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I love the feeling of being centered within myself. Yoga is a part of my daily routine, it cleanses the soul. When I am grounded and centered, I am able to be present in my everyday life, which allows me to be a better mother, wife, friend, instructor, etc. When I first envisioned Sculpt Yoga, I knew I needed the right pieces for the puzzle. The universe absolutely provided what I asked for! The right location, the knowledgeable instructors, and the open minded students. I wanted the studio to be a place where magical things happen! People can come together, learn from each other, practice yoga, sweat hard, and clear the mind. I am happy to say we have accomplished this together!
As instructors, we are here to guide you through your practice and set you up for success. All you have to commit to, is showing up. In return, this will help you become a better human being, really, the possibilities of return are endless! We are so lucky, here at Sculpt, to have the creme’ de la creme’, for instructors. We are truly here to help you be your best. I challenge you to come take a class at Sculpt Yoga, its like nothing you have ever experienced before. Challenge yourself, what are you waiting for?
Something personal things about myself: I love animals, they teach us unconditional love. I love how the sun rises and sets in Africa, nothing like it! Riding in a hot air balloon is on my bucket list (: and I love to network, this brings people together.
I love nature. I love how the sun sheds light, how rain brings growth, how snow brings silence, and crisp air creates color. I love animals and their pure joy in the moment, and how their instinct brings them to the edge.
I love yoga. It is for everyone, anyone. Everything is yoga, when it brings you a moment of quiet, self-revelation, or selflessness. Yoga has brought to me a family whom I love and a sanity I can't explain.
I love how yoga can cajole us into our true nature-all its shades of light, dark and beautiful colors-in its extreme strength, acknowledgement of self and others, and utter peace of mind in stillness. I hope to offer a space for all to discover, acknowledge and embrace their own TRUE nature within a yoga class.
One of my favorite things is to be around interesting, inspiring, kind people who want to share, laugh and cry about the highs and lows that this crazy, beautiful life presents. Yoga gives me a place to do that. We share through our breaths, through the challenges of certain poses, through a joke during core, or tears in savasana. Our hearts get cracked wide open so the light can shine through.
Through the cracks I have in my heart, the challenges that life has presented to me, I naturally share my vulnerability and easily connect with my students. I appreciate each person’s story and my intention is to meet students wherever they are on their path. I love finding the balance between going deep and feeling the intensity of that journey all the while finding the lightness in it as well.
I hold space for my students to have their own unique experience, be it light or dark, and ultimately, my hope is that students will find just the right lighting for their story on and off the mat.My classes offer a place to be real, to have fun and to go inside. Come and find YOUR OWN authentic island to breathe and connect with everyone around you, and mostly with yourself.
I first turned to yoga over a decade ago when I was struggling to find my identity and place in life. What began as an excuse to sweat and move blossomed into so much more. Yoga teaches me to breathe through joy, heartache, and any challenge that may come my way. It has given me the courage and clear mind to listen to my heart, pursue my dreams, and do my part to make the world a better, more just and kind place. As a lawyer and mother, yoga gives me balance and reminds me that I am enough. I am truly humbled to be in a place to share my passion for yoga with others. My hope is to create a practice that inspires inner peace, authenticity, and empowerment, on and off the mat.
When I stepped into my first Sculpt class in early 2015, I had no idea the immense changes that were in store for both my body and my life. I fell in love immediately with the intensity of these workouts, with what it felt like to come to what I thought was the edge of my abilities and then hurl myself over that edge and discover strength I never knew I had. It is absolutely intoxicating, wildly fun, and like nothing I’ve ever experienced in a workout. I am so thrilled and humbled to be able to share this experience with my students, and to help them find their own edge and discover that they too are so much stronger than they realize. Sculpt classes are exciting, empowering, and fun, and whether I’m cracking a joke or yelling at you to give me one more jump squat, we are going to have a blast! When I’m not at the studio, you can find me chasing after my two little boys, training for half marathons and Hood to Coast, getting dirty in my tiny backyard farm, baking cakes for people I love, or planning my next scuba diving trip.
Ashton found her first yoga class at a small Bikram studio in Bend, OR at the age of 16. She was immediately attracted to the high heat and flexibility based movements. Over the next 4 years shed practiced hot yoga on and off but failed to commit to a steady practice. When she found vinyasa she was truly hooked. In 2015 she completed her first 200 hour teacher training and began to teach immediately after. Her love of teaching grew steadily motivating her to leave her desk job to teach full time by 2017. Ashton strives to bring her creativity and passion to every class she teaches. She uses alignment-based cues and hands on adjustments to help students deepen their level of body awareness. Expect a challenging workout designed to inspire sense of power and presence.
I love adventuring, exploring and being active. I first started coming to Sculpt in 2015 after moving to Portland from North Carolina. Without doing much research, I showed up to a Sculpt level 2 and it seriously kicked my booty! I loved it. As an ultra trail runner and marathoner I’m always looking for cross training that will strengthen my muscles and get my heart pumping – Sculpt has all of that!
When I’m not at the Sculpt studio I’m working my “day job” as a dietitian, running trails in forest park or planning another adventure with my husband, Duncan. We love to explore the PNW every chance we get, whether it’s hiking in the Columbia River Gorge, snow boarding on Mt. Hood, summiting or circumnavigating a mountain or camping in the wilderness – we just love being outdoors.
My yoga practice has been an anchor I have come back to time and time again. At times my tether to the practice has grown long and strained, but it remained available and waiting to help me reign myself back to the breath, this body, and the sacredness of this moment. Though my practice has experienced various transitions and deaths, it has always been a place for me to explore honestly what surrounds me in the present, my privilege, and the potential influence I have on my future self and those around me.
I began teaching in 2012 while completing my graduate education and it immediately became a place of solace and artistic expression. I had the privilege of completing my teacher training under the tutelage of Peach Friedman and the honor of assisting with teacher training. My classes are alignment based and seek to explore the intersection between our physical and emotional experiences, because what would be more sacred than divining into the moment by honoring and tuning the body?
Margo has been teaching yoga and capturing the hearts of students since 2003.
Margo’s passion as a teacher has always been to make the “non-believer” a “believer” but not just in yoga, in themselves. Peoples’ health, happiness, strength and empowerment is the nucleus of her message through everyday mindfulness, confidence, and self-awareness. She often sets her classes to music to motivate and inspire. You leave feeling challenged and changed physically, mentally, and emotionally. As an experienced teacher of 15 years she has mastered the ability to teach to many levels at one time. She skillfully sequences her classes to suit everyone in the room, provided they’re willing to try AND have a sense of humor! So if you’re new to yoga or a long time practicioner, Margo meets you where you are, and draws you in with compassion and charisma.