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Alison Rubin, Director of Harmony Yoga, E-RYT 500

My first experience of yoga was in 1972, the same year I moved from England to Southern California. I studied with a variety of teachers in California for 12 years and started teaching in Spokane in 1984, and I am now registered as an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance. I have had the opportunity to take trainings with many excellent instructors over the years, especially those from the Iyengar and Anusara traditions.

My teaching style is eclectic, with a strong emphasis on precision of alignment and philosophy. I love to weave the philosophy of yoga into my classes and endeavor to practice moment by moment awareness in my life. In addition to teaching weekly classes, I also teach retreats, and have directed and taught Yoga Teacher Trainings. For further information or questions, I can be reached at harmonyoga@comcast.net

 

Neely Wadden, RYT 500

I committed myself to an almost daily yoga practice after learning that I was pregnant for the first time in 2007. I wanted to do all that I could to feel vibrant and healthy throughout my pregnancy. Little did I know that I was beginning an amazing journey which would inspire my own body and mind and call me to lead others as a conduit of Yoga. I continued practicing Yoga both at home and through Harmony Yoga because my body grew strong and felt better than it had in years, and I was learning to calm my mind and extend a sense of kindness toward myself and others in a way that I had never known. I began to think of how I could share this with others. After the birth of my second child in 2011, I began teaching Prenatal Yoga, having trained specifically in prenatal and postnatal yoga at the Seattle Holistic Center. Teaching yoga and establishing a community through my classes nourishes me in so many ways. I have since earned my RYT-200 through Harmony Yoga and am passionate about bringing all levels of yoga to my students. More information about my offerings can be found at www.neelysyoga.com. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or just to say hello at neelywadden@gmail.com.

  Neely Wadden

Katie Laughlin, RYT 200

I took my first yoga class in 2000 and soon realized that this practice would become a lifelong one.  I loved walking out of that  class feeling both energized and relaxed, a strange but delightful combination.  Though I first came to yoga looking for strength, flexibility and a new way to challenge my body, I've stayed with the practice out of an ongoing curiosity and search into the depths of this compassionate and loving tradition.  I still marvel that a single session on my mat can leave me strong and centered within my body, while still calm and peaceful within my heart.  My practice has deepened over the years and I completed the 200-hr Teacher Training at Harmony in 2012s.  I am registered with Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200.  I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to share the practice of yoga with others.  I hope my students leave each class with that same sense of ease and vitality that greeted me so long ago. I can be reached at (509) 710-6521.

  Katie Laughlin

Lisa Waddle, RYT 200


I began practicing yoga nine years ago, I had no idea the impact it would would have on my life. It started out innocently, just a couple of classes to work out my body, but then I connected to my breath which created a dramatic shift in my practice, and my love affair with yoga emerged. The quieting of the mind, body breath awareness, the freedom, peace, and love that would wash over me was magic. I wanted to share that magic, so I continued on my yoga path with Harmony and received my 200 hour teacher training certification in 2015. 

Yoga is a beautiful journey of body mind awareness and self discovery, a journey that continues with every breath. I teach a blend of hatha and vinyasa, with an emphasis on the breath. I can be reached at lisawaddle@yahoo.com

 

Meagan Robison, RYT 200

I first discovered yoga back in high school, (some 20 or so years ago), by purchasing several Gaiam tapes and then, later, DVD's with great Yogi's such as Rodney Yee and Patricia Walden.  Over the years though, I began to study yoga a little bit more and started taking yoga classes at the gym which was great at the time, but then I found myself wanting to go deeper and explore the spiritual side of yoga, and made my way to Harmony Yoga!  I fell so in love with this studio, the great teachers and the students, that I couldn't stay away!  So when I heard about the teacher training in January 2018, I knew I had to sign up, and it has truly been one of the best things I've ever done.

My son is the love of my life and I'm very knowledgeable in essential oils.  I am also a Master Reiki Practitioner who loves helping people get back to wellness, and I'm deeply passionate about Restorative Yoga to facilitate in healing the body, mind, and spirit.  I so look forward to serving you in a Restorative Yoga class so that you can feel your best!  Please feel free reach me at meaganrobison779@gmail.com

 

 

 

Josh Warren, Certified Iyengar

My formal yoga journey began in 2001 at a local gym in Kansas City. Since then, my path has led me through several styles of yoga including ashtanga, kundalini, and vinyasa yoga. I eventually found the Iyengar method shortly after moving to Denver in 2007. I began teaching in 2011 and received my Intermediate Junior I Iyengar Teaching Certification in 2018. Over the years, I have spent extensive time in India working to further deepen my understanding of yoga philosophy and practice.

As a practicing bridge engineer, I can’t help but appreciate the level of accuracy, detail, and creative use of props found in the Iyengar system. More importantly though, I appreciate the profound level of self-awareness that continues to develop as I practice the method. I am deeply grateful for all the teachers of all styles of yoga who’ve inspired me to keep growing and learning and am honored to share those teachings through weekly classes at Harmony Yoga. For more information about me or Iyengar Yoga, you can reach me at jdwarren78@hotmail.com or 303-913-3178

 

 

 

 

Jacqui Hood, Certified Pilates

I started practicing yoga seriously in 2000 while living in Northern California. After moving to Spokane in 2005 I discovered Pilates and found it to be a perfect compliment to yoga. In 2010 I completed Pilates training (in "mat" and with all the equipment). I love the mind body connection that both yoga and Pilates teach us and being able to pass that awareness along to students. I am currently teaching students at Gonzaga, at the Pilates Evolved studio and Anytime Fitness in Wandermere. If you'd like to talk with me, I can be reached at rojo.hood@gmail.com.

 

 

Rachael Rossbach, RYT 200

Movement has been a central part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a dancer and martial artist, I began to explore yoga in my early twenties as an alternative to the heavy impact training that I had been subjecting my body to for years. Yoga soon became my prefered movement practice and began to influence every aspect of my life, physically, mentally and spiritually. Breathwork and the heightened awareness of meditation transformed my relationship with my body and enabled me to process the world around me with new eyes and an open heart.  After many years of home-practice I decided to participate in Harmony Yoga’s 2018 RYT-200 Teacher Training so that I could share my love and knowledge of the practice with those around me.

I am a lifelong movement teacher of various modalities, and I incorporate a deep knowledge of alignment, injury prevention, and strength training into my classes. I believe yoga is an accessible practice for every body, and so I enjoy teaching a variety of styles, including Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Beginner and 50+ classes.

Please feel free to contact me at Rachael.Rossbach@gmail.com or (509) 842-4167

 

 

 

Jessi Fincher, RYT 200

I first discovered yoga around 2005 but began practicing regularly in 2018.  I graduated as a 200hr RYT in 2020 under Alison Rubin at Harmony Yoga Studio.  I have since enjoyed teaching a variety of different yoga classes.  My heart is drawn towards vinyasa and prenatal yoga, though I enjoy sharing the beauty of yoga any opportunity that I get.  I have found yoga to be completely life changing for me in the sense that it not only keeps my body feeling good, but it leaves my mind clear of damaging thoughts and anxiety.  Yoga is medicine for the body and soul and a way of life that I would wish for everyone in this world to taste.  I am grateful for any and all opportunities to share it with others.  My hope is that you will join me on the mat with a sense of compassion and understanding for yourself and that you leave your mat after class feeling strong within your body and your mind.  I can be reached at JLFincher@outlook.com

 

 

 

Edith Orozco, RYT 200

Edith is a tiny firecracker whose classes are playful, inclusive, wholehearted and always looking to empower her fellow students. She loves yoga because it allows her to be of service to others.

Yoga has been part of my life for over 8 years, my practice has allowed me to grow stronger, face my fears and be more flexible, both on and off the mat. I completed my 200 Hour Yoga Training with Kula Studio in Toronto, Canada. I’m aware that I will always be a student (since the practice has no end) so I’m constantly looking for opportunities to learn from other people from different backgrounds so I can incorporate their teachings into my yoga practice.

In my classes I strive to combine breathing, creative sequencing, an extensive use of props, with a little bit of humor to help my students deepen their practice. My ultimate goal is to help students accept who they are and to love themselves exactly as they are, to encourage their curiosity, and help them to deepen their confidence in themselves. I can be reached at edithorozco@gmail.com.

 

 

Lauren Merrithew, RYT 500

Years ago, I took my first yoga class after being too sick to attend my dream university in San Francisco. Yoga quickly became a place of refuge, where I could stretch, strengthen and take care of my body. Through my practice, I shifted from being enemies with my body to becoming friends with it, which did wonders for my health recovery. While yoga was the “cure” for my health struggles, it provided me a place to get to know and take care of myself. 

The thought that I could help others feel the way I did after taking a yoga class led me to pursue training to become a teacher. I completed my RYT-200 and RYT-300 Teacher Trainings with Alison Rubin & Staff at Harmony Yoga. My insatiable hunger for knowledge about the body and my deep-rooted desire to serve compelled me to complete additional training for teaching prenatal, restorative, and children’s yoga. The continued study of yoga brings me joy and inspiration. 

I’m known for my playful, nurturing nature, knowledgeable sequencing, and my restorative training has earned me nicknames like “Queen of Props,” “Yoga Mama,” and “Architect of Comfort.” You can reach me at lauren@laurenmerrithew.com

 

 

 


Adjunct Teachers

(Offering Workshops and Class Subbing)

 

Diane Sherman, RYT 500

I have practiced yoga since 1996, I have taught since 2001, and I am registered with Yoga Alliance as an RYT 500. Originally, I began yoga to help alleviate lower back pain, and then used the practice to rehabilitate my body after a serious car accident. Through dedicated practice, I was able to transform and heal my body in ways I didn’t think possible, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I also found the yogic path the perfect blend of spiritual, physical and mental practices.

As a teacher, I blend yin (long held passive poses) and yang yoga, which builds strength and stamina. The focus in each class is on an aspect of mindfulness, and a cultivation of compassion towards ourselves as we move through the asanas. My training includes in depth study of Iyengar Yoga, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa and Ayurveda. I am passionate about people finding a way to integrate body, heart and mind, and to feel strong and alive in their bodies. My most influential teachers include Sarah Powers, Donald Moyer, Scott Blossom, Pema Chodron, Gabrielle Roth. I can be reached at diane@ibelove.com

 

 

 

 

Diane Sherman

Brenda Smits, RYT 200

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.

 

Bryony Stasney, RYT 200

I took my first yoga class in 2002, with Patricia Berger in Coeur d’Alene.  At that class, I discovered the same peace of mind that I experience in nature and with those I love (like my soul mate Dave and daughter Sabby).  I am grateful to Alison and the Harmony family of yogis for guiding our class though the 2020 RYT-200 training amid so many changes; an inspirational feat of balance and flexibility performed with such grace.  I see every yoga practice as a meditative and mystical opportunity to discover something about our world and our place in it, as well as an opportunity to strengthen, lengthen and be kind to our bodies.   I am excited to begin my teaching journey with Harmony and honored to share gentle yoga practice with you.  I can be reached at (208) 755-1010 or stasney101@gmail.com.

 

 

Ladonna Wojtowicz, RYT 200

I first dipped my toe into the practice of yoga 25+ years ago. It seemed a natural extension to my love of dance and movement. I was surprised at how much relief I felt from lingering back and hip pain with a consistent practice. But I was even more surprised at the calming effect yoga, combined with breathwork and meditation, had on my mental health. Feelings of anxiety lifted. Yoga was my main source of physical activity and mental nourishment during and after my two pregnancies. Fast forward a few years... I still enjoy the many benefits and fondly share this love with new and returning students wherever they are in their journey of exploration with yoga. I am deeply passionate about encouraging people to try yoga as it truly has wonderous effects within your body, mind, and spirit. I joyfully trained with Alison Rubin and am a registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance. Feel free to reach out to me at LadonnaWojtowiczYoga@gmail.com. Namaste!

 

 

 

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