Registered Yoga Teacher Training




Beginning in September of 2017 the training will be in accordance with Yoga Alliance standards and include the following:



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), Codes of Conduct, Seva (Service)


Practicum: 10 hours

Practice Teaching, Recieving/Providing Feedback, Observing,

Hands-On Assists


Remaining Elective Hours 

Ayurveda, Mindfulness, Nutrition









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, Lead Trainer, YACEP, Studio Director

Joan has directed three 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. Joan will begin a Yoga Therapeutics Training progam through Inner Peace Yoga in Austin, Texas this September. She looks forward to sharing her experiences and knowledge from training with the participants in this program.



Sara Limb - eRYT 500, Lead Trainer, YACEP

It was in 1998, while pursuing a BFA in Photography at Ohio State, that Sara discovered yoga and all of its benefits. After only one short class, she could feel that something inside her had changed and unknown to her, a tiny seed had been planted. It was too early to tell that in only five short years, this tiny seed would blossom and change her life forever. In 2003, after obtaining her degree, she enlisted as a medic into the United States Army. It was there that she would find her calling. During her first combat tour, her unit was faced with caring for wounded soldiers, too healthy to be sent home yet too injured to return to the battlefield. These soldiers were in need of rehabilitation and something more than traditional western medicine could offer. It was for them that she could use the healing power of yoga. “Yoga works,” she remembers telling her commanding officer as she stood in his office, “I can help." And in the heart of Ar Ramadi, Iraq, a program centered on Yoga Therapy and Osteopathic medicine was created. In that moment, through working with the soldiers, she knew she had found her life purpose. She went on to serve three tours of duty overseas and in 2008, upon exiting the military; she dove whole-heartedly into the study, practice and application of yoga. She saw what it did to those truly in need and  she made it her passion to share this knowledge with others.


Sara is an E-RYT 500hr, a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP), and a Lead Trainer of Studio 8's 200hr Teacher Training Program. She is certified in Vinyasa flow, formally trained in Athens, Ohio at Inhale Yoga Studio, and in Asheville, NC at the Asheville Yoga Center. She also studied Yoga Therapeutics at the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda in Boulder, Colorado and has continued her training in Structural Yoga Therapy. She has also attended numerous workshops and trainings in a variety of disciplines to include Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga. Sara has been actively teaching since 2008 and continues to share her knowledge and passion to all those who desire to deepen their understanding and practice of yoga.



Bill Price - RYT500, Trainer, YACEP

Bill earned a PhD for his work in molecular physics from Berkeley and teaches the inherently non-dualistic subject of quantum mechanics at the university level. He became fascinated with 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 asana after a lower back injury in 1986. He has maintained a regular gentle asana practice, seeking out variations at diverse studios and workshops during his many travels. Desiring to deepen his practice, Bill completed his RYT200 in 2011 at the Om Seva Yoga School and the RYT300 in Spring of 2015 at the Asheville Yoga Center (currently RYT500, ERYT200). With a background in meditation and yogic philosophy, expect his classes to be filled with reminders of mindful movement conveyed through the breath, a sprinkling of Yoga Sutra with interpretations colored by modern science, and a little internal heat and sweat mixed in for good measure.



Gina Hart Smith - eRYT200, Trainer

Gina Hart Smith is a 200hr Registered Yoga Instructor from Huntington, WV. Gina is passionate about sharing the practice of Yoga with people of all ages and abilities. In the past she has provided yoga to the autism community and offered Family Yoga. She provides a safe and nurturing environment in her restorative, beginner and power yoga classes at the studio. Gina has taught hundreds of students, including the football team, through Marshall University. She encourages a safe, fun and mindful approach to Yoga.


Dr Nikki Ward, DO, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr Ward has been practicing yoga for over 5 years and applies yogic techniques, such as breathing & stretching exercises, as well as mindfulness in her professional medical practice.  She has covered the anatomy portion of our past three training programs, with rave reviews from our students.





The training schedule will consist of classes on Saturdays and Sundays

from 8:00-12:00 & 1:00-5:00pm on the following dates:


Sept 9 & 10
Sept 30 & Oct 1
Oct 21& 22
Nov 4 & 5
Dec 2 & 3
Jan 6 & 7
Feb 3 & 4
Mar 3 & 4
Apr 7 & 8
May 19 & 20




$2400 ($2200 before September 1)

$500 non-refundable deposit (goes toward total fee)


Link to pay Deposit:

Payment options available with 10 equal payments

via automatic withdrawal


Tuition includes studio pass with access to both our Huntington & Barboursville studios




Email: with SUBJECT of "teacher training" to recieve an application, contractual agreement/ethics/policy form. Upon completion and submission of this form you will be added to our roster. Registration will be complete upon receipt of a $500 non-refundable deposit.







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Location #1

803 8th Ave

Huntington, WV 25701


Location #2

1001 Peyton St.

Barboursville, WV 25701



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