Our Weekly Yoga Class Teachers

Our teachers are certified, highly trained, skillful and extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of yoga. Our teachers provide a welcoming, open atmosphere for people of all levels and abilities. Poses are creatively adapted to serve every student’s potential and journey into their own embodiment. All of our instructors are registered with Yoga Alliance, members of International Association of Yoga Therapists and are involved in ongoing yogic studies and trainings. LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:


  • Suzanne Copping
    Suzanne Copping, RYT200

    Suzanne provides a relaxing and welcoming practice

    For Suzanne, yoga provides a safe space to breathe quietly and consciously enable her type-A body to relax. She has always enjoyed being active outdoors, with her decade-long yoga practice providing therapy for mind, breath and body. Suzanne enjoys teaching yoga in a relaxed and welcoming style, through ample use of props and gradual progression to more difficult poses. She teaches gentle sequences that encourage length and space in the body, providing a sense of lightness and relaxation. Suzanne completed her Body Balance Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training in 2014. Her teaching reflects Hatha and Iyengar styles of yoga as well as an awareness of anatomy, alignment and balance.

    Email: sooziesunflower@yahoo.com

    Kathy Fleischmann
    Kathy Fleischmann, RYT500, CYT

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

    Kathy is dedicated to her students' individual needs

    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.

    Email: ksfleischmann@gmail.com

    Melinda Frisch
    Melinda Frisch, MS, MS, E-RYT500, CYT, C-IAYT

    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, member

    Melinda brings a rich background in gentle and therapeutic yoga

    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.

    Email: ucandoyoga@verizon.net
    Website: UCanDoYoga.com

    Sandra Moore
    Sandy Moore, RYT500, CYT

    Certified Body Balance Yoga® Teacher
    International Assoc. of Yoga Therapists, member
    American Heart Association Certified Instructor teaching Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

    Sandy adds a greater dimension of caring and healing

    Sandy came to yoga in 2004 in an effort to find healing for physical ailments and bring peace to her life. After her first class at a local community college, she knew she had found the peace and sense of body wellness that was the perfect counterpoint to her busy career. After several years of classes and practice, she completed 200- and 500-hour yoga teacher training programs at Golden Heart Yoga in Annapolis, Maryland. Sandy holds a BA in Health and Physical Education and a MA in Leadership in Teaching. A former health and physical education teacher, she is a registered Radiographer and Mammographer and is the director of a Radiolologic Technology program in Baltimore, Maryland. 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. As a certified Body Balance Yoga Teacher, Sandy brings a new dimension of caring and healing into her teaching which allows her to individualize the practice for students of all ability levels.

    Email: rsmoore75@gmail.com
    Website: YellowLarkYoga.com

    Carolyn Smith
    Carolyn Smith, E-RYT200, RYT500, CYT

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

    Carolyn’s aim is to help students reclaim their natural vigor and vitality

    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.

    Email: smithcs711@verizon.net

    Janelle Jones
    SUBSTITUTE TEACHER
    Janelle Jones, E-RYT200, E-RYT500, CYT

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

    Janelle creates a space where students feel empowered

    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.

Our School Faculty

Jenny Otto

PRIMARY FACULTY
Jenny Otto, E-RYT500, CYT,
C-IAYT, KMI Certified
Founder / Director

Yoga Therapy Educator
Certified Yoga Teacher
Designated Senior Yoga Teacher Trainer
Int. Assoc. of Yoga Therapists, member
Certified KMI Structural Integrator

Jenny teaches weekly yoga classes at Ridgely Retreat (Annapolis, MD), Willow Street Yoga Center (Silver Spring, MD) and at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD). For Jenny's complete bio, READ MORE HERE.


Teaching Faculty
for Trainings

Our faculty includes Jenny Otto and many accomplished Body Balance Yoga® Teachers who teach several of our special programs and training modules:

Melinda Frisch

Linda Howard

Janelle Jones

Sandy Moore

Lorna Nafzinger

Amy Nusbaum

Gina Sager



Guest Speakers
and Master Teachers
for Trainings

Body Balance Yoga is unique in that it honors the richness of all yogic lineages and draws on multiple teachers from many traditions, disciplines and perspectives to expand our student's horizons. Other renowned teachers are often invited to teach in their specialty at our trainings and workshops. Visiting GUEST TEACHERS IN THE PAST have included:

Stan Andrzejewski

Mary Bond

Manoj Chalam

Rixie Dennison

Arthur Killmurray

Judy Lazarus

Natalie Miller

Matthew Remski

Olga Rodriguez Rasmussen




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.)