Meet our experienced staff
Our certified instructors are passionate about our number one goal: to guide and challenge you along your path to discovery and positive change. Whether you're in search of an experienced yoga, pilates, or HIIT instructor, The Foundry is fortunate to have some of Phoenix's best.
Take a moment and get to know these amazing individuals a little better.
FOUNDER, TEACHER - BIKRAM YOGA, 26 PLUS, POWER YOGA, BASIC YOGA, EXPRESS YOGA, HOT PILATES
Her greatest joy is helping people discover their strength and supporting them to be their best. She is passionate about yoga and transformation. When she was in middle school her parents dragged her, kicking and screaming, into her first Bikram Yoga class. She has been sweating in a hot room ever since. She is a certified Bikram Yoga Teacher, faculty for Open Hands Institute and Raja Yoga Academy Teacher Trainings, and the Founder of OHM School Teacher Training.
She has been a facilitator for transformational work since she was 18. She started at the Omega Vector, a free self-knowledge program founded by George Addair and later became a Hero's Challenge Workshop leader, certified by Alison Armstrong through the PAX Mastery Program.
HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, TEACHER - BIKRAM YOGA, 26 PLUS, POWER YOGA, BASIC YOGA, EXPRESS YOGA, HOT PILATES, HOT HIIT
One of my greatest joys is being part of a community that is collectively moving toward a more enlightened world. The Foundry is a very special place. I took my first yoga class when I was 15 years old from Cintra Brown at the first Bikram Yoga studio in Arizona, now the Old Town location. I attended Oregon State University on a golf scholarship and received my degree in Business Administration. After college I played professional golf, at the end of my career I was left with chronic back pain. My sister Nicole encourage me to try a regular practice of yoga 5 times a week to see if that would help my back pain and episodes of barely being able to walk due to slipped disks. In no time I could feel the changes happening, but it took months for me to better understand my body and learn to use the practice to heal my body. I lost 40 lbs in the first year of regular practice and episodes of my back locking up reduced significantly.
In my fourth year of practicing consistently, I competed in both the USA Yoga Asana Regional and National Championship, placing first in the 2016 Arizona Regional event. I'm in the best shape of my life spiritually, mentally and physically and I owe it to The Foundry. My back isn't completely healed (it may never be) but I am able to live a full life and have avoided surgery for many years now. Most importantly, I have two daughters that I get to keep up with and my practice helps me do that!
I love all the classes The Foundry offers and find them all so complimentary to one another. All the classes provide a total body approach, and each has it's own focus that you just don't get in other classes. To me Bikram is the most complete class providing spiritual, mental, and emotional benefits. Additionally providing high levels of flexibility, strength, and endurance. Hot Pilates is so great for your spine and joints, providing strength and flexibility to stabilizing muscles or slow twitch muscles. Pilates create long lean muscles and hits areas of the body that we just don't usually work with a strong emphasis on the core. Hot HIIT is one of the most effective ways to do cardio, building strength in all parts of the body and is focused on our fast twitch muscles. Additionally, the classes have great energy and it's just FUN! I find doing a mix of all the classes works best for me!
DIRECTOR, RETAIL MANAGER, TEACHER - BIKRAM YOGA, 26 PLUS, POWER YOGA, BASIC YOGA, EXPRESS YOGA
"I am forever inspired to lead people through this series that allowed me to heal."
Bikram Yoga began for Niki after a devastating loss. For her, the yoga room started as a mental escape, a place where she could mentally and emotionally let go of everything else that was going on in her life. "I don't actually remember physically learning any of the postures, but I do remember the mental and emotional breakdowns and breakthroughs that I went through during my first months of practicing Bikram Yoga. I know that people, just like me, use this yoga to heal themselves, physically, mentally and emotionally. I am forever grateful for how Bikram Yoga has changed my life and I will share the beautiful gift of Bikram Yoga to everyone willing and ready to experience it!"
Niki was born and raised here in sunny Arizona! After graduating from ASU in August of 2008 she left for Acapulco, Mexico for Bikram's Teacher Training! Niki graduated in November of 2008, and has been teaching full-time ever since. Niki studied Pregnancy Yoga (Pre & Post Natal) with Rajashree Choudhury at The Kripalu Institute in 2011. She has served on the faculty for OHM Yoga School since its inception in 2015, where she also earned her RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance.
PARADISE VALLEY STUDIO MANAGER, DIRECTOR OF TEACHER DEVELOPMENT, TEACHER - BIKRAM YOGA, POWER YOGA, BASIC YOGA, EXPRESS YOGA, HOT PILATES, HOT HIIT
I am always so honored and inspired to spend time at The Foundry! I began practicing yoga in 2004, and found my home at The Foundry in 2007. I became certified as a Bikram Yoga teacher in Fall 2008, and have been teaching Bikram Yoga full time ever since! I am truly passionate about the benefits and discipline it provides. I have practiced through the ups and downs in life - through 2 pregnancies, competing as a yoga champion, through depression, with all kinds of injuries, and in health. I know there are more circumstances to come that I can't predict - so my practice helps me connect to the calm within where I know I can handle anything that comes my way. I became a 200 Hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) in 2014 to continue my education, and also became certified to teach Pilates and HIIT in 2017! I am always inspired to continue studying with my mentors and teachers from all modalities, and always looking for ways to improve. I am passionate about working with other teachers and serve on the faculty of the OHM School teacher training. I have seen tremendous benefits in my personal life and in the lives of my students over the years through consistent practice- I look forward to many more! When I'm not on my mat, I love spending time with my family! Music, travel, coffee, friends, and being of service are what I love.
OLD TOWN SCOTTSDALE STUDIO MANAGER, NUTRITION COACH, TEACHER - BIKRAM YOGA, 26 PLUS, BASIC YOGA, EXPRESS YOGA, HOT HIIT
I am not a naturally flexible person, I have to work hard at it, and Yoga has made me the most flexible I have ever been. It has also given me strength that I didn't know I had. I also really love the mental challenge it presents. There is a lot of focus and concentration that this series requires so I feel like I am growing stronger both physically and mentally.
I went to Arizona State University and earned my Bachelor's degree in Nutrition with a concentration in Human Nutrition. I went on to graduate from Bikram’s Yoga Teacher Training in the fall of 2013. I recently attended Inferno Hot Pilates Training in 2017 which has led me to a new passion... teaching the Hot HIIT class - I LOVE IT!!! Having my nutrition background and being able to practice, teach, and still learn Bikram Yoga gives me a healthy, happy, and balanced lifestyle.
TEACHER - BIKRAM YOGA
"I love the way Bikram yoga makes me feel. The energy you gain is priceless!", Terri says. "Watching our students grow and experience amazing changes makes me feel good." Terri took her first class in 2004. As a hiker, a runner, and someone up for a challenge, Terri was initially surprised by the intensity of the workout.
After practicing for three years and waiting for her teenaged kids to get a little older, Terri decided it was time to attend teacher training. She spent nine long weeks in Honolulu at Bikram's Teacher Training and received her certificate in June 2007.
TEACHER - BIKRAM YOGA, 26 PLUS
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TEACHER - HOT PILATES, HOT HIIT, HOT BARRE
Julie is an experienced and energetic health and wellness professional. Having been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for over twenty years, Julie's versatile background is what makes her a well-rounded Pilates instructor. Since obtaining her bachelor's in Exercise Physiology from the University of San Francisco and her Master's in Exercise in Wellness from Arizona State University, Julie has had the opportunity to bring her expertise to various fields of health and wellness including rehabilitation and physical therapy, fitness club management, and wellness program coordinating. She continues to inspire others to meet their professional fitness and wellness endeavors as an adjunct faculty for Paradise Community College, University of Phoenix, and Bryan University. To add even more to her repertoire, Julie attended the Inferno Hot Pilates Teacher Training in 2016. She is the lead instructor for the OHM School Pilates & Hot HIIT Teacher Training.
While diverse in her own education, Julie's passion is with Pilates and the principles that Joseph Pilates created. "Physical Fitness is the first requisite of happiness" is the opening statement in Pilates' writings on Contrology. Julie believes that a fit body contributes to a sound mind. Being able to perform movement with intention while improving one's own strength and flexibility is at the core of each workout. Julie is committed to optimizing all clients to the best of their abilities through Pilates!
On a personal note, Julie lives in Phoenix with her husband and three children. While life may be busy managing the daily family operations, she enjoys hiking, cooking, writing and has been a Bikram yoga practitioner for five years.
TEACHER - BIKRAM YOGA, 26 PLUS, BASIC YOGA, EXPRESS YOGA, POWER YOGA
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TEACHER - BIKRAM YOGA, 26 PLUS
First and foremost I am a student and dedicated practitioner of yoga since 2007. With a family history steeped in disease and a series of unfortunate events and accidents, yoga is the one constant that has repeatedly healed my body and mind, and kept me on a path of natural healing and health.
To me, teaching is just an extension of my personal practice. It is an opportunity for me to share the brilliance of the yoga and the limitlessness that is this adaptogen. For all bodies, shapes, ages, and backgrounds, I teach from a place of inclusion and growth.
TEACHER - BIKRAM YOGA
I started Bikram Yoga after some persistent pestering from my friend Ben Zorensky in 2005. I had suffered a pretty bad knee injury a few years before and was just not the same. I could not do a lot of the physical activities and sports that I loved so much and I was only 30 years old. My first class was a disaster and humbling. I was in good looking shape from working out, but my endurance, flexibility, balance, and focus were laughable. I actually did not return to my second class for almost exactly 1 year later! Something in my mindset had changed and I was much more receptive to the philosophy behind the practice. I am an anatomy and science geek. So the consistency and the movement behind the yoga asana series was something very concrete for me to believe in. After that second class I had a very different reaction than a year ago. Within 2 weeks I had made the arrangements to work at the front desk for yoga trade and to go to teacher training in the fall of 2006!
The yoga has transformed my physical being, my focus, my patience, and my empathy for others. The practice has allowed me to continue doing the activities I love like hiking, biking and camping. I have met so many wonderful people through working the front desk, teaching and practicing at so many great studios valleywide and worldwide! It is an awesome lifelong community of support. I met one particular person whom I am honored to call my wife and the mother of our little yogi daughter! Audrey inspires me as a teacher and as a husband everyday!
I love teaching and taking the 90 minute classic most. The other options are awesome too but I am a purist and I like the pace and sequence for what it is. My favorite pose is standing head to knee because I feel that single posture has taught me the most about myself and how to shape and refine my practice. Many people used to quote Bikram that that particular asana tells everything about a person and I understand now what that idea means at least for myself.
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with many students, teachers and studios owners that I have great respect for and have helped coach and shape me into the teacher I am today. I also look forward to continued growth and understanding as a teacher and for my own practice. That is the beautiful thing about yoga to me....there is no finish line so the joy comes from the continued practice!