I have been attending beginner yoga for almost 2 months now . I have chronic pain —-yoga is helping me emotionally and physically. The practice genuinely feels good and the lessons in breathing and how to “be” in your mind and body improve my quality of life . Joan is an excellent instructor—-I highly recommend studio 8
Gina Hart-Smith is a 200hr Experienced Registered Yoga Instructor from Huntington, WV. Passionate about the lifestyle of Yoga and sharing the practices with people of all ages and abilities, she provides a safe and nurturing environment in all of her class offerings holding steadfast to the belief that Yoga is for EveryBody. Experienced in providing Yoga instruction to persons with Autism and other disabilities, Gina also teaches the PE Intro and Level II Yoga offerings at Marshall University for over six years now and has introduced thousands of students to Yoga. The Student Athletes at Marshall are encouraged to take her classes and thus she has experience working with practitioners from many sports. During the Spring 2017 Gina offered a private class for the Thundering Herd football team. She sees how the practice works for music, voice, and theatre majors and how all students report the benefits of stress reduction from Yoga. Gina has been with Studio 8 since its opening teaching public classes and private sessions. She loves leading Restorative, Beginner, Power Yoga, varied workshops, class series, and her inimitable Grateful Dead, Bob Marley and Pink Floyd musical Yoga events. She encourages and provides a safe, fun, joyful, and mindful approach to Yoga. Gina came to Yoga through the PBS show Lilias, Yoga and You in 1978 at the age of 7. She is pursuing her Advanced Yoga Teacher Training 500hr YTT studies in the lineage of Tantra Sri Vidya with Katie Silcox in the Shakti School. Gina obtained her 200hr YTT Certificate from Anna Pittman of the Breathing Space in Blacksburg, VA. Gina holds Bachelors Degrees in German and Psychology from the College of Liberal Arts at Marshall University. She received continuing education training with Lilias Folan, American Yoga Master. Gina has had the honour of assisting Judith Hanson Lasater during her Huntington, WV Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga workshop.