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 important work.
Our reward is witnessing our students in a "lightbulb moment", a raw opening, or an unabashed release that all instigate growth, learning, and possibility. Our aim is to model showing up in life more connected to our partners, our families, our communities, and our students. We are passionate about Yoga, Ayurveda, and living well - which spreads far beyond the yoga mat - and we believe that, by committing to sharing these practices 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, so that our collective as yoga students, teachers, and humans will thrive - that is Swastha!
Swastha Yoga International was co-created by Serena Arora and Kevin McQuillan who have both taught, led, shared and engaged in this beautiful process of yoga with many renown teachers and gurus from around the world for over 40 combined years. We are thrilled to be able 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 to our home in Costa Rica to partake in our deeply meaningful retreats, workshops, and trainings. We also welcome the invitation and opportunity to support you in growing and empowering your own community - wherever you are in the world! We encourage you to connect with us.
B.ED. | C-IAYT | E-RYT 500 | AYURVEDIC HEALTH PRACTITIONER | certified YOGA THERAPIST | INTERNATIONAL YOGA TEACHER TRAINER
"When I went to India, my family said to me, “Don’t study yoga, BE yoga.” so this is me being yoga for the last 40 years or so.”
With a Bachelor of Education and Masters in Wholistic Therapy, Serena's yoga teachings and offerings of 20 years is supported by life-long practice and deep exploration into the art and science of yoga, yoga therapy, holistic health, physical & subtle body work, and Ayurvedic Medicine. Having completed programs of study in Ashtanga Yoga, Integrative Yoga Therapy, Wholistic Therapy, and Ayurveda (in America, Canada and India), Serena provides her students with an integrated and well-rounded approach. She 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 school teacher, yoga studio retreat owner, and international yoga teacher trainer, Serena has served the community at large. She has offered a wide range of yoga and wellness classes, workshops, conferences, retreats, teacher trainings, and general human and planetary wellness education to new moms and their babies, toddlers, kids, troubled youth, athletes, adults of all ages, seniors, and low mobility patients in a variety of settings. Serena holds sweet authentic space for her students; guiding them through deeply contemplative, Ayurvedically therapeutic, and consciously aligned practices that lead to awakening the human spirit.
Most recently, Serena was on the teaching faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico; integrating her passion of living yoga and Ayurveda. She has also served as Affiliate Trainer for Integrative Yoga Therapy, Soma Yoga Institute, and is currently based in Costa Rica as co-founder and lead trainer of Swastha Yoga International. Her authentic teaching style, unique creativity, and warm humo(u)r 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."
Kevin is the 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.
Kevin has 15 years of experience as a yoga teacher - in which he has employed cognitive behavioral therapy as a cornerstone of his teachings and core philosophy. He has extensive experience developing yoga programs that apply this unique motivational-based teaching approach-- helping others make monumental shifts as individuals, yoga students and business professionals.
He founded and developed 3 yoga studios in Western-Canada, as well as various yoga programs and schools in America. Previously, he served as Program Team Manager, Production Supervisor, and Facilitator for Baptiste Power Yoga Institute teacher training programs.
Kevin was an integral part of developing Swastha Yoga’s unique therapeutic approach which connects physical, emotional and cognitive elements to create holistic sense of well-being. In collaborating with Serena, they have developed highly meaningful and impactful trainings that can be applied for yoga students, teachers, studio owners and individuals seeking to create more intentional personal improvements.
Kevin’s teaching approach is motivational based, therapeutically informed, and aims to empower and support practitioners. Further, his 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.
In conjunction with owning and operating a retreat center and training teachers internationally, Kevin is also a devoted father. In all three roles, he aims to live and teach with purpose, inclusivity, and passion.