Margaret Burns Vap is the founder of Big Sky Yoga Retreats and Georgetown Yoga. Over the last decade, yoga has inspired her transition from stressed-out corporate executive to tuned-in entrepreneur, yoga teacher, wife and mother. Now she’s sharing her inspiration and passion with yoga enthusiasts who attend her rejuvenating retreats in Montana.
Margaret’s relationship with yoga began in the late 90’s as a way to balance her hectic New York City lifestyle and a corporate career with cosmetics giant L’Oreal. A few years and several hundred down dogs later, she ditched the designer suits for comfy pants, moved to Washington DC, and opened her first yoga studio with the mission to honor the rich history and tradition of yoga while offering a wide range of yoga styles for all levels. Margaret’s diverse yoga foundation includes practice with top instructors at the Jivamukti Yoga Center and Richard Freeman’s studio, intensive training in the foundations and teaching techniques of Ashtanga (David Swenson’s primary series, Dave Oliver’s primary and intermediate series at Yoga Works), and Baron Baptiste’s Bootcamp.
On Inspiration: “One of the best things about making yoga my career is the inspiration I get from my yoga students. I’m constantly amazed and inspired by every individual and his or her life experiences, challenges and goals. We have so much to learn from each other, and it’s powerful to recognize that. Sometimes the smallest thing can translate into the biggest inspiration.”
In early 2007, the seed for Big Sky Yoga Retreats was planted when Margaret and her family decided to move to Montana. She and her husband David, a native Montanan, believed the Big Sky state would be the perfect destination for a yoga retreat. So along with their two year-old daughter Morgane and their two Boston Terriers, they packed up and moved west to found Big Sky Yoga Retreats, combining yoga and outdoor fitness in Montana Big Sky country.
Favorite Inspirational Quote: “The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.” —Joseph Campbell