Warrior Flow Insiders: Margaret Schwarz

1- In less than a minute, tell us who you are and why we keep hearing good things about you?

I am an athlete/fitness professional whose goal is to make yoga accessible to all—the inflexible, the broken, the old, the young, the pessimists, and the optimists . . . the real people. I have competed nineteen NYC Marathons in a row and two Boston qualified marathons, I have a master’s degree in Psychology, and I love to observe behavior.

2- What were the pivotal roadblocks and challenges you encountered along the way that helped you define your path?

For twenty-five years I was a personal trainer/athlete (I run marathons and swim long distances in open water, and I used to power lift), which preceded my venture into the yoga studio. It was hard to shake that image. And then I chose not to shake it. I teach the class I want to take, and apparently there are many of "me" out there. I think my age might be an issue, too, but I see it as an asset, and my tribe can see beyond that and welcome the "been there done that" dharma talk in my classes.

3- Why did you choose this field? Who were your role models? And what pushed you to learn and become who you are?

I fell into fitness as a career by accident, but I've always been an anatomy/movement geek. My goal has been to get people to move. I have always been a physical person and believe that how we approach fitness is how we approach our lives—all in or not in at all. No gray. My first yoga instructor was Molly Fox, a fitness icon. She was, and still is, on the cutting edge of fitness. No one except Molly was doing yoga inside a gym in 1995. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention Adrian Molina, who convinced me to audition for Equinox one month out of my teacher training. The rest is history. My yoga philosophy teacher, Yogi Charu, presents the yoga sutras and the Bhagavad Gita in such a way that I cannot resist deepening my spiritual path and sneaking in that yogic wisdom with my students.

4- What is your legacy? Do you care about leaving a legacy?

Honestly, I looked up the word “legacy” to answer this question. I want people to leave my class or an interaction with me feeling good about themselves physically, spiritually, and mentally. The word "grateful" is thrown around a lot in yoga classes, and if I can get just one person to find gratitude in what they believe is a hopeless day then my job is done.

5- What can we all do right now to make this world a better place?

Upon seeing a lost soul, my mom often would say "there but for the grace of God go I." Know how lucky you are to be alive. Seeing ourselves in others is a way to make the world a better place, and we are all one. How would you like to be treated, spoken to, recognized? Be kind, for you never know the struggle of the person next to you. Sutra 33: be friendly and compassionate. And smile at others. What's the worst that can happen? They don't smile back? It’s all good.

6- In less than a minute, without sounding like a used car salesperson, tell us where to find you and what is the next big thing that everyone should be anticipating from you?

During this pandemic, you can find me teaching for the Warrior Flow Foundation and once a week on Instagram and on Facebook. Post-pandemic, you will find me at a NYC Equinox teaching yoga and Precision Run classes as well as free classes at the NYRR RUNCENTER. Next big thing? Me helping with Warrior Flow Foundation programs in NYC perhaps? Hint, hint?


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