Yoga Instructors





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.  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 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!

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  Emily Nelson: Detox & Twist, Warm Yang Yin

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


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 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

My name is Christina Tillema and I am joining ROCA as a fitness instructor teaching High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) group classes.

 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.

 My husband and I have three children who all love the active lifestyle that is so important to us.  We are a family who bikes, hikes, rock climbs, and skis together.  Our son is active in tae kwon do, and our middle daughter dances ballet.  Our youngest daughter does her best to keep up and can’t wait to add her own activities to the mix.

 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



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.




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.  


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.


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.