Our Teachers

 

Our teachers offer a wide variety of class types and teaching styles. We are all certified and fully insured. No matter what type of class you are interested in, whether it’s yoga, zumba, or bellydance, we have something for you! Prefer a low key class? Try a stretching yoga class or a Yoga 4 Everybody class. Want something a little more upbeat? Sign up for a zumba, bellydance, or core yoga class. Our teachers are an amazing group of people who care about every student and want to create the best atmosphere possible.

Click on picture of an instructor to find out more about them.

Wendy Vigroux

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Wendy Vigroux

Wendy Vigroux

WYA Founder

 

Wendy is the founder of Westchester Yoga Arts and an E-RYT200 certified yoga teacher. She studied under many spiritual and yoga masters over decades.

Deeply inspired she veered off from the corporate world to join her business/ finance experience with her love of yoga. She created Westchester Yoga Arts studio classes and the Yoga teacher certifications RYT200 and RYT300. She embodies the studio mission of changing the world one yoga teacher and one yoga class at a time. She credits yoga for giving her the courage to fulfill one of her long-time dreams to study history of art in Graduate school. She’s a half-American half Jamaican, also a foodie who loves to cook, is passionate about art, bilingual English-French and is fiercely loyal.

Kristina Cassara

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Kristina Cassara

Kristina Cassara

WYA Yoga Instructor

 

Kristina 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

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Laura Leva

Laura Leva

WYA Yoga Instructor

 

Laura worked in Finance then left the industry to raise her children. During a major health trauma in her life, healing yoga was an integral part of her recovery 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

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Lauretta Fortuna

Lauretta Fortuna

WYA Zumba Instructor

 

Found Zumba 2009! I’ve been hooked ever since ! I love how music and dance come together and truly make people HAPPY !

I love every minute of it . But most of all I love all the people I’ve met. And the wonderful friendship that have bonded over zumba .

The results are amazing. I have kept off 45 pounds because of Zumba. My classes are fun and easy to follow and feel like a party every time. 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!

Robyn Bomnace-Vasquez

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Robyn Bomnace-Vasquez

Robyn Bomnace-Vasquez

WYA Yoga Instructor

 

I began practicing yoga about 10 years ago, and began a regular practice 6 years ago when I found Westchester Yoga Arts. I was immediately hooked. It has been in times of my greatest need that yoga became much more than a practice, but a way of life and refuge. After I decided I wanted to change careers, I went on to complete the 200 hour teacher training at Westchester Yoga Arts.

I believe that through yoga we have the opportunity to open our hearts and recognize that the essence of our being is love. With practice we are able to love more, embrace each day, live in the moment, create joy and welcome every experience. Yoga! A beautiful way to help us create a world filled with loving kindness, compassion and love.

Faith Daniels

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Faith Daniels

Faith Daniels

WYA Yoga Instructor

 

Faith has practiced yoga for years, but was sidelined by injury more than once. When she came back this time she was determined to stay safe in her practice and to commit to a lifetime practice. That commitment lead her to certify as an RYT-200 in the Westchester Yoga Arts Teacher Training, with a special interest spinal health. Always an anatomy buff, she created Yoga for a Healthy Back at WYA, combining Asana and Pranayama with Myofascial Release techniques. She is currently completing an advanced 100-hour certification in Backcare & Scoliosis at Yoga Union in Manhattan under the direction of noted scoliosis teacher Allison West.

Chandani Rodrigues

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Chandani Rodrigues

Chandani Rodrigues

CHHC, E-RYT

WYA Zumba Instructor

Tami Chez

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Tami Chez

Tami Chez

WYA Zumba Instructor 

 

Ever since I can remember I’ve always had a passion to dance. You can ask anyone of my family or friends, I will be the first to dance when the music starts and most times will refuse to stop! I received my license to teach Zumba in June 2015 and I knew it was my calling! I respect all music genres from 80’s to Latin to Bollywood to Hip Hop to EDM. Come and dance with me and you’ll have a whole lot of fun while staying fit!

Lilienne Lovinsky

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Lilienne Lovinsky

Lilienne Lovinsky

WYA Yoga Instructor

 

“It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.” B.K.S. Iyengar

Shyam Metkar

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Shyam Metkar

Shyam Metkar

WYA Yoga Instructor

Shivani Singh

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Shivani Singh

Shivani Singh

WYA Yoga Instructor

 

Yoga for me started as a means to lose weight. Since then life has never been the same before as it opened a world of possibilities. I have been practicing Ashtanga yoga, Iyengar yoga in India and Singapore. Moving back to NewYork I did my RYT 200 teacher training at Westchester Yoga Arts where I gained valuable understanding on the anatomy, philosophy and the teachings of yoga.

Apart from yoga some of my passions include writing, running, kettle bells, mixed movements from Bodokon Yoga, sports strength training combining body weight exercises with High intensity interval training(H.I.I.T).

I love to practice and teach yoga and share the benefits of this beautiful life changing practice.

Dina Weinberg

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Dina Weinberg

Dina Weinberg

WYA Yoga Instructor

 

Dina has been practicing yoga daily for more than 35 years. Yoga has been a source of great joy in her life since her teenage years. She has studied Kundalini, Hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa styles, and is eternally grateful to have learned, and to continue to learn, from many amazing yoginis and yogis. Dina holds her E-RYT 200 hour certification from Westchester Yoga Arts. She is honored to teach, and hopes to inspire students to shine their hearts open and forward through this ancient discipline that truly is a beautiful expression of meditation.

Renee Williams

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Renee Williams

Renee Williams

WYA Yoga Instructor

 

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.

Jamie DuBose

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Jamie DuBose

Jamie DuBose

Zumba Instructor

 

Dancing has always been a love of mine. Listening to the music and moving my body to the beat makes me feel free. Zumba gives me that exact feeling. Music that makes you want to move and party; in a judgement free atomosphere. That’s what I provide to each and everyone of my students. Salsa, merengue, African hip hop, soca, hip-hop, and the lastest pop are just a few genres of music played in my classes. With Zumba I have been able to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.

Mauricio Ospina

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Mauricio Ospina

Mauricio Ospina

Zumba Instructor

Bina

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Bina

Bina

Bellydance Instructor

 

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.

Denise Arias

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Denise Arias

Denise Arias

WYA Yoga Instructor

Andrea Quintana

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Andrea Quintana

Andrea has been practicing yoga since 2012 and has completed her E-RYT 200 hour certification. She teaches for students of all levels and capabilities, focusing on hip openers for improving mobility, flexibility and breathing techniques. Andrea believes that yoga is healing, restorative, relaxing to the mind, and able to bring us peace and self-love.
She looks forward to seeing you on the mat! Namaste.