Mind & Body Instructors

Outdoor Spa Class
Meet our talented instructors.

Cary C. Grafenstein, Lead Fitness Instructor

Certifications and Continuing Education

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • AFAA Primary Group Fitness Instructor
  • Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc. Certified SPIN Instructor
  • TRX Continuing Education
  • BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Course (CTTC)
  • Perform Better - Functional Group Training, Continuing Ed
  • Adult, Child/Infant CPR and AED & First Aid Certified

Cary Grafenstein found her way to Ojai in 1991 from Northern Virginia. She began with traditional personal training and quickly discovered and studied the additional benefits of Pilates. She continues to learn through continuing education and is inspired by the rest of the Mind and Body Team at Spa Ojai.

Robert Evans, Fitness Instructor


  • National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified Personal Trainer
  • AFFA Primary Group Fitness Instructor
  • Yoga teacher (ERYT 300) Yoga Alliance
  • Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc. Certified SPIN Instructor
  • Tai Chi and Qi Gong instructor with the IIQTC
  • Mind/body trainer with AAI/ISMA
  • Children's Yoga teacher with Yoga Fit
  • Senior Yoga teacher with Yoga Fit
  • Adult, Child/Infant CPR AED & First Aid Certified

Robert's classes at the Mind & Body Studio are inspired by his many great teachers. His enthusiasm, energy and passion make his classes refreshing, yet challenging. Filled with compassion and humor, he invites you to journey beyond your boundaries and beliefs and explore your perfect self. Whether you are taking a private or multi-level yoga class, starting as beginner or an advanced student, from kindergarten age to ninety-five plus years young, Robert can help you celebrate your life with yoga!

Kate Kohagen, Fitness Instructor

Certifications and Programs

  • AFAA, Group Fitness Instructor
  • APEX, Personal Trainer
  • Adult, Child/Infant CPR AED & First Aid Certified
  • Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc. Certified SPIN Instructor

Kate Kohagen started her fitness career while studying Hospitality, Recreation, and Resort Management at the University of West Florida in 2004. Since then she has been working with athletes of all ages from health maintenance to competitive bodybuilders. Over the years she has gained experience competing in local Spartan races and 5k runs. She practices yoga and is passionate about nutrition and dietary integrity.

Carol Janelle, Fitness Instructor/Hike Guide


  • AFAA Primary Group Fitness Instructor
  • Therapeutic yoga teacher (RYT)
  • Wilderness First Responder. (WFR) 
  • Classical Homeopath (CCH)
  • Adult, Child/Infant CPR AED & First Aid Certified

Carol teaches a variety of yoga classes instilling movement for life inside and outside of class. Carol has an extensive and diverse background in Classical Homeopath along with world travels and 7 years as a hike guide with a deep love of nature. Carol believes strongly in continuing education and has published a thesis on diet and behavior.

Victoria Ott, Fitness Instructor

Certifications and Continuing Education

  • AFAA Primary Group Exercise and Personal Fitness Training
  • Prenatal//Post-Partum Yoga Fit
  • Senior's Yoga Fit
  • Yoga Fit Level 1 & 2
  • AFAA Indoor Cycling
  • Reiki Master
  • TRX Continuing Education
  • Adult, Child/Infant CPR AED & First Aid Certified

Victoria Ott has been teaching yoga for 10 years and practicing for 15 years. She received her certification from Yoga Fit in Hermosa Beach which is a Vinyasa Flow form. She also studies, practices and teaches many forms of yoga such as Bikram, Ashtanga, Aerial, and Kundalini. Victoria is an Attuned Reiki Master which gives her a deeper aesthetic understanding of the asanas.

Etienne Emanuel, Fitness Instructor/Hike Guide


  • TriYoga Certified
  • AFFA, Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • Adult, Child/Infant CPR AED & First Aid Certified

Etienne, an Ojai native, grew up as a competitive athlete, and quickly learned yoga was a way to crosstrain and improve his athletic/fitness career. While attending Cal Lutheran University, he began studying and teaching and gained his 200 hour certification. In 2005, Etienne joined the Peace Corps and spent 2 years in the Ukraine. During his stay he attended TriYoga retreats. Etienne has over 500 hours of training with TriYoga and teaches locally and internationally, including Surf and Yoga retreats in Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. TriYoga is taught in 35 countries around the world and is celebrating its 33rd anniversary.

Scott Miller, Hike/Geocache Guide

Dale Cundiff, Hike/Geocache Guide

Shangri-La Package

This package includes three separate treatments from our classic treatment menu, classic lavender or seasonal manicure and pedicure and includes lunch at Spa Cafe $560

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