About Us


Hi, this is Nydia.  I offer a unique service that melds the traditional western physical therapy evaluation & treatment practice with traditional eastern Hatha yoga instruction and practice that is geared towards treating the “whole” person. The result is a practice that I call Nydia’s Yoga Therapy.

This practice focuses on listening to and acknowledging the whole person, on reducing the suffering of those who experience acute and/or chronic pain and aims at improving their physical function to positively affect quality of living. This practice aims to teach individuals as much as they care to know about their physical bodies, to reduce the fear of the unknown and to empower them to make informed choices about the care of their most precious possession—their whole health.

I present this practice to the community via Nydia’s Yoga Therapy studio in San Antonio, Texas. The studio’s presence allows me to act as an ambassador for yoga in the San Antonio medical community and facilitates the continuing education of the general community and its community of medical and yoga professionals . I am able to dispel misconceptions about yoga and promote safe and effective yoga instruction and practices that emphasize breath centered awareness, functional mobility and stability, use of proper technique and balanced spinal/joint alignment modified to meet the needs of the individual whether they practice alone or in a group setting. The studio presence also allows me to mentor and train my team of yoga instructors and participate in yoga research so that the healing and transformational approach that is Nydia’s Yoga Therapy can positively impact as many lives as possible.

Thank you for visiting our website.  I hope that you will be encouraged to learn more about us and possibly come by to experience our “non-traditional” approach to therapeutic yoga instruction.  I know that you will be pleased.




Nydia introduces herself and Empowering Video.


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Nydia Tijerina Darby, PT, DPT, MS, E-RYT 500




Nydia Darby has completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science and a Doctorate degree in physical therapy.  She is licensed to practice physical therapy by the State of Texas and specializes in orthopedic, spine and women’s health rehabilitation. Nydia has completed 500+ hours with the Hard and the Soft Yoga Institute under the supervision of its founder, Beryl Bender Birch.

Nydia is involved in numerous projects that revolve around her work as Owner and Director at Nydia’s Yoga Therapy studio in San Antonio, Texas.  She is an adjunct professor for the Exercise and Sports Science Department at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.  She has developed the curriculum for “Living Yoga,” and “Yoga for Healthcare and Fitness Professionals” that add 3 credit hours each towards the ESS degree plan.  Nydia developed the curriculum for Nydia’s Yoga Therapy Yoga Research Team, a 200-hour training that is recognized as a specialty program with the International Association of Yoga Therapist.  Nydia is listed as a co-investigator in Breast Cancer research led by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  She developed the yoga protocol for the study and is actively engaged in supporting and creating the writing of research articles to share the results of this important study with the Yoga and Scientific community.  She regularly presents at numerous conferences such as the Texas Yoga Conference, Texas Yoga Retreat, Dallas Yoga Conference, and has presented with the Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research in Austin 2014, and presented her research at the Symposium on Yoga Research at Kripalu in the Fall of 2014.  She was listed as faculty at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York when she was invited to present “Therapeutic Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors” in July 2015.

Nydia is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Texas Physical Therapy Association, International Association of Yoga Therapists and the San Antonio Chapter of the Texas Yoga Association. She is adjunct faculty and teaches yoga anatomy programs with numerous yoga schools in San Antonio.  She mentors and provides continuing education for yoga teachers and advanced yoga students as well as community lectures on various topics related to yoga, breathing, stress reduction, health and wellness.  She is Co-Director and Lead Trainer of the Open Hand Institute which offers a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher Training.

Nydia’s Yoga Therapy classes are influenced by the Eight Limbed Ashtanga Lifestyle practice, presented by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras.  Nydia presents asana that has been influenced by Ashtanga, Iyengar and traditional Hatha Yoga, along with her extensive experience in movement, breath-work, fitness and physical therapy.  This is integrated into 30+ years of core conditioning and physical therapy injury-preventive approach to wholeness that holds maximizing an individual’s function and quality of living in greatest esteem.


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SA Monthly October 2016