My approach is rooted in the unique philosophy of physiyoga, a holistic approach to combining yoga with traditional physical therapy. Physiyoga draws on the biomechanical rehabilitation focus of traditional physical therapy and the ancient yoga teachings of postures, mindfulness and breath work to create an integrated, hands-on healing practice.
These methods can be used by people with any level of yoga experience to address specific injuries or lingering discomforts such as neck or low-back pain, acute shoulder or ankle injuries, and those returning to athletics following hip or knee surgery.
This approach aims to break down poor postural habits and muscular recruitment and rebuild with cues for better posture, exercises to recruit correct muscles and progressive yoga postures to re-establish balanced strength and flexibility.
About Diana Zotos, PT, MSPT, RYT, CSCS
I am a licensed physical therapist and certified yoga teacher living in Brooklyn, NY, working in all of NYC.
As a physical therapist, I have vast experience treating patients with many types of injuries including hip, knee, shoulder, low back, neck and ankle, among many others. In my years of clinical experience, I have worked with all post-surgical orthopedic patients, learning from the best physical therapists and Surgeons in the world. My style is to look broadly at the whole body for impairments and causes of injury and rehabilitate by retraining muscles and rebuilding movement patterns through a combination of physical repetition, postural alignment and mental cueing. Ultimately, my strategy is to get to the root of the cause of injury; the “why” as opposed to the “fix”.
As a yoga instructor, I have found that the teachings of mindfulness and breath provide the perfect foundation for facilitating my “re-training” approach to therapy. Adapting vinyasa style yoga postures to physical therapy treatment programs is central to my philosophy of yoga infused physical therapy.
I spent 7 years as a physical therapist at an orthopedic speciality hospital in New York City. In 2009, I earned my 200-hour Yoga teacher certification from world-renowned teacher Cyndi Lee at OM Yoga in New York City. I received my Master’s degree in physical therapy from Hunter College in New York City in 2006, and B.S. in Biology and Pre-Medicine from American University in Washington, D.C. in 2001 and spent two years as a clinical laboratory assistant in molecular biology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC.
I have developed a skill set through a range of continuing education courses each year, including those specializing in sports medicine, manual therapy and treating the spine. Most notably, in 2012 I completed the acclaimed Discover Physio educational series, which is on the forefront of applying our knowledge of the interconnectedness of the body’s movements and mechanics to injury treatment and prevention.
I am an avid runner, snowboarder and yoga practitioner. Yoga entered my life for two equally important reasons. First, to help me be more mindful and present to settle the mind and increase my awareness. Second, to strengthen and tone my body to optimize my performance and prevent injury in the sports I love. I have a passion for healing people and believe strongly in benefits of integrating the mind, body and spirit in the healing process.
In my practice as a physical therapist and yoga instructor, I treat and teach clients of all ages, occupations and activity levels. My passion is to treat patients by merging the teachings of physiotherapy and yoga.