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.
Nancy Jeffryes started practicing yoga to introduce movement into her life, increase flexibility,
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.
Christina Bollino is a professionally trained ballroom dance instructor and yoga/pilates certified teacher. She has been teaching and dancing for over 15 years. She is also a NSPA certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. Christina has her Masters in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health. Her goal is to help everyone achieve optimal mind and body health and she believes yoga is one of the best ways to do this. She is a recent graduate from Yoga on York’s 200 hour teacher training.
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 studying yoga since 2009 and completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2012. Becky started yoga as a form of physical therapy to rehab from a running
injury. She quickly learned that yoga was so much more than a physical practice. As a runner and former gymnast, Becky uses physical activity as a form of moving meditation
and as a balance to the mental and emotional stresses of everyday life.
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. With the completion of the Tots to Teens teacher training at Yoga on York, she is grateful to have the opportunity to share the joys of yoga in the Together with Toddler and Baby and Me classes.
Dave Ransone completed his Kripalu teacher training in 1999 and has been teaching in the Baltimore Area ever since. From Kripalu's basic course Dave went on to complete its 500 hour Advanced Certification in the Fall of 2002 and along the way studied the Power Yoga (Ashtanga) style with Beryl Bender Birch. From 2003 to 2007 he studied the Anusara system with his teacher Todd Norian (Ashaya Yoga). Dave has over 2,000 hours of classroom training.
Dave - "I see my practice and classes as William Broad writes about in his book The Science of Yoga being a joining of the discoveries of a centuries old practice with those of modern science. B.K.S. Iyengar describes asana as the total involvement of the mind and self in order to establish communication between our external and internal selves. The poses in my experience have both form and feeling, an outer shape and an internal expression, what science might say as a union of body and mind. To then, I would add, joining both with one's spirit, the essence of a pose. It's always my intention to mindfully support a students practice helping to make the class experience worthwhile."
Paul is an avid runner, cyclist, and swimmer who believes that a yoga lifestyle can enhance all aspects of our professional and personal lives. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy since 1999. Paul received his 200 hour teacher training certificate at YOY in 2013. He teaches the men's yoga and other classes when needed.
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.