Serena Arora

Playa Negra
Costa Rica
Average: 4.9 of 5 stars

16 Reviews

With a Bachelor of Education and Masters in Wholistic Therapy, Serena's yoga offerings of almost 20 years are 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 Ayurvedic Medicine. Having completed programs of study in Ashtanga Yoga, Integrative Yoga Therapy, Wholistic Therapy, Ayurveda in America, Canada and India, Serena provides her students with an integrated and well-rounded approach - 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, yoga studio retreat owner, and international yoga teacher trainer, Serena has 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 around the world. Serena holds sweet authentic space for her students; guiding them through deep, contemplative, therapeutic breath-centered practices that lead to transformation, expansion, and ultimately change.

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 and is co-founder and lead trainer of her yoga school 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.


Average: 4.9 of 5 stars

16 Reviews

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Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Gifted teacher

Serena's years of training, teaching experience, knowledge, and good nature all come together to provide a supportive learning environment. You get the best of the best with Serena Arora.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Knowledgable, experienced and empassioned

Serena is a marvelous teacher-very clear, organized and well paced. She has extensive knowledge of various yogic traditions and is well versed in ayurveda.
I don't think I would ever tire of watching her come into an asana, explaining as she moves so gracefully into the final position. Watching her, one has a sense of "becoming" the pose, not simply the final position achieved. Also, I appreciate listening to Serena chant and am happy to join in.
I am happy to recommend Serena to anyone at any level of Yoga experience.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Thank you so much!

Serena, thank you very much for your wonderful teachings, your presence and really great organization of this Yoga Teacher Training. I feel empowered to continue my journey as a Yogi and a Yoga Teacher. I am also motivated to give my personal practice a bigger space in my everyday life. The Peace Retreat is wonderful, and indeed a very peaceful and beautiful place. I felt very comfortable and very safe here. I know that what I learned here will benefit every aspect of my life. - Erika

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
YTT experience with Serena and Soma Yoga Institute

This experience has been such a gift. It provided me with the skills, training, confidence and support to not only succeed as a yoga teacher but to propel through life with greater ease, light and happiness. I have developed a deeper love, respect and admiration for myself and what I am capable of and that is something I will appreciate for the rest of my life. The program gave the perfect amount of time to asana, pranayama, personal inquiry and group work.


The alignment studies were so practical and important for both my own practice and to feel confident as a teacher. Serena's Ayurvedic lessons helped to provide me with a new perspective on how to view struggle, illness and 'dis' ease in my life. The Patanjali Yoga Sutra discussions were an unbelievable way to learn yoga philosophy and get to know our community on a much deeper level. Liz and Serena's teaching styles provided the perfect compliment to each other. They worked as an incredible team and both created such a safe, uplifting, challenging experience and for us. I feel so lucky to have had the honor of learning from both of them. - Rhiannon

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Yoga and Ayurvedic Teaching

It was an 18 day intensive yoga teacher training in Costa Rica at Peace Retreat that i had the pleasure to meet Serena. She has a warm heart and a deep presence as an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner as well as a Yoga teacher. Serena is brilliant (she does actually glow )Her sense of humour and vata ways added fun into her teaching. I left with a good understanding of how to apply the "science of life" into my everyday living practice. ~Melayne

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Serena as a teacher and friend

Serena has a deep love for her students and an inner essence that radiates joy and light. She is a graceful teacher and creates innovative classes that awaken our senses and allow us to reach into higher states of consciousness. Her knowledge of Ayurveda is so interesting and insightful. Her positive energy is infectious and being a student in her class is an absolute pleasure.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
YTT 200 with Serena Arora

Serena is a skillful yoga teacher and ayurveda daily living practitioner. I really enjoyed her classes on chakras, mudras, doshas and science of Ayurveda in general. I would highly recommend taking classes, trainings and workshops with Serena as it will deepen your knowledge of yoga and you will have a great time because her style of teaching is a lot f fun!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Amazing teacher

I loved everything, the structure of the course was meaningful and complete, Serena was inspiring, the program takes us into the big picture of yoga, I just learned so much. When you do yoga and meditation everyday, you
Feel so much more present. When you start studying the yoga sutras, when you are more aware of your body and you
Understand it better thanks to Serena's Ayurveda
knowledge, your life is changing for the better. This was a life changing experience. – Stephanie C.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Magical Serena

I just had the opportunity to study under Serena at The Peace Retreat in Costa Rica. She is an incredible meditation, pranayama and Ayurvedic instructor. Truly a magical experience. I highly suggest any classes or instructional courses Serena offers. You will leave a changed person and never forget her smile. She builds a great community of bonded individuals as well.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Serena is excellent!

Serena teaches an excellent class and was an incredible resource and instructor for my yoga teacher training

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

I enjoyed EVERYTHING and everyday of this yoga teacher training. This training completely changed my understanding of yoga and my personal practice. We were taught may things necessary to be a yoga teacher: alignmnet, sequencing, speech, anatomy, how to get into poses, Ayurveda, Chakras, restorative yoga and how to teach. But what I liked the most was how to practice yoga in HEALTHY way. My confidence level as a yoga teacher has increased and know I know much better how to teach yoga to others. I highly recommend this training for all Yoga teachers. - Lucia, Slovak Republic

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Beautiful teacher training with Serena!

We spent amazing 18 days in Costa Rica during teacher training with Serena. Here is my review of this beautiful experience:


This program far exceeded my expectations. The instructors were excellent and the location was gorgeous. The classes were intense but packed with invaluable information presented in a fun and loving manner. I thought the schedule was well thought through with a big break in the afternoon, it gave us enough time to go to the beach or try activities like surfing. During one of the classes I had a major breakthrough. It felt as though my heart opened up and all the negative stuff was wiped out. I still feel different and want to fill up now only with love, compassion, kindness and acceptance. I am so grateful for this experience. It will affect my whole life!

Average: 4.0 of 5 stars

Serena embodies yoga, and ALL it means. Her introduction to Ayurveda in our teacher training inspired many of us to give it a try right away. And her asana practice is a truly spiritual experience.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Yoga Teacher Training with Serena

This was truly a heart/mind/body nourishing experience. I now feel confident to move forward as a teacher and know which areas of yoga to focus further study. My own practice has dramatically improved through the principles of alignment study. I also really appreciated the teaching in philosophy, particularly the yoga sutras.- Char R., Canada

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

I enjoyed professional approach of Serena, her kindness and empathy.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Both a student and colleague of Serena's

Since your work and assistance at my training you have kept in touch and inspired me to continue on my Yoga path. Thank you for everything!