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.