Since childhood, Alison has been fascinated by art in all its many forms. She graduated college in 2010 from Ithaca College with dual BAs in Art History and the Fine Arts with a concentration on Figure Drawing. Through an artist's eye she fell in love with the intricacy and beauty of the human form. Yoga was a logical next step. She received her initial 200-hour teaching certification from the renowned Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts. She has since obtained her 500-hours of Yoga teaching certification, with a specialization in anatomy and orthopedics. She has now been teaching yoga for over a decade. Alison considers her education ongoing and her practice and teaching are constantly evolving in style and content. From her varied interests and pursuits, Alison weaves influence from all corners of her experience together to create an intricate web of ideas and to provide her students with flowing, comprehensive classes and sequencing.
Alison Bernasco is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Yoga Instructor (E-RYT 500), practicing and teaching in the state of New Jersey. She is nationally board certified as a Diplomate of Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Alison obtained her Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Eastern School in Bloomfield, NJ. Though acupuncture is broad and far reaching in its scope, Alison herself specializes in helping patients with their musculoskeletal pains and orthopedic disorders, as well as anxiety and depression. She believes in a whole-body approach to healing, one which includes the physical body as well as the mind and spirit.
A strong background in meditation can be attributed to her experience with Vipassana retreats at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and her multiple visits to India for different areas of study. An acute interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine is also a large part of her teaching philosophy.
Alison offers a challenging but accessible, sweet and sweaty yoga practice to all levels. In general she teaches an open-level vinyasa practice which is heart-oriented, spiritually inspiring, and yet grounded in a deep knowledge of optimal body awareness and alignment. She can be known to teach sweeter-than-honey restorative and therapeutic classes as well. She also caters to more individual needs via workshops, private and semi-private sessions, corporate yoga, and more. Contact her for more information and to determine rates and availability.
Living in Boonton, New Jersey, she can be found at a multitude of local studios, and has an expanding calendar of workshops and retreats happening around the country and globe. If you'd like to host her at your studio for a workshop or guest class visit the contact page.