Chair Yoga

This class is taught by:

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.

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.

Kay Smith

Certified Yoga Teacher & Certified Aerial Yoga Instructor

Kay Smith has been teaching yoga since September, 2006 and is a certified 200 Hour in the Kripalu Hatha Yoga tradition.  She is also an Aerial Yoga Certified Instructor.


She teaches a vinyasana hatha flow style of yoga, which can range from gentle to a more active practice, depending on her students. She taught herself yoga by teaching yoga to a group at Curves in 2006. She's been told that she teaches her “own style of yoga”, which is fine with her. She has never marched to the conventional drummer. So, she branded she style of yoga as YOGA~NIQUE. She invites you to join her for some “Yoga~Nique” yoga on the mat or in the air for some fun “Yoga~Nique” aerial yoga.


Meditations that she practices can range from a silent meditation to meditations based on Nischala Joy Devi’s meditations; deepening inner stillness. Of course, Savasana is the most enjoyed part of practicing yoga for most people. Savasana is going deep within oneself; staying alert, but letting go of all the tension in your body; total relaxation, so the body can let go of tension and rebalance itself. Our bodies need relaxation as well as adequate sleep.


She first became interested in practicing yoga to relieve her fibromyalgia and osteoporosis symptoms. She didn't like taking medications, so she knew exercise, relaxation, and stress management, along with healthy eating, was the path she wished to travel. Besides the physical aspect, yoga also helps her learn to relax, rest, and let her body renew itself. Yoga helps her have a more positive attitude towards how her body is feeling on any given day. Her yoga practice is her personal therapy to experience less pain, more flexibility, and a calmer mind. She loves the alignment of the body in yoga, but she also loves the joy of living your yoga “off the mat”. She believes in the power of yoga to connect her body with her breath, and her breath with her soul. She strives to create a safe and personal space for each student so that they may find their true self in a safe supportive environment.

With a chair or two for support, this class challenges the body and mind through strengthening, stretching, relaxing and breathing. Flexibility, and muscle tone will continually improve as your mind, body and spirit work together in harmony. This class is for those who have issue getting up and down from the floor and prefer a chair for their main seat.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Dec 12 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm with Barb Tabaretti
  • Thu Dec 13 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Tom Blankenship
  • Thu Dec 13 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm with Tom Blankenship
  • Fri Dec 14 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Tom Blankenship
  • Tue Dec 18 10:30 am - 11:00 am with Kay Smith
  • Wed Dec 19 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm with Barb Tabaretti
  • Thu Dec 20 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Tom Blankenship
  • Fri Dec 21 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Tom Blankenship
  • Wed Dec 26 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm with Barb Tabaretti
  • Thu Dec 27 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Tom Blankenship
  • Thu Dec 27 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm with Tom Blankenship
  • Fri Dec 28 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Tom Blankenship
  • Thu Jan 03 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Tom Blankenship
  • Thu Jan 03 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm with Tom Blankenship
  • Fri Jan 04 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Tom Blankenship
  • Thu Jan 10 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Tom Blankenship