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 35 years. She has been teaching yoga since 1989 and is the proud owner of Yoga On York, a studio devoted to helping others find inner peace and harmony amongst the craziness of life. Jayne has been seen flying through the air (all over the country) with her aerial dance company, Air Dance Bernasconi, from 2000-2011, 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 recently returned from a pilgrimage to India with her fellow Parayogi's in January 2016. Jayne is on faculty in the Department of Dance at Towson University where she teaches yoga, aerial dance and composition. Complete CV
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.
Sylvia Levenson began practicing yoga in 2008. Within one year, her passive adventure grew into a full time passion. 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 studio sessions, 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.
Sylvia is nationally registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level, completing certification in 2012 with Lynn Burgess, founder, director and principle instructor of Yoga from the Heart in Sarasota, Florida.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
I believe that the purpose of yoga is to create a relationship between form and breath, that ultimately awakens the formless part of the Self. Connecting to that formless essence is what keeps me coming back to my mat every day. In 2012, after practicing for several years, I joined the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Baltimore Yoga Village, under the study of Anjali Sunita. There I received a well-rounded training with an amazing group of yogis. In 2015, I pursued my 300 hour YTT back at my yoga home, Baltimore Yoga Village, with the talented and soulful Vivian Campagna and Anjali Sunita. Born and raised in Maryland, I am also wife to Brian, and Momma to my young girls Parker and Hannah. In my vinyasa flow, alignment based classes, students can expect creative sequencing, hands on adjustments and a relaxing Savasana with essential oils.
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 had earned her 200 hour R.Y.T. through YogaFit. A fitness enthusiast, Katie holds a Masters degree in exercise physiology and multiple fitness certifications in group and personal training as well as Spinning and aqua. 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 support all levels, shapes and sizes with an emphasis on longevity of practice through alignment and safety cues. Katie has recently located to Maryland from Tampa, Florida and now works full time at Towson University as the Associate Director of Programs and Assessment for the Department of Campus Recreation. She has a wonderful husband of 6 years, and a fun-loving beagle.
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.