Connecticut Aerial Yoga is a boutique style aerial studio integrating traditional yoga with the aerial arts. We offer classes in aerial yoga (standard & low hammock heights), aerial fitness, aerial fabric (sling & silks), lyra, and dance trapeze.

Jayne Dean, Owner, Instructor (Unnata™ aerial yoga, sling, dance trapeze, silks, Shake Your Soul®: the yoga of dance) 

Jayne completed her 200-hour yoga certification at the Kripalu Yoga Center in 2012. She completed Unnata® Aerial Yoga Level 1 teacher training in 2013, Level 2  in 2014, and Level 3 in 2021. Jayne is a circus enthusiast training in the flying trapeze and aerial fabric since 1998. Jayne’s interest in the aerial arts extends naturally from her time as a competitive gymnast. Jayne is a teacher/guide/mentor and life-long student with a passion for learning and teaching others. She is one of only two people to achieve Level 2 sling certification through the Born To Fly™ Aerial Teacher Training program. She is also a certified Level 1 Dance Trapeze instructor through Paper Doll Militia.

Katy Lather, Instructor (Lyra, sling, aerial fitness) is a lyra (aerial hoop) enthusiast who has had trouble staying off the hoop ever since her first straddle inversion. With a foundation in aerial hammock, she decided to expand her skills to lyra. Her lyra practice, combined with her higher education teaching background, led her to teach hoop. With a passion for learning, she received her teaching certification through Spin City Aerial Fitness. Katy’s class is a safe and welcoming space to try a new apparatus or to expand and strengthen aerial skills while reaching new heights in your aerial practice.

Jessa Audet, Instructor (Silks, Lyra, Sling, Dance Trapeze) After a lifelong love for the circus, Jessa began her journey with aerials in 2015 at the Aircraft Aerial Arts in Somerville, MA. As her passions for the aerial arts grew, she expanded her training and began to focus on performance opportunities. In 2017, she moved to Colorado where she enrolled at Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Studio in Boulder. The school’s heavy focus on performance based choreography truly helped to develop her confidence and artistry and provided the opportunity to add many traditional and invented apparatuses to her repertoire. Jessa graduated from the Frequent Flyers Intensive Training program in 2019, which solidified her foundation as a multi-faceted aerialist/choreographer, and provided her with numerous performance experiences.  Jessa is certified in lyra and silks through the Born To Fly™ Aerial Teacher Training program. As a self-proclaimed aerial theory nerd, Jessa sought to turn her love of sharing skills and techniques with others into an aerial teaching career and continues to perform and share her depth of knowledge with aerial students around the country.

Erin Sexton, aerial yoga instructor, completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Soul Space Yoga in 2019. She completed a 35-hour aerial yoga teacher training at RaMa LuNa Center for Yoga & Well-Being in 2021. She’s been practicing aerial yoga and aerial arts for a little over 4 years. She fell in love with aerial yoga the minute she got into a hammock! She’s looking forward to teaching aerial yoga and sharing her love for the practice with students at CT Aerial Yoga!

Courtney Horan LMT, RYT, aerial yoga instructor, has had a love for anatomy, being active, and being outdoors from an early age. After graduating high school she went to The CT Center for Massage Therapy and has been a licensed massage therapist since 2009. She took her first yoga class at a gym in 2012 and fell in love with the practice! She decided to deepen her own yoga practice in 2016 and completed a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at CT Yoga Center in Middletown. She began teaching floor yoga in 2018, the same year she found aerial yoga. She developed a regular aerial yoga practice at RaMaLuNa Center For Yoga & Well-being where she ultimately ended up taking her 35-hour Aerial Teacher Training in 2020. Sharing her passion for yoga, movement, the human body, and watching others grow in their practice are her greatest rewards. She learns just as much from her students as they do during class and she can’t wait to share it with you! 

Jackie Petersen, Instructor (Sling), started her aerial journey in Jan 2020 at a circus school in New Jersey. She’s passionate about sharing her love for aerials and making it accessible for all students, no matter their level or background. Jackie completed Intro to Teaching Aerials through Nimble Arts, a 34-hour program where she learned the basics of instructing aerial arts classes including Aerial Fabric (Silks) and Trapeze. She has started teaching Beginner Sling & looks forward to reaching more students.  She also helps with administrative activities including managing registrations & communications. She continues to further her aerial practice as a student & plans to take additional teacher trainings to level up her ability to introduce students to new skills.