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 11 Para Yoga Master Trainings with her teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker and has made pilgrimages to India and Brazil to develop her spiritual growth. She is initiated into the Sri Vidya tradition of the Himalayan Masters. Jayne is on faculty in the Department of Dance at Towson University where she teaches yoga and aerial dance. Complete CV
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.
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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.
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.
Jean completed 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training in May 2017 and an additional 300 hours in October 2019. Since then, she has taught yoga for the Johns Hopkins Wellness program, Meadowbrook Swim Club, at a non-profit cancer support organization, and at the Baltimore Yoga Village. Her teaching style is rooted in the holistic approach of Sivananda Yoga, a classical and holistic approach to Hatha Yoga that works with the whole body. Jeanette fosters a “come as you are” approach to her classes that invites students to arrive on their mat with no other expectation other than to be present in body and breath. A sense of humor is also helpful and encouraged.
Deborah is a 500-hour level Yoga teacher whose love of movement began as a teenager at her parent's dance studio in Dallas, TX. She took jazz and tap with her father and attended ballet and modern classes with other teachers employed by her dad, Stephen Quirk. This led to a performance career as a modern dancer in regional dance companies in Austin and Houston, TX. Deborah took her first Iyengar yoga class in 1971, then a dance major at the University of Texas, Austin. In 1984 she co-founded and co-directed Chrysalis Repertory Dance Company in Houston before moving to Baltimore in 1988 to attend the Master's Degree program in Dance movement therapy at Goucher College. Deborah completed her YTT 200 in 2001 at Ahimsa Yoga Center where she also began teaching Vinyasa Yoga. Ahimsa became Baltimore Yoga Village (BYV) in 2005 under the ownership of Anjali Sunita. In 2014 Deborah completed her 300YTT at Columbia Yoga Center in Columbia, MD. She is extremely grateful for having had the opportunity to teach and practice at BYV for the past 20 years.