Jenny Otto


Jenny Otto lunge twist
Jenny Otto navasana boat pose
Jenny Otto purvottanasana

Jenny Otto is both a yoga therapist and a 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. 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 portrait

Jenny Otto


Credentials & Certifications

  • ATSI — 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


  • E-RYT500 — Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher by Yoga Alliance, since 1999
  • YACEP — Continuing Education Provider by Yoga Alliance


  • IAYT Member — International Association of Yoga Therapists, since 2002
  • IASI Member — International Association of Structural Integrators

History in Healing

  • 1980-

    Studied wellness with a specialty in back care

    Worked closely with a chiropractor, orthopedists & physical therapists

  • 1987

    Started practicing yoga

  • 1987-

    Studied Iyengar Yoga

    With master teachers at Unity Woods Center in Bethesda, MD

  • 1987–

    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, Inc.

    Offering yoga therapy classes, workshops, teacher trainings, retreats & private yoga therapy lessons by appointment

  • 1992–

    Apprenticeship & mentorship with Stan Andrzejewski

  • 1993

    Started teaching yoga full-time

  • 1993...

    Teaching yoga classes at NASA Godard Space Flight Center

    In Greenbelt, MD

  • 1993...

    Studying with Victor Van Kooten

  • 1994-

    Taught at Willow Street Yoga Center

    In Takoma Park, MD

  • 1994-

    Studied yoga therapeutics with John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga

  • 1994-

    Created & taught the area’s first yoga therapy class

    Yoga for Injuries & Special Conditions class at Willow Street Yoga Center

  • 1995-

    Taught yoga therapy classes at Annapolis Yoga Center

    Established some of the longest-running yoga classes in the area

  • 1998-

    Apprenticeship & mentorship with John Friend

  • 1999

    Certified in Anusara Yoga

    By John Friend

  • 1999

    Designated as a Senior Yoga Teacher Trainer

    By John Friend

  • 1999-

    Studied Ayurveda with Master Teachers

  • 1999-

    Studied yoga philosophy with Rod Stryker, founder of Para Yoga

  • 1999

    The first Body Balance Yoga Therapy Training was held

    In Annapolis, MD

  • 1999-

    One-on-one apprenticeship & mentorship with a doctor of osteopathic medicine, Dr. Jeff M. Kucine

  • 2001...

    Founded Body Balance Functional & Structural Yoga Therapy

    Jennny's Structural Integration practice

  • 2002-

    Co-founder & co-director of the yoga teacher training program at Willow Street Yoga Center

    in Silver Spring & Takoma Park, MD

  • 2004-

    Co-owner & co-director of Golden Heart Yoga with a former student

    Located in Annapolis, the studio was sold in 2009. Jenny remained on staff until September 2010.

  • 2005-

    Teacher Trainings at the 200-hour & 500-hour levels with Jenny Otto were held at Golden Heart Yoga

    In Annapolis, MD

  • 2006

    Studied iRest® Yoga Nidra Level I with Richard Miller, Ph.D.

  • 2006,

    Best Of Annapolis Award for "Best Yoga & Meditation Center"

    By What's Up? Magazine

  • 2007...

    Ordained as an interfaith minister

  • 2007-

    Studied Structural Integration with Thomas Myers of Anatomy Trains

    In Walpole, ME

  • 6/2007-

    Attended Anatomy Trains®/Fascial Orientation & Human Cadaver Dissection Lab with Tom Myers

    At the Center for Anatomical Enlightenment in Boulder, CO

  • 2007


    Attended the first International Fascia Research Congress

    At Harvard School of Medicine in Boston, MA

  • 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

  • 2008


    Graduated from the Anatomy Trains® Accelerated Program for Structural Integration

  • 2008

    Certified as an ATSI Structural Integrator

  • 2009...

    Individual mentorship with Eric Root, a structural medicine specialist

  • 2008-

    Studied Yoga Nidra & meditation with Gina Sager, M.D.

  • 2009

    Body Balance Yoga Therapy Certification Program began

    In Annapolis, MD

  • 2009-

    Studied with The Barral Institute of Osteopathy

    In Palm Beach Gardens, FL

  • 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-

    Body Balance Yoga Therapy Trainings were held at Willow Street Yoga Center

    In Silver Spring & Takoma Park, MD

  • 2010...

    Began studying movement with Hubert Godard

    Master movement educator, professor, Rolfer® & dancer in Italy

  • 2010


    Attended the Interdisciplinary Fascia Research Course

    At the University of Ulm in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

  • 2010


    Body Balance Yoga Therapy classes were held at the former Annapolis Yoga Center

  • 2010-

    Body Balance Yoga Therapy classes, workshops, teacher trainings & advanced teacher trainings were held at Balanced Life Skills

    In Annapolis, MD

  • 2011-

    "Best Yoga in Annapolis" award finalist

    By The Capital Newspaper, Readers Choice Poll

  • 2011-

    Studied with Liz Gaggini

    Advanced biomechanics & visceral manipulation with a full body approach with an expert structural integrator

  • 2012

    Feb 24

    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-

    Studied with Fritz F. Smith, MD

    Developer of the manual therapy system known as Zero Balancing®

  • 2014

    Attended a Human Cadaver Dissection Lab with Eric Root's cadaver research team

    At the Center for Anatomical Enlightenment in Boulder, CO

  • 2014...

    Studying with Ron Murray

    Osteopathic concepts, embryology, energetics, anatomy, Structural Integration & The Berry Method® for the whole body

  • 2015

    Attended the 5-day San Diego Pain Summit

    A series of conferences & continuing education workshops on modern pain neurophysiology, current pain research & pain management programs

  • 2016...

    Teaching classes & workshops at Ridgely Retreat

    In Annapolis, MD

  • 2019...

    Studying with Rolfers Carol Agneessens & Ray McCall

    Studying the embryonic field, cranium & presence

  • ...a teacher's teacher & a consummate yoga student, Jenny continues to train & attend courses to keep her classes constantly evolving & truly innovative.

B.K.S. Iyengar and Jenny Otto

with B.K.S. Iyengar

Victor van Kooten and Jenny Otto

with Victor van Kooten

Eric Root and Jenny Otto

with Eric Root

Stan Andrzejewski and Jenny Otto

with Stan Andrzejewski

Mary Dunn and Jenny Otto

with Mary Dunn

John Friend and Jenny Otto

with John Friend

Tom Myers and Jenny Otto

with Tom Myers

John Schumacher, Suzie Hurley and Jenny-Otto

with Suzie Hurley
& John Schumacher

Rod Stryker, Linda-Howard, Suzie-Hurley and Jenny-Otto.jpg

with Suzie Hurley,
Rod Stryker & Linda Howard

Dr-Fritz-F-Smith-DO-Jenny-Otto.jpg and Jenny Otto

with Dr. Fritz F. Smith

Arthur Kilmurray and Jenny Otto

with Arthur Kilmurray

Arthur Kilmurray and Dieter

Arthur Kilmurray & Dieter

Linda Howard and Jenny-Otto

with Lind Howard

Lisa Long and Jenny-Otto

with Lisa Long & Pat

Gina Sager and Jenny-Otto

with Gina Sager

Adam Gainsburg and Jenny-Otto

with Adam Gainsburg

Bringing Your Body Into Balance...