Teacher Feature: Margo

What brought you to yoga?

I took my first yoga class while living in Taos, NM right after I graduated from college. Taos is a place filled with creative people and those looking to live a little outside the mainstream. I went to a class with two friends. I remember feeling completely awkward and outside of my comfort zone. There was something that happened in Savasana that has had me hooked ever since. I immediately bought a set of yoga props: a mat, a blanket and Donna Farhi’s book Yoga Mind, Body, and Spirit: A Return to Wholeness.

In what ways has yoga had a impact on your life?

Yoga, as a way of life, has impacted every single aspect of how I choose to show up in my life. My practice has helped me cultivate the courage to leave a career that offered me no joy; to make choices about my health and well-being that are connected to a place of inner knowing; as well as be in relationship with others with a sense of integrity and authenticity. For me, yoga is both a physical practice and an intellectual endeavor and to be able to weave the two together is deeply satisfying.

Favorite posture?

I truly can’t choose one as a favorite. Each has their own energetic quality that is required at different times in my practice. Sometimes, the simplicity of Child’s Pose contains that exquisite quality of grounding and turning in. At other times my energy calls for Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel): a deep back bend that allows for more spaciousness and freedom and brings a smile to my face.

What inspires you?

I get inspired by intellectual pursuits, such as reading and writing. This past summer, I spent a lot of time in the ocean surfing with my husband. Being in the ocean or walking the beach, always provides an opportunity to slow down and welcome a more insightful presence.

Favorite playlist?

I have pretty eclectic taste in music. You will find everything on my playlists from Jazz to Pop Music and everything in between. One my go-to genre of music to uplift and put me in a mellow mood is Reggae.

What advice would you give yourself if you could travel back in time to the first time you stepped on a yoga mat?

If only I knew that everything was going to be okay, that I was okay. I started practicing when I was 23. I was so filled with anxiety about what I was supposed to do and who I was supposed to become that I missed out on the art of just being. I truly thought that everyone around me had everything figured out and that I wasn’t part of some secret club that had their lives together. Now, I understand that no one has anything figured out and that’s all a part of life.

How do you fill your time outside of teaching?

I love to read, write and spend time outdoors. I teach yoga full time, so I tend to spend a lot of time thinking about yoga, practicing yoga and studying yoga philosophy. I’m a bit embarrassed to say, I have to force myself to engage in non-yoga related activities when I have free time.

What is your personal mantra?

Steadiness + Spaciousness