Jendar Marie Morales

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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. 

Lidith Ramos

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.

 

Sara Moncivais

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Sara Moncivais has been teaching yoga since 2008 in New York City, Texas, London, and, most recently, California. After earning her 200-hour certification, she began a serious and devoted practice in Mysore Ashtanga which led her to study for three extended trips at KPJAYI in Mysore, India, with Sharath Jois. During this time, she also became the main assistant for Zoe Slatoff at Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side. Her sincere desire to take yoga into the community led her to teach for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Wellness where she helped launch a pilot program that brought yoga to communities in Harlem and the Bronx by partnering with local churches. She also taught for the NYC Parks Department and brought free yoga classes to communities across Inwood and Washington Heights. 

Sara additionally holds an MA in Movement Studies from The Central School of Speech and Drama in London and taught movement and physical theatre to performers in New York and London. She also worked to spread yoga through the Texas Panhandle with annual classes and workshops in her hometown. These programs have helped teachers start yoga studios, take yoga to churches in the Texas panhandle, and launch yoga classes in colleges, public schools, and local hospitals. Sara now resides in California where she is cheating on yoga with surfing.