Q&A with Margaret
Describe yourself in 3 words: Determined, curious, empathetic
How would your students describe you? Friendly, intuitive, passionate
How would your family and friends describe you? Strong, kind, soulful
How did you become an instructor? My first yoga teacher is still teaching and practicing as a Seventy-three years young Instructor. It's no wonder I was inspired by her! I was hooked from her first class. I left feeling powerful, inspired and very curious to learn more. I studied with her for 7 years and had the benefit of learning the basics in a loving, supportive, safe environment. When I decided to enter teacher training I knew I wanted to pass this on to my students. I earned my 200 hour Teacher Certification with Absolute Yoga in the style of Anusara, which emphasizes alignment, and Vinyasa Flow. In addition I have Certifications in Meditation, Anatomy and Therapeutic Yoga, Restorative Yoga Level 1 &2.
Describe your teaching style: I love blending meditation, and breath work, with graceful asana as well as presenting some mindful challenges in the physical practice. I teach thoughtfully and enjoy staying fully present with my students. I want students to feel safe to explore, discover, and feel joy in their body, mind and spirit.
How do you want your students to feel after class? I'm always looking for balance in my life so I'd like my students to feel centered within themselves, so their practice can be utilized off the mat. We practice strength, flexibility and ease in each class so we leave feeling strong, empowered and calm enough to handle the challenges of life. As a psychologist I highlight the impact Yoga and meditation has on physical, spiritual and emotional healing.
What's your #1 favorite song of all time? I could never imagine picking just one favorite song. Music is a passion of mine. From the Beatles, to Krishna Das, Led Zeppelin, Shirley Bassey, Tom Petty ,Bob Dylan, The Eagles....... my list goes on and on. Currently I'm studying harmonium and have been incorporating chanting and singing into my classes. My students have responded in confirming that music is a universal path to connect with the spirit.
What's your favorite asana and why? This is almost like trying to pick a favorite song but I can narrow it down to two poses. Wild thing (Camatkarasana) because it's the closest I will ever get to feeling the grace of a dancer. The other is Ardha Chandrasana-half moon- because I feel grounded, powerful and elegant!