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.
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.
CO-OWNER The Union San Antonio - CROSSFIT LEVEL 1 TRAINER - BIKRAM YOGA TEACHER - HOT INFERNO PILATES TEACHER
a.k.a Little Yogi
Lisa Ingle-Stevens has been practicing yoga for 18 years and teaching for 16. Her passion for people and learning are evident from the moment you meet her. She believes that hard work, consistency and fun are the keys to continuing to grow as a person. Her goal is to help spread the practice of yoga and movement and inspire others to become their best in all aspects of their lives.
Lisa is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas with a degree in Business Administration. Lisa took her first Bikram Yoga class in 2000, and immediately following her first class she knew than she wanted to teach yoga and help as many people as possible find this incredible life-changing practice. In the fall of 2002, Lisa completed the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training Certification program in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the The Union, Yoga and Strength where her first yoga studio opened in the spring of 2004. Since than she has co-opened an additional two yoga studio locations in the area to help spread and expand the healing benefits of this yoga to the community along with serving as a mentoring teacher and studio owner. She also currently co-owns 3 CrossFit studios, Bust A Move CrossFit, and has a Level 1 CrossFit certification along with a Level 1 Power Yoga certification. She currently teaches Bikram Yoga, YOLK, Power Yoga, Inferno Pilates and CrossFit. She is also runs workshops in Leadership Development, Teaching and Feedback skills and co-founded The Open Hand Institute which is a education learning platform company dedicated to creating life-long learners.
Lisa loves spending time with her husband Kyle, daughter Olivia and dogs Abby and JoJo. She enjoys nothing more than being with her friends and family and making the most out of life. Besides teaching yoga Lisa loves to dance, eat and challenge herself constantly to try and learn new things.
Favorite Quote: “Your vibe attracts your tribe.”
CO-OWNER The Union San Antonio - CROSSFIT LEVEL 1 TRAINER (CF-L1) - FOOTBALL TRAINER-SPORTS PERFORMANCE COACH w/ USAW - BIKRAM YOGA TEACHER
a.k.a Big Yogi
Stevan Falk graduated from Bikram Yoga College of India's Teacher Training in May of 2003. He has a gift for teaching a fun and energizing yoga class that will keep you smiling all day long and feeling great. He is a student and teacher of modern strength and conditioning methods and integrates this theory into his class to empower you and your practice.
Steve was certified as a CSCS with the National Strength & Conditioning Association in 2001 and gained his Crossfit Level 1 and Crossfit Football certification in March 2013. He was born in San Antonio, TX and graduated with his bachelor's in Business Administration from Trinity University in 1998 and Master's in Accounting from Trinity University in 1999. While at Trinity, he lettered in Varsity Basketball for four years. After graduation, Steve went on to work in the audit department for the international accounting firm, Ernst & Young LLP, in the San Antonio office, and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas. During his time at E&Y, he also taught introductory and intermediate accounting at UTSA, and later on taught strength and conditioning theory at Trinity. Steve also served as the Strength & Conditioning coach for the Trinity Basketball teams.
Steve and his lovely wife Kelli spend most of their time trying to keep up with their son Trajan and daughter Carolyn. He also sneaks in some Highland Games and endurance races when he can, loves deer hunting, long walks on the beach, piña coladas and getting caught in the rain…
I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.” ~ D.H. Lawrence
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.
David Keil was introduced to yoga in 1989 by his Tai Chi Chuan teacher. Both the Tai Chi and Yoga practice at the ripe age of 17 began his research into his own mind-body connections. His search continued through massage therapy where he discovered many insights and affirmations of what he had been exploring and finding on his own through his practices. One of the most important elements was the specific understanding of the musculoskeletal system and how fascinating, beautiful, and amazing the body is on the scientific level and how that directly played into and off of his own understanding of the human body. He was given names and explanations for some of the things he had been experiencing and feeling.
As an instructor of Kinesiology (the study of movement and musculoskeletal anatomy) at Miami’s Educating Hands School of Massage from 1999-2003, David developed a fun, informal and informative style of teaching. By repeatedly teaching incoming students who had no prior understanding of anatomy, David was confronted with the problem of making such a complex and beautiful system accessible and understandable to the average person.
David brings his unique style and ability to make things simple to the yoga world. Because of his passion and desire to share the human body with everyone, he delivers this complex and sometimes frustrating topic in a way that is very accessible and understandable to yoga practitioners.
Over the years David has used his skills as a Neuromuscular Therapist to help people reduce their chronic pain patterns. He often brings this information into his workshops where students are regularly uncovering painful patterns or injuries in their bodies.
David was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in 1999. But it was in 2001 that he met John Scott in Penzance, UK, presenting his anatomy workshops for the first time overseas. Two weeks practicing with John was transformational and he realized that he had found his teacher. This began a relationship of both teacher/student as well as a collaborative colleague relationship that continues today. David still teaches anatomy for all of John’s Teacher Training courses.
It was also John who told David to go to Mysore, India the following year, which he did. David arrived in Mysore in 2002 where he had the honor of studying with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the “old” shala. In fact, it was the last year that the old shala was used for practice. David was authorized in 2004 and returned yearly for extended visits to Mysore with his wife Gretchen Suarez. They are both Authorized Level 2 and grateful for their time in Mysore, meeting Guruji and studying with R. Sharath, his grandson, over the years.
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