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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 RYT 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training Program, and in 2017 I plan to offer an RYT 300-hr. For further information or questions, I can be reached at (509) 747-4430.


Erin Wert, 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

As a mother of two small children, I have personal experience with the amazing process of pregnancy, birth, and Motherhood. My Pre and Post Natal Yoga classes place special emphasis on the prevention and alleviation of complications and discomforts that can occur through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. We spend time each class discussing whatever questions or concerns we may have, and exploring the many ways of preparing for birth and Motherhood. We create a safe and open atmosphere in which we can all discuss our chosen paths and feelings about pregnancy and birth. I received my training specifically in Pre-Natal Yoga from the Seattle Holistic Center. My other interests include skiing, reading, and of course, parenting. I can be reached at (509) 532-8749 or 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

Lorri Stonehocker, E-RYT 200

I have been studying Yoga with committed intention for six years, taking classes in Spokane, Minneapolis and two different Yoga Studios on Maui. I completed my RYT 200 Teacher Training in 2012 at Harmony Yoga, under the guidance of Alison Rubin, whom I consider the Godmother of yoga in Spokane. My personal preference is an Iyengar based style of yoga. The focus on safe body mechanics and the use of props, combined with precise alignment in the poses, I believe creates the perfect harmonious blend that is adaptable for any skill level and body type. I teach Beginner, Intermediate, Gentle, Restorative and Senior Yoga.

Yoga means union, union of body, mind and soul. And for me, the practices of Yoga are a life altering, enlightening experience which I feel blessed to be sharing with others. I can be reached at lorristonehocker@yahoo.com or 509-924-2320, Namaste.

  Lorri Stonehocker

Nina Volostnova, RYT 200

I started yoga with Alison Rubin in 2008. After my first class I fell in love with the practice. It was challenging, invigorating and calming all at the same time. I watched Alison move with beauty and grace in her demos and was taken back but the precision of her instruction. It was in my very first class I felt the desire to teach. Within the last 5 years I have practiced in a variety of different studios and different styles. I have completed a 200 hour vinyasa training and have completed the Teacher Training Certification at Harmony Yoga. In my teaching I blend principles of alignment and precision into the choreography of a vinyasa (flow) style class. I can be reached at ninavolostnova@yahoo.com or (509) 570-6483, light and peace.

  Nina Volostnova

Tim Wichland, RYT 500

I took my first yoga series in college, in Missoula, in 1999. Over the next several years, yoga classes were the TLC my body needed as an organic farmer in New Hampshire. The practice has been a growing thread in my life since college, but in 2010 I decided take it deeper & pursued becoming a yoga teacher while also developing my personal practice. I have had experience with Hatha, Iyengar, Kripalu, Vinyasa, Kundalini, & Power Yoga; but the heart centered philosophy & Principles of Alignment of the Anusara method really grabbed my attention. I took the Anusara Immersions 1-3, Teacher Training 1 & assisted my teachers in Santa Fe, NM during 2011-12. All the while attending workshops, trainings, and lots of yoga classes with some amazing senior teachers & scholars, including John Friend (founder of the Anusara method). I received my RYT-200 in Hatha Yoga in 2011. I am new to the Spokane area & am continuing my studies with Karen Sprute-Francovitch at Garden St. School of Yoga in Coeur D'Alene, ID.

Teaching Yoga is something that makes my heart sing & I love to share this joy with my students! My classes definitely focus on alignment while offering relatable heart felt themes. I always teach plenty of warm-up poses and help people connect with their breath. I can be reached at (773)844-0783 or farmer.timmy@gmail.com. See you at Harmony Yoga!

Website: www.timwichlandyoga.org


Gwen Martin, RYT 200

For the past 23 years, my passion to help others live a healthier and more active lifestyle has been my career and purpose. My search to find a better means of transformative fitness led me from personal trainer to pilates teacher, and finally to the study of yoga. With over 2,000 hours of pilates training and 3 certifications, I was ready to embark on a more spiritual path of movement. Having experienced many types of yoga over the past 10 years, it wasn't until I enrolled in Alison's Teacher Training Program this year that I began to understand the true meaning of mind, body and soul union. As a graduate of the 200 hour teacher training at Harmony Yoga I'm honored to share in each person's journey of self discovery. I hope to inspire others to embrace compassion, grace and gratitude through yoga. I can be reached at gwenapril@yahoo.com.


Brenda Smits, RYT 200

I was introduced to yoga over twenty years ago. Although I appreciated its benefits, I never found the time to deepen my yoga practice. After moving to Spokane, I discovered Harmony Yoga and continued my practice at a beginner level. I found yoga to be a great way to calm my nerves and increase my body's rather limited flexibility which helped with my new interests of mountain climbing and golfing. I'm very thankful to have had the opportunity to participate in and graduate from this year's 200-hour teacher training at Harmony Yoga. I look forward to sharing what I've learned and assist others in enjoying yoga in a fun and inviting atmosphere. 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.


Lauren Merrithew, RYT 200, RCYT

I began practicing yoga with Alison when I was struggling to regain health and balance within my body. Practicing yoga, breath work and meditation brought immense change and set me on an incredible path of healing, growth, and transformation--helping me move beyond injuries and continue my healing process with grace. I discovered kids yoga at a yoga festival while completing my 200-hr Teacher Training at Harmony Yoga. Inspired, I enrolled for kids yoga teacher trainings shortly thereafter, completing trainings with Semperviva Yoga, in Vancouver B.C. and “Imagination Yoga”  in Portland, Oregon. I am now a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT) through Yoga Alliance. 

I continually seek to expand my knowledge in order to enrich my practice and students’ experiences. My focus is to increase mindfulness and deep core strength utilizing the breath, while providing students of all ages with opportunities to cultivate kindness, compassion, concentration and gratitude through movement. I can be reached at merrithew.l@gmail.com and (509) 279- 4472, for questions or for privates with children or adults.

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