Kendall Berents (MFA, RYT-500, NASM-CPT) is passionate about telling stories both on and off the mat.
Fueled by literature, movement, and curiosity, Kendall believes in the power of storytelling as a means to shift our perspective. After receiving a BA in English from William and Mary and studying philosophy at the University of Oxford, Kendall earned an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia University. Her writing has received numerous awards, including the David C. Jenkins Scholarship and the G. Glenwood Clark Fiction Prize. She is currently working on a novel.
Alongside writing, Kendall is a passionate yoga instructor with over 500 hours of training and eight years of teaching experience. She builds unique sequences with a focus on mindful alignment and creative repetition.
In 2019, Kendall became a certified personal trainer to advance her anatomical knowledge and study muscular imbalances. She has 40-hours of training in trauma-sensitive yoga and teaches mindfulness classes for trauma survivors. Kendall has taught yoga around the country at various studios, including Y7 and Lululemon in New York City.
Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Kendall spent four years traveling, teaching English literature and creative writing, instructing yoga, and coaching varsity athletics. She now lives in Carlsbad, California and works as a sports and fitness copywriter.
Kendall’s work has appeared in The Gallery and the College of William and Mary Literary Awards. Kendall received the David C. Jenkins Scholarship for a nonfiction collection about becoming an artist, as well as the G. Glenwood Clark Fiction Prize for her short story about pediatric cancer. She has published freelance health and wellness articles, with a focus on yoga.
In 2019, Kendall became a certified personal trainer to advance her anatomical knowledge and study muscular imbalances. She coached cross country, track, and soccer at the Varsity level. She is dedicating to bridging the gap between strength training and mind-body practices, allowing the teachings of yoga to inform all movements.
Kendall completed her 200-hour teacher training at Buddha Balance Yoga School in Williamsburg, Virginia. She then went on to study at Laughing Lotus Yoga School in Manhattan. She has received special training in hands-on assists, bandhas, binds, and inversions. In 2019, she received 40 hours of training in trauma-sensitive yoga from the Center for Trauma and Embodiment.
Kendall taught English literature and Creative Writing at various independent schools across the country. Throughout her career, Kendall developed numerous resources to streamline academic writing, as well as a collection of compelling creative writing exercises.