Jendar Marie Morales was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2008 while living in New York City, she began to experience pain on her knees. Looking for a less strenuous workout to help her knee, Jendar began to practice yoga. She immediately fell in love with the practice for how it made her feel both physically and mentally.
Jendar has received yoga training at the University of Utah and at the Association for Yoga and Meditation in Rishikesh, India. She holds an 500 E-RYT from the Yoga Alliance. Her focus as a teacher is on Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative styles of yoga. In her classes, Jendar applies principles from the Iyengar style of yoga, which focuses on alignment and use of props.
In addition to her yoga studies, Jendar holds an MA in Museum Studies from New York University. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she helps run the University of Utah Yoga Teacher Training and teaches yoga all around the city. For the past two years, Jendar has worked as the director and curator of Mestizo Gallery in Downtown Salt Lake City. She is also an avid traveler and has visited over 25 countries. It is her love for yoga, art and travel that inspired her to create Raíces Yoga & Culture Retreat.
Yoga instructor with 12 years of experience registered in Yoga Alliance, E-RYT 200 and YACEP. She started with a Vinyasa practice evolving eventually towards Forrest Yoga. Trained directly by Ana Forrest she has spent 11 years sharing this practice and is currently the only Forrest Yoga instructor in Puerto Rico. She has assisted Ana Forrest in yoga workshops in the United States and has worked closely with her mentor, Heidi Sormaz, assisting her in advanced trainings for yoga instructors.
After two 200-hr yoga Teacher Trainings, a children’s yoga training and multiple yoga workshops, she currently works with people of all ages. With children in special events, with seniors and people with disabilities in chair yoga classes, and with a wide range of yogis in her regular group classes. She also offers private classes in which Yoga Nidra is added to the menu. She has taught Forrest Yoga workshops in Latin America. Ramos also collaborates with major nationwide newspapers in yoga related articles. It was her bottomless curiosity in the human body that led her to become a Massage Therapist. In her free time she enjoys cross-training. Her classes are mixed-level, fun, and focused on alignment. Ramos wants her students to connect with feeling through intense pose sequences using breath as the vehicle to ride the wave of intensity. She also hopes for her students to discover new horizons within themselves.