Yoga Teacher Training is currently underway. 

Current trainees will graduate in December 2022.  

Look for future programs here, typically starting in January. 


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Sundays in October @2:00pm

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Registered Yoga Teacher Training




Our 200-hour yoga teacher training is in accordance with Yoga Alliance standards and includes the following

(see details below):



Techniques, Training and Practice: 100 hours

Asana, Pranayama, Mantra, Meditation...


Teaching Methodology: 25 hours

Cueing Asana, Alignment, Assisting, Languaging


Anatomy and Physiology: 20 hours

Physical Anatomy, Physiology, Energy Body



Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: 30 hours

Yoga Sutras (8 Limbs of Yoga), the Business of Yoga, Seva (Service)


Practicum: 10 hours

Practice Teaching, Recieving/Providing Feedback, Observing,

Hands-On Assists


Remaining Elective Hours 

Ayurveda, Mindfulness, Special Populations









An added benefit to the Studio 8 teacher training program is diversity in our faculty.  Each of our faculty members have studied various types of yoga at various yoga centers and with various masters. Previous participants have remarked about how beneficial this vast array of knowledge was in helping them to grasp the material. The faculty has almost 10,000 hours of teaching experience.



Joan St Clair - eRYT500, Trainer, YACEP, Studio Director

Joan has been the owner, director and a teacher at Studio 8 for 8 years. She has directed five previous training programs at Studio 8. With thousands of hours of teaching experience, she is appreciative of the various backgrounds, experiences, perspectives and bodies that students bring to the program. During her advanced Yoga Training in Asheville, NC Joan learned to work with the senior and pregnant populations as well as various styles of yoga including yin, restorative and vinyasa. She studied the yoga sutras and the Yoga pradipika, learned mantras and chanting.  She also learned about the science of Ayurveda and keeping the body/mind in balance through this practice.

Joan has also studied Yoga for Recovery in the Y12SR program.

Joan is currently enrolled in an 800-hour accredited Yoga Therapeutics Training progam through Inner Peace Yoga Therapy. As part of this program she has studied Yoga for recovery, Yoga for Cancer, Yoga for Grief, Chronic Pain Care, Functional Movement, Yoga for Anxiety and Depression and healing through ayurveda and the chakras. Upon completion of this  comprehensive program she will be a Certified Yoga Therapist, a Functional Movement Therapist and an Ayurvedic Counselor She looks forward to sharing her experiences and knowledge with the participants in this program and offering yoga in an easy-to-understand and applicable way.  


 Bill Price - RYT500, Trainer, YACEP

In the Summer of 1968, at the age of 11, Bill was struck by a swiftly-moving automobile while delivering the local newspaper. While compromising his active, outdoor lifestyle, this incident changed his life in many unexpected ways. During the long convalescence that included 18 lbs of lead attached to a pin drilled through his femur and a body cast from nipple to toes, Bill discovered his two life-long loves: Yoga and Quantum Mechanics. Bill has earned a PhD at Berkeley for his work in molecular physics and taught and published in the inherently non-dualistic subject of quantum mechanics at the university level. This year marks Bill’s 50th year of practicing yoga. After initiation into the physical practice of yoga as demonstrated in Vishnu-Devananda’s classic text, he became fascinated with yoga-meditation after reading Hermann Hesse’s “The Magister Ludi” (on every literate hippie’s reading list) at the age of 15 and soon after enjoyed a lecture and workshop on Transcendental Meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Bill later discovered the gratification produced by the moving mediation of vinyasana after a lower back injury in 1986. Desiring to deepen his practice further, Bill completed yoga teacher training in 2011 at the Om Seva Yoga School and the RYT300 training in Spring of 2015 at the Asheville Yoga Center (currently RYT500, ERYT200). Bill has studied extensively with many teachers including Leslie Kaminoff (75 hour Yoga Anatomy) and Gary Kraftsow, as well as the wonderful Studio 8 teachers: Joan St Clair and Gina Hart-Smith. He has recently become fascinated with the scholarly history and evolving philosophy of Yoga from the 5th CE to the 17th CE. Bill is currently integrating some of these ancient rituals into the modern practice. With a background in meditation and yogic history & philosophy, expect his classes to be filled with reminders of mindful movement conveyed through the breath, a sprinkling of yoga philosophy and poetry with interpretations colored by experience and modern science. He maintains a regular yoga practice including: mantra, mudra, meditation, pranayama, sound and asana.




Gina Hart Smith - eRYT200, RYT500, Lead Trainer

Gina Hart-Smith is a Yoga Teacher living and teaching in Huntington, WV. She is a mother, a wife, and a current student of the lineages of Tantra Sri Vidya and Ayurveda with background studies in Hatha Yoga and Kundalini. Studying in the Shakti School founded by her beloved teacher Katie Silcox, she is influenced deeply by her loving teachers Lilias Folan, Judith Hanson Lasater, Katie Silcox, Bill Price, and ultimately Ram Dass through his Be Here Now text of teachings. Gina is committed to welcome, openness, and accessibility to all within Yoga and passionate about offering the teachings with compassion, joy, humor, and a deep respect for the Sacred. Believing and acting on the belief that Yoga is a cradle to grave practice for all ages and all abilities "if one can breathe, one can do Yoga" Gina offers her Dharma. Her offerings have included Gentle Yoga for All, Flow for All, Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra, Meditation, Restorative or Supported Yoga, Ecstatic Dance, and her inimitable Sit-Down Comedy, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd and Bob Marley music and Yoga experiences. A graduate of Marshall University's College of Liberal Arts earning Bachelors Degrees in German and Psychology, Gina had a 17-year professional career in Behavioral Health. She led Intro to Yoga and Intermediate Yoga at Marshall University for 7 years introducing thousands to the practice of Yoga and in Spring 2018 she was selected to work with the Thundering Herd Football Team. Gina serves on the Board of Directors of Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition as part of her Karma Yoga. She and her husband Mark founded Elevate Elixirs West Virginia's first commercial Kombucha company in 2017. 
In 2019 Gina will be RYT500 certified, will be offering Ayurveda Life Coach services, public and private Yoga classes, Compassionate Communication & Restorative Yoga Workshops, and continue to joyfully and humbly serve on the Studio 8 Teacher Training Faculty at Studio 8.



Lacy Davidson Ferguson- eRYT200, RYT500, Lead Trainer, RDN

A West Virginia native, Lacy Davidson Ferguson, e-RYT-200 teaches a variety of workshops and yoga classes at Studio 8 in Huntington, ranging from Vinyasa style, flow based classes, to Mommy + Me yoga for new mothers and babies and serves as faculty for the Studio 8 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program. Lacy has a bachelors degree in Biomedical Science from Marshall University, a masters degree in Human Nutrition & Dietetics from Loma Linda University in Southern California, and received her Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) certification from Western Yoga College in Riverside, California. With additional training in Functional Medicine, Thai Yoga Bodywork and Herbalism, Lacy has spent the better part of her career as a clinician, helping folks manage or reverse their chronic disease and medication dependence, through small shifts in dietary and lifestyle behaviors. Lacy has a passion for helping people help themselves, through establishing a connection with nature, through leading a purposeful life and by connecting with their undeniable, true self. Lacy resides on her family farm in Wayne, WV with her husband and fellow yoga teacher, Park, and her son and co-teacher, Luke!



Dr. Robin O'Keefe - Anatomy Specialist

Robin O'Keefe is Professor of Biological Sciences at Marshall University. Robin received his undergraduate degree at Stanford and his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. His main research is the influence of biotic and abiotic factors influencing the evolution of body shape in various organisms.  Robin also studies Pleistocene and recent canids, and recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation funding his research at the La Brea tar pits. Robin is also and active and committed undergraduate teacher in accord with Marshall's mission; he is responsible for a large course in human anatomy for pre-nursing students, and an upper-division class in comparative vertebrate anatomy. Lastly, Professor O'Keefe has been the course director for PT 700, Human Anatomy, in the School of Physical Therapy of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine for all seven years of the program's existence. He has taught human anatomy for almost twenty years. Robin's anatomy knowledge coupled with his 7 years of practicing yoga give him exellent insight into the biomechanics of yoga.







The training schedule will consist of classes on Saturdays and Sundays

from 8:00-12:00 & 1:00-5:00pm beginning in late January 2020.


October 15





Payment plans available upon request



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