Jenny Otto has been a yoga practitioner and meditator since 1987. An innovative and dedicated yoga teacher, Jenny is a celebrated yoga therapist and teacher trainer who has been teaching and developing wellness and exercise programs since 1980.She is a senior certified Anusara Yoga teacher and has studied with John Friend since 1994 and Rod Stryker since 1999.
Her early influences were Iyengar yoga, Stan Andrzejewski, Mary Dunn and Victor Van Kooten. She is nationally known for her in-depth understanding of anatomy and therapeutics, having studied not only with yoga masters but osteopaths, chiropractors and rolfers to develop her unique approach to physical well-being and pain management.
Jenny shares the depth of her knowledge and her love of yoga as she travels both nationally and internationally teaching workshops, yoga therapy and teacher-trainings. Jenny has been affiliated since 1994 with Willow Street Yoga Center (WSYC) in Takoma Park, Maryland, where she continues to teach the area’s first Yoga therapy class Special Conditions and Injuries.
Jenny co-founded and co-directed the teacher-training program for Willow Street Yoga Center, from 2002-2007. From 2004- 2009, Jenny co-founded GH Yogawith one of her students in Annapolis, Maryland. She began studying with Thomas Myers of Anatomy Trains® in 2007 and is certified with Mr. Myers in Structural Integration. As founder and director of Body Balance Yoga®, Jenny shares her extensive background and unique approach to pain management to help people transform their physical discomfort and to train yoga teachers in the art and science of therapeutic yoga.
Body Balance Yoga® blends the wisdom of ancient healing modalities with an in-depth exploration of anatomy and therapeutics to create a cutting edge yoga system based on deep awareness of body-mind integration. In a Body Balance Yoga® class, you’ll explore timeless teachings along with present day wellness and medical research including modern biomechanics and the nervous system as well as sound, mudra, pranayama, visualization and meditation. Emphasis is placed on providing teachers with a range of tools to help each student express the essence of the human spirit. Poses are creatively adapted to serve every student’s potential and journey into their own embodiment.
In addition to yoga classes, Body Balance Yoga® is a Registered Yoga Alliance School at the 200- and 500-hour level and offers trainings, workshops and certifications. Body Balance Yoga® is also a member school of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
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