Jayne Bernasconi - Owner
Jayne is an E-RYT-500 (experienced registered yoga teacher - 500 hours) through Yoga Alliance and has a Masters of Arts in Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been a leader in the field of dance and yoga for more than 38 years and has been teaching yoga since 1989. Jayne has been seen flying through the air (all over the country) with her aerial dance company, Air Dance Bernasconi, from 2000-2017, and is the author of three books on yoga, aerial dance and aerial yoga. With a love for movement, Jayne cross-pollinated aerial dance and yoga to invent Aerial Yoga BT™ in 2002. It was first piloted and introduced at the International Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, Colorado where it was a huge success. She has completed eight Para Yoga Master Trainings with her teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker and has made pilgrimages to India and Brazil to develop her spiritual growth. Jayne is on faculty in the Department of Dance at Towson University where she teaches yoga, aerial dance and composition. Complete CV
Joanna started practicing yoga from a book while still in her teens. She became a teacher of classic yogic meditation in 1975 and in 1999 earned the first of five yoga teaching certifications. Joanna's goal as a teacher is to live what she teaches, blending technical skill with compassion and joy to inspire students with knowledge of their wholeness. This journey has taken her beyond the confines of a yoga (asana) classroom, to study how yoga's many practices can be used for deep healing and transformation.
Mariko has been teaching off and on at YOY since 2013 after attending Jayne Bernasconi's Aerial Yoga teacher training. When asked what she loves most about yoga she says, " I love how every day is different. You step on the mat and you never know what to expect. For me, the mat provides a window from the outer to the inner world, creating a space and connection to approach all aspects of my life with patience and compassion." Her calming presence and compassionate nature draws students to her Restorative yoga classes and private sessions where she gives individual attention to special needs and students with injuries. In addition to yoga, she is a trained Doula and Thai massage practitioner.
Christina attended her first Aerial Yoga class at Yoga on York in January 2013, and hasn't looked back since. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training and 40 hour aerial yoga certification under the guidance of Jayne Bernasconi in 2015. Christina has found so much joy in teaching her students how to flow and fly on the mat and in the air.
Maddie was born and raised in Baltimore and proud of it! When she’s not dancing, she loves languages, all things Italian, travel, books, and her fluffy little dog Sprout. Maddie discovered Nia Technique about three years ago and fell in love with the practice. She achieved her blue belt with co-founder Debbie Rosas August 2018 and has also taken Floor Play and Moving to Heal workshops. Nia Technique has healed her physically, mentally, and spiritually by helping learn to dance & flow through life. Nothing brings her more joy than sharing in the fun and benefits of Nia Technique with others.
Lynda is an RYT® 500, TCYT (Trauma Centered Yoga Teacher), Energy Medicine Yoga & Aerial Yoga Teacher. Additional training includes: Trauma Sensitive Yoga based on David Emerson & Dr. Bessel van der Kolk's extensive studies, Transformation Through Post-Tramatic Growth, Tots to Teens Yoga with Lisa Warren, NLP, Ayuveydic studies (including a 14 day immersion at The Raj), Yoga for Arthritis, Fascia, Chair Yoga and most recently Level 2 Energy Medicine Yoga Training with Lauren Walker. Lynda is also involved in the Love Your Brain Yoga program coming to Yoga on York in 2019. It was during chemo and radiation treatments that she embarked on her teacher training at Yoga on York with Jayne Bernasconi and delved deeper into her personal practice to experience first hand the remarkable changes in mind, body and soul that can occur through yoga.
Nancy completed 500 hours of yoga teacher training at Charm City Yoga and aerial yoga teacher training with Jayne Bernasconi. She has taught yoga in studios, corporate offices, prisons, schools, gyms, yoga festivals, and private homes since 2013. Nancy began practicing yoga in her late 20s as an introduction to movement. She was surprised to discover the mental wellness benefits to her physical practice. Nancy teaches restorative, vinyasa, and aerial yoga that blends alignment, playfulness and mindfulness into her practice. She believes that asana is a powerful tool to help facilitate body awareness that aids in achieving a sense of peace and connectedness. She creates a compassionate and nurturing environment for students to explore the edges of physical, mental, and spiritual awareness. Nancy is a high school math teacher, aerial dancer, and loves naps, cats, and waffles.
In the summer of 2000, after a series of intense mystical experiences, and his discovery of the Baha'i Faith, he dove head long into a rigorous yoga practice. The presence and clarity brought by diverse spiritual teachings and a regular yoga practice opened new worlds for Daniel and a new and exciting path began to unfold before him. In 2003 he undertook an Iyengar teacher training class which gave him a solid yogic foundation with its emphasis on alignment and verbal cues. Although he utilizes much knowledge of the body gleaned from this training, he searched for other methodologies and eventually came under the tutelage of a student and personal chef of Swami Sivananda. After some time with Romi Singh he joined a kundalini group and was intrigued by the striking differences between the various schools of thought within the yogic traditions and their unique pedagogic emphases and approaches. A teachers training in India in 2008 left him with more wonder and a renewed passion for teaching and not long afterwards he found himself in China teaching yoga in Chinese and was touched by the thirst for spirituality he experienced with his students and teachers there. Besides his year long experience in China, Daniel has taught yoga to Muslim men in Istanbul, Turkey, to permaculturists in the rain forests of Costa Rica and Panama, to over 200 school children outside Marakesh, Morocco and to countless others over the last 14 years. Daniel currently resides in Baltimore, MD and is the Director of Wellness at the Mandala Wellness Center where he practices acupuncture, massage and teaches yoga and tai ji classes regularly.
Jessica found yoga in 2002, and immediately appreciated it as a salve to her profession of social work. In 2009, Jessica was able to realize a dream of becoming a yoga teacher. She completed her 500-hour teacher training in New York City at YogaWorks, learning an alignment-based mix of several yoga styles, with many inspiring teachers, including Jennie Arthur, Jodie Rufty and Sarah Bell. Pursuing a passion for yoga as a path to a quiet mind and a better world, Jessica completed Restorative Yoga training with Jillian Pransky and Prenatal, Postnatal and Baby and Me Yoga training with Mary Barnes. In addition to being a yoga teacher, she is a licensed clinical social worker and a mother of three children.
Tanya is a mother of three with a longtime passion for yoga. She has a formal background in counseling, having worked for twelve years as a therapist after receiving her master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Towson University. Tanya has been studying and practicing yoga for about ten years now, and has enjoyed both the physical and mental benefits of a regular practice. As a yoga teacher, Tanya uniquely uses her therapeutic background and experience to work toward the goal of uniting mind and body.
Sylvia Levenson (RYT-200) began practicing yoga in 2008. Her interest in the mental and holistic aspects of yoga as well as a devotion to explore an alignment based approach progressed into her desire to learn more about the ancient discipline. Sylvia was drawn to the sequencing of nationally recognized Rodney Yee and is strongly influenced by the methods and alignment techniques of yoga guru BKS Iyengar. Sylvia believes in yoga discipline as a lifestyle, infusing her everyday with purpose and meaning. These principles are evident not only in her classes, but also in the dominant role they play in all aspects of life, as a calming force and source of balance. Her objective is to share this knowledge and unique “postural alignment” yoga training through motivational classes and dedication to her students. In addition to sharing her “mat devotion” with adults, Sylvia’s practice also includes youth yoga, designed to promote mindfulness, problem-solving skills and breathing techniques to elementary and middle school aged kids.
Hillary began practicing yoga in college as a way to connect more to spirituality, self growth and introspection. She recicved her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher training and her Aerial Yoga Certification from Jayne Bernasconi in 2014. Hillary loves how yoga creates more balance and peace in her life, and believes that fun and freedom in our bodies can ripple off the mat to all areas of our life. She passionate about sharing yoga with others!
Becky has been practicing yoga since 2009 and completed her 200 hour teacher training with Kim Manfredi at Charm City Yoga in 2012. Becky came to yoga as a form of physical therapy to rehab from a running injury but quickly discovered the benefits to the whole person. The moving meditation found in yoga and especially ashtanga, help balance the mind, body and spirit.
In her quest for a more peaceful life, Judy began practicing yoga in 2000. Studying yogic meditation, asana, pranayama, and philosophy she found ways to care for herself and others through the ups and downs of being a wife, mother, and daughter. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching from The Johns Hopkins University and enjoys teaching/learning with children of all ages, particularly after completing the Tots to Teens teacher training at Yoga on York. She is a 2019 trainee in YOY's upcoming 200 Hour teacher training program.
Dave Ransone completed his Kripalu teacher training in 1999 and has been teaching in the Baltimore area ever since. Dave has over 2,000 hours of classroom training comprising the Kripalu tradition, the Anusara method with Todd Norian and the Power Yoga/Ashtanga system with Beryl Bender Birch. Dave is influenced by BKS Iyengar’s technique’s and T.K. Sribhashyam’s (Sri T. Krishnamacharya’s son) instructions and philosophy as described in Sribhashyam’s manual “Emergence of Yoga - Origin and development of the teaching of yoga.”
Anabel found yoga relatively late, but once she started practicing 8 years ago, she’s never looked back. She did her 200 hour training at Yoga on York under Jayne Bernasconi in 2015 and found that she loves sharing her passion for yoga with others. She was recently was introduced to yin yoga and it is now one of her favorite ways to practice. She wants everyone to experience the joys of yin and believes it can be a wonderful balance to an active practice.
Lisa came to yoga to heal from a car accident and discovered so much more than just physical health. Recognizing the benefits that she received from yoga, Lisa wanted to share those with as many people as possible. She has completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher
Training under Jayne Bernasconi, and she is a certified ChildLight Yoga Level 1 & Level 2 instructor. She is also a certified Yoga 4 Classrooms instructor and has completed YoKid’s Teen Yoga Training.
Katie began practicing yoga in 2008 and earned her 200 hour R.Y.T. through YogaFit in 2012. She chose YogaFit for her yoga school because of their motto, "yoga for every BODY" and strives to teach her classes in a way that encourages all abilities with an emphasis on building strength, ensuring safe alignment, and using breath to promote mindful movement. A lifelong fitness enthusiast, Katie holds a Masters degree in exercise physiology and multiple fitness certifications and usually teaches an active, vinyasa-style class. Katie gets to live and work her passion full time at Towson University Campus Recreation as the Associate Director of Programs and Assessment.