Nicole Deacon is the co-owner of The Foundry and founder of OHM (Original Hot Method) Teacher Training. 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.
DIRECTOR OF TEACHER DEVELOPMENT
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, as well as being certified in Hot Pilates, HIIT & Hot Barre. She serves on the faculty at the OHM Yoga School and is the Director of Teacher Development for all Foundry locations.
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, HIIT & BARRE TRAINING 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 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, HIIT, and Barre!
TEACHER TRAINING FACULTY
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.
Niki has been a full time yoga teacher since Fall of 2008. She attended Bikram's Teacher Training (500+ hours) in Acapulco, Mexico. Niki is also a 200-level RYT. For the past 10 years she has been mentoring and coaching teachers at The Foundry, where she also serves as the Director & Marketing 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, Inferno Hot Pilates with Gabi Walters, as well as Hot Barre with our very own Julie Valenzuela. Her speciality is mentoring teachers how to teach the pregnancy yoga series and share with expecting-mothers how to care for themselves with yoga throughout their pregnancy.
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!
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