Open Hand Institute,

The Open Hand Institute (OHI) was originally founded in 2015 and teaches a specialized variation of the traditional Hatha Yoga that has been adapted by Dr. Nydia Tijerina Darby.  This method is a culmination of over 38 years of combined movement and yoga lifestyle practices that is designed to draw out the therapeutic potential of traditional Hatha yoga asana and other movement forms.  Welcome to the Therapeutic Astanga Method.™

OHI is a platform that was created in order to unite yoga lifestyle practitioners, yoga studios, medical and scientific communities in South Texas and beyond.  OHI is directed towards supporting the continuing education of yoga lifestyle students and practitioners, certified yoga teachers, medical and scientific professionals.  OHI is directed towards presenting the Therapeutic Astanga Method™ (TAM™) that has been developed by Dr. Nydia Tijerina Darby.  TAM™ is directly influenced by the Eight Limbed Yoga Lifestyle Path and practices.

This school is influenced by the teachings of various yoga, medical, creative, lifestyle and scientific experts:  Brené Brown, Beryl Bender Birch, Thich Nhat Hanh, Nicolai Bachman, Uma Dinsmore Tuli, David Keil, Herbert Benson, TKV Desikachar, David Williams, David Swenson, Matthew Sanford, Donna Farhi, Stephen Porges, Sharon Salzburg, BKS Iyengar, David B. Darby, the Tijerina clan, and many others.

The Open Hand Institute is located on the property of Nydia’s Yoga Therapy Studio in San Antonio, Texas.  This Serenidad Studio is located on a lovely 2.5 acre residence of Dr. Nydia Tijerina Darby. When students arrive, they experience a lovely walk along the outdoor paths leading to the Serenidad studio with lush bird & butterfly gardens all situated within a rustic setting.  The Serenidad studio, where most of the trainings occur is a lovely and comfortable space that has a unique flooring system (Tatami Mats) that make transitions and work on the floor comfortable for mature students or those with musculoskeletal limitations.

The Open Hand Institute is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour and 300 hour, which designates this teacher training program as one which follows Yoga Alliance’s standards. Students who complete a verified training with this school may be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs).

As of March 2020, the Open Hand Institute has transitioned the on-site Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Trainings to Virtual Livestream to help to keep Physical Distancing requirements due to Covid-19.   Future trainings may be affected by this.

The Force that moves the Open Hand Institute.

Nydia Tijerina Darby is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Therapeutic Yoga Specialist, Creative Director and Lead Trainer of the Open Hand Institute and Director of Nydia’s Yoga Therapy Studio in San Antonio, Texas.  She has dedicated her life towards practicing what she preaches to the best of her abilities, encouraging and supporting others on their journey towards wholeness.  One of her mantras:  “I am in training for my next decade.”

Nydia is  an experienced yoga educator and international presenter on Therapeutic Yoga Lifestyle practices.  She developed the Therapeutic Astanga Method™ (TAM™) over the course of 39 years and is the Owner & Creative Director of Nydia’s Yoga Therapy Studio and the Open Hand Institute in San Antonio, Texas. Nydia is a published author of yoga and cancer research.  In 2009, she developed and implemented the Yoga protocol in an extensive Yoga & Breast Cancer research collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center.  This team of researchers is working together again in 2020 on a yoga and cancer feasibility study where Nydia has once again developed and implemented the yoga protocol including a loving kindness meditation. Nydia is a guest lecturer for the local physical therapy schools in San Antonio, introducing PT students to how a physical therapist integrates yoga & physical therapy, provides community-based access to therapeutic yoga & operates a yoga studio.  Nydia also offers continuing education for Rehabilitation Specialists, in order to introduce her method of therapeutic yoga lifestyle practices for clinical use and acts as a liaison between the yoga and medical communities in San Antonio and surrounding communities in Texas.  Nydia has combined work in orthopedic, spine and pelvic health physical therapy with extensive movement, fitness and yoga experience to create a unique service that melds traditional western physical therapy with traditional eastern Hatha yoga lifestyle practices. These practices are intended to empower all levels of practitioners, to make yoga movement & lifestyle practices accessible and to encourage breath centered movement activity that has the potential to positively influence optimum states of health & wellbeing for the long-term.  She is an ambassador for therapeutic yoga lifestyle practices in the medical community and brings a variety of therapeutic yoga lifestyle practices into the integrative medical approach to wellness and healing.

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