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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 and teach RYT 200-hr Yoga Teacher Trainings. In 2019 we are offering our 7th RYT-200hr Teacher Training, starting on January 18, 2019; and our first RYT-300hr Advanced Teacher Training, which is scheduled to start on January 25, 2019. 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.

 

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

 

Lauren Sanders, RYT 200

A student of Yoga for the past 15 years, I knew there was more to the practice than what I was experiencing on the mat during a studio class. In 2018 I began the transformative journey of becoming a Yoga instructor and am a graduate of Harmony Yoga’s RYT-200 Teacher Training.

Before I knew it, my body was intuitively receiving the training and information as if what I was being taught had lived within me forever. I am honored to be a teacher at Harmony Yoga, creating a safe space for students to continue with their Yogic journey. I can be reached at lmsanders208@gmail.com

 


 

Karyna Goldsmith, RYT 200

I became a student of yoga in 2005, intrigued by the combination of spiritual introspection and physical movement. As an introverted person, who loved team sports, and a relatively new adult who was raised with a strong tradition of shamanism, it seemed a perfect fit. My yoga practice accompanied me through tremendous personal trauma and upheaval, through powerful physical, emotional and spiritual growth and healing. I participated and completed my 2018 RYT-200 with Alison Rubin at Harmony Yoga with the intention of deepening my personal practice and to re-connect with myself. Teaching has been a wonderful surprise. I was most influenced by my teacher, Bear Tobin at Lila Yoga, and many more guides through the years. 

Aside from yoga, I am Mama and wife to a very busy brood. I am also the director of the Thursday Market in South Perry, and am deeply dedicated to our food community and access to healthy, real food in all demographics. You can reach me at karynaj@gmail.com

 


 

 

Tahlia Joy Rubin, Certified 200hr.

I was born immersed in Yoga as my mom, Alison Rubin, was a yogi prior to my birth. Throughout my formative years I periodically attended my mom’s yoga classes and witnessed, aided, and imitated her own practice. As I aged and explored the world outside of my family I found yoga to be “uncool”, associating it with my mom, and swore I would never be a yoga teacher; the Universe had another plan. After injuring myself weight lifting and moving across the world to South Africa, I rediscovered the powerful healing tool of yoga. I became certified in order to share my passions for yoga and healing with the world.

My focus in yoga is on the postures (asanas) as a vehicle for meditation; a way to connect more deeply with our bodies and souls and more intimately with the world around us. I enjoy combining spirituality, movement, and breath through a vinyasa platform. I am delighted to be contacted through email natahlia.rubin@gmail.com or phone (509) 862-9147

 



 

Meagan Robison, RYT-200

I first discovered yoga back in high school, (some 20 or so years ago), by purchasing several Gaiam tapes and then, later, DVD's with great Yogi's such as Rodney Yee and Patricia Walden.  Over the years though, I began to study yoga a little bit more and started taking yoga classes at the gym which was great at the time, but then I found myself wanting to go deeper and explore the spiritual side of yoga, and made my way to Harmony Yoga!  I fell so in love with this studio, the great teachers and the students, that I couldn't stay away!  So when I heard about the teacher training in January 2018, I knew I had to sign up, and it has truly been one of the best things I've ever done.

My son is the love of my life and I'm very knowledgeable in essential oils.  I am also a Master Reiki Practitioner who loves helping people get back to wellness, and I'm deeply passionate about Restorative Yoga to facilitate in healing the body, mind, and spirit.  I so look forward to serving you in a Restorative Yoga class so that you can feel your best!  Please feel free reach me at meaganrobison779@gmail.com

 


Adjunct Teachers

 

Diane Sherman, RYT-500

I have practiced yoga since 1996, I have taught since 2001, and I am registered with Yoga Alliance as an RYT 500. Originally, I began yoga to help alleviate lower back pain, and then used the practice to rehabilitate my body after a serious car accident. Through dedicated practice, I was able to transform and heal my body in ways I didn’t think possible, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I also found the yogic path the perfect blend of spiritual, physical and mental practices.

As a teacher, I blend yin (long held passive poses) and yang yoga, which builds strength and stamina. The focus in each class is on an aspect of mindfulness, and a cultivation of compassion towards ourselves as we move through the asanas. My training includes in depth study of Iyengar Yoga, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa and Ayurveda. I am passionate about people finding a way to integrate body, heart and mind, and to feel strong and alive in their bodies. My most influential teachers include Sarah Powers, Donald Moyer, Scott Blossom, Pema Chodron, Gabrielle Roth. I can be reached at diane@ibelove.com

 

 

 

Diane Sherman

Jen Whinnen, E-RYT 500

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  

 





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