Harmony Yoga Teacher Training

2020 RYT-200 Teacher Training Faculty


Primary Faculty

Alison Rubin, E-RYT 500

  • Asana Techniques Training
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Yoga Philosophy
  • Practicum

Adjunct Faculty & Staff

Anna Molgard, E-RYT 500

  • Functional Anatomy

Andrea Kennedy, LMT

  • Functional Anatomy

Patricia Berger, E-RYT 500

  • Yoga & Ayurveda

Neely Wadden, RYT 500

  • Vinyasa
  • Prenatal Yoga

Nina Volostnova, RYT-200

  • Nutrition

Lauren Merrithew, RYT 500

  • Restorative Yoga

Alison Rubin

Alison Rubin, E-RYT 500

My first experience of yoga was in 1972, the year I moved from England to Southern California. At that time I was on a spiritual quest and, during this journey, I discovered Self Realization Fellowship and started to practice Hatha Yoga. The practices of yoga resonated with me immediately, I loved the marriage of the spiritual and the physical. At that time there weren't many instructors teaching yoga, and so I mostly practiced on my own for the first 10 years.

In 1983 my husband, Rick, and I moved to Spokane, where I continued my practice of yoga and started to teach. At first I taught out of houses and churches, and then at The Spokane Club for many years. Meanwhile, I set up a small studio, Lifedance Yoga, which is where my classes started to flourish. In 2002 I moved into the current location and changed the name to Harmony Yoga. At that time, there were no other yoga instructors in Spokane, but within a couple of years yoga became mainstream.

Over the years I have taken a variety of teacher trainings, including a 6-week teacher training at Kripalu, and teacher trainings with Richard Schactel, Felicity Green, Aadil Palkhivala, Ramanand Patel, John Friend, Janice Vien, and Rodney Yee. As well, I have attended countless week-long and weekend workshops with many amazing teachers, most of whom are rooted in the Iyengar tradition.

I discovered early on that I love the detail, the emphasis on precision of alignment. I find it fascinating and engaging for my body and my mind. As much, I love the philosophy of yoga, the metaphysical, which has been an inspiration and guide throughout my life. In my teaching, I endeavor to weave these two aspects of yoga together, creating a marriage between the spiritual and the physical.

In 2012 I offered my first RYT-200 Teacher Training, so that I could share with others all that I had learned over the years. It was a huge success and a truly life-changing experience for all of us involved. Next year will be our 6th RYT-200 Yoga Teacher Training, starting at the end of January, 2018. I am excited to meet our next group, and to journey deeply with you into the Art and Science of Yoga.

Lauren Merrithew, RYT 500

Lauren Merrithew

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 RYT-200 & RYT-300 Teacher Training programs with Alison Rubin & Staff, 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.

Neely Wadden

Neely Wadden, RYT 500

It is quite common for a newly pregnant woman to want to continue her Yoga practice into her pregnancy.  Yoga is also commonly recommended to pregnant women as the ideal form of exercise and preparation for birth. 

I was trained at the Seattle Holistic Center in Prenatal Yoga and Birth Preparation.   I am currently teaching Prenatal Yoga and Birth Prep at Harmony Yoga. 

During the teacher training I will be presenting the poses and postures to avoid during pregnancy. I will also present the postures which are particularly beneficial to relieve the common discomforts of pregnancy. 

I will also offer suggestions for modifying the poses according to the individual needs as pregnancy progresses.  As well, you will receive a brief review of helpful remedies and Pranayama breathing for both pregnancy and birth. 

Patricia Berger, E-RYT 500

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

Now she weaves her 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.

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

Andrea Kennedy, LMT

Andrea Kennedy

Andrea Kennedy, LMT, RMT has been teaching Anatomy/Physiology, Kinesiology, Medical Massage Therapy, Heated Stone Massage, Business/professionalism and Reiki since 2011. She has taught at a local massage college (2011-2019), a local yoga teacher training (2012) and currently holds regular continuing education classes for Licensed Massage Therapists.

She creates a dynamic class where students are encouraged to move their bodies while learning, as she believes this helps the body integrate what the mind is processing.

Andrea believes students learn best when they feel safe, supported and don’t take themselves too seriously. Many past students have commented that she has a gift for deeply connecting and supporting each student while making sure the class is kept light hearted and joyful.

Andrea has been practicing yoga since 2001 and felt immediately at home as soon as she entered the studio. She maintains a regular at home Hatha Yoga practice and is currently beginning a new relationship with Kundalini Yoga. She is greatly looking forward to working with each of you!

Anna Molgard, E-RYT 500

Anna Molgard

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 200 RYT 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, in Ohio teaching group and private classes. I also taught gentle, therapeutic and vinyasa classes at several yoga studios in Ohio.

I began training to become a professional yoga therapist (800 hour training) with Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2014, studying with world renowned teachers Joseph & Lilian LePage who are pioneers in the field of yoga therapy. It is one of the few yoga therapy programs accredited by IAYT, the International Association of Yoga Therapy. I have studied at the Kripalu Yoga Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and the Ancient Yoga Center in Austin, Texas. I also studied restorative yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater.

I co-developed a 500 hour teacher training program and was faculty at Day Yoga Studio in Dayton, Ohio. I also led workshops and trainings there prior to moving to Spokane, Washington in the summer of 2015.

I am a trauma sensitive yoga therapist, trained by Becky Morrissey, LCSW, at the Sangha-Red Lotus Aspara Yoga School, endorsed by IAYT. I have worked privately with clients for several years and have specialized in helping clients who experience chronic pain due to connective tissue disorders, back pain, physical or emotional trauma and PTSD. I have continued my study of trauma online with the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM) and live courses with PESI.

I was trained privately in the ancient practice of Thai Yoga with Annette Dennis at Pure Nature Yoga and Wellness in Huber Heights, Ohio. Thai yoga is a hands on modality that allows the practitioner to work with the meridians within the body and guide the client through a series of assisted yoga postures that help bring feelings of energy and relaxation. This work has greatly informed my use of hands-on assists with yoga students.

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

Nina Volostnova, RYT-200

Nina Volostnova, RYT-200

My journey into the world of nutrition began with the practice of yoga. Starting a physical practice made me pay closer attention to what I was putting into my body. After a few small steps in the direction of healthful eating I was hooked on discovering as much as I possibly could about the world of nutrition. Personal changes in my eating habits not only helped me shed a few pounds, but also restored energy, brought vibrancy into my life and helped cure a variety of medical ailments.

After years of looking into different nutritional theories and seeing the amount of positive change it brought to my life and my family, I decided to get accredited to teach and counsel nutrition. In 2013 I enrolled with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, which led me to becoming a health coach at a bariatric weight loss clinic.

My outlook on nutrition is based on the bio-individuality concept. I teach multiple nutritional theories and ideas of eating, as I believe there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. I believe in whole foods nutrition and its healing properties and, since we are all individuals, I believe that we each require an individual eating plan. 

I particularly resonate with the following quotes:
“Let Food be Thy Medicine” – Socrates
“Eat food, mostly  plants, not too much” – Michael Pollan