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Team

OHI brings together world class educators in three distinct yoga modalities, yoga-specific training in musculoskeletal anatomy, and real-world business training.

  • Therapeutic Ashtanga Method
  • Power Yoga Method
  • Hot Yoga Method
  • Scientific keys to yoga anatomy
  • Musculoskeletal therapy
  • Meditation theory and practice
  • Leadership and Business Education

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Lisa Ingle-Stevens

Co-Director of Training

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Nydia Tijerina Darby

Co-Director of Training

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Stevan Falk

Co-Director/Business educator

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Beryl Bender Birch

Lead Yoga Specialist

Beryl Bender Birch is the director/founder of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute, her yoga teacher training school, and The Give Back Yoga Foundation. After graduating from Syracuse University, Beryl traveled to India in l974 to further her studies and has been teaching mindfulness through yoga for over 40 years. She is the author of four books on yoga, including Power Yoga and Yoga for Warriors, and is honored in the September 2015 issue of Yoga Journal for her lifetime work teaching yoga and meditation.

Eddie Arnold

Anatomy Educator

Dr. Eddie Arnold is a certified Airrosti provider and a Chiropractor. He graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland Oregon in 2002 and has practiced in Washington, Idaho and now in San Antonio. His passion for treating athletes started in Chiropractic college and in his community based internship where he helped run the school’s sports medicine club and worked with a prominent sports medicine doctor in the Portland area.

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As an Airrosti provider he has incredibly quick results by focusing on the soft tissues of the body, evaluating the injury and determining if there are any functional deficiencies. This combination of thorough evaluation and effective treatment helps athletes and yoga students stay active and avoid injury. His passions in life are fixing people, working out, spending time with his wife and 5 children and occasionally doing a little fishing. 

Nicole Deacon

Leadership and Yoga

Nicole Deacon is the owner two Bikram Yoga studios in Phoenix, Arizona. She has served in numerous Bikram Yoga teacher trainings and is active in USA Yoga Federation. She has judged international competitions, coached ten national finalist, and one international finalist. Nicole created the OHM Yoga School, a yoga alliance approved program of yoga teacher training. She is a volunteer facilitator, specializing in Executive Leadership and Integrity training, for Omega Vector, a program in the art of Self-Knowledge. Nicole is also a certified level 1 Natural Movement (MovNat) instructor.

Ernest Martinez

Student Liaison

Ernest has been practicing and teaching yoga for a combination of ten years. While team sports were never his forte, he has been a movement enthusiast for as long as he can remember and has always been thoroughly intrigued by the human body and its incredible abilities. While exploring various movement forms, Ernest discovered Yoga asana practice and it was love at first … Sun salutation. He continued to practice yoga for about two years before a friend asked him if he would be interested in becoming a teacher. He had no idea then that this was a step in the direction that would put him on the path to becoming the teacher and, more importantly, Yogi he is today.

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Ernest has become enamored with the Eight-Limbed “Astanga” yoga lifestyle path and the Nydia’s Yoga Therapy method that draws out the therapeutic potential of traditional Hatha yoga practices. He has studied with his friend, mentor/teacher Nydia Darby for the last seven years as well as Beryl Bender Birch–founder and director of the Hard & the Soft Yoga Institute. He has attended as many of Beryl’s workshops as possible to deepen his understanding of yoga asana, yoga lifestyle, meditation, and the yoga sutras, as well as developing his own personal growth and awareness. Ernest has also explored the teachings of a variety of yoga instructors while attending the Texas Yoga Conference in Houston, Texas as well as the Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research(SYTAR) in Austin, Texas and other local facilities in the surrounding area and volunteering his services in the community whenever possible.

Ernest is registered with Yoga Alliance as RYT-200 and a graduate of The Open Hand Institute’s 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program. As a dedicated lifelong learner, Ernest understands that his journey has just begun. He knows that he has so much more to learn and to explore and that there is way more fun to be had on this adventure.

Katy Esparza

Student Liaison

I discovered yoga 10 years ago and since then it’s helped me grow stronger on and off the mat. I’ve always had a passion for the human body and as a massage therapist I knew that yoga could help the body physically and  mentally. I completed Bikram teacher training in 2013 where I discovered so much about my self and tested my limits beyond my control, in 2015 I got my 200 hrs in Baron Baptise power yoga and I discovered the fun and playful side of yoga, still wanting to expand and grow with yoga I got my 200 hrs in 2016 with Open Hands Institute, this training was truly the missing link and I look forward to continuing my education and serving others.