Harmony Yoga Teacher Training

RYT-300 Advanced Teacher Training

RYT-300 Advanced Teacher Training Faculty

Program Director

RYT-300-Advanced-Teacher-Training-TeacherAlison Rubin, E-RYT 500

Owner/Director of Harmony Yoga, Yoga Instructor, and Director/Instructor of RYT-200 Trainings, I am now unveiling our first RYT-300 Training. We have an awesome faculty made up of four primary instructors and two adjunct instructors, carefully chosen for their unique specialties and skills.

Based upon my experience with the RYT-200 Trainings, and the amount of time and energy it takes to both instruct and direct the program, I have chosen to step out of the teaching role in this RYT-300 Training. However, I will be present throughout the training, and will keep a strong pulse on the quality of presentation and overall flow of the program.

RYT-300-Advanced-Teacher-Training-TeacherAnna Molgard, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT (May 2018) Primary Instructor

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 RYT 200 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.

I’ve studied yoga therapy with world renowned teachers Joseph & Lilian LePage since 2014. The IAYT accredited Integrative Yoga Therapy school is now housed at the Kripalu Yoga Center in Massachusetts. I received my RYT 500 from that school in 2017. I graduate with my professional yoga therapy certification (C-IAYT, an 800-hour training) in May of 2018.

I co-developed a 500-hour teacher training program in Dayton, Ohio and led numerous workshops and trainings there prior to moving to Spokane, Washington in the summer of 2015. I have led numerous workshops throughout the Spokane area and am a faculty member for 200-hour teacher trainings at Harmony Yoga and The Yoga Shala. I love teaching yoga, and especially yoga teachers, and have a passion for making learning enjoyable and engaging.

I have specialized in yoga for trauma and received extensive training as a trauma sensitive yoga therapist in Ohio. I continue my study with NICABM, PESI, and the Sensory-Enhanced Yoga Institute in Boston for trauma healing specific to PTSD. I am a faculty member for the Institute and travel throughout the United States training others in this powerful, evidence-based modality. I have additional training in functional yoga therapy with Maria Mendola and work with clients managing structural issues, revoery from injury and surgery, chronic pain, and connective tissue disorders (hypermobility). I am trained in Thai Yoga, a hands-on modality of assisted yoga postures. I have studied restorative yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater.

I have a Bachelor's degree in Music and am a trained classical pianist. I have used my yoga therapy 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.

RYT-300-Advanced-Teacher-Training-TeacherErin Wert, E-RYT 200 - Primary Instructor

My exploration into yoga began in 2001 with Alison Rubin at Harmony Yoga Spokane. The serenity and joy I experienced after practice instantly drew me in and I continued to study with Alison for a number of years. Alison’s alignment-based focus melded with yogic philosophy set the foundation for the strong practice I now have.

In 2008 I began practicing 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. Completing my first 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 at Harmony Yoga Spokane, I have continued my Yoga education with a Baptiste-inspired Power Vinyasa training in 2014, a 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training with Mark Stephens in 2016, Yoga for First Responders Training in April 2017 and a trauma-sensitive yoga training in January of 2018. 

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

Jen Whinnen, E-RYT 500 - Primary Instructor

I took my first yoga class 23 years ago at the Nike World Headquarters in Portland, OR. Shortly thereafter, I did my first teacher training at Sonic Yoga in New York. I have been teaching ever since! My teaching is rooted in my vinyasa training and my Iyengar studies. My current studentship is guided through the work of Nevine Michaan and Abbie Galvin of Katonah Yoga, Todd Jackson, Jackie Kittel and the Iyengar Yoga Institute, New York. I weave together classes that are anatomically concise and safe, yet still challenging and fun. 

In addition to teaching regular classes, I am the founder and Director of Three Sisters Yoga Teacher Training, a New York City based, 200 and 300 hour teacher training school. My students deepened their practice, create communities, open businesses and teach all over the world. I am honored and delighted to share my work with the Harmony Yoga family. 

Yoga has been the best refuge and healer in my life. It continues to inspire, challenge and teach me. I look forward to sharing this amazing and transformation practice with you! You can read my blog at yogajen.blogspot.com or email me at jen@threesistersyoga.com 

Shelley Enlow, E-RYT 200 - Primary Instructor

I was introduced to yoga in 1995. For the next eight years I practiced and taught many styles of yoga, mostly vinyasa based. I taught at colleges, health clubs, yoga studios, and even worked for an LA based company traveling throughout the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii to train health club instructors.

In 2003 I stepped into my first Ashtanga yoga class. I immediately felt the power of this style of yoga. I sought out more instruction on this long-established system of yoga and found my teacher, David Garrigues, who is one of the few teachers in the U.S. certified to teach Ashtanga yoga by the late world-renowned yoga master Sri K Pattabhi Jois. I have maintained a committed Ashtanga yoga practice for the past 15 years with David as my teacher. During this time, I have learned the Primary, Intermediate, Advanced A series and am currently working on Advanced B. Additionally, I have been taught the Ashtanga pranayama sequence, various chants, and study on the yoga sutras. I am a senior apprentice to David and travel to assist him with his in-depth studies and other trainings in the U.S. and Europe.

Currently I am co-owner and director of Ashtanga Yoga School Spokane. Prior to opening AYS, I have owned and directed two different yoga studios dating back to 2007. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and have completed education as a massage practitioner. I’ve taken teacher trainings with both David Garrigues and Tim Miller as well as countless continuing education courses. I have hosted weekend workshops at my studio with Manju Jois, Tim Miller, David Garrigues, and Petri Räisänen. I have also had the good fortune to meet and take instruction from Sri K Pattabhi Jois and his family while on a U.S. tour in San Francisco.

As a teacher, my goal is to inspire and assist others in building the skills to develop a strong and meaningful personal yoga practice. I meet my student where they are and give them the roadmap to help them progress over a lifetime of yoga—yoga practiced in their unique body.  

Lauren Merrithew, RYT 200 - Adjunct Instructor

I am a registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance and have received an additional certificate of training for children. I have trained locally through Harmony Yoga’s 200-hour Teacher Training program with Alison Rubin, nationally at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and internationally with Semperviva Yoga in Vancouver, BC. 

In overcoming personal health challenges and a back injury in 2014, I have experienced first-hand the effectiveness of yoga and mindful movement to restore and strengthen the body. I bring this experience to my yoga practice and am attentive to adapting yoga poses to serve the needs of my students.

My heart and attention to students in my Restorative classes have gained me the nicknames "the Queen of Props", "Yoga Mama", and an "Architect of Comfort". I am known for my playful, nurturing nature and knowledgeable sequencing for beginners, as well as humor and creativity in teaching children.

RYT-300-Advanced-Teacher-Training-TeacherPatricia Berger, E-RYT 500 - Adjunct Instructor

I began a serious and life-changing  study of Yoga in Seattle in 1979. By the mid-80's I 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. I began to slowly incorporate some of the lifestyle recommendations into my daily practice and discovered a tremendous improvement in my vitality, health and stamina, grounding and support for daily life.  By 1991 I moved to Idaho and while continuing a busy bodywork practice, teaching and studying yoga, I embarked on professional Ayurvedic training.

Now I weave my 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.

I am 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. I 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. I also was privileged to mentor with, sponsor and assist, venerable Ayurvedic physicians Drs. Avinash, Nandan, Bharati and Amruta Lele of Pune, India.  I 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, I wing my way to Colorado or New York, where I delight in sharing life with my little  brood of grandchildren. I can also be found basking in coastal beauty or mountain hiking with my husband, Jeff, extended family or occasional solitary retreat to maintain balance with the outward movement of life.