Lisa Ingle-StevensCo-Director of Training
Nydia Tijerina DarbyCo-Director of Training
Stevan FalkCo-Director/Business educator
Beryl Bender BirchLead 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 ArnoldAnatomy 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.
Nicole DeaconLeadership 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 MartinezStudent 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.
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 EsparzaStudent 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.