Margot McMaster

adventure and happiness guide

I love

…adventure, travel, handstands, the ocean, vegetables, smell, touch, language, biology, anatomy, learning, teaching, surprises, laughing, surfing, snow, fire, wisdom, singing, tears, fears, courage, creatures, the piano, music, yoga, gratitude, guides, YOU.

Margot McMaster

My Story

I was very lucky to grow up slowly on the banks of a small river, surrounded by and immersed in the African bush, a loving family, good friends and great schooling. In short, with richness and variety!

I arrived more than two weeks late and my Dad described me as having used my umbilical cord as a bungee rope. It seems that adventure was in my blood from a very young age! I’ve always been attracted to the outdoors, adventure, travel, people and being upside down (in one way or another!).

My Yoga adventure began in 1996 in a gym in London but only really took centre stage when I was ravaged by an auto-immune disease in 2001 that left me energy-less and with debilitating depression. The only thing I could do that was manageable was Yoga. To this day I marvel at the gift I was given and how it literally saved my life.

I’ve put my degree in Chemistry and Applied Chemistry and my MBA to good used and followed an exciting, if meandering corporate career, the highlight of which was working at the BBC Worldwide with an incredible team and doing some really cool work successfully starting and creating a business within a business. It set the stage for my ability to leave the corporate world and take up another adventure: being an entrepreneur.

Throughout my busy and high stress corporate career and now as a busy business owner, partner to an incredible man and second mom to two beautiful souls, I have found solace in Yoga, in the release of movement, the simplicity of breath and the challenges on an off the mat. It always seems to me that the beauty within is reflected back, made visible and can surface and be unlocked through my yoga practice.

I first trained as a Kundalini Yoga teacher with SKY in London in 2006 and had no intention of teaching. I was just hungry to learn. I was peer pressured into teaching my colleagues and was then appointed the in-house Yoga teacher for the BBC World-wide leading classes as well as guiding our high level executives in private practice for four years.

I completely fell in love with Vinyasa flow and Mercedes Ngoh-Sieffe and her playful, adventurous and yet methodical approach. To deepen my practice and challenge myself I undertook a further 200hr Vinyasa flow teacher training with her at the magnificent Yeotown Retreat in Devon in 2010. I’ve also completed trainings with other incredible guides Shiva Rea, Green Monkey, The Fulham Power Yoga studio and Claire Missingham. I then followed the sun to India, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka and beyond teaching and learning. I’m registered with the Yoga Alliance and hold a E-RYT 200 qualification (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher).

I like to explore Yoga as a living art and science and integrate mediations, pranayama, mantra and most of all heart! I attempt to make my practice a moving meditation with the application of deep asana exploration, precise alignment and conscious movement. I now teach in the Natal Midlands weekly and host workshops and retreats in South Africa with plans to take these teachings further.

I am still very much loving my adventure in Yoga and beyond and I hope that you will join me. I would love you to find some of the joy, face the fears and challenges of your life with courage and live the story of your life with your whole heart. I would love to guide you where I can.

With Gratitude to my teachers