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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 direct a yearly RYT 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training Program. We are now accepting Applications for the 2018 training with starts at the end of January. For further information or questions, I can be reached at (509) 747-4430.

 

Erin Wert, E-RYT 200

My exploration into yoga began in 2001 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. Her 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.

  Erin Wert

Neely Wadden, RYT 200

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

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.

 

Kate Cornwall , RYT 200

I began practicing yoga at age 17 and shortly thereafter settled into regular classes at Harmony Yoga. My practice continued in college throughout the West Coast, taking classes rooted in Iyengar, Anusara, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa traditions. After over 10 years of experience as a practitioner, I wanted to share my love of yoga with others. I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training at Harmony Yoga in 2014 with Alison Rubin and other teachers from the Spokane area, and an additional Vinyasa teacher training at the Union with Kelly Thielbahr.

I have an extensive background in physical movement. I began dancing at age 4 and continue to dance and teach around the Spokane area. As a method of conditioning for dance, I found a combination of Pilates and Yoga helped me to rehabilitate and prevent injury. I completed my Pilates mat, reformer, and barre teacher training to work with dancers and share the methods that worked for me. I believe that alignment and muscle control are the pillars of any physical activity. My objectives are to help students of all ages and physical capability find their best alignment and maintain that with stabilizing and functional muscle work. I can be reached at motioncreativellc@gmail.com.

 

Anna Molgard, E-RYT 500

I trained at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica and the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in New York. I am a certified trauma-sensitive yoga therapist and studied Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasiter. Currently, I am pursuing an 800-hour Professional Yoga Therapy designation with Integrative Yoga Therapy.

My teaching style is a blend of traditional hatha yoga and yoga therapeutics. I endeavor always to create a safe environment for my students and I am skilled at offering options for students of all levels. I can be reached at anna.m.molgard@gmail.com.

 

 

Mandy Nicole, RYT 200

I began my yoga practice 15 years ago, when I discovered its therapeutic benefits for both body and mind. After experiencing healing and better maintenance of my autoimmune disease, I discovered a love for sharing this practice with others. For nearly a decade I shared my practice by leading informal classes in my living room for friends and family. During this phase, I found myself even more deeply drawn to the healing properties of yoga, and decided I needed to pursue a formal certification program. Shortly after moving to Spokane, I found Harmony Yoga, and began my teacher training journey. I received my RYT 200 certification from Harmony in 2015. Since graduating from Harmony, I have had the privilege to work closely with weightlifters, boxers, cyclists, and dancers to help them achieve their goals. I have also been gifted with the opportunity to help others with chronic illness and chronic pain explore the therapeutic uses of yoga, in a personalized setting, and under the supervision of their doctors. 

Without initially realizing it, I have, over a number of years, adopted a style of yoga known widely as Yin. Yin yoga is characterized by a deep connection to the natural ebb and flow of energy, an intentional expression of loving kindness in the spirit, and a gentle, restorative attention to the body. I am humbled and excited to continue my Yin journey at Harmony Yoga, and the opportunity to teach at the studio where I was trained feels truly like coming home. I can be reached at mandynicoleyoga@icloud.com.

 

 

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

 

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