We are Kevin McQuillan and Serena Arora. Each of us has had a full, expansive experience and career in the field of yoga and wellness. We have learned from some of the best and are proud to share this invaluable information through our own lens. We have taught, created, and built robust yoga classes, workshops, trainings, experiences, and communities for over 35 combined years, and do not take our role as influential leaders in this field lightly.
When we met in 2016, we noticed that we both had strong yoga backgrounds in common, yet it was our complimentary differences that were in fact our strength. Together, we integrated the wisdom of yoga, science of Ayurveda and principles of human potential to create a holistic approach that supports, enhances, and sustains health and well-being on all levels. We knew that the world needed what we both had to offer…together.
And Swastha was born.
Our vision is to build a community of supportive leaders, practitioners, and teachers who aren't afraid to be vulnerable and who wish to contribute. A community of people who know the power of authenticity and use it to create strong, purposeful, human connections through which we can all thrive.
We call it the Art of Living Well. And we are grateful to be able to do this important work.
B.ED | M.WT | E-RYT 500 | AYURVEDIC HEALTH PRACTITIONER | C-IAYT (certified YOGA THERAPIST) | INTERNATIONAL YOGA TEACHER TRAINER
My yogi uncle once told me, “We don’t STUDY yoga, we ARE yoga.” And so began a life-long journey embodying the wisdom of yoga.
As a school teacher, studio owner, international yoga teacher trainer, and Ayurvedic practitioner, I have served the community-at-large for over 20 years. I integrate therapeutic yoga methods, subtle body (somatic) and other holistic health influences, physical body alignment, and Ayurvedic Medicine into my offerings with authenticity and creativity. I am grateful to inspire, affect change, and transform lives through BEING yoga.
My integrated approach is shaped by many teachers and mentors around the world including Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Scott Blossom, Dr. Rajesh Kotecha, Tias & Surya Little, Joseph & Lilian Lepage, Sri Geeta Iyengar, and especially my first ‘guru’, my dad.
Our workshops, retreats, and yoga teacher trainings are impactful; promoting growth, connection and vitality. An Ayurvedic consultation can provide you with long-lasting sustainable change. With Ayurveda, you can get to the root cause of your dis-ease by simply listening to what your body is saying. I can help you understand the “why” behind it, interrupt this cycle, and support you in restoring balance.
As teaching faculty for The Ayurvedic Institute in 2015, I created therapeutic healing practices and curriculum content through the integration of yoga, yoga therapy, and Ayurvedic Medicine. I also served as Affiliate Trainer for Integrative Yoga Therapy since 2004, Soma Yoga Institute since 2013, and Swastha Yoga International since 2017. Currently, I’m based in Costa Rica as co-founder and lead trainer for Swastha Yoga International - an empowering training school rooted in yoga, Ayurveda and human potential principles. I am also Creative Director & resident Ayurvedic Health Practitioner for Peace Retreat – a wellness education center on the Pacific coast of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
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."
I am co-founder of Swastha Yoga International and the owner of Peace Retreat, an intimate, boutique-style sanctuary that offers yoga teacher trainings, personal development programs, and custom retreats in Costa Rica.
With 15 years of experience as a yoga teacher, cognitive behavioral therapy, core philosophy, and open classroom therapeutic methods have been the cornerstone of my teachings. My approach is designed to support and define the human experience in a way that creates greater levels of responsibility, expression, purpose, and quality of relationship. I am proud to say that I have helped many people make monumental shifts through this unique motivational-based teaching approach.
This is an integral part of Swastha Yoga’s curriculum which connects physical, emotional and cognitive elements; creating a holistic sense of well-being. In collaboration with Serena, we have developed meaningful and impactful trainings that empower and support yoga students, teachers, studio owners and individuals seeking to create more intentional personal and professional improvements.
Previously, I served as Program Team Manager, Production Supervisor, and Facilitator for Baptiste Power Yoga Institute teacher training programs. I also founded and developed 3 yoga studios in Canada, as well as applied my extensive experience developing yoga programs for various yoga schools and studios in America.
Currently, I devote my time to operating our retreat center, training teachers internationally, and being a dedicated father. In all three roles, I aim to live and teach with purpose, inclusivity, and passion.