Yoga Instructors




Sierra yoga instructor

Meet Sierra, she is our Yoga and Gym Manager at Roca!

Teaches: Hatha, Phoenix Yoga, Hot/Warm Vinyasa Flow, Core Strength Yoga, Power Vinyasa

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.  Sierra 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 training in beautiful Whistler, Canada 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!

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anastasia yoga instructor

Anastasia Talarico: Guest Teacher

Native Chicagoan, Anastasia is a gymnast, dancer and yogi excited to share her knowledge with all ages of learners.  She has found that the mindful movements of yoga help balance the different aspects of daily life by developing a heightened level of awareness.

With an expertise in body alignment, anatomy and physiology she is passionate about a safe practice, guided toward growth and restoration.  She is a Registered Yoga Teacher with a background in Vinyasa Flow and Yoga Sculpt with additional training in Balletone and Yoga Tune-Up and soon to be Pound.  Her full time work involves being a student at Mayo Clinic for Nurse Anesthesia.  She is eager to share the benefits of yoga with anyone interested in a yoga practice, whether you are a beginner or advanced yogi!


Becky Hynes: Hot Fusion, Yoga Sculpt

In 2012, Becky started her yoga practice. She quickly recognized that yoga was much more than just a physical practice. She was immediately drawn to the power that yoga has to connect mind, body and spirit through breath. Furthermore, she has found the benefits and teachings on the mat resonate for her off the mat, as well.

In Spring 2013, Becky decided to take the leap to explore yoga more and deepen her practice by enlisting in Core Power’s Hot/Hot Power Fusion Teaching Training in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Upon completion of teacher training, she started leading yoga classes. She enjoys connecting with students and helping them on their yoga journey. It’s an honor to lead people through their practice and help them realize that yoga is for everyone. Becky’s teaching experience spans multiple formats, including hot fusion, vinyasa, and sculpt.

“I am beyond excited to be teaching yoga at Roca! I believe in the ability of yoga to bring balance to our lives.” It also provides an avenue to build community. In her free time, Becky enjoys biking, golfing, and spending time with her family and friends. “I hope to see you on the mat soon!”


carrie yoga instructor

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!”


Anthony Williams: Mindful Flow & Hot Detox Yoga

Anthony has been practicing and guiding yoga for 8 years. He teaches solely from the heart, connecting the practice of yoga from the mat to every day life. His passion of intertwining his music and unique movement creates a wonderful yoga experience. 


Cassandra Linkenmeyer: Yoga Sculpt

Cassandra began practicing yoga in 2011 as a way to build strength and endurance for her running practice, but it quickly became much more than cross-training.  After developing a love and passion for her practice, she enrolled in teacher training and began to share the passion and joy she found through yoga with others.  She began teaching in January 2014, and loves the connections she makes with her students, as well as seeing them grow in their own practice.

Cassandra is a native of Iowa, but spent the last 10 years in the Twin Cities before moving to Rochester.  When she is not in the studio, she enjoys spending time with her family, trail running, baking, and fishing.


Kathy Bolen: Warm Restorative Flow, Vinyasa Basics, 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.



Jamie Schembri: Kid’s Yoga

Jamie took her first yoga class at some point in the late 80’s through a community education class at the suggestion of her mother and loved her first experiences with focused breath and relaxation. It wasn’t until after the birth of her third child, however, that yoga officially came back into her life. Jamie’s love of the mind, body and soul connection that yoga provides along with the desire to share it with anyone interested launched a whole new path and beginning for her.

Realizing the importance and full circle benefits of integrating yoga into daily life, Jamie quickly realized how beneficial and necessary yoga is for children of all ages along with their families. As a decades old dancer and dance instructor becoming certified to lead yoga safely for children seemed a natural step. After becoming certified at Karma Kids Yoga in New York City she followed that training up by completing Levels 1-3 with Radiant Child Yoga. Completely in love with sharing yoga with children of all ages and their families – she decided to expand her knowledge base and practice earning her RYT – 200 from Heartwork Yoga in Northfield, MN.

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.  

Ann Flott: Substitute

Ann became a certified yoga instructor in 2009 and has been teaching locally around Rochester for 7+ years.  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.