Class Descriptions — Yoga Styles

Body Balance Yoga Therapy

Body Balance Yoga expresses the healing aspects of eternal wisdom. In a Body Balance Yoga class, not only will you explore the timeless teachings, but you will also leap into present day wellness and medical research. Each class is taught with awareness, acceptance and adaptation. Sound, mudra, pranayama, visualization and meditation are used at the discretion of each teacher to help every student express the essence of the human spirit. Poses are creatively adapted to serve every student’s potential and journey into their own embodiment. The healing aspects of Yoga are emphasized in every class and the teachings complement the current developments in physical therapy and rehabilitation.

Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga is truly beneficial for anyone with an injury or who has difficulty getting down to the floor and back up again. This unique class offers students the great support of a chair along with the creative use of other props. Nearly every pose that can be done standing, sitting or lying down on a mat can be adapted for use with a chair.

Fundamental Flow

This class introduces fundamental principles of alignment and breath work in a flow of postures linked together by the breath, emphasizing Sun Salutations and other creative flows. If you have hesitated to try yoga due to stiffness or other reasons, this is the class for you! The classes are appropriately paced for both beginning and continuing students. The emphasis is on learning the postures and linking them together in the body, mind and spirit.

Prenatal Yoga

Learn safe yoga poses and techniques modified for pregnancy. This class will prepare you for childbirth and motherhood with gentle, safe yoga for moms to-be. These classes are tailored to your individual needs as well as your stage of pregnancy and is designed to help you with concentration and endurance in labor and delivery. Classes taught by Melinda Frisch, Certified Pranakriya™ Prenatal Teacher.

Restorative Yoga (All Levels)

Restorative Yoga consists of therapeutic and supportive poses done at the wall or on the floor in supine positions and with many props - allowing the body to open and relax easily and naturally. Designed to recharge our energy reserves, reduce stress and bring our nervous systems into a more balanced state, Restorative Yoga is an important part of any yoga practice. Classes can also be Active Restorative Classes involving moving meditations.

Yoga For Core Stability (Experienced Level I and above)

This specialized class focuses on developing awareness, flexibility and strength in the core body through asana, various abdominal exercises and breath work. This is a sophisticated class that requires discipline and awareness. Attention to subtle aspects of the core stability muscles are explored.

Yoga for Special Conditions and Injuries

Since 1994, Jenny Otto has taught the area’s first Yoga Therapy Class for Special Conditions and Injuries. This highly specialized class is designed for those who have physical conditions (i.e. serious spinal problems, arthritis, heart problems, chronic and acute injuries, prosthetic limbs, etc.) and also for those who may need more individualized attention. This class will move at a slower pace to optimize the potential for healing and improvement. All poses will be carefully modified for each student's needs and abilities. (Due to the specialized nature of this course, drop-ins are not accepted and this class may not be used as a make-up.)

Yoga Nidra (All Levels)

Yoga Nidra, or 'Yogic Sleep', involves releasing tension and reducing stress through pranayama or breath work and guided meditation to induce deep relaxation and rest while students are reclined in a supportive and restorative posture.

Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy heals and restores balance — physically, emotionally, spiritually — by restoring our natural capacity for self-healing. Yoga Therapy addresses our health on all levels with asana, breathing practices, relaxation and meditation techniques. Yoga Therapy classes are helpful with a wide variety of physical conditions and the healing aspects of Yoga are emphasized in every class.

Class Levels

All Levels (All levels are welcome)

This class is designed around the students attending that particular day. Yoga 'challenges,' asana selection and class focus will vary. Expect the class to include some, but not be limited to, dynamic breathwork, hip work, strength and balance work. Beginners welcome; no previous experience necessary.

Gentle / Beginner Yoga (Beginner)

Ease into your practice with this class — your introduction or re-introduction to yoga. Gentle / Beginner Yoga combines warm-ups, gentle and restorative postures, yogic breathing and guided deep relaxation to reduce stress and increase movement and vitality. Designed for students who prefer a class less vigorous than Level I, Gentle/Beginner Yoga is also ideal for pregnant women who are new to yoga and those who are experiencing illness, injury or chronic pain. We often use chairs in our gentle practice.

Yoga Level I (Beginner)

In this class, you will learn the basics and fundamentals of yoga postures while learning correct alignment, breathwork, relaxation techniques and use of props. Students who would prefer a slower pace will also enjoy this class. All levels are welcome.

Yoga Level I / II (Advanced Beginner)

For continuing students, this class places an emphasis on building endurance and beginner inverted poses. Greater detail is given to the basic standing poses. All levels are welcome.

Yoga Level II (Continuing; Intermediate)

This class is open to students who have had previous Hatha yoga experience. Students will explore the more subtle aspects of the body in the poses. In this class, we work towards functional relationships to daily life that enlist balance, breathing and posture orientation. All movements and poses are designed to meet everyday challenges to enhance our life.

Yoga Level II / III (Continuing; Advanced)

Our Level II / III Class assumes a more advanced knowledge of poses and breath work and is therefore not appropriate as a first-ever yoga class. In this more advanced class, we continue to work towards functional relationships to daily life that enlist balance, breathing and posture orientation. All movements and poses are designed to meet everyday challenges to enhance our life. This class requires experience in a Level II class.

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

(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.)