Instructors

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Allison Smeltz

Owner, Instructor, RYT-200

Allison is the owner of Columbia Falls Yoga. She felt the benefits of yoga for the first time in her High School gym class in the 90s in New Hampshire. She has continued her practice as a means of alleviating the stress and anxiety that comes with adulting. She enjoys teaching Restorative Yoga and Flow Classes and enjoys making classes accessible and inviting for all levels, mobility and body types.

She finally decided to follow her dream in 2021 and enrolled in a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and studied under her friend Selena Garefino and simultaneously opened Columbia Falls Yoga in uptown Columbia Falls. Allison is currently studying for her 500 Hour Teacher Certification.

Rachel Haskovec-Raley

Instructor, RYT-500

Rachel Leah Haskovec-Raley is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. She has been practicing yoga for twenty years and teaching for ten. Her personal journey and study has evolved from the intensity of Ashtanga to gentler forms of Hatha and therapeutic aspects of Somatics, Restorative and Yin Yoga. She is a student and graduate of the Soma Yoga Institute in Arcata, CA. She is currently working toward certification from the International Association of Yoga Therapists through the Inner Peace Yoga Therapy Program in Durango, CO.

Rachel’s goal is to meet each person where they are in the moment and for them to feel successful in their body. She asks students to take their time to breathe, inviting compassionate self-awareness to build strength and balance and calm the mind. She is continually humbled by the dedication and service of yogis and practitioners around the world and is honored to share in the collective cultivation of energy together.

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Emily Jense

Pilates Instructor

Emily has been practicing Pilates since 2017 and began teacher training through Balanced Body in 2020. Her dedication to the practice evolved as she felt her body respond with increased strength and stability and decreased pain and injury. Emily looks forward to introducing the magic of Pilates to new clients who are ready to transform their bodies through mindful movement.

Ashley McCormick

Instructor, 200 HR Certified Yoga Instructor

Ashley is a born and raised Montanan who has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She obtained her 200Hr Yoga Teacher Certification in 2016 in Whitefish, MT and has been teaching a variety of classes ever since, including Gentle Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Senior Yoga, Accessible Yoga, Silks Yoga, and Power Yoga. More recently, she has taken an interest in all things pregnancy, and in 2020, she completed her training to become a Prenatal Yoga Instructor and a Birth Doula. Ashley’s love for birth work was so strong during her training, that she knew that this was the career she wanted to pursue. She has slowly made the shift from her work as a Speech-Language Pathologist into the world of Prenatal Yoga, Doula Work, and Childbirth Education. Her goal is to assist women by sharing knowledge about their changing bodies and providing evidenced-based information about labor, birth, and the postpartum period so that women can claim their own birth right to experience a beautiful pregnancy and an empowered birth. When she is not on her mat, you can find her on a river somewhere, or at a music festival with her husband.

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