybrook Graduate School. 

A pious believer in the Yogic ''My body is my Temple'' philosophy, Helaine's life passion is to introduce yoga as an instrument for transformation and self- empowerment, thus bringing about a greater sense of spiritual consciousness and bodily awareness to individuals. There goal of her Yin Yoga is to teach people how to maintain sacredness in their lives by consistently embodying a sense of 'wholeness', i.e., by exploring their relationship with their mind, body and spirit, from a place of equanimity and self-acceptance. ecohealing.com

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Dr. Carl Speizer, MD, MPH, C-IAYT
Yoga Therapy is the adaptation of yoga practices for individuals with a variety of medical conditions. In Yoga Therapy a prescription for specific regimens of postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques is applied to suit individual needs. Medical research shows that Yoga Therapy can be an effective complementary therapy helping to alleviate such conditions as anxiety, stress, muscular-skeletal disorders, fatigue, and acute or chronic pain. The use of Yoga Therapy is restorative in many instances, and palliative in others. The foundation of its therapeutic effects is the understanding of the human being as an integrated body-mind system, which can function optimally only when there is a state of dynamic balance!!  

Dr. Speizer has been a member of the medical staff at Queen of the Valley Medical Center since 1991 and Sonoma Valley Hospital since 2013. He currently serves as medical director of employee health at Queen of the Valley and has a private practice in Napa focusing on musculoskeletal disorders. He began practicing yoga in the mid 1990’s and has studied with Margit Jacobs, Thomas Fortel, Harvey Deutch, Saul David Ray, Tracy Rich, Ganga White, Janice Gates and Ann Cushman. Dr. Speizer received his yoga instructor certificate in 2009 from the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara. In 2014 he began a year-long study program Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation sponsored by Spirit RockMeditation Center. He teaches yoga classes, conducts workshops, lectures on yoga as therapy, and provides individual yoga therapy for patients with acute and chronic medical.