Bikram Yoga: the 26&2 prescription for HEALTH!

There are many types of yoga available to us today, and it is no secret that Bikram method yoga is relatively rigid. The order of the sequence and duration of the class are not subject to the whims of the instructors. Instead, we adhere to the prescription we know to work: the same 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises in the same order every time.

This sequence is designed to build each posture upon the last, preparing your body for the asanas that come next. You start with pranayama breathing to invigorate yourself and set your intention, then gradually wake your body up to its maximum flexibility, circulation, endurance, and oxygenation over the course of the class. The more you come, the more you can see and feel how the poses work together—increasing your heart rate through balancing stick so that you receive even more circulatory benefits from the inversion of separate leg stretching; strengthening and warming up your spine in the belly-down series so that you can reach your fullest potential in camel and rabbit, the two deepest bends in class. Posture by posture you target each part of your body for a revitalizing, therapeutic practice.

Ninety minutes gives you time to be present with yourself, learn something new, give all of your effort, and rest fully within each class. In 90 minutes you get the chance not only to push yourself, but also to explore stillness, an integral part of the balance of a hatha yoga class.

And it works. Studies are just starting to be completed that prove with western science what yogis have known for a long time (and what you might already know in your body): Bikram yoga in particular improves lower body strength, lower and upper body range of motion, and balance. Other studies suggest that it also improve glucose tolerance, bone mineral density, blood lipid profile, arterial stiffness, mindfulness, and perceived stress.

But you don't need to take our word for it. Come to class and find out exactly what this yoga does for yourself.

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Photo Credit: Evan Villavaso at The Foundry Paradise Valley

Sources: US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bikram Yoga of Corvallis,

Foundry Flagstaff Coming Soon!

Foundry Flagstaff Coming Soon!

Dear Students,

This June we will be celebrating our 13th Anniversary!! We have grown from the original PV studio with less than 20 members to having 3 beautiful studios Valley wide, all with thriving communities!! We owe this all to you, our wonderful students and amazing teachers and staff. Thank you for your continued support and investing your time and energy with us.

This year we will embark on our biggest journey yet. 6,000 feet higher, 150 miles north, and 30 degrees cooler we will be opening up our 4th location, The Foundry Flagstaff!

We want to build a space not just for the Flagstaff community, but also for our Valley family to have a place of refuge. A 2nd home away from home, to do retreats and unplug, to connect with your sense of peace, and to find your strength. 

We have an incredible opportunity to reopen the original Bikram Yoga studio in downtown Flagstaff and bring not only Bikram yoga, but all the Foundry classes and the magic of it's community to this beautiful town.

The studio was built in 2004 and has been closed for the last two years. We are raising money to create a state of the art studio that you will LOVE to come and visit. These renovations include new flooring in the yoga room, an industrial humidifying system, new paint, new floor and floorboards throughout, lockers, upgrades to the lobby, changes to the bathrooms and locker rooms, a full retail wall, and more.

We have considered many options for funding our new dream project. Todd started hinking, maybe our current students would want to help us "Found the Foundry in Flagstaff"! So, for the first time ever we are fundraising for our new location.

If you would like to help and become a "Foundry Founder" we have awesome limited edition founder t-shirts, towels, and hydroflasks!! In exchange for your generosity, we are also offering a limited number of life-time memberships at the Flagstaff location AND at all 4 Foundry locations

Click here to buy Fundraising Packages and Swag!

Your support will provide us the ability to start our 4th location and keep on track with our vision for the valley studios. Our goals are to continue to upgrade all three locations to world class facilities, and perhaps most importantly, to continue to grow our teachers pay and benefits so that they can make a living out of their passions.

We would love your help forging ahead!! Please let us know if you have any questions. We are so excited about expanding to Flagstaff!  

Let's Party in the Pines,

Nicole & Todd

Myths of Teacher Training

Myths of Teacher Training

There are many misconceptions surrounding Yoga & Pilates Teacher Training. We’ve set out to debunk the top 6 myths about enrolling in our teacher training program and shed some more light on the topic. Let the myth-busting begin.

MYTH #1: I’M NOT READY

“I’m worried that my practice isn’t good enough.”

Ah yes, that all too familiar voice. You know the one. That pesky inner critic that whispers repeatedly that you are not enough. Yoga and Pilates work beyond the physical practice, extending far off the mat. You may only make it to a class here and there, but what matters most is your desire to learn.

My Experience: 60 Days of Hot Yoga

My Experience: 60 Days of Hot Yoga

My Experience: 60 Days of Hot Yoga by Jenna Ptacek

A few months ago I was talking to a doctor and I told him that I had been really stressed out lately (more stressed than I had ever been); he mentioned that he did hot yoga to help with stress, so I decided to give it a shot.  I can’t begin to tell you how thankful I am that I did.  Shortly after attending a couple classes, I decided to do a 60-day challenge… this experience has been life changing.  

THE FOUNDRY: YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD HOT SPOT FOR YOGA, PILATES, HIIT & BARRE

THE FOUNDRY: YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD HOT SPOT FOR YOGA, PILATES, HIIT & BARRE

We are so thrilled and honored to be featured on the cover of the Scottsdale Standard this month.

Click here to read the full story!

“Life, at best, is stressful, and easy answers don’t always exist. But one of the best cures for all of life’s headaches—big and small—is yoga. When practiced regularly and correctly, yoga can improve your entire being. And when the physical body, the brain and the spirit are aligned and wholly healthy, life’s difficulties aren’t so overwhelming and answers aren’t so insurmountable to find.

Practicing yoga the right way is key to yielding optimal results, and the best way to know you’re doing yoga in its correct form is to get connected with a professional yoga studio like The Foundry.”