Harmony Yoga Teacher Training

2018 RYT-200 Teacher Training Faculty

Harmony Yoga Teacher Training Faculty

 

Primary Faculty

Alison Rubin, E-RYT 500

  • Asana Techniques Training
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Yoga Philosophy
  • Practicum

Adjunct Faculty & Staff

Erin Wert, E-RYT 200

  • Vinyasa

Anna Molgard, RYT 200

  • Functional Anatomy, Subtle Anatomy, & Gentle Yoga

Patricia Berger, E-RYT 500

  • Yoga & Ayurveda

Neely Wadden, RYT 200

  • Prenatal Yoga

Nina Volostnova, RYT-200

  • Nutrition

Brenda Smits, RYT 200

  • Restorative Yoga

Alison Rubin

Alison Rubin, E-RYT 500

My first experience of yoga was in 1972, the year I moved from England to Southern California. At that time I was on a spiritual quest and, during this journey, I discovered Self Realization Fellowship and started to practice Hatha Yoga. The practices of yoga resonated with me immediately, I loved the marriage of the spiritual and the physical. At that time there weren't many instructors teaching yoga, and so I mostly practiced on my own for the first 10 years.

In 1983 my husband, Rick, and I moved to Spokane, where I continued my practice of yoga and started to teach. At first I taught out of houses and churches, and then at The Spokane Club for many years. Meanwhile, I set up a small studio, Lifedance Yoga, which is where my classes started to flourish. In 2002 I moved into the current location and changed the name to Harmony Yoga. At that time, there were no other yoga instructors in Spokane, but within a couple of years yoga became mainstream.

Over the years I have taken a variety of teacher trainings, including a 6-week teacher training at Kripalu, and teacher trainings with Richard Schactel, Felicity Green, Aadil Palkhivala, Ramanand Patel, John Friend, Janice Vien, and Rodney Yee. As well, I have attended countless week-long and weekend workshops with many amazing teachers, most of whom are rooted in the Iyengar tradition.

I discovered early on that I love the detail, the emphasis on precision of alignment. I find it fascinating and engaging for my body and my mind. As much, I love the philosophy of yoga, the metaphysical, which has been an inspiration and guide throughout my life. In my teaching, I endeavor to weave these two aspects of yoga together, creating a marriage between the spiritual and the physical.

In 2012 I offered my first RYT-200 Teacher Training, so that I could share with others all that I had learned over the years. It was a huge success and a truly life-changing experience for all of us involved. We just completed our 5th year of training, and are excited to be offering our first RYT-300 Teacher Training in 2017. I am excited to meet our next group, and to journey deeply with you into the Art and Science of Yoga.

Erin Wert

Erin Wert, RYT 200

My exploration into yoga began in 2001 at Harmony Yoga with Alison Rubin and I am a graduate of the 200-hour teacher training at Harmony Yoga.

The serenity and joy I experienced after practice instantly drew me in and I continued to study with Alison for a number of years. My focus on alignment melded with yogic philosophy set the foundation for the strong practice I now have.

In 2008 I began studying Forrest Yoga, an intense and therapeutic practice that truly resonated with my body. It was through this practice that I began to uncover that place of wisdom that resides within each of us.

I find the subject of yoga infinitely fascinating and continue to practice Forrest Yoga, as well as Vinyasa Flow, Bikram and Iyengar-based yoga.

My style of teaching incorporates an eclectic mix of core work, breath awareness and vinyasa flow – a moving meditation to access the mind-body-spirit connection.

I can be reached at erin.wert@gmail.com or (509) 981-8809.

Brenda Smits, RYT 200

Brenda Smits

Shortly after moving to Spokane several years ago, I discovered Harmony Yoga. I found the studio and Alison warm and inviting. In 2014 I participated in the Teacher Training at Harmony and received my RYT-200. Upon completing this training, I began teaching Restorative Yoga at Harmony.

Restorative Yoga is for everyone at every level; a way to care for ourselves and counteract the all too common stresses of our everyday lives. The use of props to completely support the body, with gentle attention placed on the breath, allows for total relaxation.

In addition to Restorative Yoga classes, I enjoy teaching Gentle, Basics, 50+ and Intermediate Yoga classes. You may also see me attending yoga classes led by the talented instructors at Harmony yoga. I appreciate the opportunity to share my teachings in a welcoming and relaxed environment. I can be reached at bren_smits@hotmail.com.

Neely Wadden

Neely Wadden

It is quite common for a newly pregnant woman to want to continue her Yoga practice into her pregnancy.  Yoga is also commonly recommended to pregnant women as the ideal form of exercise and preparation for birth. 

I was trained at the Seattle Holistic Center in Prenatal Yoga and Birth Preparation.   I am currently teaching Prenatal Yoga and Birth Prep at Harmony Yoga. 

During the teacher training I will be presenting the poses and postures to avoid during pregnancy. I will also present the postures which are particularly beneficial to relieve the common discomforts of pregnancy. 

I will also offer suggestions for modifying the poses according to the individual needs as pregnancy progresses.  As well, you will receive a brief review of helpful remedies and Pranayama breathing for both pregnancy and birth. 

Patricia Berger, E-RYT 500

Patricia began a serious and life-changing  study of Yoga in Seattle in 1979. By the mid-80's she was beginning to teach and soon naturally discovered Yoga's sister science, Ayurveda. This ancient system of prevention and healing is rich with practical teachings to illumine the way for busy post-moderns intent on evolving consciousness and simply living  happy, healthy, fulfilled lives. She began to slowly incorporate some of the lifestyle recommendations into her daily practice and discovered a tremendous improvement in her vitality, health and stamina, grounding and support for daily life.  By 1991 she moved to Idaho and while continuing a busy bodywork practice, teaching and studying yoga, she embarked on professional Ayurvedic training.

Now she weaves her passion for Yoga and Ayurveda into studio teachings in Idaho, retreats in the Sedona studio, local community education: Ayurvedic cooking classes, daily routines to optimize health, seasonal practices for immunity and vitality, support for women thru the life-cycles and transitions, corporate retreats and seminars for business leaders.

Patricia is registered with  Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level, having trained in the Iyengar, Hatha and Anusara traditions with many master teachers over the decades. She trained and certified (both as an Ayurvedic practitioner and Panchakarma Technician) with Dr. Paul Dugliss, MD at New World Ayurveda in Santa Barbara and Portland, Maine, as well as Kerala Ayurvedic Academy in Seattle, Washington. Patricia also was privileged to mentor with, sponsor and assist, venerable Ayurvedic physicians Drs. Avinash, Nandan, Bharati and Amruta Lele of Pune, India.  She brought them to Idaho on four occasions where they together provided Panchakarma (Ayurvedic cleansing retreats), as well as community education and consultations to large groups of people.

Whenever possible, Patricia wings her way to Arizona, Colorado or New York, where she delights in sharing life with her little  brood of grandchildren. She can also be found basking in coastal beauty or mountain hiking with her husband, Jeff, extended family or occasional solitary retreat to maintain balance with the outward movement of life.

Anna Molgard, RYT 200

Anna Molgard

I have been practicing yoga since 1998, following a serious back injury. After avoiding surgery though careful physical practice for a year, I began a lifelong practice and study of yoga. I received my 200 RYT in 2011 at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, studying with Don and Amba Stapleton. I then formed my private yoga studio, Flowing Tree Yoga, in Ohio teaching group and private classes. I also taught gentle, therapeutic and vinyasa classes at several yoga studios in Ohio.

I began training to become a professional yoga therapist (800 hour training) with Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2014, studying with world renowned teachers Joseph & Lilian LePage who are pioneers in the field of yoga therapy. It is one of the few yoga therapy programs accredited by IAYT, the International Association of Yoga Therapy. I have studied at the Kripalu Yoga Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and the Ancient Yoga Center in Austin, Texas. I also studied restorative yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater.

I co-developed a 500 hour teacher training program and was faculty at Day Yoga Studio in Dayton, Ohio. I also led workshops and trainings there prior to moving to Spokane, Washington in the summer of 2015.

I am a trauma sensitive yoga therapist, trained by Becky Morrissey, LCSW, at the Sangha-Red Lotus Aspara Yoga School, endorsed by IAYT. I have worked privately with clients for several years and have specialized in helping clients who experience chronic pain due to connective tissue disorders, back pain, physical or emotional trauma and PTSD. I have continued my study of trauma online with the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM) and live courses with PESI.

I was trained privately in the ancient practice of Thai Yoga with Annette Dennis at Pure Nature Yoga and Wellness in Huber Heights, Ohio. Thai yoga is a hands on modality that allows the practitioner to work with the meridians within the body and guide the client through a series of assisted yoga postures that help bring feelings of energy and relaxation. This work has greatly informed my use of hands-on assists with yoga students.

I have a Bachelor's degree in Music and am a trained classical pianist. I have used my yoga training to help piano students reduce pain in practice and performance. I am also a lyricist, poet, composer and playwright with many published and honored works.

I am married to my high school sweetheart and Army veteran, Max. We have three growing children and a loving labrador retriever. I am active in my faith and live on the North side of Spokane.

Nina Volostnova, RYT-200

Nina Volostnova, RYT-200

My journey into the world of nutrition began with the practice of yoga. Starting a physical practice made me pay closer attention to what I was putting into my body. After a few small steps in the direction of healthful eating I was hooked on discovering as much as I possibly could about the world of nutrition. Personal changes in my eating habits not only helped me shed a few pounds, but also restored energy, brought vibrancy into my life and helped cure a variety of medical ailments.

After years of looking into different nutritional theories and seeing the amount of positive change it brought to my life and my family, I decided to get accredited to teach and counsel nutrition. In 2013 I enrolled with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, which led me to becoming a health coach at a bariatric weight loss clinic.

My outlook on nutrition is based on the bio-individuality concept. I teach multiple nutritional theories and ideas of eating, as I believe there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. I believe in whole foods nutrition and its healing properties and, since we are all individuals, I believe that we each require an individual eating plan. 

I particularly resonate with the following quotes:
“Let Food be Thy Medicine” – Socrates
“Eat food, mostly  plants, not too much” – Michael Pollan