Swastha Yoga International - About Us
Meet Serena Arora & Kevin Mcquillan, the founders of Swastha Yoga International. They are hoping to see you on the mat.
We are grateful to be able to do this work. There are no words to explain the feeling we have when we witness our students experiencing a "lightbulb moment", a raw opening, or an unabashed release that instigates growth, learning, and showing up in life more connected to their partners, families and communities. We are passionate about Yoga, Ayurveda, and living well - which spreads far beyond the yoga mat - and we believe that, by committing to sharing this practice with others, abundance and group consciousness comes alive!
Our goal is to inspire yoga teachers around the globe to have deep and meaningful practices both on and off the mat, to understand what being a truly powerful and authentic leader is all about, and to use words and actions to support one another in building strong human connections within their own communities, and ours, so that our collective as yoga students, teachers, and humans will thrive - that is Swastha!
Together, we the teachers of Swastha Yoga International, have taught, led, shared and witnessed this beautiful process in communities around the world for over 30 years and we are excited to build a community of teachers, practitioners, and leaders who are equally as committed to sharing, contributing, learning and being well together. We invite you here to our home at Peace Retreat in Costa Rica for these advanced level trainings, and we encourage you to partner with us in growing and strengthening your own community - wherever you are in the world!
B.ED. | C-IAYT | E-RYT 500 | AYURVEDIC HEALTH PRACTITIONER | certified YOGA THERAPIST | INTERNATIONAL YOGA TEACHER TRAINER
"Closing the eyes in yoga gives us the opportunity to see ourselves more clearly."
With a Bachelor of Education and Masters in Holistic Therapy, Serena's yoga offering of over 17 years is supported by life-long practice and deep exploration into the art and science of yoga, yoga therapy, holistic health, physical and subtle body anatomy & physiology and Ayurveda. Having completed programs of study in Ashtanga Yoga, Integrative Yoga Therapy, Wholistic Therapy, and Ayurveda in America, Canada and India, Serena provides an integrated and well-rounded approach to her offerings and is grateful to her inspiring teachers and mentors from around the world; including Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Rajesh Kotecha, Dr. Scott Blossom, Tias & Surya Little, Joseph & Lilian Lepage, Sri Geeta Iyengar, and especially her very first ‘guru' - her dad.
As a formally trained academic teacher, and owner, creative director and sole teacher of yoga studio retreat Thrive Naturally, Serena served the community at large, offering a wide range of yoga and wellness classes, workshops, retreats, teacher trainings, and general human and planetary wellness education; inspiring her students from babies to baby-boomers and beyond. Serena holds sweet authentic space for her students; guiding them through deep, flowing, contemplative, breath-centered practices that lead to transformation, expansion, and ultimately, change.
Most recently, Serena was on the teaching faculty at The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico; integrating her passion of living yoga and Ayurveda. She also serves as Affiliate Trainer for the 200 hour Integrative Yoga Therapy Yoga Teacher Training, co-trainer for Soma Yoga Institute and co-founder of Swastha Yoga International; leading workshops, yoga retreats and yoga teacher trainings around the world. Her authentic teaching style, unique creativity, and warm humor is often contagious and Serena is grateful to be able to inspire, affect change, and transform lives through Yoga & Ayurveda.
E-RYT 500 | PROGRAM DIRECTOR | OWNER OF PEACE RETREAT, COSTA RICA
"I am passionate about yoga, connection, the dance of life and the possibility in it all. I play to create and create to inspire."
As owner, creator, and co-founder of Peace Retreat and Swastha Yoga International, Kevin has fulfilled his long-time intention of creating a unique setting for conscious integrated learning in the form of a yoga-inspired wellness retreat and learning centre in Costa Rica; founded on the principles of holistic healing and the art of living well.
Kevin has been practicing and teaching yoga classes for over 15 years and, as a catalyst in the realm of human potential, continues to facilitate and share his way of teaching internationally by way of meaningful yoga teacher trainings, yoga based classes, leadership workshops and programs. He co-founded and co-developed yoga studios in Canada, various yoga programs and schools in America, and also worked closely with Baron Baptiste as Program Team Manager, Production Supervisor, and Facilitator for Baptiste Power Yoga Institute teacher training programs.
Most recently, Kevin co-founded Swastha Yoga International, an integrated yoga educational retreat and teacher training program based on the unique art and science of Ayurveda, Yoga, and human potential principles. As a retreat owner, international teacher trainer, and amazing dad, Kevin is committed to living and teaching with purpose, inclusivity, and passion.