About Jenny Otto


ATSI (Certified Structural Integrator) by Tom Myers, Anatomy Trains, since 2008
C-IAYT (Certified Yoga Therapist) by International Association of Yoga Therapists, since 2016
CYT (Certified Yoga Teacher) by John Friend, since 1999
E-RYT500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) by Yoga Alliance, since 1999
YACEP (Continuing Education Provider) by Yoga Alliance
Designated Senior Yoga Teacher Trainer by John Friend, since 1999
Certified Yoga Nidra Facilitator by Richard Miller, since 2006
Ordained Interfaith Minister, since 2007


IAYT Member (International Association of Yoga Therapists), since 2002
IASI Member (International Association of Structural Integrators)


RYS200 & RYS300 School by Yoga Alliance, since 2009
IAYT Certification School of Yoga Therapy (accreditation in progress)
IAYT Member School

Master Yoga Therapy Educator & founder of Body Balance Yoga - School of Yoga Therapy, Jenny Otto is nationally known for her in-depth understanding of anatomy and therapeutics...

...investigating the domains of functional rehabilitation, biomechanics and the nervous system. As an innovative, dedicated Yoga Teacher, a celebrated Yoga Therapist and Teacher Trainer, Jenny has been teaching and developing wellness, exercise and movement therapy programs in the greater Annapolis, Maryland area and nationally since 1980. Jenny is also a KMI Certified Structural Integrator specializing in visceral manipulation, visceral and peripheral nerve therapy and osteopathic listening.

The capacity to transmit movement information depends on a teacher's embodiment. Central to embodiment is one's own kinesthetic empathy which Jenny owns through personal practice and teaching yoga for over twenty three years. Not only has Jenny studied with yoga master teachers from many traditions, including Stan Andrzejewski, Mary Dunn, Carolyn Bluemle, John Schumacher, Victor Van Kooten among several others — but has also studied with Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Rolfers, Dancers and Movement Educators to develop her unique and innovative approach to physical well-being and pain management. She also spent 12 years working in a hospital.

Jenny’s teaching is compassionate, inspirational and fun. Her clear and precise teaching style is authentic and is committed to awakening a deeper knowledge and understanding of the body, mind and spirit. She brings warmth, humor and creativity to her teaching, as well as detailed knowledge in working with injuries and special conditions. Jenny has written numerous papers, articles and manuals expressing over 35 years of studies in yoga therapy and structural integration.

Jenny teaches Body Balance Yoga classes in Annapolis, MD, at Willow Street Yoga Center (Takoma Park, MD), at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD) and at other locations in the greater Annapolis, Maryland area. In addition to teaching weekly yoga classes, Jenny travels extensively teaching workshops, trainings and certifying Body Balance Yoga Teachers across the U.S.

Since 1994, Jenny has been affiliated with Willow Street Yoga Center in Takoma Park, Maryland, where she co-founded and co-directed the teacher training programs (2002-2007). She continues to teach the area’s first Yoga Therapy Class Special Conditions and Injuries at Willow Street Yoga Center in Silver Spring Maryland.

Having co-founded Golden Heart Yoga in 2004, Jenny Otto was owner and director until 2009 when she sold the studio. Yoga Teacher Trainings at the 200-hour and 500-hour level with Jenny were held there from 2005 to 2009.

Jenny is known for continually evolving and expanding her studies to keep her classes innovative. The second half of her profession is as a Structural Integration Practitioner, having founded Body Balance Yoga for Functional & Structural Yoga Therapy in 2001. In 2007, Jenny began studying with Thomas Myers of Anatomy Trains and has participated in dissections of human cadavers with Myers to further her understanding of the body. She completed his accelerated program in Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI), graduating and becoming KMI Certified in 2008. Structural Integration, which is based on the pioneering work of Dr. Ida P. Rolf, manually releases tensions in the body that prevent a more balanced alignment. Jenny's specialties include Visceral Manipulation, Visceral and Peripheral Nerve Therapy and Osteopathic Listening. Private Structural Integration sessions with Jenny are available in Annapolis and other locations. In 2010, Jenny also began her studies with Hubert Godard — Dancer, Rolfer, Professor and Movement Educator.

Her unending quest to bring a deeper understanding of the body to her students and to all of the teachers she trains, takes Jenny Otto around the world. And she shares the depth of her knowledge and her love of yoga as she travels worldwide leading Yoga Retreats and teaching Yoga Workshops, Yoga Teacher Trainings, Yoga Residencies and Yoga Therapy Trainings. All workshops, teacher trainings and classes with Jenny Otto fulfill Yoga Alliance Teacher Continuing Education Requirements.

Jenny Otto's History in Healing

1980-1987: Worked in wellness with a specialty in back care, working closely with a chiropractor, orthopedics & physical therapy

1987: Started practicing yoga

1987-1999: Practiced Iyengar Yoga with Stan Andrzejewski, Carolyn Bluemle, Mary Dunn & John Schumacher; Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training at Unity Woods Yoga Center with John Schumacher, Carol Cavanaugh, Carolyn Bluemle & Jill Cahn

1990: Began teaching yoga part-time

1990: Body Balance Yoga founded

1992-1994: Apprenticed with Stan Andrezjewski

1993: Started teaching yoga full-time

1993: Teaching yoga classes at NASA Godard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD)

1993: Began yogic studies with Victor Van Kooten

1994-present: Teaching at Willow Street Yoga Center (Takoma Park, MD)

1994: Began studying with John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga

1994-present: Created & started teaching the area’s first yoga therapy class: Yoga for Injuries & Special Conditions at Willow Street Yoga Center

1995-2004: Teaching at Annapolis Yoga Center

1995-present: Established Monday Night's Level I/II Yoga Class (Annapolis, MD)

1995-present: Established Tuesday Morning's Level II Yoga Class (Annapolis, MD)

1995-present: Established Tuesday's Gentle Yoga Class (Annapolis, MD)

1995-present: Established Wednesday Night's Level I/II Yoga Class (Annapolis, MD)

1995-present: Established Wednesday Night's Level II/III Yoga Class (Annapolis, MD)

1998-1999: Apprenticed with John Friend

1999: Certified in Anusara Yoga & designated as a senior Anusara Yoga teacher trainer

1999: Began studying with Rod Stryker, founder of Para Yoga

1999: The first Body Balance Yoga Therapy Training was held (Annapolis, MD)

1999-2004: Apprenticed with an osteopath

2001: Founded Body Balance Yoga for Functional & Structural Yoga Therapy; Jennny's structutal integration practice

2002-2007: Co-founded & co-directed the teacher training program at Willow Street Yoga Center

2004-2009: Co-founded & co-directed Golden Heart Yoga with a former student (Annapolis, MD)

2005-2009: Teacher Trainings at the 200-hour & 500-hour levels with Jenny Otto held at Golden Heart Yoga (Annapolis, MD)

2006, 2007, 2008: Won "Best Of Annapolis" award for "Best Yoga & Meditation Center" by What's Up? Magazine as owner of Golden Heart Yoga

2007-present: Ordained as an interfaith minister

2007: Began studying with Thomas Myers of Anatomy Trains®

June 2007-May 2009: Attended Anatomy Trains®/Fascial Orientation & Human Cadaver Dissection Lab with Tom Myers at the Center for Anatomical Enlightenment (Boulder, CO)

October 2007: Attended the first International Fascia Research Congress (Harvard School of Medicine)

December 2008: Graduated from the Anatomy Trains® Accelerated Program for Structural Integration

2008: Certified as a professional KMI Structural Integrator

2009: Began her indivudal mentorship with Eric Root

2009: Body Balance Yoga Therapy Certification Program began (Annapolis, MD)

2009: Began studies with the Barral Institute of Osteopathy

2009: Sold Golden Heart Yoga, remained on staff until September 2010 (Annapolis, MD)

2010-2011: Body Balance Yoga Therapy Trainings held at Willow Street Yoga Center (Silver Spring & Takoma Park, MD)

2010: Began studying movement with Hubert Godard (Italy)

March 2010: Attended the Interdisciplinary Fascia Research Course (University of Ulm, Germany)

September-December 2010: Body Balance Yoga classes held at the former Annapolis Yoga Center (Annapolis, MD)

December 2010-present: Body Balance Yoga classes are held at Balanced Life Skills in Annapolis (Annapolis, MD)

2011: Began studying advanced biomechanics & visceral manipulation with Liz Gaggini

2013: Began studying with Dr. Fritz F. Smith, DO

2011-2015: The Capital Readers Choice finalist for "Best Yoga in Annapolis"

2014: Attended Human Cadaver Dissection Lab with Eric Root's cadaver research team at the Center for Anatomical Enlightenment (Boulder, CO)

2016: Teaching classes and trainings at Ridgely Retreat (Annapolis, MD)

... a teacher's teacher & a consummate yoga student, Jenny is always training & taking courses to keep her classes constantly evolving & truly innovative

Jenny's Path

Jenny Otto
Jenny Otto

Jenny Otto and Victor van Kooten
Jenny and Victor van Kooten

Jenny Otto and Mary Dunn
Jenny and Mary Dunn

Jenny Otto and Stan Andrzejewski
Jenny and Stan Andrzejewski

Suzie Hurley, John Schumacher
and Jenny Otto
Suzie Hurley, John Schumacher and Jenny

Jenny Otto and John Friend
John Friend and Jenny

Jenny Otto and Tom Myers
Jenny and Tom Myers

Jenny Otto and Eric Root
Jenny and Eric Root

Jenny Otto and Dr. Fritz Smith
Jenny and Dr. Fritz Smith

Body Balance Yoga - School of Yoga Therapy   //   203 Ridgely Avenue   //   Annapolis, Maryland 21401, USA
Phone: 301.717.9729   //   Email: info@bodybalanceyoga.com

(The yoga therapy components of our courses are based on founder Jenny Otto's work and studies with master teachers, osteopaths, chiropractors, structural integrators, Rolfers, dancers and movement educators;
not derived from our status as an RYS with Yoga Alliance Registry.)