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 1988. Jayne has been seen flying through the air (all over the country) with her aerial dance company, Air Dance Bernasconi, from 2000-2020, 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 Brandt (Joanna's classes temporarily on hold due to pandemic)
Joanna Is a joyful, creative and intuitive yogi. Her goal as a teacher is to live what she teaches, blending technical skill with compassion and fun 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. She has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1971 and earned the first of many teaching certifications in 1975. Most recently she became a Love Your Brain certified instructor and looks forward to working with this community.
Shannon first came to her mat searching for a complementary activity to her passion for running. Shortly after, she found she also had a passion for yoga - loving the immersive blend of the practice both on and off the mat. Wanting to deepen her own practice and to share it with others, she completed YogaWorks's 200 hour teacher training, studying their blend of Ashtanga and Iyengar based yoga. She plans to pursue a master's degree in yoga therapy in hopes of sharing the healing power of yoga with individuals who suffer from addiction and trauma.
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.
Heathyr Dozier (Heathyr's aerial classes temporarily on hold due to pandemic)
Heathyr "Martini" Dozier started practicing yoga in 2004 to help with recovery during marathon training. She has since stopped running marathons but kept her yoga practice. She believes yoga has helped keep her stress to a minimum and that yoga is for everybody, "there's always a modification". Heathyr also has an aerial dance/circus background having previously taught circus arts and choreography on lyra and silks. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training and 40 hour aerial yoga certification with Jayne Bernasconi. When she isn't practicing or teaching you can find her doing crossfit, dancing, or taking her dogs on an adventure.
Heather believes that yoga can help create a better world for all, and she brings this understanding into her teaching. Heather creates a welcoming and supportive atmosphere in her classes, attentively guiding her students to experience the peace and power of movement, breath, and meditation. A teacher of middle school Language Arts, she has offered yoga practice to her middle school students for eight years. Since completing a 200 hour yoga teaching training with Jayne Bernasconi at Yoga on York, she now also enjoys teaching adults. Heather feels a deep gratitude for all of her past teachers who, over two decades, have helped her dip into the endless well of yoga. She nurtures a joyful respect for the abundant, enduring practice and tradition of yoga.
Lynda Holtschneider (Lynda's classes temporarily on hold due to pandemic)
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.
Daniel Kemp (Daniel's classes temporarily on hold due to pandemic)
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. Daniel completed his 500 hour advanced yoga training with Jayne Bernasconi at Yoga On York in 2017.
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.
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.
Judy Powers (Judy's classes temporarily on hold due to pandemic)
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 completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training with Jayne at Yoga on York and is a RYT with the Yoga Alliance.
Dave Ransone (Dave's classes temporarily on hold due to pandemic)
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.”
Sara Serino (Sara's classes temporarily on hold due to pandemic)
Sara stumbled upon her first yoga class in her early 20s - and the rest is history. Sara has been teaching since 2010 and has 1,000+ hours of teaching under her belt. She completed her first 200-hour training at the Nosara Yoga Institute under the direction of Don and Amba Stapleton. She subsequently completed an additional 200-hour training with her mentor Deborah Burkman in San Francisco, CA. An avid Mysore Ashtanga practioner she pulls tidbits from the Ashtanga lineage in all of her classes - light-hearted, succinct, and a strong emphasis on breath and bandha. She has extensively studied and is constantly inspired by her teachers: Matt Champoux, Deborah Burkman and Leigha Nicole.
Piya (pea-ya) Talwar
My love for yoga began in India where I grew up. My mother instilled a passion for yoga and made it a large part of our family traditions. She strongly believed in its optimal health and well-being benefits. Yoga was also emphasized in my K–12 schooling as it was integrated into the physical education curriculum. This made me fortunate enough to receive an early introduction to yoga Mudras (yoga hand movements), Pranayama (breath control) and a variety of Asanas (yoga poses). More than 30 years ago, I moved to Baltimore from India to pursue my degree in Mathematics. Yoga became an occasional home practice until my family and work life allowed for me to return to participating in locally offered yoga classes. Continued practice and learning the styles of many teachers over 10 years and well over 1,000 hours furthered my resolve to want to teach yoga. I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training (YTT) and became a registered yoga teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. Yoga has brought me joy, inner peace, and increased physical strength. It also has resulted in many new friendships. I am excited to bring my love of yoga to others! My practice ranges from “Gentle” to “Intermediate.” All bodies are different and often our bodies are different on different days. I offer variations to poses, so yogis can choose their favorite variation, depending on how their body and mind feel that day. I encourage the use of blocks, blankets, and straps to deepen a pose or to make it more accessible thus increasing the benefits. I look forward to meeting you and guiding you through your practice.
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.
Jill Yesko (Jill's classes temporarily on hold due to pandemic)
Jill Yesko has been teaching yoga since the mid 1990s. Although she trained in the Ashtanga tradition, Jill's class reflect a deep respect for all styles of yoga. Jill came to yoga after 10 years as a competitive cyclist in order to heal her sports injuries. When not teaching yoga she directs documentary films and walks her basset hound around Baltimore.