Yoga Therapy


Yoga Therapy

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.

Yoga Therapy Sessions: (Appointments are booked in person or by phone 707-935-8600)
40 minute Evaluation $75
50 minute session $110
5 Session Package, 50 min session - $500 (No sharing)
10 Session Package, 50 min sessions - $950 ( May be shard between couples)

All privates will take place via ZOOM.  Email michele@yogacommunity.net if you have questions or to schedule a private.

We currently have two Yoga Therapy Teachers to choose from:
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Helaine Sheias,  PhD, C-IAYT, 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. 


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Carl Speizer MD, MPH, C-IAYT
Carl's first yoga teacher, Margit Jacobs, of the Napa School of Yoga, introduced him to the practice of yoga in the mid-1990s. He was fortunate to be able to study with Margit one-on-one for six years. Carl experienced yoga's therapeutic value, and soon began to offer its teachings to chronically ill and injured individuals. Over the next several years, he ventured into the deeper dimensions of yoga, studying with many teachers, including Thomas Fortel, Saul David Ray, Tracy Rich, Ganga White, Janice Gates, Ann Cushman, Jill Satterfield, Chip Hartranft, Susie Harrington, Pascal Auclair, and others. Carl received his 200-hour teacher training at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, completed a one-year study in Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, and obtained certification as a yoga therapist from the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Carl currently teaches yoga anatomy in the teacher training programs at Yoga Community in Sonoma, CA, will begin teaching yoga therapy to students at The Stress Management Center in Marin, CA, teach occasional yoga classes, lecture to yoga teachers and physicians on yoga as therapy, lead training workshops, and continue his private yoga therapy practice, focusing on those who suffer from acute or chronic conditions. When Carl is not practicing, teaching, or studying yoga, he serves as the Medical Director of Employee Health at Queen of the Valley Medical Center (QVMC) in Napa, and see patients at Wine Country Occupational Medicine, his private practice in Napa, focusing on non-surgical orthopedics and other work-related injuries and illnesses. Prior to opening his clinic, Carl practiced emergency medicine and later, occupational medicine, at QVMC, from 2000 until 2014.