Therapeutic Yoga 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 39 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 that is directed to no more than 15 participants 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.   Future trainings may be affected by this.

2021 Therapeutic Yoga Training Schedule to be determined and updated October 2020.  Thank you for your patience.  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.

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