Wendy Vigroux is the founder of Westchester Yoga Arts and an E-RYT200 certified yoga teacher. She studied under many great spiritual masters over decades. These studies led her to yoga. Deeply inspired she veered off from the corporate world. Joining her business background and her love of yoga she created Westchester Yoga Arts.
Westchester Yoga is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. Wendy created this program after many years of interviewing recent yoga teacher graduates who did not have any real experience teaching after their training. Her program intertwines the the philosophy, physiology and teaching techniques with concrete teaching experience. She is inspired by each teacher who graduates from her program. She truly believes in her mission of changing the world one yoga teacher and one yoga class at a time!
She teaches early morning classes, a crazy power up the core class and a level one class on Saturdays.
Dorothy Troiano is certified with Westchester Yoga Arts. After completing her teacher training, she went on and was certified to teach Y12SR-The Yoga of 12-Step Recovery. She was powerfully moved to do this while dealing with the addictive behaviors of someone very dear to her. During challenging & difficult times, she felt she kept her sanity and strength through yoga practice. Dorothy is excited to bring Y12SR-The Yoga of 12-Step Recovery to Westchester Yoga Arts. These classes are for anyone dealing with their own addictive behaviors or affected by those behaviors in others.
Dorothy also teaches Yoga 4 Every Body, a class designed so all who attend can discover the incredible benefits of yoga, regardless of yoga level or body type. Yoga is for EVERYBODY!
Basia Revi is a certified Integrative Nutrition and Lifestyle coach, yoga teacher and a professional opera singer and vocal instructor. She works for the Metropolitan Opera Guild as a Teaching Artist and also as a mentor coach for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
After her RYT200 certification she continued her education and became certified in Restorative yoga. Restorative yoga is the ideal class for times in your life of major change and stress. It’s healing benefits to the body and the mind are well known.
Chrystel Flores is a lover of learning and a believer in living life with a heart wide open. She has been teaching middle school for over a decade and during this time her dedication to yoga and her personal practice has blossomed. Teaching in a classroom led her to taking her first yoga class and it was love at first Om.
Chrystel walked in to Westchester Yoga Arts seeking a loving community to join in practice, and a principal teacher to deepen her understanding of yoga. In January 2012, she began her RYT-200 training under the studio founder, Wendy Vigroux. She has been teaching open level classes at the studio since March 2012, and into her 30th week of pregnancy. Yoga has been a way for her to extend her teaching craft, begin a physical and emotional metamorphosis, as well as serve as a gift she can return in love to all who come to her class. With your best intentions, and with a heart wide open, meet her on your mat!
Kathryn Martell started taking Belly Dance classes at our very first tiny but blessed studio in Pelham. She left the corporate world after 9/11 to follow her bliss. That bliss took her from Belly Dancing, to Rope Performer in a circus and now to Zumba at Westchester Yoga.
Kristina Cassara loved yoga from the very first class she took. She even began teaching family and friends. Then realized that she wanted to take it further and get certified so that she could teach yoga any where she goes. Kristina was also certified with Westchester Yoga Arts and shares her passion of yoga every time she teaches.
Laura Leva worked in Finance then left the industry to raise her children. During a major health trauma in her life – during her recovery and healing yoga was an integral part of the process. After this experience she wanted to be able to teach yoga and give some of this healing she experienced to others. She trained at Westchester Yoga Arts.
Lauretta Fortuna started loving Zumba in 2009. It’s something I love to do. I love music , dancing and exercise and put them all together and its equals a fun, and energetic class. The results are amazing. I’ve kept off 45 pounds because of Zumba. My classes are fun,and easy to follow and feels like a party everytime. Come to my class and you will work your core, and mind. I choose songs that will keep you coming back for MORE. I love to talk to my students afterwards about any steps that need that extra focusing or they can always ask for requests Happy students = A Happy Me. Lauretta lost 80 lbs with Zumba!!
Bina Since the age of four Bina has been dancing and performing . She has performed on National and international television including Good Day NY and The Late Show with David Letterman . Artistic impulses led her into many endeavors into Independent films and theatre including award winning My Angel Angelica and Remember.She has trained and performed with Bellisima , Bas Harem , Nadia Mousse Ensemble , East Coast tribal and Bellyqueen . Her dance training includes Turkish cabaret and folklore , Persian , Egyptian Raqs Sharki , American cabaret , Indian Odissi , jazz , ballet and East Coast tribal . She is currently a professor of Middle Eastern bellydance at SUNY Purchase .
Nancy Dunngallin began her yoga journey in 2008 after winning a three month unlimited membership to this yoga studio (before it moved to New Rochelle) in a neighborhood raffle. In true Nancy fashion, she attended class every day, some times twice a day, for the entire three months. She was hooked on the killer abs she found and signed up for an annual membership. She continued to practice 3-5 days a week creating a strong toned body, and more importantly a strong mind. The consistent yoga practice brought insight and with it the courage to make a drastic change in her life in order to find happiness.
The raffle was an offering from the universe to allow for this change. Today, Nancy shares her love and passion for yoga with her students by teaching what she likes to call a vigorous vinyasa class that is challenging yet attainable with an emphasis on fun. She encourages her students to find the radiant possibilities in life on and off their mats and challenges them to seek their own unique happiness always.
Norma Olvera has been transformed by yoga. She was certified with Westchester Yoga Arts. She believes that yoga changes lives. She has seen this happen in her own body, mind and spirt. Norma offers donation classes led in Spanish.
Pascale Bernard was a successful OBGYN in France. Then followed her husband to London and then USA. In New York she discovered yoga while cross training for Triathalons. Her love of yoga went so deep that she studied to get her Certification at Westchester Yoga Arts. She teaches a wicked Power up the Core class (think Triathalon person doing yoga!!!) and also teaches Open level Yoga.
Renee Williams lives, breathes and eats yoga with a passion. She follows her passion across Westchester teaching, she joins up groups of yogis to go on retreats and festivals… her joy and open heart to the limitless possibilities of life is contagious. She a certified RYT200 and has also taught bikram yoga.
Desiree Pansarella – Zumba Goddess has been dancing since she was a little girl. She discovered Zumba and with Zumba after both her babies got back down to her orginal size. Her light hearted happy attitude fills the room while she makes you sweat!! Desiree is also certified to teach Yoga and Prenatal Yoga.
Sylvie Sergent comes from France and settled in Westchester with her family. She studied at Westchester Yoga Arts following a desire she had to share her love of yoga. She is passionate about keeping her students safe during practice for all levels.