Learning Adventures with Nydia

nydia at TYC14Hi This is Nydia.  I believe that we are blessed every day with opportunities and endless ability to learn about how our bodies, minds and spirits work.  I am encouraged at how we are able to take what we have learned and relate it to our environment and surroundings, the people we meet, our families, loved ones and our community in general.  This page is dedicated to giving you information about some of the learning opportunities that I have created over the years that have allowed me to continue to live my passion—educating and empowering others.  These learning opportunities incorporate yoga lifestyle, movement, fitness, preventative health, and awareness practices.  They are available to learners at all different levels; those who wish to deepen their understanding of hatha yoga and mindful care of their body, yoga and fitness instructors who wish to increase their understanding of functional and movement anatomy and physiology, yoga schools and groups of individuals who are seeking specialized instruction to meet the needs of their participants, the list goes on.  Workshops and specialized classes occur at Nydia’s Yoga Therapy studio or at other locations and studios as contracted.  If you are not currently on the NYT email list, please subscribe so that you can be privy to the latest offerings at the studio.  If you would like to get more information about what other programs we offer or if you are interested in contracting with Nydia to present at your studio, send a message to Nydia@NydiasYogaTherapy.com.

 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training opportunity…. you don’t have to be local to San Antonio.  Come to our information session, Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 7pm at Nydia’s Yoga Therapy Studio.

From diagnosis through healing, yoga-lifestyle practices have much to offer women dealing with breast cancer, as they undergo treatment and then as ‘survivors’. Nydia Darby is a physical therapist, yoga educator and yoga researcher. She developed a yoga asana practice designed specifically for breast cancer survivors as part of a major research study. The protocol she developed also introduced the idea of ‘meditation through movement’, using the breath as the focus throughout the practice.

Findings demonstrated that, when practiced consistently and modified according to the needs of each individual participant, this method increases mobility, strength and endurance; it improves function and quality of life, reduces stress, and enhances focus and concentration.

Join Nydia as she shares the program used in the six-month study of yoga for breast cancer survivors. Explore your potential for practicing yoga asana and pranayama under Nydia’s skillful guidance. Discover the art and science woven together in a yoga-lifestyle that has demonstrated benefits for breast cancer survivors throughout their lives.

“The only thing you have to do is breathe…the rest will come.”—Nydia

(The practices will be modified to fit the individual practitioner as needed. No prior yoga experience necessary.)

This course is scheduled to take place on July 19th-24th 2015 at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.  Go to www.eOmega.org for more information that will be appearing soon when the new catalog uploads for the 2015 course offerings. 

 

Functional Yoga and Movement Anatomy:

 In this program you will learn how to identify the basic anatomy of the foot and ankle and recognize what neutral alignment should be in standing postures.  You will practice standing yoga postures with effort placed towards using optimal neutral alignment as appropriate and understand the effect that the position of the foot and ankle has on the knee, hip, shoulder and spine.  You will practice foot and ankle strengthening, mobility and flexibility activities using weight bearing to facilitate functional improvement and discuss strategies for improving function and reducing injury to the feet for a lifetime.

In this program you will identify the basic anatomy of the knee; muscles, tendons, ligaments.  You will learn how to recognize neutral alignment in yoga postures and understand the effect that the knee has on the rest of the body.  You will practice yoga asana with effort placed towards using optimal alignment as appropriate for the individual.

In this program you will have the opportunity to identify basic anatomy of the Hip & Pelvic region: bones, muscles & ligaments.  You will review the neutral alignment of the hip & pelvis in standing & seated postures and understand the effect the positions of the hip & pelvis have on the rest of the body.  You will have an opportunity to practice yoga postures with effort placed towards using optimal neutral hip & pelvic alignment as appropriate for the individual.

 In this program, you will identify basic anatomy of the spine, abdominal, pelvic floor and breathing structures: bones, muscles, ligaments, the structure of the spinal disc and basic nervous system.  You will learn about the use of neutral alignment of the spine in upright standing, functional living & yoga postures.  You will have the opportunity to participate in an abdominal check up to determine clearance for safe abdominal exercise execution.  You will practice yoga postures with effort placed towards using optimal neutral spinal alignment & active core stabilization as appropriate for the individual.  You will also practice spinal and core abdominal strengthening, mobility and flexibility activities using various positions & body weight bearing to facilitate functional improvement.  During this course, you will have the opportunity to discuss strategies for improving function and reducing injury to the spine & torso.

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In this program you will identify the basic anatomy of the shoulder and the scapula-thoracic junction.  You will identify the muscles, tendons, ligaments that support these areas.  You will learn how to recognize neutral alignment in yoga postures and understand the effect that the shoulder and scapula-thoracic junction have on the rest of the body in weight bearing and standing postures.  You will practice shoulder and scapulo-thoracic strengthening, mobility and yoga asana with effort placed towards using optimal alignment as appropriate for the individual.  You will discuss strategies for improving functional performance to the upper quadrant to help reduce injury and improve overall wellness.

In this program you will identify the basic anatomy of the hand, wrist and elbow; the muscles, tendons, ligaments.  You will learn how to recognize neutral alignment in yoga postures and understand the effect that the hand, wrist and elbow have on the rest of the body in weight bearing and standing postures.  You will practice yoga asana with effort placed towards using optimal alignment as appropriate for the individual and discuss strategies for improving functional performance to the upper quadrant.

 

Specialty Programs:  

  • HOW YOGA HELPS: Understanding the beneficial effects of yoga on the major body systems.

    An interactive presentation for those who wish to deepen their understanding about what really happens in the body during yoga asana practice that makes it so good for us. Participants will learn about the beneficial physiological effects of asana on the major body systems such as the circulatory, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, gastrointestinal, metabolic, endocrine, muscular, skeletal and neurological systems. The participants will participate in basic hatha yoga asana practice that integrates the information of what body systems are positively influenced.

  • Functional Movement Anatomy of Yoga Asana Practice.

     In this program, you will learn how to recognize the major joints of the body and the bones that make up each joint.  You will be able to define and demonstrate understanding of anatomical terms relating to body positions and movement and recognize neutral alignment of the body in upright, inverted, supine, prone and weight bearing positions.

  • Preventing Overuse Injuries that can occur in Yoga Asana Practice.

    In this program you will learn about overuse injuries that can occur during yoga asana practice.  You will identify yoga postures that have potential for stressing the joints, practice yoga postures with emphasis on improving alignment and recognizing variations/modifications of asana practice to meet the needs of a wide variety of body types.  You will discuss strategies for improving function and reducing injury to the body in asana practice.

  • Mindful Practices that Prepare Patients for Surgery. A module for Physicians.

    This program is designed to inform physicians and medical care practitioners about the science that supports mind-body-spirit practices such as Yoga, meditation and breathing practices.  The program components introduce specific activities that are beneficial to preparing patients for a surgical procedure.  These components are encouraged to be implemented prior to surgery. Specific details regarding the benefits  of implementing these program components are highlighted.  

  • Mindful Yoga Practices to Prepare for a Surgery. A module for patients.

    This program is designed to inform the general lay public about the science that supports mind-body-spirit practices.  Gentle yoga asana, beginning meditation and breathing activities are introduced to encourage participants to become empowered in taking control of their recovery after a surgical procedure.  Interactive practices occur during this presentation.

  • The Piriformis: It can give you a real pain in the butt.

     This program presents the basic anatomy of the pelvis and lower quadrant and differentiates between Lumbar disc, sacroiliac, piriformis and sciatic pain.  Participants will explore ideas regarding the effect that Piriformis pain can have on living and function in recreation and sports.  Participants will be able to practice core strength, mobility and stability in yoga based activities and discuss strategies for improving function to reduce recurrence of piriformis dysfunction.


Course offerings at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas:

 This course started in the Fall of 2012.  It is part of the course offerings within the Exercise and Sports Science Department at St. Mary’s University and offers the student participants 3 credit hours upon successful completion.  It is designed to bring yoga lifestyle practices to the student participants including an awareness of the 8 Limbed Yoga Path, Meditation, Pranayama and Asana.  It is a pre-requisite for the Yoga for Healthcare and Fitness Professionals course that is offered in the Spring.

This course started in the Spring of 2013.  It is part of the course offerings within the Exercise and Sports Science Department at St. Mary’s University and offers the student participants 3 credit hours upon successful completion.   It is designed to support the continuation of the student participants’ yoga lifestyle practices.  Nydia Darby introduces the student participants to the methods that she uses with clients in her work as a Therapeutic Yoga Specialist.  The topics presented include integrating yoga asana, pranayama and meditation practices and utilizing specific yoga asana as assessment and functional tools for injury awareness, rehabilitation and prevention.  

 

 

Yoga Conferences where you can find Nydia: