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.

Kathy Ruiz

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

Nydia was great! I basically had a private session since no one else showed up today. She was warm and welcoming and super intuitive in instruction. I’m not knowledgeable in yoga but know this was a great welcoming space. Y’all should definitely try it out.
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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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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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Maria Iturbe

Nydia is amazing! Loved today’s class.
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Kathleen Curry

It is a dream come true when your yoga teacher is a doctor of physical therapy.  Who could ask for anything more?  Nydia pays attention to every detail of your body while you are in a posture.   She can offer subtle cues that have tremendous impact.     She has helped me enjoy postures that I thought I would never be able to do again because of a cervical condition.  Nydia’s classes are challenging and fun.  Her approach is unique.  She is a delightful individual.  Nydia’s Yoga Therapy is San Antonio’s hidden gem.
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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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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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Teresa M Alvarez

I recommend this yoga sanctuary for everyone!! Nydia is absolutely amazing and is truly unique. I appreciate each time I attend a class I am never encouraged to do anything beyond the point of discomfort.
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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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John Hollenbeck

Incredible teacher, mentor and friend.
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Deb Schmid

What an amazing 75 minutes, breathing, stretching, balancing and Oming. She is the master of explaining how to get the most out of the practice. What a blessing!
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Marco Chalaby

Nydia provides almost private instruction focused on the needs of each student. I had a recurring muscular pain that almost went away with the exercises and stretches that she recommended during class. She will talk through long poses so that you do not feel the discomfort!
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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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