Hi! I'm Jasmine Hollingsworth, E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP.
What do those designations mean?
E-RYT, or Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher: I have over 2000 hours of teaching experience since registering with Yoga Alliance (the primary regulating and certifying organization in the international yoga community/profession).
RYT 500, or Registered 500 Hour Yoga Teacher: I have a combined 200 hour and 300 hour Yoga Teacher Certification under Yoga Alliance recognized trainers/schools.
RCYT, or Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher: I've received 95 hours of training and certifications in yoga and mindfulness for children from infancy to teens under Yoga Alliance recognized schools/trainers.
YACEP, or Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Professional: I'm qualified under Yoga Alliance to train and certify other yoga teachers.
I'm a Certified Advanced Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher: I've received 110 hours of training under clinically trained therapists and somatics professionals: Hala Khouri, MA, E-RYT, SEP; Kyra Haglund LCSW, SEP, E-RYT; and RW Alves, C-IAYT, SEP, E-RYT500 of Collective Resilience. I'm also a Certified Accessible Yoga Teacher: I've received 35 hours of training from The Accessible Yoga School under Jivana Heyman, C-IAYT, E-RYT500.
I have two, 200-hour yoga certifications. The first in Hatha Yoga through Aura Wellness under the guidance of Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT500, YACEP. The second through Yoga Works in Vinyasa Yoga with Camille McCarroll (formerly Camille Moses-Allen) and Emily Plauché (formerly Emily Lodge), who trained under the late Maty Ezraty. My 300-hour certification is through My Vinyasa Practice under Michelle Young, M.Ed, C-IAYT, E-RYT500.
I'm currently taking courses toward a BS in Psychology with plans to pursue a Master's in Cognitive Neuroscience/Clinical Therapy. Aside from my designations and certifications, I have over 1000 hours of training and over 25 years of experience in the practice of yoga:
My teaching integrates my interpretation of yogic philosophy and asana through the lens of my studies in human biology, anatomy, and psychology. While I bring a deep awareness to proper alignment and muscle engagement, I encourage my students to approach each posture with curiosity and explore poses in a way that is comfortable in their individual bodies.
I'm the studio manager and yoga instructor at Rolling Brook Yoga in Catonsville, Maryland. I also work at Thrive Emerge Mental Health Counseling Services as a Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher/Somatic Therapist and Life-Skills Coach. I serve on the Health Advisory Board of Hope Works: a domestic violence prevention organization in Howard County, Maryland where I also teach Yoga for Survivors and am a vetted alternative healthcare practitioner. I teach at three preschools: Montessori Luna Bilingual Micro School, Blooming Buds Learning Center, and Creative Little Minds Learning Center. Additionally, I've served multiple times as a guest lecturer on trauma-informed practices in medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Mindfulness in Medicine course.
I teach all ages and abilities. I love teaching children. I'm an RCYT (Registered Children's Yoga Teacher) with specific training in teaching yoga & mindfulness to children with special needs and children with trauma. I received all of my children's yoga training (95 hours) through the ChildLight Education Company. I've worked in public schools in special education classrooms, private preschool settings, studio/group classes, virtual classes, and private sessions with children ages 3 months to 17 years. Please feel free to request references!
I also founded and serve as director of a charity that supports families of children who have life-threatening and terminal liver disease and liver transplants: Liver Mommas & Families.
I'm "Mom" to three amazing, kiddos - all with a variety of diverse/special needs, chronic healthcare issues, and neuro-divergent diagnoses. They inspire me every day to learn and grow in directions that better support those with diversity and various challenges.
I'm neuro-divergent, myself! I'm AuDHD - or Autistic and ADHD. I'm often met with surprise when I tell people this because I "don't look autistic", but I am! Autistic folks tend to hyper-focus on special interests, can you guess what mine is?
I have Hyper-mobilty Spectrum Disorder (HSD). Fun fact: about 50% of folks on the Spectrum have some kind of hyper-mobility disorder. For me, this means that I practice yoga in a way that supports and strengthens my joints and I teach my students to do the same. I encourage all of my students to listen to their bodies and not push past their individual comfort zones.
Helping people fills me with gratitude. I love working with people of all ages and abilities and truly believe in the transformative power of yoga and meditation. I hope to share this gift as often as possible, with as many people as possible. I believe a life lived in service, doing something I love, is a life well-lived.