Our Teachers

Dr. Kari Rollins

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Dr. Kari Rollins graduated from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1979.  Following her internship she realized her passion was using health education as a key to preventing illness. In 1981 she returned to UNT to join the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. and was part of a program called "Personal Wellness". This program was intended to teach medical students how to be healthy so they would become better role models for their patients. As part of that program she began teaching yoga to students, staff, and the general public. In 1982 she combined her medical practice of integrative medicine with her yoga school and opened The Wellness Center.

Dr. Rollins has studied many styles of yoga and meditation including Iyengar, Kripalue, Vinyasa, restorative, Kriya yoga and Kundalini. She uses yoga in her practice of medicine for many health problems including back pain, fibromyalgia, hypertension, weight loss, emphysema, asthma, depression, insomnia, and many other illnesses. She is highly skilled in using yoga to treat back and joint pain and understands how to adapt yoga poses to each student's needs and level of skill.

Kevin Sapp

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I teach Kundalini Yoga because I enjoy helping people reach their potential.  I've been practicing Kundalini Yoga for over 6 years and teaching a little over 2 years.  I completed my 200 hour YTT at Trinity Yoga in 2015 and have been teaching weekly since then.  I hold an E-RYT 200 from Yoga Alliance and was certified by The Kundalini Research Institute in 2018.  I am proud to be a co-owner of Raja Yoga.  I hope to see you in class soon!

Analiese Hill

Analiese Hill

 

Analiese received her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification from Dr. Rollins, Brynn Byrne and Shanti Webb Nolen at Trinity Yoga in the Spring of 2017.  She teaches yoga at various locations in Fort Worth, including Raja Yoga and the Benbrook Library.  Analiese leads Little Yogis, a program that teaches yoga and mindful play to children, and offers professional development opportunities to educators and adults. She also offers private instruction for those desiring personalized attention on their yoga journey. 

Analiese is also a Certified EC-6 Bilingual Teacher and taught in public and private schools and a Dual-Language and Spanish teacher before becoming a yoga teacher.  Analiese continues to nurture her passion for public service by bringing yoga and mindfulness into public places,  like schools, parks, and libraries.  She also leads children at First Congregational United Church of Christ, as the director of Children’s Ministries. 

Analiese studied Social Work and Hispanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  After college, she travelled throughout Chile where she experienced the diversity of nature and culture in South America, and fell in love with international travel. She speaks Spanish fluently and desires to create an inclusive atmosphere for people of all backgrounds.    

Analiese has also worked with special populations, including people with physical disabilities and children with learning differences.  With the use of props, modifications, and moment to moment instruction, she believes in creating a yoga experience that gives any level of learner the opportunity to feel safe, strong, and confident in class.    

Lorelei St. James

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Lorelei is a certified Yoga Alliance instructor, focusing on mindful alignment, anatomy, and breath—classical tenants of yoga. Several years ago, she sought out yoga to ease lower back pain and found the postures and breathing practices not only helped with back pain, but also lowered her stress level and increased her overall well-being. A retired Senior Executive, Lorelei brings the joy of yoga to her students by being able to modify yoga poses to meet the levels and abilities of her students. Students call her classes “meditation in motion” as her classes focus on the breath and the gentle movement of the body. Her classes are balanced with a gentle warmup and whole body stretching, followed by strength and balance building poses, ending with restorative postures. Lorelei has over 1000 hours of teaching experience and hundreds of hours of training. She has studied various types of yoga such as Hatha, Vajra and Kundalini yoga, and is a nationally certified instructor in Restorative Yoga, as taught by Judith Laster. Lorelei has also studied Insight Meditation and Kundalini meditation techniques, and in August of 2017, she completed a 100-hour certification in yoga anatomy. Lorelei’s journey is one of constant learning, and she will complete her RYT-500-hour certification in 2018, which will include a national certification in Pre and Post Natal Yoga. She enjoys teaching Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga, and Gentle Hatha Yoga. She is also certified to teach yoga to older adults, focusing on safety, alignment, and balance. Lorelei enjoys boating, swimming, and walking her rescue dog, Blossom, through her Mistletoe Heights neighborhood.