Open Hand Institute

Open Hand Institute

Dr. Nydia Tijerina Darby is the Director, Lead Specialist and Lead Educator of the Open Hand Institute (OHI).   OHI currently offers exclusive 200 hour and 300 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher Training programs that are presented in small groups on site at Nydia’s Yoga Therapy Serenidad Studio.  2020 has brought many new adventures to our communities (speaking kindly)… and the current 2020 Trainings have become Hybrid teacher trainings with the use of LIVESTREAMING to keep our programs running.  It is likely that this HYBRID version of trainings will continue.  There are many positives, and one is that this opens up our trainings to individuals who are located all over the world.

The Open Hand Institute offers educational workshops, hosting international Master Yoga Lifestyle Educators and supports the continuing education for yoga instructors.  These programs are also happening via LIVESTREAM.

OHI’s Mission is to provide the tools that empower, educate, develop, connect and support local & global long term yoga lifestyle practitioners and professionals.

The Open Hand Institute is an educational platform for yoga and medical professionals and the community of yoga lifestyle practitioners and learners that is directed towards elevating, inspiring and uniting our local and global communities with opportunities to learn from Master educators in all fields.  It is  positioned to provide a platform for yoga and medical professionals to access continuing education, entry-level to advanced learning and networking opportunities.

The Open Hand Institute is committed to providing tools that empower, educate and that serve to develop resilient human beings.  To share information about how science supports the practices and to support the continuing education and research opportunities that help to bridge the local and global medical and yoga communities.

Donna Shields

My Rheumatologist recommended yoga with Nydia as a form of physical therapy  for a neuromuscular condition.  Nydia guided the Gentle Therapeutic Yoga class, comprised of yoga instructors to beginners, in a way that felt personal.  I was able to do the movements (all on the floor) and was not tired or hurting so I mentioned that the intent was for me to build strength.  Nydia explained the movements that build strength and that I would probably be a little sore the next day.  She was correct but I still felt good.  A sense of achievement.  Finally physical therapy that does not hurt nor focus on my limitations but my overall well being.  I know I will have neuromuscular challenges in the future but I feel I have a method to manage my quality of life now. Thank you Nydia for dispelling what I thought I knew about yoga and introducing me to lifetime change.
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Charmaine Flores

This is my first experience at yoga. I was recommended by my doctor and I must say Nydia has a gift to conduct these classes. She has an awesome personality and makes you feel comfortable through the entire class. the environment is serene and that allows you to concentrate and feel at ease. I believe she can help restore the balance my body and mind needs. I can’t wait to continue my classes with her and embrace the changes of my mind and body that is so required. I definitely recommend taking her classes especially for first timers. Thank you Nydia:)
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Patti Schermerhorn

Every chance I get, I always try to encourage people to seek out Nydia. I started my practice with her years ago and stopped so I could be a caregiver. I’m back again to give to myself. She cares deeply about what she does and her passion for yoga, a healthy spirit and mind is contagious. She uses yoga as physical therapy and modifies movements specific to each persons needs. I’ve been around a lot of “coaches” in my lifetime but never one who’s words and teachings always echoed in my head and heart to ,literally, not only change my body and spirit but my life. For that, I will always be grateful.
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Micha Darby

There’s no other yoga experience like the classes you’ll take here! Excellent service and teachers. 🙂
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Jennifer Rockwell

I finally found someone who can help me. In addition to being a yogi, Nydia is a doctor of physical therapy and a published scientist in cancer research, who has developed this therapeutic yoga practice over 4 decades.
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Elizabeth Fried

I love attending Nydia’s Gentle Therapeutic Yoga class! It takes place in a warm, highly encouraging, yet non-competitive environment, which is nurtured by Nydia’s expert, very generous, non-judgmental teaching.
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Carolyn Perez

Wonderful experience.  I sought out Nydia for help after experiencing tremendous pain following a group yoga class elsewhere. Nydia spent extra time with me to address the difficulties and pain I was having and I was able to complete a yoga class without pain for the first time in weeks.  I’m so glad I reached out to Nydia.
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Maria Iturbe

Nydia is amazing! Loved today’s class.
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Maripat Munley

While I have practiced yoga for nearly 25 years, Nydia has been my best teacher. Her classes are deeply informed by her personal depth of training with yoga masters both here in the states & around the world. Combining that training with her professional base as a Physical Therapist has enriched my own practice over the past 10 years.  I look forward to going to class several times a week & feel stronger as a result.
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Betty Boazman

Exactly what I needed!  Some yoga classes seem to rush thru the positions and I don’t feel like I really got the benefit of the stretches.  This class allows enough time to fully experience each position while working at your own level. Nydia constantly coaches and assists each person.  Perfect
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Jack Willome

Nydia is awesome and has been an amazing resource in my life!  I’ve attended her classes regularly for 2 years and results have been tremendous.  I have a peripheral neuropathy (feet are numb) which was detrimental to my balance, to the point where she started me leaning against the wall in standing postures…I haven’t had to lean against the wall for a long time!  My strength, dexterity and mobility are progressing in spite of the neuropathy!  Nydia class is part of my regular routine…a necessity in my life!
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Rick White

Nydia loves what she does. She cares so much about each person in the class, not just for today, but to help us through aging healthily.  Not only do my muscles feel better, she always puts me in a good mood.
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Melinda Cantu

Excellent class and application to PTs!! She makes it easy to understand and apply and you get TLC for you in the midst! Will definitely be back!! Even able to eat nutritious meal and cookies!! Thank You Nydia! Looking forward to coming again! Very Kind, helpful.  A new way of doing CEUs.
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Kathleen Horner

 I attended my first class with Nydia yesterday in order to expand ways to help my massage clients. Nydia offered lots of simple and effective ways I can incorporate the basics of yoga and breathing to help clients achieve greater healing with their self care. I feel it was some of the best CE money I’ve spent in quite a while. I left with a renewed spirit of healing. Can’t wait to go back and learn more! Nydia and her husband’s hospitality were AMAZING! Thank you for opening not just your studio but your home to my learning experience.
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Kathy Ruiz

Nydia is so personable. You feel affirmed in just saying “hello!”
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