Learn from the best
Our seasoned team at OHM School brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for sharing it to every class. Combined, they offer decades of experience across numerous disciplines. Take a moment to meet them.
Cintra Brown, a pioneer of Bikram Yoga. She is a dedicated and knowledgeable yoga teacher with spiritual messages. Cintra has been teaching Bikram Yoga since 1989, and was the founder of the first Bikram school in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is also an International Judge. Experience Cintra's class, where you will learn, laugh, and come away with her Cintraism's – the part of her teachings that help take yoga off the mat, and into your everyday life.
Dr. Ben Zorensky, ND, is a licensed Naturopathic Physician, certified Bikram Yoga Instructor since 2003, speaker, anatomy & physiology educator, and avid large format film photographer. In 2007, Ben graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and currently practices naturopathic medicine as Chief Medical Officer for Naturopathic Athlete in Tempe, AZ (http://www.naturopathicathlete.com).
Dr. Ben Zorensky's rich background in naturopathic medicine, nutrition, collegiate athletics, wilderness experience, and therapeutic yoga serves to provide a unique perspective on health and healing. It is a foundation that allows him to help his patients realize greater wellness through individualized treatment plans that enable their body, mind, and spirit to restore and maintain optimal health.
"In yoga, we work with precise muscular contractions to orient our bodies in space," Dr. Zorensky, ND says, "and then we take that work and incorporate it into everyday movement."
Nicole Deacon is the co-owner of The Foundry and founder of OHM yoga school. She started practicing yoga in 1995 and began teaching Bikram yoga in 2005. She is passionate about yoga, leadership, and transformation. She began facilitating transformational programs at the age of 18 and continues to learn more methods of leadership skills completing her certification with the PAX Mastery Program in 2016. She holds certificates in transformational work, movnat, bikram yoga, anatomy, and executive leadership.
Niki Fillmore is a yoga teacher in Phoenix, Arizona. Her passion to teach yoga comes from witnessing people transform and move towards living a life filled with vitality, joy and gratitude. She enjoys seeing people bring life back into their lives!
Niki has been a full time yoga teacher since Fall of 2008. She attended Bikram's Teacher Training (500+ hours) in Acapulco, Mexico. For the past 5 years she has been mentoring and coaching teachers at The Foundry AZ, where she also serves as the director and retail manager. Niki has sought out the best teachers in the community for her continued education. She has studied Pregnancy Yoga with Rajashree Choudhury, in-depth Posture Study with Lynn Whitlow, Teaching Philosophy with Craig Villani, Teaching Dynamics with Lisa Ingle-Stevens, and many others. Her speciality is mentoring teachers how to teach the pregnancy series and share with expecting-mothers how to care for themselves with yoga throughout their pregnancy.
Heidi-Jo started working at The Foundry AZ in 2004, and in 2008 she attended Bikram's Teacher Training program, in Acapulco, Mexico. Heidi-Jo is also a 200 level RYT, and serves on the faculty at the OHM Yoga School.
A full-time yoga teacher and studio manager since 2008, Heidi-Jo continues to seek out mentorship from the best teachers in the community. Heidi-Jo specializes in mentoring new yoga teachers, and in helping to develop teaching dynamics in the yoga classroom.
HOT PILATES INSTRUCTOR
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.
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.