About Our Staff
Chris has pursued an active research career in observational astrophysics in Britain, Spain, Australia, and the United States. For 25 years, he worked on the Hubble Space Telescope as a senior scientist involved with Hubble servicing missions. Seeking a radical life change, Chris left academia in 2009 to grow his entrepreneurial endeavor, Charm City Yoga, with his wife Kim Manfredi.
Director of Operations
Allison joined the Charm City Yoga community in May 2009 as the Towson Studio Manager. There, she fell in love with the exceptional instructors, compassionate staff and devoted students. She began teaching at CCY in December 2010, after completing Kim Manfredi’s 200-hour Teacher Training Program. She first discovered yoga while studying Sacred Space abroad in India. In 2008, she received a B.S. in Political Science and a B.A. in Philosophy from East Carolina University. She currently lives in Charles Village and enjoys practicing yoga, hooping, and seeing live music. Everyday, she is grateful to have an occupation that supports so many Baltimoreans on their paths to enlightenment.
Floating Studio Manager and Teacher Training Coordinator
Jayne first became familiar with Charm City Yoga four years ago after taking Kim’s Beginner Series at the Federal Hill Studio. Over the next few years she practiced here and there but really found her yoga niche in 2011. After putting in time as a work study, Jayne became CCY’s Floating Manager working at each of our locations. Yoga has become a staple in her every day life and she is grateful for all of the benefits that come from the practice. When she isn’t working for CCY, Jayne is a working artist and an avid music fan.
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Kristina embraced yoga at the age of 15 in her home town of La Plata, Maryland. After moving to Baltimore, she quickly found a yoga home at Charm City Yoga. She understands the importance of being balanced not only on the mat, but in life itself. Kristina is very happy to help you along your yoga journey!
Director of Design
Kate recently joined Charm City in April of 2013. She graduated from Towson University in May of 2013 with a bachelors in Mass Communications, and a minor in Art. Kate began practicing meditation daily to help cope with the demands and responsibilities of college courses. She began incorporating yoga into her schedule to improve her health and meditation. She loves the environment, her pup, her co-workers and yoga.
Midtown Studio Manager
Theresa started practicing yoga to improve a hip injury from a car accident. She joined the Charm City Yoga community when she enrolled in Kim’s teacher training program in September, 2011. After experiencing the incredible benefits of yoga, she decided she wanted to share it with as many people as possible. She left her current job to take the management position at CCY Midtown. She wanted yoga to be a big part of her life. She married her high school sweetheart and is raising two children. Yoga has helped her find balance in her life. She feels very blessed to be a part of such a warm, inviting community.
Federal Hill Studio Manager
Kara is a recent transplant to the city of Baltimore and is happy to become a part of the Charm City Yoga community. She is a student at the University of Baltimore and a runner. She loves the balance that Yoga brings to her running and her studies.
Fells Point Studio Manager
Megan joined the Charm City Yoga community in the summer of 2010 originally looking for a non-impact workout to aid in recovery after an ACL tear. After her first class she realized the healing and strengthening effects yoga could offer not only for her body, but mind and soul as well. The yoga practice has fueled her passion for holistic wellness and a more mindful way of living. She completed her teacher training program with Kim Manfreidi in November 2013 in hopes to share this passion with her community and is now a teacher here at CCY. Find her in our beautiful Fells Point location!
Severna Park Studio Manager
Stephanie relocated to Severna Park from South Carolina during the summer of 2013, and immediately found her way into the Charm City community and a work study position. Very greatful for the opportunity to spend more time at the studio, her enthusiasm, retail experience and attention to detail will come in handy as the studio continues to grow within the Annapolis area. While she focuses on gaining confidence and peace through her yoga practice, she also enjoys interior design, animal rescue, writing poetry and seeing live music.
Pikesville Studio Manager
Taylor joined the Charm City Yoga community in late 2012 as a student deepening her practice. Upon completing the 200hr teacher training with Kim Manfredi, Taylor began teaching yoga in December 2013. Prior to working for Charm City Yoga, Taylor traveled abroad while earning a BA in Psychology at the University of South Florida in 2008, and went on to gain several years of experience in retail management. Outside of the studio, Taylor continually expands her yoga practice to reach beyond her mat, and enjoys riding her bike around Baltimore city, preparing raw vegan treats, snuggling her dogs, and crocheting ponchos, scarves, and other comfy wearables.
Towson Studio Manager
Bianca came to yoga at the age of 18, immediately knowing that this practice would always be in her life. Continuing with her passion for yoga, she decided to become a teacher, completing her 200 hour teacher training in the Spring of 2009. Yoga had and continues to give her so much peace, serenity, love, challenge, and consciousness that she wanted to give all the above back to her Baltimore community. Bianca is currently managing the Towson Studio at Charm City Yoga and is enrolled in the 500 hour teacher training program at CCY. She is so grateful and excited to be a part of the wonderful Charm City Yoga family! Stop by the Towson Studio and say hello to her anytime!
Columbia Studio Manager
In-between her travels, Gabrielle has been a part of the Charm City Yoga family since 2009. Yoga has a massive presence in Gabrielle’s life and has for many years. She began her practice in 1999 and has since completed 950 hours of teacher training certification. In addition to managing the Columbia studio you will find her teaching at many of Charm City’s locations. Gabrielle is happy to talk with you about yoga or answer any questions you have about the practice, just ask! In addition to her obsession with yoga Gabrielle likes sailing, playing volleyball, hiking, traveling, swimming in the ocean, cooking and eating vegan food, and spending time with friends and family.
Assistant Yoga Advisor
Brittni first became involved with the Charm City Yoga community as a student in 2010 and joined the staff in January 2014 as the Assistant Yoga Advisor. She is in the current 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training group with CCY and will complete the program in May 2014. She holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Dance from University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is a company member with the Opera Anne Arundel Community College Corps de Danse dance company. She loves her dog, laughing, the beach, and a good cup of coffee.
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