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Margaret Pitkin BA, DPT 

One part Han Solo, two parts Katniss Everdeen I am a life-long dirt lover, skeptic, and inquisitive thinker born and raised in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. I have been a dedicated student of yoga for more than 14 years and have spent over 1500 hours studying with many accomplished teachers. For the past 12 years I have taught yoga to a wide variety of students throughout Vermont and New England and I am registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500 teacher. As my own experience has grown I have become less and less interested in dogmatic approaches to yoga and the human body and more interested in the ever-present possibility of learning something new. I hold a bachelor's degree in Geology from Smith College in Northampton, MA and a doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont. I am licensed as a physical therapist in the state of Vermont and am currently employed as a staff PT at Lamoille Home Health and Hospice. 

Note: The photo at the top of the page is me in a pose called upavista konasana. For many this pose requires excessive hamstring flexibility (as is the case with many yoga poses). Excess length in a muscle leads to weakness, joint destabilization, dysfunctional movement, and potentially to injury and pain. I am able to perform this pose in this way because I have very long arms (that's I can rest my elbows on the floor). Pro tip: be yourself, everyone else is taken. (Tip credit: Douglas Brooks).