Michelle Finerty

Michelle Finerty
Michelle has been writing professionally for over a decade. She started in the areas of cross-cultural communication and technical writing, and is now infusing the teachings of yoga with modern life. After many years of practicing yoga, meditation, and exploring the history and spirituality of yoga, Michelle decided to complete her teacher training in Vinyasa Yoga in 2007. Her intention is to make yoga fun and safe for all of her students, while being present and open to all of the beautiful things life has to offer. In her spare time Michelle likes to travel, hike, meditate and have fun with her family.

Overcoming the Fear of Yoga

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | April 8th, 2016 | 2 Comments
topic: Yoga

On a regular basis, I have people tell me all of the reasons they don’t do yoga: they aren’t flexible enough, they feel awkward compared to others in class, they can’t quiet their mind, they aren’t fit…the list goes on and on, filled with fear and uncertainty. While it makes me sad that so many people are holding themselves back from experiencing the transformative beauty of yoga, I am also happy that so many people are sharing these thoughts with me because in sharing they are looking for answers.

3 Ways to Return to a Beginner’s Mindset

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | February 12th, 2016 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga

How long have you been coming to your yoga mat? When you think about your yoga practice, can you remember what brought you to yoga and how you felt during your first class? It’s been over 15 years since I first stepped on my yoga mat and I remember exactly how I felt. Excited and terrified.

Self Love

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | January 19th, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth

Self love.  It is the foundation of a happy life and yet, at times, is so hard to hold on to. So, what is self love? While some consider self love to be conceited, the Yamas and Niyamas of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras teach us that self love is a combination of ahimsa (non-violence) brahmacharya (non-excess), and santosha (contentment).

3 Tips to Balance the Holiday Season

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | December 15th, 2015 | 2 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga

It’s the holiday season. A wonderful time of year that somehow gets stressful and chaotic with all of the things to do, events to host as well as attend, and relationships to celebrate through gifts and time spent together.

Maintaining balance and letting go of the stress of the season is a practice of its own. Fortunately, with a little mindfulness, planning, and compassion, you can embrace the season feeling more refreshed, grateful, and happy.

Yoga Accoutrements

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | November 3rd, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Yoga

Whether you’re new to yoga or have been on the mat for years, there comes a time when you want to have your own yoga equipment. Instead of using the mats, blocks, and straps offered in your local class, you want to have some for your own home practice.

Finding Balance

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | October 13th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, balance

As seasons change and the beginning of another school year is here, most of the conversations I’ve been in lately have been about how busy life gets and how hard it is to keep everything in balance…emotionally, physically, and mentally.

Autumn Transitions

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | September 30th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Health & Wellness, Yoga

Autumn is approaching here in the Northern Hemisphere. The mornings are getting cooler and the air is crisp. The changing of the seasons is a good time to honor the changes taking place within you.  As you transition from the heat and relaxed mindset of the summer to the cooler days of autumn, it’s a good time to tune in and determine what you want to change in your life and how your yoga practice can aid in your growth.

Kids Yoga

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | September 9th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Yoga

Have you ever thought of introducing your children to yoga? Just as yoga has many benefits for adults, it provides a wonderful foundation of mindfulness and body awareness for children. Kids need the tools to handle the ups and downs of life, connect to their body, and tune into their emotional and mental state on a regular basis, and yoga provides a safe space to explore and nurture that.

The Importance of Prenatal Yoga

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | July 22nd, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga

Today, more and more women are taking prenatal yoga classes for various reasons. Some start due to their doctors’ advice or hearing about it from a friend or loved one. Others are veteran yoginis continuing their practice and some simply want to stay fit while connecting with baby.

Commitments In Yoga

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | July 1st, 2015 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga

Of the many wonderful things I’ve learned through my yoga practice, some of the best have come from exploring poses and theories that scare me. For some of these poses, the fear has risen up and I’ve acknowledged it, without the need to delve deeper at that time. For others, I’ve moved past the fear with the desire to take up the challenge it presents.