About Jenny Otto
CERTIFICATIONS & CREDENTIALSATSI (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
Designated Senior Yoga Teacher Trainer by John Friend, since 1999
Certified Yoga Nidra Facilitator by Richard Miller, since 2006
Adult, Child, Infant CPR/AED & First Aid Certified by American Heart Association
Ordained Interfaith Minister, since 2007
REGISTRATIONSE-RYT500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) by Yoga Alliance, since 1999
YACEP (Continuing Education Provider) by Yoga Alliance
MEMBERSHIPSIAYT Member (International Association of Yoga Therapists), since 2002
IASI Member (International Association of Structural Integrators)
Founder of Body Balance Yoga (est. 1990) and Body Balance Functional & Structural Yoga Therapy (est. 2001), Jenny Otto is both a yoga therapist and Structural Integrator who 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, master yoga therapist, teacher trainer and educator, 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 Certified ATSI Structural Integrator specializing in visceral manipulation, visceral and peripheral nerve therapy and osteopathic listening. She skillfully combines yoga therapy with Structural Integration to offer the most effective, life-enhancing approach there is to move others towards their maximum potential. Private lessons for yoga therapy with Jenny are available at her location near Annapolis, MD.
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 therapy for over thirty years. Not only has Jenny studied with master yoga 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, structural integrators, 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, eventually becoming Director of Wellness.
Jenny’s yoga therapy 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 thirty-five years of studies in yoga therapy and Structural Integration.
Jenny is known for continually evolving and expanding her studies to keep her classes and trainings innovative. 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 and became ATSI 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. Private sessions for Structural Integration with Jenny are available at her location near Annapolis, MD.
Her unending quest to bring a deeper understanding of the body to herself, her students and the teachers she trains and mentors, takes Jenny Otto around the world to learn from master yoga teachers as well as manual and movement therapists. She shares the depth of her knowledge and her love of yoga therapy combined with Structural Integration through leading therapeutic classes, workshops and retreats.
Jenny Otto's History in Healing
1980–1987: Studied wellness with a specialty in back care, worked closely with a chiropractor, orthopedists & physical therapists
1987: Started practicing yoga
1987-2007: Studied Iyengar Yoga with master teachers at Unity Woods Center
1987–1999: Teacher Training Program: Studied with B.K.S. Iyengar, John Schumacher, Mary Dunn, Judith Hanson Lasater, Ramanand Patel, Carol Cavanaugh, Elise Browning Miller, Stan Andrzejewski, Joan White, Felicity Green, Dean Lerner, Carolyn Bluemle, Roger Cole, Rodney Yee, Gabriella Giubilaro, Janet MacLeod, Donna Farhi, Jill Pollet Cahn, Anodea Judith, David Berceli, Ph.D.
1990: Began teaching yoga part-time
1990: Founded Body Balance Yoga Therapy
1992-1994: Apprenticeship & mentorship with Stan Andrzejewski
1993: Started teaching yoga full-time
1993-present: Teaching yoga classes at NASA Godard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD)
1993-present: Studying with Victor Van Kooten
1994-2020: Taught at Willow Street Yoga Center (Takoma Park, MD)
1994-2012: Studied yoga therapeutics with John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga
1994-2020: Created & taught the area’s first yoga therapy class: Yoga for Injuries & Special Conditions at Willow Street Yoga Center
1995-2004: Taught yoga therapy classes at Annapolis Yoga Center ...having established some of the longest-running yoga classes in the area
1998-1999: Apprenticeship & mentorship with John Friend
1999: Certified in Anusara Yoga & designated as a senior Anusara Yoga teacher trainer
1999–2015: Studied Ayurveda with Master Teachers
1999-2007: Studied yoga philosophy with Rod Stryker, founder of Para Yoga
1999: The first Body Balance Yoga Therapy Training was held (Annapolis, MD)
1999-2004: One-on-one apprenticeship & mentorship with a doctor of osteopathic medicine, Dr. Jeff M. Kucine
2001-present: Founder & owner of Body Balance Functional & Structural Yoga Therapy – Jennny's Structural Integration practice
2002-2007: Co-founder & co-director of the yoga teacher training program at Willow Street Yoga Center
2004-2009: Co-owner & co-director of Golden Heart Yoga with a former student (Annapolis, MD). Jenny sold the studio in 2009 and remained on staff until September 2010.
2005-2009: Teacher Trainings at the 200-hour & 500-hour levels with Jenny Otto were held at Golden Heart Yoga (Annapolis, MD)
2006: Studied iRest® Yoga Nidra Level I with Richard Miller, Ph.D.
2006, 2007, 2008: Best Of Annapolis Award for "Best Yoga & Meditation Center" by What's Up? Magazine
2007-present: Ordained as an interfaith minister
2007-2008: Studied Structural Integration with Thomas Myers of Anatomy Trains (Walpole, ME)
June 2007-May 2009: Attended Anatomy Trains®/Fascial Orientation & Human Cadaver Dissection Lab with Tom Myers at the Center for Anatomical Enlightenment (Boulder, CO)
Oct. 2007: Attended the first International Fascia Research Congress at Harvard School of Medicine (Boston, MA)
Aug. 2008: Featured in Fit Yoga Magazine, “Happy Feet: Your lowest extremities provide your foundation and, when in optimal alignment, can step up your practice and even your stride” article by Jennifer Lang
Dec. 2008: Graduated from the Anatomy Trains® Accelerated Program for Structural Integration
2008: Certified as an ATSI Structural Integrator
2009-present: Individual mentorship with Eric Root, a structural medicine specialist
2008-2016: Studied Yoga Nidra & meditation with Gina Sager, M.D.
2009: Body Balance Yoga Therapy Certification Program began (Annapolis, MD)
2009-2012: Studied with The Barral Institute of Osteopathy (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)
May 2009: Featured in Baltimore Magazine, “On The Right Path: Incense-Burning, Chanting, Stretching, Sweating: How Do You Find Your Inner Yogi?” article by Jane Marion
2010-2012: Body Balance Yoga Therapy Trainings were held at Willow Street Yoga Center (Silver Spring & Takoma Park, MD)
2010-present: Began studying movement with Hubert Godard (Italy) – master movement educator, professor, Rolfer® & dancer
Mar. 2010: Attended the Interdisciplinary Fascia Research Course (University of Ulm, Germany)
Sep.-Dec. 2010: Body Balance Yoga Therapy classes were held at the former Annapolis Yoga Center
Dec. 2010-2016 Body Balance Yoga Therapy classes, workshops and teacher trainings were held at Balanced Life Skills (Annapolis, MD)
2011-2016: "Best Yoga in Annapolis" award finalist by The Capital Readers Choice
2011-2017: Studied with Liz Gaggini – advanced biomechanics & visceral manipulation with a full body approach with an expert structural integrator
Feb. 24, 2012: Featured in The Capital Magazine, “Motorcycle Yoga: In the Air or on the Road, Yoga is Pretty Flexible” article by Theresa Winslow
2012: Featured in Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life: A Guide for Everyday Practice book by Charlotte Bell
2013-2014: Studied with Fritz F. Smith, MD – developer of the manual therapy system known as Zero Balancing®
2014: Attended Human Cadaver Dissection Lab with Eric Root's cadaver research team at the Center for Anatomical Enlightenment (Boulder, CO)
2014-present: Studying with Ron Murray – osteopathic concepts, embryology, energetics, anatomy, Structural Integration & the Berry Method for the whole body
2015: Attended 5-day San Diego Pain Summit
2016-present: Teaching classes and workshops at Ridgely Retreat (Annapolis, MD)
2019-present: Studying with Rolfers Carol Agneessens & Ray McCall – embryonic field, cranium & presence
... a teacher's teacher & a consummate yoga student, Jenny is always training & taking courses to keep her classes constantly evolving & truly innovative
Jenny Otto, ATSI, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, YACEP
Jenny and Victor van Kooten
Jenny and Mary Dunn
Jenny and Stan Andrzejewski
Suzie Hurley, John Schumacher and Jenny
John Friend and Jenny
Jenny and Tom Myers
Jenny and Eric Root
Jenny and Fritz F. Smith, MD
Jenny at a biomechanics training in Maine