Physiyoga: physical therapy principles meet mindful movement

About Physiyoga

Physiyoga is movement and mindfulness rooted in science that incorporates the essence of yoga. Physiyoga provides you with tools to feel your best in your body and optimize movement for injury prevention and performance in your favorite sport or day-to-day life.

There has been accelerated acknowledgment and need for mind-body connection in the health and wellness industry.  Physiyoga is an embodied mindful movement based on scientific evidence and will educate and empower people to move well in their  bodies for the long haul along while managing stress and finding grounding.

We know joint mechanics and movement efficiency. We know muscle strength and motor learning. This scientific knowledge is the foundation upon which TPM teaches yoga. Yoga that’s safer, smarter. Yoga that builds strength and mobility. Yoga that’s sustainable.

While over 36 million Americans practice yoga regularly, the injury rate is steadily increasing. Yoga is not about stretching your body into extreme positions for the sake of a pose: it’s about understanding your body and adapting yoga in individualized ways to achieve overall wellness.

TPM teaches and supports injury recovery, healthy movement maintenance, body and mind awareness, good posture, proper alignment, best stacking habits, neuroscience, biomechanics, mindfulness, core restoration, postpartum care…and more.

Read: Combining Physical Therapy and Yoga Helps you Move in Better, Safer Ways.

Physiyoga was born in 2015 when we developed the curriculum for our 100-hour advanced yoga teacher training and certified our first 12 Threes Physiyoga teachers. We have run our training five additional times since then, with over 60 certified teachers globally. 

We have also conducted two sold-out credentialed introduction to Physiyoga continuing education courses for physical therapists. Our work evolved into our latest online studio, which opened in May 2021 with eight certified instructors. Nine months later, we have members from 20 countries with a 90% month to month retention rate.

Join us, take classes online on demand or live, or try one of our body-part specific 6 class progressive programs.

If you are new to yoga/movement and Physiyoga,we recommend trying Physiyoga in small doses at a time. Start with the Basics, and explore our restorative, mobility and smart strength classes. Try two 10-15 minute classes a week to begin, and build up to three or four classes of longer duration each week. Once you are comfortable with our basic concepts (link to blog), feel free to explore more of our Level 2 and eventually Level 3 classes.

If you are a more experienced mover without any existing aches and pains, and looking to feel better in your body so you can move well for the long haul, start with one to two longer Physiyoga classes per week. Choose one that’s full-body and one that’s body-part-specific. When comfortable, move to three to four different classes, mix and match full-body with body-part-specific work while maintaining your existing movement, especially your strengthening and cardio work. 

If you are coming to us for help with an ache or pain, we know how to move you forward! All TPM’s teachers have been trained extensively by experienced physical therapists from NYC’s renowned Hospital for Special Surgery. Our method of teaching is based in physical therapy science, and will not only guide you on how to move optimally but educate you on why this is important. You’ll learn how to take these lessons off the mat and into your life.

Start slowly with Foundations, Snack, and Level 1 classes in your body part. Or join us for a full six-part body-part specific progressive program. There’s one for each major part of the body.

We offer two options for certification:

  1. Become certified to teach the Threes Physiyoga Method. Learn More >
  2. Learn as a Physical Therapist. Learn More>

Who We Are

We’re Diana Zotos Florio (left) and Emily Tomlinson (right), physical therapists, yoga teachers and directors/co-founders of TPM. 

We created this digital fitness platform to serve as a collective space for like-minded teachers to share their passion for Physiyoga with a growing community of students eager to learn how the TPM principles can be applied to their practices.

We support teachers and students throughout their wellness journeys and guide them to greater–and more sustainable–health.

Our Mission

The Threes Physiyoga mission is to provide access to science-backed tools of yoga, physical therapy and mindfulness to empower people to achieve their full potential in health and wellness.

We help you move better. We teach you how to move your body efficiently; to improve your fitness, your performance, how you feel in your day-to-day life; and to recover from injuries and pain. Read more about how adding Physiyoga creates a more balanced movement + mindfulness diet in your life. ​

Our Vision

Virtual Studio

Through our Virtual Studio, we aim to provide equitable access to high quality, innovative, digital Physiyoga content to those recovering from injury, seeking longevity in movement, mindful balance, higher levels of performance, or support in their parenting journey.

Education

Yoga Teachers and movement professionals seek out TPM to teach Physiyoga classes and techniques that are science backed and accessible to their students, clients, and patients. An education with TPM will help bridge the gap between Physical therapists and movement experts, and create a differentiated market for those professionals.

Our Team

Diana Zotos Florio

Chief Executive, Co-Founder

Diana is the co-founder and chief executive officer of TPM. She is a mother of three, a physical therapist, yoga teacher, certified strength and conditioning specialist, and a serial entrepreneur. She believes that all forms of movement can be medicine and link mind and body. She conceived and developed TPM 7 years ago, and has been building it since.

Through her work at TPM, she is dedicated to bridging the gap between yoga and physical rehabilitation by training hundreds of yoga teachers as well as physical therapists in the TPM method. Prior to founding TPM, she spent seven years working as a physical therapist at The Hospital for Special Surgery, treating anyone from inpatient joint replacement patients to professional marathon runners. There she met Emily, with whom she partnered and co-founded TPM.

Diana received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from American University and master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Hunter college. When not working on TPM, Diana is found running, cooking, or getting in all the giggles with her three amazing kiddos.

Emily Tomlinson

Chief Program, Co-Founder

Emily is the co-founder and chief program officer at TPM. She is a mother of three, physical therapist, yoga teacher, anatomy teacher, former collegiate athlete and life-long learner. A licensed physical therapist for 20 years, she has practiced physical therapy in a variety of settings, including The Hospital for Special Surgery. 

Through her 20+ years of yoga journey, she has explored many disciplines of yoga. Emily brings yoga practices and physical therapy to provide an integrated treatment and teaching approach. She has taught anatomy and alignment components of multiple yoga teacher training programs, and currently leads TPM’s advanced teacher training program. Emily is passionate about teaching; she has taught in academic, professional, and community settings. 

Emily received her master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Springfield College, a doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Temple University, and served as an adjunct professor for Hunter College. She has completed both Vinyasa and Restorative yoga teacher training programs. Emily enjoys cooking, reading and adventuring with her family and friends.

J. Robin Moon

Chief of Strategy

Robin is the chief strategy officer at TPM. She is a social epidemiologist and a seasoned health executive with over 25 years of experience in private (corporate/entrepreneurial and non-profit/philanthropy) and public (government and academia) sectors. She brings her diverse experience into the domains of public health, healthcare, and social welfare system development.

Robin’s areas of expertise include integrating organizational management, governance and capacity building, business process and program development, policymaking, workforce development, and research/evaluation and quality improvement in the domains of public health, healthcare, and social welfare systems development. She is also a co-founder of sana solutions LLC, a boutique health consultancy, and currently holds faculty appointments at City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy as well as CUNY School of Medicine.

Robin holds a Doctor of Public Health (DPH) from Harvard University, and other advanced degrees from Columbia University and the University of Chicago. She is certified in multiple yoga disciplines, certified in Physiyoga, and a perennial marathon runner.

Kristina Clemons

Head of Operations

Kristina leads operations, where she is responsible for all organization and communications on the backend to enable TPM to run smoothly. A former ballerina, she has been teaching yoga for 12 years. She translates many traditions—intelligent vinyasa, Iyengar, Physiyoga, restorative yoga, sound bath, meditations—into her teaching.

Giulia Pline

Head of Content

Giulia leads the curation of the TPM digital studio content and beyond. Formerly a professional dancer, Giulia has been teaching yoga for 10 years and Physiyoga for 7 years. Her teaching specialty incorporates yoga, breathwork, mobility work and multidisciplinary styles of movement. She has a B.F.A from The Boston Conservatory.

Jenny Link

Head of Education Solutions

Jenny leads Education Solutions where she supports the YTT students’ learning experience. Her teaching is rooted in a therapeutic approach, using movement as a modality, blending her background of biomechanics and athletic training, Ayurveda, and Physiyoga. In addition to teaching at TPM, she also teaches group and private classes.

Deborah Livingston

Head of Curriculum Design

Head of Curriculum Design: Deb leads the development of science-informed TPM content to facilitate our students to become leaders and critical thinkers in Physiyoga. Deb utilizes physical therapy movement-based evaluation and treatment with TPM framework to empower her clients, families and students to enrich their lives with healthy movement throughout daily life.

Our Advisory Board

Kristen Climer

UI/UX Lead, Google

Expert in Product Experience

Kirsten Climer is a User Experience Lead at Google Research, where she inspires and accelerates people-centric futures for emerging technologies. Kirsten has over 15 years designing both physical and digital consumer products, focused on helping companies enter new markets, reach business goals while creating delightful experiences for people. Prior to Google, Kirsten was Director of Design at Smart Design, a strategic design and innovation consultancy firm. She worked with clients to improve people’s health and wellbeing through products and services. Kirsten holds a BFA in Art and Design from the University of Michigan. When not at work, Kirsten’s avid fitness endeavors include surfing left point breaks, attempting every style of HIIT class, and practicing yoga for recovery. Her athletic accomplishments include running the Boston Marathon and up all 86 flights of the Empire State Building.

Amy Ellixson

Vice President of Finance, 
North America Medical Devices at Johnson & Johnson

Financial Strategy

Amy is Vice President, Group Finance, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain. Over her 25+ year career at Johnson & Johnson, she has been an expert in vast and various corporate finance divisions, strategic planning, commercial business partnership building, commercial modeling optimization, and supply chain management. First 15 years of her career she had developed her expertise in the consumer segment with McNeil Consumer Healthcare. Amy earned her MBA from St. Edwards University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance and Accounting from Drexel University.

Megan Quitoni

Marketing Expert

Megan is an expert in integrated marketing, brand strategy, experiential, communications and media planning, bringing creativity and energy to every challenge. Throughout her career of 20+ years, Megan has specialized in launching and building lifestyle brands, ranging from fashion and media, to consumer packaged goods and hospitality. Over the last five years, she has been building MQ Consulting, LLC to apply her experience and vast industry relationships, helping clients with projects such as: Zero Point Zero Production (e.g. creating and executing marketing and communications strategy for the premiere of WASTED! The Story of Food Waste, a film produced by Anthony Bourdain), non-profit sponsorship sales and event programming for Brooklyn Community Services, and advising on marketing for several start-ups.

Alyse A Sagalchik

Partner at Katten, Muchin, Rosenman, LLP

Legal Expert

Alyse is a partner in the capital markets practice at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in Chicago. She represents both private and public companies with an emphasis on securities, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity transactions. She also counsels entrepreneurs, high-growth companies and investors who invest in such companies. Alyse maintains an active pro bono practice, representing victims of domestic violence and asylum seekers, among others. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and earned her law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. She is an avid runner and committed Turkey Trot enthusiast, and she enjoys spending time with her husband, her daughter and her dog.

Paul Scialla

Founder and CEO, Delos

Expert in Wellness and Startup Business

After 18 years on Wall Street, including 10 at Goldman Sachs as a Partner, Paul Scialla’s interest in sustainability and altruistic capitalism led him to found Delos, which is merging the world’s largest asset class – real estate – with the world’s fastest growing industry – wellness. Since the company’s inception, Paul has become a leading voice in the wellness and sustainability movements, serving as a keynote speaker at prominent green building, real estate, and technology forums and conferences around the world. Paul is also the Founder of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), which administers the WELL Building Standard® globally to improve human health and wellbeing through the built environment, a member of the Board of Directors for the Chopra Foundation, and a founding board member of the JUST Capital Foundation. Paul graduated from New York University with a degree in finance, and he currently resides in New York City.

Jonas Sokolof

Director of Oncological Rehab, 
NYU Langone

Physiatrist

Jonas is passionate about lifestyle medicine to treat and prevent various chronic conditions and improve function. After completing his residency training at Harvard Medical School, Jonas sub-specialized in musculoskeletal/sports medicine and interventional spine care. In his research, he examines lifestyle interventions to improve the lives of people who have had cancer. He is a co-chair of the lifestyle medicine counsel for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and a co-chair of the medical fitness working group for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He is also on the executive committee for the American College of Sports Medicine’s Task Force on Exercise Oncology.

Sheerin Vesin

VP Business Development, 
Tech Change

Social Impact and Education Technology

Sheerin is Vice President of Business Development at TechChange, an online learning and virtual events company that focuses on the social good sector. Prior to TechChange, Sheerin led product strategy and commercialization of educational technology products at IYF, an international NGO. Sheerin has held leadership roles in B2B marketing and sales at Rosetta Stone and SpotMe, and was a 2014 finalist for the Women in Technology Rising Star Award. Sheerin began her career as an English teacher and part-time alpine ski coach in France. A lifelong advocate for education, Sheerin has held volunteer leadership roles with Higher Achievement Program, and currently serves on the school council for the Lycée Rochambeau of Washington. Sheerin holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.A. from Middlebury College’s language schools. When not on her laptop, Sheerin can be found on the slopes, on her bike, or running after her two boys.

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