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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 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.
I started practicing yoga in 2004, and was immediately hooked. After my first class, I couldn't believe how my body felt - longer, stronger, sore in places I didn't even know I had muscles - but more importantly, I couldn't believe how my mind felt. I felt more calm, more centered, and more at peace than I ever had. In the years since 2004, the only constant in my life other than yoga has been change. I have moved multiple times, gone to grad school, and had many jobs, and through all of that, yoga has been there for me as an outlet, as a harbor, as an anchor to keep bringing me back to my center. I teach classes with a strong focus on alignment, and I love seeing students have that moment when everything lines up and it just feels good.
Hope has been in love with yoga sense she was 15, teaching at her high school. Yoga is truly her passion in life and sharing it will others is her favorite part about it. She loves to help people find balance and strength in their practice. Bringing yoga and making it new and exciting is one of the things she strives for while still keeping the traditional practice at the heart of her flows. Attending Oregon State University she instructed Vinyasa, flow and sculpt yoga for over a year. She Has been mentored by a master yoga trainer and is so excited to continue to grow her own practice as well as others.
I've been practicing yoga for 10 years and teaching for 2. My first class as a student was in a heated room and I knew I'd found my forever practice. No more gym memberships or running to stay fit... yoga just felt more natural in my body and I loved that it could be high intensity or slower more mindful movements. Teaching and sharing yoga with others has been the best part of my growth in the yoga world. And being a part of the Sculpt community has been a joy from day 1. I'm an empty-nester now and when I'm not on the mat, I'm cooking, hiking, reading, wine tasting-- but mostly I'm on the mat :)
I joined Sculpt Yoga in 2016 based on a recommendation from a friend, not realizing that this decision would completely change my life. I have had the privilege of practicing with some of the most amazing instructors and students at Sculpt and have found a greater love, appreciation and connection with yoga than ever before. Yoga has transformed my mind, body and soul, which has inspired me to help others find this deeper connection with their practice.
I love the way yoga makes me feel. The way it opens up every part of my being...and each time finding new space that never existed before. No matter where you are with your practice - whether it's the first time on your mat or the hundredth time - there is always something new waiting to be discovered. Yoga will always be there for you. You just need to let it in.
I found Sculpt Yoga back in 2015 after having my first child. I entered the studio with a broken core and embarrassed that my practice wasn’t what it used to be before having my daughter. I fell in love with yoga back in Washington D.C, where I lived for many years, but struggled to find “my yoga place” in Portland since moving here in 2013.
Sculpt Yoga’s instructors rebuilt my body, confidence, and strength inside and out. They helped me discover again what it is that I love about yoga. Your mat is where you come to become stronger, become wiser, and let go of all the stressors weighing you down each day. That’s what I love about yoga, it is your time to find yourself, find your strength, and find how you can be better every day. .
I’m so excited to be part of the Sculpt Yoga family and help people realize how strong they are, how courageous they can be, and how amazing they can feel each time they come to their mat.