Your Instructors: Amanda Montavon and Jule Harle met in Anchorage as college students in 2007. Both new to Alaska, they found a connection through their love for nature and wilderness exploration. They grew close through remote backpacking, rafting, pack rafting, and skiing routes throughout Alaska. Both avid yogis, they would frequently take their practice outdoors; discovering Yoga's magic both on and off the mat. Together they have over 20 years of teaching experience and both have studied and practice Ayurveda, yoga’s ‘sister science.’  They love sharing with others how Yoga, Ayurveda and an integrated lifestyle helps one tap into "their spiritual heart" or "true self." They are looking forward to sharing these with you and building a positive learning community in this 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training!

Amanda Montavon ​​​M.A., E-500 RYT, CAP 

Amanda has over 17 years of experience coaching and teaching people of all ages, fitness levels and
walks of life. She’s worked in the fitness industry as a swim coach, personal trainer and group fitness
instructor, and in mental health as a wilderness therapy guide, activity therapist and yoga therapist. 

She started teaching Yoga 14 years ago as a certified Hatha instructor through FiTour. At first, she was
purely interested in the physical benefits of Yoga. However, upon experiencing the subtler benefits of
her practice she became intrigued by Yoga philosophy, mind-body connection and other concepts of holistic health.

Since then she’s completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) in Multi-Style Yoga, a 500-hour YTT in Traditional Tantra Yoga from the Shri Kali Ashram in Goa, India and several continuing education workshops. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Studies  and a Masters of Arts from Alaska Pacific University.   Her continued pursuit of Yoga eventually led her to the study of Ayurveda, and she completed the training required to meet the standards of the National Ayurveda Medical Association for Ayurveda Practitioners. In 2013 she taught her first 200-hour YTT program as a capstone project for her Masters of Arts.  Her thesis was on curriculum design and developing holistic teaching methods; holistically supporting others along their own unique path of personal growth. She has taught four YTTs accredited by the Yoga Alliance.

Currently, she works full time as the Director of Programs for Onward and Upward a non-profit School for Adventure Based Learning and Self Discovery in Palmer, Alaska. The study, and more importantly, the practice of Yoga and Ayurveda continue to be an integral part of her personal development.

Jule Harle ​M.A, 500 RYT, AHC

Jule started regularly practicing Yoga in 2005 to restore and strengthen her body; she enjoyed the
connection of movement with breath along with the increased energy it gave her for Alaskan
adventures. She was drawn to many styles: Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Bikram, Kundalini, and Ashtanga,
and drew insight from all of them.

In 2010, she traveled to India with aspirations of
becoming a Yoga teacher and completed a 200-hour YTT in Rishikiish. Living in an Ashram for 2 months
immersed in a Yogic lifestyle helped her better understand Yoga anatomy, philosophy and subtle practices.
India called again in 2013; she returned to the ashram lifestyle to complete a 300-hour advanced YTT with her
same teachers. Again, she was impressed at how great her body felt, how still her mind was, and how much peace she found with herself from a regular asana, mantra, pranayama and meditation routine.

Jule views herself as a lifelong learner- she sees everyone and everything as a teacher. She has a B.A. in Counseling Psychology from Alaska Pacific University and a Masters of Arts (M.A.) from UAA in Counseling. She’s also an Ayurvedic Health Counselor through the National Association of Ayurvedic Medicine.  Studying Yoga’s ‘sister science’ has helped her understand how both facilitate deep physical and mental healing while supporting growth in her yoga practice.  Jule also has a mental health counseling practice, specializing in integrating yoga, Ayurveda, DBT & CBT techniques with holistic lifestyle changes.  She owns Alaska Yoga Adventures and guides wilderness yoga trips and retreats throughout the state. 

Check out her websites: & or on Instagram: @Alaska_yoga_adventures