Margaret Dubin has been practicing yoga for more than 25 years, since her arrival in the Bay Area in 1992 to attend graduate school at Cal. At that time she was recovering from a surfing-related back injury, and yoga was suggested as a physical therapy. A die-hard New Englander and a former competitive athlete in gymnastics, track and field, and skiing, Margaret was skeptical about the benefits of yoga. It wasn’t long, however, before classes with master teachers Anja Borgstrom, Rodney Yee, Christopher Hoskins, and Naushon Kabat-Zinn enabled her to re-learn how to move with strength and purpose, and how to use the structure of the asana (poses) to expand internally. This changed everything.
After a two-decade career as a cultural anthropologist working with Native American communities, Margaret left the field and enrolled in yoga teacher training at the former Piedmont Yoga Studio. While earning her 200-hour yoga teaching certification, she taught Iyengar-style classes at gyms and studios in Oakland. In 2017 she opened her own studio, Yoga for All, with the goal of making the practice more affordable for her neighbors and community. Margaret is trained in trauma-informed yoga and has served veterans and survivors of domestic violence. Her #havematwilltravel initiative has enabled her to teach in the Navajo Nation and the rural Adirondacks. Margaret studied Reiki with Erika Faith at Cloud Nine Studio and is certified as a Reiki Level I/II; Yoga Tune Up with Gretchen Corbin and Melissa Williams; meditation with Debbie Philps of True North; Buddhist philosophy with Mark Mancall and Sean Feit Oakes; and SUP yoga with Mike Wang of Mike’s Paddle.