BBY Teacher Directory for Maryland

  • Kathy Fleischmann
    Kathy Fleischmann, RYT500, CYT
    (BBY 200/500/800)

    Certified Body Balance Yoga® Teacher
    International Assoc. of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), member

    Kathy started her yoga practice in 2005 out of curiosity, expecting to discover just another form of exercise, but quickly noticed the difference. She learned that yoga offers not only physical benefits — strength, balance and flexibility — but also influences life in a holistic way by sharpening awareness and bringing peace into challenges of everyday busy life. Kathy decided that her own transformation would have the best impact if shared with others, and became a certified yoga teacher. She received her RYT200 credentials from The Yoga Center in Columbia in 2008, her RYT500 credentials from Body Balance Yoga in Annapolis in 2013 and completed further yoga training in 2014. She continues to study weekly with Jenny Otto to expand and refine her knowledge in bodywork. As a certified Body Balance Yoga teacher, she has been teaching yoga classes and private lessons since 2008. Kathy is dedicated to her students' individual needs by incorporating functional yoga as well as chair yoga in her teaching.

    ELLICOTT CITY, MARYLAND
    Email: ksfleischmann@gmail.com
    Phone: 410.913.0962

  • Melinda Frisch
    Melinda Frisch, MS, MS, E-RYT500, CYT, C-IAYT
    (BBY 200/500/800)

    MS in Nutrition and Integrative Health
    MS in Yoga Therapy
    Certified Yoga Therapist
    Certified Body Balance Yoga® Teacher
    Certified Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga®
    Certified Yoga of the Heart® Teacher
    Certified Pranakriya™ Prenatal Teacher
    Yoga Heals Us, Adaptive Yoga for People with MS Practitioner
    International Assoc. of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), member

    Melinda brings a rich background in gentle and therapeutic yoga to her students. An educator for 35+ years, including teaching at Loyola University Maryland for 11 years, Melinda began her own yoga practice in 2004 in a therapeutic class when seeking help for a debilitating disease. She went on to study with Jenny Otto to earn both her RYT 200 and RYT 500, as well as her Body Balance Yoga Therapy Teacher Certification. Then after earning two Master of Science degrees in 2014 and 2016, one in Nutrition and Integrative Health, and the other in Yoga Therapy (both from Maryland University of Integrative Health), she continues to study weekly with Jenny Otto, as well as attend her yearly series of Body Balance Yoga Therapy teacher trainings. Melinda teaches how to incorporate yoga into everyday life and wants her students to know that anyone can do yoga and benefit from the never-ending possibilities that it offers.

    COLUMBIA & ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND — I do yoga... and so can you.™
    Website: UCanDoYoga.com
    Email: ucandoyoga@verizon.net

  • Linda Howard
    Linda Howard, E-RYT500, CYT
    (BBY 200/500/800)

    Certified Body Balance Yoga® Teacher
    Advanced Training in iRest® Yoga Nidra
    International Assoc. of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), member
    Creator of Easing Into Yoga DVD: A flexible, adaptable approach to yoga for beginners in any condition

    A professional yoga instructor for over 20 years, Linda is the founder and owner of Easing Into Yoga™ and has been teaching yoga full time since her certification in 1993. Well versed in therapeutics and communicating alignment, Linda is practiced in the method of Shri B.K.S. Iyengar and brings her students a blend of styles from her studies with many of today's yoga masters. Linda is well loved for her practical, upbeat, and engaging teaching style, which blends humor and a lighthearted attitude with attentive interest in each student, detailed, individualized instruction, and hands-on assistance, to provide a carefully tailored approach for every member of the class. Linda offers public and private classes, teacher trainings, yoga parties, yoga instruction in corporate, educational and retreat settings and assists people who are starting up yoga classes, as well as helping anyone who is looking for yoga instruction.

    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND — Easing Into Yoga™
    Website: EasingIntoYoga.com
    Email: linda@easingintoyoga.com

  • Janelle Jones
    Janelle Jones, E-RYT200, E-RYT500, CYT
    (BBY 500/800)

    Certified Body Balance Yoga® Teacher
    International Assoc. of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), member

    Janelle was first introduced to yoga in 1997, and has been teaching yoga since 2005. She has completed two separate 200-hour teacher trainings and a 500-hour teacher training and continues her studies with Jenny Otto. Before becoming a yoga teacher, Janelle spent 5 years as an Open Water SCUBA Instructor. Through this experience she gained insight into the various learning styles and abilities of each individual. In her yoga classes she honors this individuality in each of her students, and through her love of teaching creates a space where students feel empowered to safely explore the gifts their yoga practice can offer, both on and off the mat. Janelle is a full-time Respiratory Therapist. She enjoys experiencing how respiratory therapy and yoga enhance one another, as well as her joy of teaching and helping others.

    ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND
    Email: janellej21@mac.com

  • Sandra Moore
    Sandy Moore, RYT500, CYT
    (BBY 200/500/800)

    Certified Body Balance Yoga® Teacher
    International Assoc. of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), member
    American Heart Association® Certified CPR / AED Instructor

    Sandy began studying yoga in 2004 in an effort to find healing for physical ailments and bring peace to her busy life. A former health and physical education teacher, she now directs a radiography program in Baltimore. Her background and education enable her to bring a strong knowledge of anatomy and human movement to her teaching, where she believes the practice of yoga contributes to the wellness of body and mind. This therapeutic focus brings a new dimension of caring and healing into her teaching and allows her to individualize the practice of yoga for students of all ability levels.

    ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND — Yellow Lark Yoga
    Website: YellowLarkYoga.com
    Email: rsmoore75@gmail.com

  • Amy Nusbaum
    Amy Nusbaum, RN, E-RYT200, CYT, C-IAYT
    (BBY 200/500/800)

    Certified Yoga Therapist
    Certified Body Balance Yoga® Teacher
    Certified Personal Trainer
    Certified Nutritional Counselor

    "Do what you love and love what you do!" Amy has been teaching group exercise and personal training for the past 17 years. She feels incredibly luckly to have a job she loves. She like to consider herself a fitness motivator on and off the mat. Amy gets up every morning knowing that she will motivate and inspire people to change and create a life they love in a healthy fit mind and body. Having practiced yoga on a regular basis since 2009, the practice has deeply impacted her life for the better. Amy completed her 200-hour yoga training with Kim at Charm City Yoga. She completed her Yoga For Golfers certification in 2011 to learn how to focus and improve the mind-body aspect of golf. She is currently enrolled in an 800-hour yoga therapy program with Jenny Otto at Body Balance Yoga. "I love teaching hot vinyasa yoga. I believe that challenge and change equals growth. I continue to love learning new ways to keep fit and healthy in mind and body."

    OWINGS MILLS, MARYLAND — Fit4you, Fit-4-You
    Website: afit4you.com
    Email: afit4you@verizon.net

  • Sandra Rothwell
    Sandra Rothwell, RYT500, CYT
    (BBY 200/500)

    Certified Body Balance Yoga® Teacher
    AB, With Distinction, Mathematics, Indiana Univ., Bloomington
    MPH, With Honors, Biostatistics, University of NC, Chapel Hill
    Certificate: Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors Professional Training;
    Duke Integrative Medicine
    Studying for certification in “Teaching Yoga and Meditation in Military Settings”;
    presented by Warriors at Ease

    In 1999, Sandi began studying Anusara yoga in response to devastating effects from an undiagnosed medical condition. After experiencing the healing power of yoga, she retired in 2004 from a career as an epidemiologist to study the teaching of yoga. Having spent most of her adult life working in health-related fields, she decided to move from work designed to improve general public health to work that provides personal help and healing to small groups and individuals. She completed her 200-hour training in 2005 and her 500-hour training in 2009 at Golden Heart Yoga. Her goal has always been to teach gently, but effectively, to the elderly and to persons with special conditions or chronic disabilities. The study and practice of Body Balance Yoga® is providing her the necessary underpinning for this work. She teaches in senior centers and to individuals with disabilities as well as assisting her teacher, Jenny Otto, in a Special Conditions class in Silver Spring, MD.

    BETHESDA, MARYLAND
    Email: crothwell001@comcast.net
    Email: lifelongyoga@comcast.net

  • Gina Sager
    Gina L. Sager, MD, RYT200
    (BBY 200/500/800)

    Associate Body Balance Yoga® Teacher

    A retired board-certified general surgeon, named one of Baltimore’s Top Docs in October 2000, Gina permanently left the practice of traditional Western medicine in 2002 to explore her long-time interest in holistic healing. She has studied and practiced Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition, studied the ancient wisdom traditions including Traditional Chinese wisdom and Five Element Theory at Tai Sophia Institute (now Maryland University of Integrative Health). Gina completed her 200-hour teacher training in Integrative Yoga Therapy at Yama Studio in Baltimore in 2005. She has also completed several professional training courses with Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society and has used the wisdom of Ayurveda for personal healing since 2000. She has completed the first of her professional Ayurvedic Nutrition training courses with internationally-known teacher and author, Amadea Morningstar. Gina has taught mindfulness classes, yoga and yoga nidra in Baltimore and Harford Counties since 2004, and teaches weekly at HopeWell Cancer Support in Brooklandville, MD. She teaches yoga nidra and mindfulness meditation to teachers in training at Tranquil Space in Washington DC and Golden Heart Yoga and also leads bi-monthly silent retreats in Baltimore.

    BALTIMORE & HARFORD COUNTIES, MARYLAND
    Website: GinaSager.com
    Email: gina@ginasager.com

  • Carolyn Smith
    Carolyn Smith, E-RYT200, RYT500, CYT
    (BBY 200)

    Associate Body Balance Yoga® Teacher
    Meridian Yoga Certified
    Graduate of Life Coaching Training Program, iPEC
    International Assoc. of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), member

    Carolyn discovered the benefits of a regular yoga practice in 1998. Drawn to yoga for stress relief, she quickly found that reducing stress was only half the story. Coming from a family with a history of weight gain, diabetes, and high blood pressure among other ailments, yoga became a way for Carolyn to proactively manage her health. Along the way, she discovered a passion for the science of yoga and a talent for sharing the benefits yoga has to offer. After an almost 20 year career in corporate accounting and finance, Carolyn chose to make her passion her work and received her first teaching certification in 2006. Carolyn’s interest in therapeutic yoga arose out of her experiences working with her students over the years. Recognizing a “one size fits all” approach is not appropriate for every body, she began studying Body Balance Yoga in 2012. Carolyn’s aim is to help her students reclaim their natural vigor and vitality through a safe and effective yoga practice. Her classes focus on reducing chronic tension, improving normal range of motion in the joints and strengthening the musculature of the body so that all bodily systems are functioning optimally. Students can expect to be warmly welcomed and fully supported in class with Carolyn. Her style of teaching is lively and fun. She encourages each student to listen and respect the messages of their body, guiding them to greater alignment of body, mind and spirit.

    ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND
    Website: YogaWithCarolynSmith.com
    Email: carolyn@yogawithcarolynsmith.com

Our Certified Teachers

Jenny Otto has certified 49 Teachers
in 14 States & Washington DC

All certified Body Balance Yoga® Teachers listed in this referral directory have received intensive training with Jenny Otto, are certified by her and have a dedication to higher learning and continuing education. These teachers are directly connected with the program and serve as support staff for Body Balance Yoga.

Those listed as Associate Body Balance Yoga® Teachers are those who have submitted their information for review and whose certification may still be pending based on completing a portion of their training or graduation requirements.


BBY Ethical Guidelines

  • Show humility & admit to your limitations
  • Verbally honor & pay tribute to your teachers & the sources of your knowledge & skills in each class
  • Be welcoming to all students, regardless of gender, race, religion, creed, nationality, cultural background, sexual preference, etc.
  • Always give the student the benefit of the doubt
  • Practice the Four Gates of Speech:
    Is it truthful?
    Is it necessary to say?
    Is it the appropriate time?
    Can it be said in a kind way?
  • Be modest when demonstrating or describing your talents & experiences
  • Truthfully & accurately represent your teaching experience & training in all self-promotion
  • Take the responsibility for creating & sustaining both a sacred & safe environment for all students


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.)