How were you first introduced to yoga?

I was first introduced to yoga when I was a Freshman in high school. I was horrible at most sports, even basketball (despite my height) and my running skills are pretty non-existent but I loved to be active. Also around that time, I was in the middle of a pretty severe eating disorder so I was craving something that combined a physical component as well as a more mental health component. My mom gave me a yoga mat for Christmas my freshman year and told me to try it out. My first ever class was at Yoga on York in York, Maine and it was definitely not love at first sight. Many of the poses didn’t come easy to me and that was hard for me mentally, especially when I was striving for that mythical concept of perfection. However, when I started to see progress in the asana practice as well as an overall positive change in mentality - I knew this was something I had to stick with.

What made you want to pursue your Yoga teacher certification?

After graduating high school, I moved to upstate New York to pursue a photography degree at Rochester Institute of Technology. I ended up leaving at my first year realizing that I wasn’t in the right mindset to be at school, I didn’t really want Photography as a career and I didn’t know what I wanted. So I moved around a bit and then when I finally made it back to the Seacoast area, a yoga teacher training was happening at Yoga on the Hill in Kittery and I knew how much of an impact Yoga had on my life and so I signed up! I love to learn and I looked at this training as another form of school - so I bought my books and was ready!

What poses are your favorite and least favorite?

My love and dislike poses are ones that I can’t get right away. I’ve been trying to do Ganda Bherundasana (chin stand) for ever and I just can’t seem to get it but I love the challenge of trying and failing and trying and failing again - it’s good for my Type A-ish personality! Other than that, I LOVE holding any sort of standing pose (like the warriors or goddess pose) for long periods of time - my training was in Iyengar yoga which is notorious for lengthy holds. Being able to feel what your body is doing in those postures is incredibly insightful and then hitting that point of like “ok I’m done here” and then breathing through that is definitely challenging but amazing!

How do you feel you live your yoga off the mat?

As an instructor, it’s easy to tell students to “just let go of any judgement” or “practice presence by deepening your breath” because you aren’t telling yourself to do it - but is that fair? I like to live in the motto of practice what you preach so my challenges at the end of each class, the suggestions I make in class, I always try to apply that off my mat. Another aspect that I bring off the mat is non-judgment and the ability to be open minded. The community is absolutely incredible and I’ve met and become friends with so many of our fellow yogis - people that I wouldn’t have met otherwise and if all started by saying hey and not passing judgement on them. Obviously I practice yoga out of the studio as well, off my mat. I love going outdoors and practicing at the beach, in the park or even as I’m walking down the street - you’ll occasionally find me doing poses on benches, on top of my car, against a building.

Margaux’s other passions include photography, reading (she is currently reading and loving All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, spending time outdoors and cooking. She works as the Communication Specialist at Stonewall Kitchen. She is also in the process of finishing her Bachelors in Psychology and plans to get her Masters in Clinical Social Work. She told me she was a dork, but aren’t we all :) She loves to tell jokes and laugh even if no one finds it funny. She is a gem and I recommend her classes!    -Bethany