Katrina Bendz looking at Half Dome mountain in Yosemite

Katrina Bendz

Katrina is a local to the Oakhurst area. Born and raised in these mountains, her passion for the outdoors led her to a career in health and wellness and she’s traveled the world to learn her craft. Katrina earned her 250 hour yoga training in Northern California in 2020, and has traveled to Thailand to learn ancient art of Suction Cup Therapy.
Her practice focuses on incorporating the knowledge of the meridian (energy) lines that run through the body with the asanas to form sequences that free up congestion along those pathways.

Sarah in a yoga pose in front of a tree

Sarah Montgomery

Sarah received her first certification in March 2021, and since then has been teaching for the Eastern Madera Recreation and Parks, as well as the Coarsegold Community Center. A majority of the classes Sarah teaches are Vinyasa and Hatha. She describes her style as creative and intuitive – her sequences are influenced by, but not particularly revolved around, chakra work. Sarah is also a Certified Personal Trainer, and can incorporate an athletic edge to her teachings. She also incorporates elements of yin into her classes so effort and ease are balanced. Many of Sarah’s students have described her classes as the perfect combination of exercise and relaxation.

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Jennifer Moss

Jennifer Moss is the founder of Metta Yosemite and host of The Peaceful Life Podcast. Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in Music Theory/Composition from Northwestern University and is has a certificate in Music for Wellness by Berklee College of Music. After a career in technology that spanned over 35 years, Jennifer’s goal is to unplug, unwind, and help others in the community bring peace and joy back into their lives. Jennifer is a member of Yosemite Sierra Artists, and is passionate about supporting women in the arts.

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Camella Nair

IAYT Certified Yoga TherapistAs a certified instructor for over two decades, Camella has traveled, studied, and taught in India, England, and throughout the United States. Camella teaches courses for every level, from beginner’s yoga to advanced. Her success as a teacher can be credited in part to her irrepressible sense of humor and to her keen sensitivity to the needs of each of her students. As a Kriya Yogini for women and for men who want to understand women or the feminine aspect within themselves, Camella’s down to earth approach to life and yoga makes any students feel at ease in her presence.Camella is a Certified Yoga Therapist through IAYT, E-RYT through the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago, P-RYT through Yoga Alliance, Ordained Swami through the Temple of Kriya Yoga, Certified Yoga Teacher for MS, Art of Yoga project, Studied Music, Mantra and Meditation with Russil Paul, Certified Ayurvedic Health Educator and Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher by the California College of Ayurveda.

Dr. Brenda Negley sitting with a sound bowl and a set of sound bowls behind her.

Dr. Brenda Negley

Dr. Brenda Negley is a Certified Practitioner of Vibrational Sound Therapy by the Vibrational Sound Association (VSA). Dr. Negley has a Masters and Doctorate from Emerson Theological Institute in Metaphysical Studies, specializing in Holistic Health. She is also a longtime resident of the area, and local historian and author of Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias, a Granddaughter’s Stories (available in the Metta Boutique).

Lisa Wobler in Yoga Pose

Lisa Wobler

Lisa obtained her Vinyasa Flow certification in San Diego in 2012 and began teaching soon after that. She has a B.A. in Psychology and certifications in exercise and nutrition as well as Healing Touch, which uses Chakra techniques similar to Reiki. After moving to the Yosemite area in 2015, Lisa has gained a following for her yoga classes throughout the community teaching at the Community Center, Oakhurst Park, and Idle Hour winery. Lisa can tailor private and group classes for varying abilities and ages.