Margaret Burns Vap

Bozeman, MT
United States

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Margaret is the founder of Big Sky Yoga Retreats. Her relationship with yoga began over a decade ago, in a bid to combat a hectic New York City lifestyle and a corporate career with cosmetics giant L’Oreal. A few years and several hundred down dogs later, Margaret knew that the corporate world no longer held her future, so switching her designer duds for comfy pants - and NYC for Washington DC - she combined her business know-how with her passion for yoga and created Georgetown Yoga, one of DC's most popular yoga studios in the early 2000s.

Margaret brings that same recipe for yoga success to Montana. She combines her fresh approach to teaching with a unique ability to create a nurturing, safe space in which to learn yoga. Her teaching will leave you calm and refreshed after a vigorous flowing practice, putting you in touch with your true potential and transforming your health and well being in the process.

Margaret began her practice at Jivamukti Yoga in NYC, and recently deepened it at Jivamukti London, while her family was living in the UK for six months. She has studied Ashtanga Yoga with Richard Freeman, David Swenson, and Dave Oliver. Margaret completed a 200-hour teacher training intensive with Yoga Works; this training was the result of a partnership between her studio Georgetown Yoga in Washington, DC and the renowned CA-NY based YW. She has also traveled to Hawaii for Baron Baptiste’s Level 1 teacher training bootcamp. Margaret is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. Her yoga students have included celebrities and DC luminaries, seniors practicing yoga in chairs, beginner yogis, yogis who have been practicing for many lifetimes, and everyone in between.

Margaret represents companies she believes in: she was an Athleta sponsored athlete in 2008 and has written over 25 yoga tutorials (and counting!) for their Chi blog; she is a Mountain Ambassador for Cloudveil Inspired Mountain Apparel and a product ambassador for LUNA bars. She has been featured on Margaret has been asked to speak on career transition and, of course, yoga; she presented as a "Made in Montana" success story at the 2012 Women's Small Business Opportunity Workshop put on by Montana's Senator Tester. She authors a blog called Cowgirl Yoga: Montana musings on life under the Big Sky, motherhood, food, horses, and last but not least, yoga.

Margaret holds a BS from Georgetown University and an MBA from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management. She speaks French, Spanish, and a little Italian and has lived abroad on numerous occasions. Margaret is mom to Morgane Sienna, who is seven and loves yoga poses named after animals. In early 2007, Margaret, her husband David, Morgane and their two Boston Terriers Lola and Rocco all packed up and moved to Bozeman, Montana. They enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle in their mountain home. Margaret continues her life’s work of sharing yoga, while watching Morgane grow up learning to ski and horseback ride.