Physiotherapy, yoga and safer practice
Based in London and New York, this is a tale of 2 physiotherapists who became yoga teachers. Their quest is to bring awareness to the 21st Century yogi on a safer practice both for themselves and their students.
Diana Zotos Florio MPT, CYT
5 years ago, Diana completed her yoga teacher training at OM Yoga with Cyndi Li. Prior to that she had been a yoga student and a licensed practicing physical therapist for 7 years at Hospital for Special Surgery. After having her first child, she became owner of YogaPhyx™.
Her teaching and treating philosophy is to combine Yoga and Physical Therapy to provide patients and clients with relief from pain, knowledge about their body, posture reconditioning, and a healthy way to attain and maintain muscular and joint health, physical fitness, strength, and flexibility. She is driven by addressing injury by looking at the whole body and mind for the root cause of pain or discomfort and treating that root using mindfulness, breath and precise alignment.
Diana received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from American University, her Masters in Physical Therapy at Hunter College and has attended numerous post-graduate continuing education courses. She enjoys teaching about Yoga and Physical therapy and has been an adjunct professor at Hunter College and Columbia University.
Helen O’Neill, Physio, Yoga Teacher
Helen has always been a keen athlete and determined competitor. She cites her mother as her biggest influence (“She’s still a yogi at 66”) and knew from a young age she would work in the arena of sport, movement and health. Helen qualified as a physio in 2004 after first studying Human Movement Sciences in the UK. Then, a passion for adventure and a love of mountain sports led her to the Canadian mountain town of Whistler, where for 6 years she lived, skied, worked and learnt from some of the best therapists in the country.
In addition to treating the professional athletes that live and train in Whistler, Helen was also a key practitioner at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Helen is currently physio for the Canadian Snowboardcross and Slalom Team and the Canadian National Triathlon team.
Helen has a wealth of experience in diagnosis and treatment, working with everyone from Ironmen to world class skiers, through to recreational runners and swimmers and uses manual and manipulative therapy, IMS-style dry needling, neuromuscular re-programming and functional rehabilitation in her treatment regimes.