Therapeutic Yoga Lifestyle & Teacher Training

The Open Hand Institute (OHI) is offering qualified candidates the opportunity to participate in specialized Therapeutic Yoga Lifestyle and Teacher Training programs at the 200 hour and 300 hour levels.

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 40 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.™

The Open Hand Institute 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, 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).

Programs are provided in small groups which allow Nydia as the Lead Trainer to offer gentle mentoring and facilitation of in person and virtual (on-line) training.

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.   The 2021 trainings occurred via livestream.  The 2022 trainings may be a combination of livestream and onsite to meet the needs of participants who are local and in all parts of the world.


You don’t have to be an expert yoga practitioner in order to participate, but it is important that you have some yoga or exercise experience if you are applying to participate in the Lifestyle program to deepen your practice.
If you are interested in obtaining a Yoga Teacher Training Certificate, then you must have a minimum of 2 years of yoga practice for the 200hour program. 300hour Yoga Teacher Training aspirants must have completed a 200hour YTT or program equivalent experience.


200 hour program:  $4,000.00

300 hour program:  $6,000.00

There is a $600 non-refundable fee for serious applicants that will be credited towards the total cost of program.  This fee will also allow applicant to begin livestream therapeutic yoga practices with Nydia (see schedule here).

Payment plans can be arranged to help divide the costs over 6 months.  Please contact Nydia for more information.

2021 Therapeutic Yoga Training Schedule below.  Contact us for more information.

Training programs will be scheduled one weekend per month with schedule as follows:  Fridays, 6-9pm Saturday and Sunday 9-4pm.  Learning programs will combine on-site, livestream and online modules facilitated by Dr. Nydia Tijerina Darby and can include unique opportunities to learn with specialists from a variety of yoga lifestyle, meditation, movement, medical and scientific backgrounds.  The adventures are designed to amaze, inspire and uplift your spirit.

2021 Schedule:

Interested in the Open Hand Institute Therapeutic Yoga Lifestyle Trainings, and want to know more.  Join Nydia during these three separate possibly Live/ Livestream events where you will be able to experience a gentle therapeutic practice, learn more about the trainings and ask questions about what to expect.  This program is open to individuals interested in deepening their practical understanding of therapeutic yoga lifestyle, individuals interested in completing a 200 hour Therapeutic Yoga Lifestyle Yoga Teacher Certification (must have 2 years of previous experience), and individuals interested in completing 300 hour Therapeutic Yoga Lifestyle Yoga Teacher Certification (must have a 200 hour yoga certification).

2021 OHI Cohort Schedule dates:

Dates may be a combination of Livestream and/or Onsite experiences.  Will be determined also due to Covid-19 precautions/restrictions.

Weekend One:  February 12-14.

Weekend Two:  March 19-21

Weekend Three:  April 16- 18

Weekend Four:  May 21-23

Weekend Five:  June 11-13

Weekend Six:  July 30- Aug 1

Weekend Seven:  August 27-29

Weekend Eight:  September 24-26

Weekend Nine:  October 22-24

Reserve November 12-14 & December 3-5 for practicum

I would like to apply to be considered for the next program that begins in January 2021.