Beginner Yoga

This class is taught by:

Sarah Smith

Certified Yoga Teacher 
Sarah started yoga because of health issues.  She first practiced in her bedroom watching Steve Ross on Oxygen in the mornings before work.  She knew after awhile that she would need some formal training and dreamed of a wonderful yoga studio here in Charleston.
Unbeknownst to her, Jamie was having the same dream and had opened Yoga Power. Sarah has been with us ever since and has been learning everything she can absorb about yoga and passing it on!
She completed her 200 hour Ashaya Yoga training with Randy Boyd.

Deanne Criste

Certified Yoga Teacher (E-RYT® 200, YACEP®) & Certified Aerial Yoga Instructor & 200 Hour YTT Lead Trainer & Travel Staff Member

Deanne recently located here from Augusta, Georgia. She began her yoga journey 13 years ago with a VHS tape, mat, block, and strap bought as a kit for $20. From there she learned so much more than just poses, but she learned about herself.  Deanne's journey took her to Savannah, Georgia for teacher training 2010. Deanne has taught at several yoga studios, college wellness centers, and retirement communities within Georgia.  She has also has a Group Fitness Certification, a Water Exercise Certification, and an Aerial Yoga Certification.
Deanne is excited to bring her love of yoga to West Virginia.

Tom Blankenship

Certified Yoga Teacher (RYT® 200) & Certified Acro Yoga Instructor &  Certified Barre Instructor & 200 Hour YTT Teacher & Travel Staff Member
Thomas Blankenship is a W.I.T.S certified personal fitness trainer who holds the phrase "keep moving forward" close to his heart...literally. This motto has served him well while rehabilitating himself from cardiac disease and open heart surgery. It was between surgeries when Tom found yoga and he has been hooked ever since. As a result of these experiences, he has a passions for helping other people recover from medical issues and improving their quality of life.  He enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, riding bicycles and weight training. Tom invites you to join him in the adventure of life. 
He completed his 200 hour Ashaya Yoga training with Randy Boyd, his Barre Teacher Training through Brown Dog Yoga, and his Acro Teacher Training through the Yoga Power School.

Barb Tabaretti

Certified Yoga Teacher
Barbara has been practicing yoga for most of her adult life. While at Marshall University as a student, she attended her first yoga class and has been hooked ever since!
Many instructors have helped shape her understanding and practice of yoga. During the summer of 2014, Kanawha County Schools offered teachers a class for instructing students in the practice of yoga. After completing this class, she was interested in imparting her knowledge and love of yoga to others.
This year, Barb created a yoga club for fifth grade students at Montrose Elementary School, where she is employed as a Speech/Language Pathologist. In addition, she has received training through Yoga Fit Training System in Level 1, Level 2, Kids Yoga and Seniors Yoga. She enjoys practicing as well as instructing others in yoga and feel honored to be employed at Yoga Power, LLC.

Susan Gardner

Certified Yoga Teacher (E-RYT® 200) & Certified Aerial Yoga Instructor & Certified Barre Instructor & Certified Acro Yoga Instructor
Susan has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. She started taking ashtanga classes at the YMCA in the early 2000s and was immediately bit by the yoga bug! Susan completed her 200-hour teacher training program with Maya Breuer in the Kripalu Hatha Yoga tradition in 2008. Since then, she has been teaching yoga classes including hatha, pre-natal, kids, restorative, and vinyasa throughout the Kanawha Valley. She is an Aerial Yoga Certified Instructor and also has certifications in kids, pre-natal, and restorative yoga. In 2018 she also completed her BDY Barre training with Brown Dog Yoga and her Acro Yoga Teacher Training at the Yoga Power School.


In addition to yoga, she enjoys reading, painting, drawing, traveling, hiking and spinning. Susan works at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy where she serves as assistant dean of professional and student affairs.

She resides in Charleston with her daughters, Katelyn and Madelyn; and her beloved pups. She is excited to join the Yoga Power Team and invites you to meet her on the mat or in the air for aerial yoga!

Shea Wells

Certified Yoga Teacher (RYT® 200) & 200 Hour YTT Teacher & Travel Staff Member

Shea was born and raised in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 1997, she followed the setting sun westward to Flagstaff, Arizona to pursue her career as a full time artist.

In 2002, she moved back to WV and received a master’s degree in Art Education. She has been living in Fayetteville, WV for the past 17 years teaching art, growing her art business, Second Nature Fine Art, working as a whitewater river guide on the New and Gauley Rivers and raising her two beautiful boys, Keller and Nash.

After a tailbone injury during childbirth in 2011, Shea turned to yoga for therapy from her friend and yoga teacher, Randy Boyd. Randy introduced Shea to a new school of yoga called Ashaya. This alignment based yoga practice provided the perfect balance between helping to heal her chronic pain and focusing on uplifting heart virtues that provided spiritual awakening and growth that has forever changed her life.

Shea completed her 200 hour Ashaya Yoga Teacher Certification through her mentor, Randy Boyd. Teaching yoga has quickly become a passion for Shea. After several years of soul searching, she has found the perfect balance of family, art, whitewater and yoga.
New to yoga? This class is a great place to start. Beginner Yoga is for students who have no prior knowledge of yoga and teaches:
  • In English terms only
  • No Sanskrit
  • Brief history of yoga
  • 6 main yoga poses
  • Use of props & modifications for beginners
  • Beginner breathing techniques
  • No arm balances or inversions
The class emphasizes the fundamentals of a beginner yoga practice and will prepare students to confidently move into our First Level classes. You don’t need to be able to touch your toes; you just have to be willing to try!

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Dec 12 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Sarah Smith
  • Wed Dec 12 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Deanne Criste
  • Wed Dec 12 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Tom Blankenship
  • Wed Dec 12 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Barb Tabaretti
  • Thu Dec 13 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Tom Blankenship
  • Thu Dec 13 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm with Tom Blankenship
  • Thu Dec 13 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Susan Gardner
  • Fri Dec 14 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Sarah Smith
  • Fri Dec 14 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Shea Wells
  • Fri Dec 14 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Shea Wells
  • Fri Dec 14 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Tom Blankenship