Testimonials for the 800-hr Yoga Therapy Certification Program
Our Students Say It Best...
"Going through Body Balance Yoga Therapy Training (three times!!) and the 500 hour program was an eye-opener and a mind blower. My five senses were tickled, teased and challenged. The experience was beyond phenomenal. My teaching, understanding, and approach to life was forever changed. I found my voice’s resonance, a new vocabulary backed by knowledge and understanding, and a deeper appreciation for 'what lies beneath the surface' that connects us all. This all started 5 years ago at a John Friend — Anusara Yoga Teacher Training. I was in Miami with a select group of teachers from all over the world learning from one of the current day Masters. I met a few teachers from the D.C. area and asked if they knew a teacher who could work with my mother who has Parkinson’s. Hands-down, the consensus was that I should call Jenny Otto. Within a few months, I was regularly flying to Maryland to study with Jenny. I could not have made all of those trips out of town with out the support of my husband and children. My husband’s response — fairly early on - was 'whatever you are doing when you go out of town — is working. There’s something different about you. Keep doing it.' We both knew the training would be a big commitment and require him to be 'Mr. Mom' many a weekend. We agreed to hold ourselves in 'check' and not contemplate divorce (ha ha!) no matter how much stress my journey may cause. We happily remain married! My classes and private students relished when I returned from a training. Even though I thought my mind was mush and my words seemed garbled, my students commented after each class, each session that they were impressed by the connections that they were making. Re-committing to Jenny’s Therapy Training over the years has helped me and others tremendously. You would think that repeating Therapy Training would just be a 're-hash' of what you’ve learned previously. It’s so not the case! Jenny is constantly evolving — so what she presents keeps deepening and changing. You learn to 'come at the body/mind' from various angles. This is really beneficial for all my private students. I have so many 'tools in my toolbox' now from training with Jenny that really complex students with multiple issues and chronic pain do not scare me. With new eyes, I see them and offer a path that helps clear away old patterns. I loved moving through the 500 hour program in the course of a year with other seekers from various traditions. Top teachers with alternative viewpoints gave us a lot to consider and discuss. They expanded our world view and challenged us to think and ultimately let go. I am still digesting all that I have learned - and what I continue to learn from my teachers. I am honored to now facilitate the program in Jacksonville, Florida and share the experience with others."
— Lisa Long, Certified BBY Teacher
"I began studying with Jenny Otto in 2006. Even though I was first introduced to yoga over a decade ago, my practice and my teaching have grown and evolved more in the last few years than they ever did before I met Jenny. She has an amazing talent for teaching, and can effortlessly communicate a deep understanding of biomechanics, therapeutics and alignment. Beyond just imparting facts and information, Jenny teaches a holistic approach to asana. Under her tutelage I have developed a more discerning eye, and a greater ability to concisely communicate the fundamentals as well as the subtleties in each pose. I am much more confident in my ability to teach to the individual, to give effective verbal cues, and to think outside the box. Even though I have completed both the 200 and 500 hour teacher trainings, as well as several therapy training weekends with Jenny, I know my study of Body Balance Yoga will be lifelong!"
— Janelle Jones, Certified BBY Teacher
"I just wanted to say that I am so honored to work with you and Jill Cahn. You both talk the talk and walk the walk. You work on things at home in your own practice and bring that knowledge to your students, I never have felt that you are just giving a pose without a rhyme or reason or without personal experience. So much respect for you! Namaste."
— Marianne Meyers, Certified BBY Teacher
"I had the good fortune to find Body Balance Yoga in Annapolis in the autumn of 2012. The first time I entered the studio, I loved the class so much I stayed for 2 in row. Although I had never met Jenny, I had been using her foot warm up routine for years that I learned from a teacher in Kansas City, MO. I happened to find BBY just before the beginning of the 2012-13 500 RYT. I had been thinking about completing some additional education but hadn't really considered a RYT500. I know I was in the right place at just the right time. Jenny is an exceptional teacher with an incredibly deep knowledge of the body. Having a focus on yoga therapy in the RYT500 has been wonderful. As a RN for 31 years, I have enjoyed the anatomical focus of much of our training. I have learned to look at people, not just my yoga students, differently. This has been the best thing Iâ€™ve done for myself since I quit my corporate job in 2009, travelled by myself in Asia for 6 months and completed my RYT200 in Thailand. Having the format of one weekend a month is perfect! The weekends will fill your brain to the brim and youâ€™ll be looking forward to the next weekend as soon as one is over. Our training notebook (as well as my notes) are a great resource that I use all the time for my own practice as well as my teaching. The yoga community is a better place and I am better yoga student and teacher because of Jenny."
— Ellie Wyatt, Certified BBY Teacher