Margaret Burns Vap

Founder, Big Sky Yoga Retreats

Margaret Burns Vap is a former city-girl fashionista transformed by yoga and motherhood into an outdoorsy, eco-conscious Montana cowgirl who still loves a latte.

Margaret is the founder of Big Sky Yoga Retreats and Cowgirl Yoga. Her relationship with yoga began over a decade ago, in a bid to combat a hectic New York City lifestyle and a corporate career with cosmetics giant L’Oreal. A few years and several hundred down dogs later, Margaret knew that the corporate world no longer held her future, so switching her designer duds for comfy pants - and NYC for Washington DC - she combined her business know-how with her passion for yoga and created Georgetown Yoga, one of DC's most popular yoga studios in the early 2000s. Margaret brings that same recipe for yoga success to Montana, where she leads retreats for women under the Big Sky that include yoga and horses, yoga and hiking, and yoga and Yellowstone. She also founded a program called Cowgirls vs. Cancer, that provides scholarships to breast cancer survivors each year; these cancer kickin’ cowgirls attend a Cowgirl Yoga retreat for healing with horses and yoga.

Big Sky Yoga Retreats is committed to educating its clients about how important connecting to nature and being outdoors are to health and wellbeing. Not hard to do when we are surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in the US! This philosophy is incorporated into all its yoga and outdoor fitness retreats in many ways, including: recommended reading of The Nature Principle, which has influenced Margaret’s lifestyle and teaching immensely; an emphasis on local and sustainable eating, and how to do this back home after a retreat, and presentations by local experts on the Montana and greater Yellowstone ecosystems.

Margaret and her daughter were featured in a 2009 ad for JADE Yoga, one of Big Sky Yoga Retreats’ partners, that offers the most environmentally friendly yoga mats. She was an Athleta sponsored athlete in 2008 and has written over 25 yoga tutorials for their Chi blog. Her writing has been featured on lifebyme.com. Margaret has been asked to speak on career transition and, of course, yoga; she presented as a "Made in Montana" success story at the 2012 Women's Small Business Opportunity Workshop put on by Montana's Senator Tester. She authors a blog called Cowgirl Yoga: Montana musings on life under the Big Sky, motherhood, food, horses, and last but not least, yoga. Margaret is mom to Morgane Sienna, who loves yoga poses named after animals. In early 2007, Margaret and her family packed up and moved to Bozeman; they enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle in their mountain home. Margaret continues her life’s work of sharing yoga, while watching Morgane grow up learning to ski and horseback ride.

Yeehaw & Namaste.
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