Our Teachers

We believe our Teachers are the best. Come find out why.


Trish Crowley (Daleep Priya Kaur) ~ Kundalini Teacher, Ascension Wellness and Yoga Studio Owner, & Creator of All Things Magical

Trish attended her first yoga class in March 2015 and was immediately drawn to the Kundalini Yoga practice.  She experienced many benefits from the yoga practice including a deep level of healing that was unknown to her up until that point. Her desire is that everyone have the opportunity to learn how to incorporate (even the smallest amount of) yoga into everyday life.  Yoga is a toolset that supports one finding a deeper level of stillness.  She believes that it is through this stillness that we as a human can have more awareness of how beautiful we truly are.  In Mid-2018, Trish completed her 200hr Level 1 certification with the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI).  Trish is excited to share these teachings of Kundalini yoga at Ascension Wellness and beyond.  She is also a Certified from Cornell University in Nutrition and Plant Base Nutrition, certified Spiritual/Life Coach plus hold certifications from Edgar Cacey’s A.R.E. foundation in Soul/Past Life Regression (PLR) and Altered State Wellness Center in Emotional Freedom Tapping (EFT), Level III Reiki.


Frances Hensley (Nam Sangeeta Kaur) ~ Kundalini Teacher

Frances has practiced meditation and had a passion for personal/spiritual growth for many years.  She has explored various types of meditation for over 15 years.   Following her Soul’s journey of self-growth and personal transformation, Kundalini Yoga came into her life and has since given her daily inspiration to live happy, healthy and whole as a conscious spiritual being having human experience.  Entering her 72nd year, she has found a particular passion for helping others find ways to make yoga and meditation easier.  She has been a part of a senior exercise program for over 3 years for older women which has helped her connect this need to create a yoga and meditation class for those that struggle with sitting on the floor or getting into more challenging postures.  Frances completed her 200 Hour Yoga Certification through the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) in Mid 2018. In 2019 she will begin a chair based Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Class with mindful and gentle movement and stretching for those who need a more gentle yoga and meditation experience.


Tristan Hutchison is a 34 year old Oak Ridge native who has been practicing yoga for 5 years and was certified in vinyasa flow in 2019. Being a runner growing up she began her yoga journey to increase flexibility and found out the yoga world had so much more to offer. She has a 17 year old daughter, 3 dogs, and a loving husband with whom she is expecting another child this autumn. Being pregnant has changed her yoga practice to accommodate where necessary but is as enjoyable and beneficial as ever! In addition to loving yoga and dogs she also has a great appreciation for nature and gets out to hike, swim, or kayak whenever possible. She loves gardening, reading, cooking, arts and crafts, and music. When she's not teaching yoga you can catch her elsewhere around town dog sitting or pouring your favorite beverage at our local beer garden. Tristain is excited to be the newest member of our Ascension Yoga team and is looking forward to meeting everyone and growing in her practice with us!


Dick Roop, who is joining the leaders at Ascension Wellness & Yoga, first came to Oak Ridge in 1976 and started practicing Kundalini yoga in 1979. After 12 years of practice & teaching, he moved on to other pursuits, but came back to yoga 8 years ago, took teacher training (RYT-200) in Hatha yoga in 2014, and moved back to Oak Ridge in 2017. His yoga style is heavily influenced by his Kundalini and Vinyasa practice, and he is excited to be able to teach in order to share what he has learned.