Anna Molgard, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 Anna is a Certified Yoga Therapist, graduating from a rigorous yoga therapy school accredited by the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapy). Her specialities are chronic pain, hypermobility disorders and mental health including trauma recovery, anxiety and depression. She enjoys working with clients privately, in her therapeutically based yoga classes and in specialty yoga therapy groups. Anna has been actively involved in yoga education, developing and instructing in many yoga teacher training programs throughout the country. She loves teaching and mentoring yoga teachers. She recently developed her own 200 hour Registered Yoga School and is the director of that program which has a solid foundation in yoga therapy concepts. She is also faculty for the Sensory Enhanced Yoga Institute and travels throughout the country training yoga and medical professionals on evidence based strategies for using yoga for PTSD. Anna was also trained privately in the ancient practice of Thai Yoga. Thai yoga is a hands-on modality that allows the practitioner to work with the meridians in the body and guide the client through a series of assisted yoga postures that help bring feelings of energy and relaxation. She has a Bachelor's degree in Music and is a trained classical pianist, using her yoga training to help piano students reduce pain in practice and performance. She is a lyricist, poet, composer and playwright with many published and honored works. Anna is married to her high school sweetheart and Army veteran, Max. They have three growing children and two loving labrador retrievers. She is active in her faith community and lives on the North side of Spokane.
Amanda Russell MS, LMHC, RYT-200 was initially drawn to asana, the physical practice of yoga, over 6 years ago. As this practice grew, she came to understand the innate wholeness in herself and others, prompting her to explore all limbs of yoga philosophy. In addition to personal growth, yoga has impacted her career as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in helping children and families who have experienced traumatic events. The benefits of body-based interventions to address mental health permeates Amanda's goal as a yoga teacher, to create classes that are open and accessible to all ages, body types and backgrounds. She teaches with a trauma-informed approach, which means creating a safe, welcoming space in which students can learn ways to manage feelings and physical sensations through connections with the breath and increased body awareness. Amanda loves incorporating creativity both on and off the mat, through sewing, gardening, caring for her six chickens and two Golden Retrievers, or anything else she can get her hands on.