Yoga Therapy Classes

Attend ongoing weekly classes with Jenny. Each class is taught with awareness, acceptance and adaptation. Sound, mudra, breathwork, visualization and meditation are often implemented. 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. As Jenny is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education provider, all classes with her fulfill YA teacher continuing education requirements.

Beginners and drop-ins are always welcome. Reminder: Please check the Body Balance Yoga Therapy facebook page for any class cancellations. For inclement weather, no classes when Anne Arundel County Schools are closed.


MONDAY

5:00pm - 6:00pm
BODY BALANCE YOGA THERAPY — All Levels

NASA Goddard Yoga Club
Goddard Space Flight Center
Bldg. 28 Atrium, Greenbelt, MD 20771
visit: gewa.gsfc.nasa.gov/clubs/yoga/yoga.html

*Canceled at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic


TUESDAY

10:00am - 11:00am
BODY BALANCE YOGA THERAPY — Level II

RIDGELY RETREAT
203 Ridgely Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401
visit: ridgelyretreat.com





Testimonials

"I only did one therapy weekend with you, but it has impacted my teaching for years!!"
— Amy Reed

“I took a workshop with you in New York. I am still processing all of the information that you shared with us and I must tell you I have not stopped using so many of the things you offered that weekend. I really can’t say enough how much I appreciated your approach and commitment.”
— Jonathan G.

"Thank you for an AMAZING and truly transformative workshop at Oasis on Saturday (the Anatomy of Breath). As a yoga teacher, I had thought I had gone deeply into my physical and emotional layers but, until your workshop, I have never felt such release, freedom and inner stillness. I plan to implement your tools into my own practice and share it whenever possible. Looking forward to your next visit to Cleveland!"
— Deb Bradt

"Jenny is such a fantastic teacher on so many different levels. She is so organized, with clear class plans that walk you through each concept she is presenting.
— Patti Zolnick, Certified BBY Teacher

"I am inspired by you, Jenny! Thank you for being you."
— Julie Olson

"Jenny, I loved your workshop and creative ideas to help us align but the motorcycling tips were just what I needed. My husband and I went riding Sunday and everything you suggested worked like a charm. My husband had no back pain and neither did I. Thank you so much for the added bonus. Ride safe and see you next time."
— Molly K.

"Jenny was fun and knowledgeable as she taught us some powerful tools to integrate into our practices and teachings. My students and I love it!"
— Nancy Jackson-Reno

“Jenny Otto’s ability to invent physical/educational/compassionate poses to convey insights and healing to students is magical and effective.”
— Sue B.

"Best yoga teacher ever!!! Jenny Otto and staff!!!"
— G. Basile, LMT

“Jenny Otto’s teaching has changed my practice and I appreciate the way that she truly embodies satya.”
— Mary P.

“We have so much enjoyed working with you over these past few years. Not only are you an excellent teacher but you have great integrity.”
— Lynne and John E.

"I just want to let you know that my body hasn't felt this good in years. I have been working with the ball and dowel, doing most of what we covered in the workshops and it is almost two weeks and my left hip and ankle feel great. The hip adjustment you gave me is unlike any other I have received and I want to thank you for giving me this new found freedom in my body. I have brought the ball and dowel work into some of my classes and the students, while a little resistant at first, have all found the benefit of opening the web of fascia. Thank you, thank you, thank YOU!"
— Denise Roche Rounds

"You have certainly been my most inspiring and thought-provoking teacher. Thank you for your expertise and passion."
— Kristi S.

"Jenny, You have always modeled seeking your own truth. I have always admired your courage and creativity. Dang I wish you lived closer so I could study with you more often!!"
— Jackie Prete

"Body Balance Yoga is one of the absolute best yoga educational progams I have ever attended. Jenny is over the top knowledgable, fun, approachable, and a master teacher!!!"
— Shannon Burbridge

"Jenny is an extraordinary yoga teacher, especially in the area of therapeutics. She is on a constant quest for new knowledge and openly shares this with her yoga students and fellow teachers. She is the ultimate professional and all of her workshops are packed with valuable information and tools. Her yoga classes are a delight; she inspires you and leaves you feeling uplifted!"
— Dawn Shay, Certified BBY Teacher

“Jenny is a truly gifted and inspired teacher. So grateful to have studied with her!”
— Anna, First Thought Yoga

Other Classes

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.

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 (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

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.



Class Levels

All Levels

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

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. Chairs are used often in a gentle practice.

Yoga Level I

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

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

This class is open to students who have had previous 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

Level II / III classes assume 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.



RYT500 training photos

Body Balance Yoga Therapy   //   203 Ridgely Avenue   //   Annapolis, Maryland 21401, USA
Phone: 301.717.9729   //   Email: ottoyoga@verizon.net


The yoga therapy components of Jenny Otto's teaching are based on her International Association of Yoga Therapists Certification (C-IAYT) and not derived from her status as an E-RYT 500, YACEP with the Yoga Alliance Registry. Structural Integration is based on the pioneering work of Dr. Ida P. Rolf.