Margarida Tree is originally from Canada, and owned and operated her yoga shala for 15 years in Florida before moving to Ireland.
She has been teaching for 28 years with a down to earth approach arising from an appreciation of both the eastern practice and the western lifestyle.
Margarida makes the yoga practice accessible to everyone, and encourages her students to do a consistent practice in order to be improve health on a mental, physical and emotional level.
Margarida’s classes include hatha flow yoga and also restorative yoga. Her hatha flow classes are inspired by her experience of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and she uses a combination of ujjai breath, the bandhas (energy locks) and dristhi (focussing one’ gaze) to bring the awareness inwards.
Margarida makes her classes suitable for all ages, and all levels of fitness. So rest assured even if you are a complete beginner, you will be fine for these classes.
Demystifying yoga, her classes are based on the 8 limb approach of Yoga. She incorporate asana (poses), pranayama (breath) and meditation and chanting, combined with inward awareness.
Margarida began practicing yoga as a child, following Lilias Folan with her televised Yoga program and the early find of Richard Hittlemans book, she was drawn to the Yoga practice.
Margarida studied Kundalini in Canada and enjoyed the awareness of Prana, breath and the energy system.
In Florida she trained with an Iyengar teacher, learning the benefits of alignment and how to properly use props to support oneself, as well as restorative Yoga.
During her first teacher training she fell in love with Ashtanga and movement with the breath which gave her a meditative practice, where the thinking mind could rest as knowing the sequence the body knows where it is going.
Her Ashtanga roots have given her the training and the sequence intelligence which supports her in creating a vinyasa class or a customised practice for individual students.
These days Margarida teaches a softer Hatha flow form of yoga.
She ensures that her classes are suitable for all ages and all levels of ability.
Her love of anatomy and understanding of body mechanics has grown with working with individuals with a range of physical ailments. She has found that with proper alignment for each individual and looking at chronic holding patterns of the mind, body and emotions combined with breath, the movement of Prana to help heal is readily made available.
Margarida is also a musician and has explored Yogic Chanting and learned different styles from Vedic chanting, Tantric and Bhakti style chanting. She has led kirtans blending different chanting traditions and bringing people together with sound and vibration.
The effects of sound healing are profound and often felt for days afterwards.
Margarida usually teaches a Hatha flow yoga class coordinated with the breath in the mornings.
Margarida’s makes her Hatha Yoga classes accessible for everybody offering options for modifications and support.
The classes are a balance of physical postures, a combination of breathing technique and cultivating inner awareness through mindfulness of the breath, mind and body.
Her afternoon classes are usually restorative and she uses bolsters and other props to allow you to let go deeply into the postures.
Margarida also teaches Yoga Nidra deep relaxation and usually finishes off each day with this practice.
Through times of difficulty it has been her pranayama practice that has anchored her through the storms. She enjoys introducing students to pranayama practices that can be used in daily life as well as in practice.
She has studied with various teachers and honours different traditions while keeping mindful that the greatest teacher is the practice itself.
“I am blessed to continue to study under Manju Jois, who teaches from a place of joy and compassion.”
Margarida has been certified to teach Yoga since 1995 and certified to teach Ashtanga at the Intermediate level through Manju Jois. She is a Yoga Alliance ERYT-500 registered teacher.
Margarida teaches a breath awareness meditation at the start and end of each day.
Having practiced Yoga through two pregnancies and being a mother of two beautiful girls, her practice helps to keep it all real and continually puts everything into perspective.
“In my experience it is the practice that gave me the support with pre natal Yoga, to have mindful home births and post natal care. Years of mindful breathing carried me through becoming a mother with grace and ease. “
Margarida has taught 200hr & 300hr teacher trainings for 15 years, providing a foundation for hundreds of teachers to continue sharing the Yoga tradition.
In her Yoga trainings she incorporates Yoga Philosophy, drawing from texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and finding parallels from the ancients texts that are relevant in our lives today.
“As the landscape of life is constantly changing, I am grateful to this practice helping to take it all in-one breath at a time. I look forward to supporting you and being part of your Yoga journey. Namaste “