Meet Sierra, she is our Yoga and Gym Manager at Roca!
Teaches: Hatha, Phoenix Yoga, Hot Balance & Flow, Yang Yin
200 HR, 85Hour Prenatal, CES, B.A. Biology
Yoga is a way of life. It calms and centers the mind, body, and soul to things that matter, and relieves you of those that do not.
Sierra started her yogic journey in 2011 in the beautiful town of Duluth, MN. She was in a stressful part of her life when yoga found its way to her. Sierra discovered how amazing it felt to drain away worries and enlighten herself both physically and mentally. Yoga gives you the tools to address your situations, and choose the lighter path.
Sierra is ever thankful for the yogi teachers in her life that showed her that yoga isn’t just a workout. Jessie Erickson and Emily Ostos guided her to experience her true self and discover how to be flexible in both mind and body.
She took her yoga teacher trainings in beautiful Whistler, Canada and the Big Island in Hawaii through Yogacara. Being in such a serene environment while immersing herself in the practice of yoga has taught her so much about being a yogi and a teacher. Sierra is thrilled with this opportunity to teach at Roca and lead people into the climbing & yoga world!
Any questions for Sierra? email her at: Yoga@climbroca.com
|Emily Nelson: Detox & Twist
RYT 200, BA Communication
Emily’s teachings are focused in aligmentment based Vinyasa, inspired by both her own practice and by her teachers, Adam Husler, Serge Berliawsky, Gloria Baraquio, and beyond. She encourages a strong emphasis on connecting to the root of our being through practice of breath, mantra, movement, and mediation.
She began her journey in the practice of yoga over five years ago, when her high school ice hockey team decided to include yoga in their training. It wasn’t until her freshman year of college that she became further dedicated to the practice in regards to her own personal self growth. Ultimately, the practice of yoga became a way of life for Emily. Yoga is something that has saved her both mentally and physically, and she is passionate about sharing the practice with others.
Emily spent six months living in London and Europe. It was in London that she had the opportunity to learn from Adam Husler on numerous occasions. It was through the practices he guided that she felt inspired to pursue an alignment based Vinyasa training. In June of this past summer, Emily flew to Southern California to pursue her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in alignment based Vinyasa with Shivakali Yoga. She spent eighteen days living, learning, and training in the desert with teachers Serge Berliawsky, Gloria Baraquio, and a group of fellow yogis who became family. Emily has had the opportunity to teach regularly in Rochester, Minnesota since graduating from Shivakali in June.
‘Breath is moving. Heart is beating. And, we are so alive, full of light and life, and all the strength we need to move through whatever darkness, worry, stress, fear, beyond what we may be facing in our daily lives.’ The weight of this phrase is something Emily likes to remind her students of often. She hopes to see you in class soon x
Irene Kruger: Hot Fusion, Yoga Sculpt
When first introduced to yoga, Irene didn’t enjoy it. It was “too slow,” and she “wasn’t flexible enough.” She was re-introduced during graduate work, and couldn’t believe what she had been missing. Now, one of her favorite analogies is, “Saying you’re not flexible enough for yoga is like saying you’re too dirty to take a bath; that’s why you do it!”
During her Master’s program, Irene quickly found that yoga was a beautiful compliment to her work in counseling psychology. Yoga is absolutely what kept her sane while working, schooling, and completing her internship. Initially, she fell in love with the physical practice, but she stayed for the mental clarity and emotional balance yoga provided.
In 2015, Irene completed a 200 Hour Power Yoga Teacher Training with Core Power in Downtown Minneapolis. She had intended to learn about herself as a student, but felt called to teach. After her 200 hour training, she immediately completed a 50 Hour Extensions Course. Irene found a job teaching power yoga/vinyasa with 180 Balance in Detroit Lakes, MN. It was there she was trained in the Hot Yoga Series, and she began teaching Hot and Hot Power Fusion classes, in addition to power yoga.
Her main goal as a teacher is to make each of her students feel welcomed and supported to take options that best suit their bodies in the moment; her focus is on breath and presence moment-to-moment. You’ll often hear her say, “I will always encourage breath over movement.”
Carrie Walsh-Schmidt: Hot/Warm Vinyasa Flow, Yoga Sculpt
Carrie discovered Yoga at a pivotal time in her life. After sustaining a stress fracture from running in 2009 she had to find other ways to stay active and rebalance life. She was hesitant to try yoga initially because it was out of her comfort zone. There was an instant attraction to yoga, and the urge to explore the various formats.
Yoga has brought Carrie so many wonderful things, including stronger performance with running and biking but more importantly relief from everyday life demands and stress. Friends and family have commented how yoga has made her an increasing more positive, uplifting being to be around.
Wanting to share with others her passion and love for yoga she went onto teaching training, getting certified in Yoga Sculpt and Power Yoga in 2012 through Corepower Yoga. This was a great compliment to her medical background as a nurse, already knowing keen aspects of the human anatomy and physical body. Carrie aims the intention of her classes to the deeper, more profound understanding of one’s self through breath and movement while maintaining safety with alignment.
“I am always honored to be able to guide students, seeing transformations, hearing about life changing discoveries they have had. It is truly breath taking!”
| Christina Tillema: HIIT Express
I grew up in Kentucky playing soccer and racing on swim team. Group fitness has always been a part of my life. After years of participating in group fitness classes, a fellow instructor recruited me to teach. I have an AFAA certification in primary group exercise and I teach group strength and HIIT classes. I am currently training to teach cardio kickboxing classes as well.
Strength training is vital at all ages and stages in life. It helps with weight management, preventing injury, keeping the metabolism going strong, and fighting the muscle loss that happens as we age. My goal is to create an energizing and fun environment to strength train and burn calories in a group setting. HIIT is especially good for building strength and endurance, increasing cardiovascular capacity, and creating an after burn effect where you still burn extra calories after the workout is over.
My undergraduate and graduate school background is in English Literature and American Studies, and I worked as a grant writer and a community college instructor for many years before teaching group fitness. Combining my teaching experience with my ever-growing passion for fitness is really the perfect fit and I am so excited to share it at ROCA.
Sarinna Fisher: Hatha Flow, Vinyasa Basics
Sarinna started her yoga practice in 2011 during her first year of college in Winona, MN. A few years into practicing, she noticed that yoga became more than just the physical postures. This is where the healing and journey to the self began. After 5 years of practicing yoga and meditation, she decided to start her yoga teacher journey. In 2017 Sarinna received her 200 Hr Certificate in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
The yoga teacher training was so eye opening and inspiring that Sarinna has immersed herself in teaching and is excited to be able to share her practice with all of the Roca Yogis. Sarinna’s classes focus on alignment, strength, and intentional movement.
Kathy Bolen: Warm Restorative Flow, Yin Yoga
Kathy Bolen received her 200-hour training through Green Lotus Yoga & Healing Center® LLC. Kathy has been practicing yoga off and on since 2006.
A paralegal by day, she decided to deepen her practice in 2014 and completed her teacher training in June of 2015. Kathy is so very excited to share her knowledge of yoga with her fellow climbers and anybody else willing to listen! When not climbing or practicing Yoga, Kathy can be found camping, hiking the trails, reading a book, or eating ice cream. Please join her to improve your climb, your body, and your mind.
Kerry Todd: Substitute
Kerry is excited to be sub teaching at Roca. She loves sharing her love of yoga with others and feels honored to be part of people’s yoga journeys. Her philosophy is that yoga is for everyone and she hopes students get out of yoga what they need–whether that be a great workout, more flexibility and strength, or a guide to living their lives more present and fully.
She is known for her authenticity, friendliness, inclusive and non-judgemental style and she welcomes all ages, body types and abilities from beginners to more experienced yoga practitioners. She hopes when students step off the mat after her class they somehow feel better—that they can more fully be themselves, and perhaps experience a greater sense of joy, balance and peace.
Kerry has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years. She started initially by looking to add something different into her exercise routine and was hooked. She recognized there was something different about yoga and pursued it more seriously completing her 200 hour teacher training in 2012. She is one paper short of completing her 500 hour teacher training and considers herself to always be a student and learner of yoga and of life.
Michelle Anklan: Warm Yin
Michelle grew up doing gymnastics and began practicing yoga in 2005. After a complicated knee injury sustained in 2013, she began practicing yin yoga and exploring meditation and mindfulness practices to further her healing.
In June of 2017, Michelle earned her 100 hour yin yoga teacher certification from Annie Au Yoga in Sayulita, Mexico. Michelle emphasizes the mind-body connection and mindfulness in her yin yoga class at Roca.
Allison Howell: Yoga Sculpt
Allison was first introduced to yoga as a teen by her mother, who sought to find more flexibility in her shoulders— and life. Allison quickly discovered that yoga helped her release some of her (boundless) energy, but also find a needed calm to have throughout her days. She quickly fell in love with Vinyasa style yoga with its ability to tie music to motion, creating something truly special in a flow sequence that she now wants to bring to others.
Allison 100% credits yoga in helping her love herself more, and better— inside and out. A love for self, the body, and life is something that she tries to weave into every class!
Allison has completed her 200-hour yoga training in Prana Vinyasa through Shiva Rea’s school of Samudra Global School of Living, in addition to a 200-hour training in Vinyasa at Yoga Center of Minneapolis (YCM). She is certified to teach kids yoga.
Ann Flott: Substitute
Ann became a certified yoga instructor in 2009 and has been teaching locally around Rochester since 2010. She very much enjoys sharing her passion for yoga in a safe and nurturing environment encouraging students to be present, curious, and open as they explore limitless possibilities on the mat. She gently guides students toward broadening self awareness in a well-balanced practice emphasizing breath and alignment. Her desire is that students come to know their innate magnificence and experience a life filled with joy, peace, and ease.