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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 am also the director of a RYT 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training Program. Our 2015 program starts on February 6, and we have space if you are interested. For further information or questions, I can be reached at (509) 747-4430.

  Alison Rubin

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, 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 200

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!

 

Katie Evans, RYT 500

The awareness that we cultivate upon our mats becomes the awareness with which we approach our lives off the mat as well. Following an accident in 1999 where therapy included "yoga type" exercises, my official introduction to the practice was an unassuming venue in St Petersburg, FL. These were renegade hot classes, the room packed to capacity, the studio a sweaty place with screens open to hot pavement. Carefully disciplined Iyengar and Ashtanga followed. I fell hard: it was love.

Flash forward through years of experimentation in Anusara, Bikram, Forrest, Kundalini, Yin, and more recently with Jivamukti, ParaYoga, Viniyoga, and Yoga Nidra and the influences become apparent. My own teaching style continues to evolve from this past, incorporates both yin and yang, is simple and forthright, and seeks ultimately to find mutual joy in our shared experience. I've been instructing since 2009 and keep ceaseless self study alive through home practices, workshops, and advanced trainings. I maintain registration with Yoga Alliance and am certified as an Ayurvedic Educator. I can be reached at spokatie@gmail.com.

  Katie Evans

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. For any questions, I can be reached at katejco@gmail.com.

 

Heather O'Dwyer, RYT 200

I began my yoga journey nearly 10 years ago after suffering an injury from impact sports. I was initially skeptical about what yoga had to offer but soon discovered a practice that offered unlimited potential for mental, physical & spiritual growth. I fell in love with the many benefits I experienced & wanted to share what I'd learned with others. In deepening my practice, I completed a 200-hour teacher training with Alison Rubin at Harmony Yoga. I've also completed a Vinyasa flow training with Kelly Thielbahr of Spokane, WA.

My teaching style is alignment based to aid in injury prevention, and is influenced by a background in martial arts and outdoor sports. I love the creativity that teaching requires and hope to offer you a practice that will leave you feeling compassionate, grounded, peaceful, strong, and open minded. My goal is to help you find joy in your practice while strengthen body, mind and spirit. I can be reached at heatherodwyer@live.com.

 

Andrew Parish , RYT 200

I found yoga after experiencing a back and shoulder injury in 2012. I was amazed by the benefits it offered on a physical level and the inner peace I felt when I left class...I find it to be a unique practice that is humbling yet highly empowering. I have a strong background in mixed martial arts and love the challenge that yoga offers, as well as the room for growth and learning as a student, teacher and practitioner. I am a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and had the privilege of completing my training with Alison Rubin of Harmony Yoga. My teaching focus is on proper alignment, strengthening, improving balance and flexibility. I believe that yoga should be accessible for everyone and I will work with you to modify poses and empower you as the practitioner. I look forward to sharing with you and can be reached at andrewsparish@live.com.

 

Angeleah Hutchens, RYT 200

My first true experience with yoga was in 2012 with many different teachers and many different styles. A couple months later I found Harmony Yoga. While all of the classes there helped me grow and develop a greater understanding of the union yoga brings to the body, mind, and soul, it was Erin’s flow class that I gravitated towards. She was so natural during her teaching, and so open to her students and to life that I started seeing what it meant to be a yoga teacher. I especially loved the readings that would tie into the practice, throughout the day and into my life. At this point, I began to delve deeper into my practice, and started to evolve and love the effects in my body and mind and the shifts that took place in my life. It was here that I gained love and appreciation for my own body and self that I have never had before in my life, and I decided to become a yoga teacher.

In 2014 I graduated from the teacher training program at Harmony Yoga and received my RYT 200. My teaching consists of an invigorating flow creating lots of heat with strong holds, alignment, and always some fun with inversions. I make sure to incorporate a meditative opening and closing, as well as a strong connection with the breath. My goal through teaching yoga is to help others who may be struggling with physical insecurities to shed away the layers, and ultimately see and feel the beauty that resides within. I can be reached at angeleahutchens@gmail.com or at (509)-954-7573.

 

Hannah Meek , RYT 200

My first genuine experience with Yoga began about in 2012 in a hot yoga studio. The Asana practice alone was enough to challenge and inspire me physically and mentally. As I continued to practice at home and in various studios I started to notice the positive changes that were happening with my body and spirit. I soon realized that Yoga was not only a physical practice but rather a way of life, a means to self-realization. Aadil Palkhivala says, “Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to truly be called Yoga, it's essence must be embodied”.

When I first took Alison Rubin’s class, her integration of philosophy and alignment spoke straight to my heart. A fiery passion for Yoga had ignited within me, and I knew that all its offerings were what I had been searching for, especially on the spiritual level, for a very long time. I wanted to know more and share this with others. So I followed my heart and completed the Harmony Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training in Spring of 2014. My personal practice and teaching style incorporates philosophy, alignment, and breath awareness into a fun exploration of Vinyasa Flow. I can be reached at hannahgrace21@gmail.com.

 

Tiffany Leigh Hansen, RYT 200

Tiffany Leigh Hansen, RYT 200
I began to regularly practice yoga in 2010, following a car accident that made standing severely painful, and walking next to impossible. After just a few months, my pain had lessened and I was able to walk again. Since that moment, I have been fascinated with the healing powers of yoga and decided to become a certified instructor with Frog Lotus Yoga in Costa Rica in January, 2013. After graduating I continued to pursue education in yoga, and I believe that the never-ending learning process offers me fresh insight every time I teach a class. It is a joy to connect to students and watch them grow to love themselves through the self-discovery that is yoga. I blend alignment and mindful breathing into vinyasa flow style classes in order for students to fully experience the benefits of yoga. I can be reached by either phone: (509) 389-0860 or email: soonwheat@gmail.com.

 
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