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.

Embracing Stillness

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | November 12th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Detox, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth

Meditation is my therapy. I’ve had a consistent meditation practice for the past three years and explored various styles of meditation for years prior to that. Like most people I started meditating as a result of all of the wonderful things I’d heard about how transformative it is to daily life, how easy it is to fit into any schedule, and how essential it is to our overall well-being and peace of mind.

What Do You Bring to Your Mat?

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | November 9th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Detox, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Yoga

“There is a story we tell ourselves everyday about who we are and what we can and can’t do…remember you wrote that story and you can edit it anytime…” -Joshua Scott Onysko

Surrender and Release the Need to Control

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | September 24th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Detox, Health & Wellness, Inspirational Media, Personal Growth

Our lives are constantly changing with ebbs and flows of happiness sadness, anger, confusion, and elation. Sometimes it can all seem too overwhelming to handle, so how do we find contentment and stay our course when our lives are full of chaos?

Don’t Steal, Practice Asteya

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | August 15th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga

The Yamas and Niyamas are the 10 ethical guidelines behind the practice of yoga. They encompass non-violence, truth, non-stealing, non-excess, non-possessiveness, purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study, and surrender.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about Asteya, the yama of non-stealing. In day-to-day life, we think of this as not stealing material possessions from stores or other people, however, there are many ways to steal and they don’t all encompass material goods.

Yoga Hacks – 10 Ways to Add Yoga to Your Day

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | August 8th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Yoga

Life is busy. Between work, the commute to and from work, taking care of a family and participating in extracurricular activities, there is hardly time to maintain a regular yoga practice.

For the majority of us, work and our commute take up most of our time on an average day, so wouldn’t it be nice to throw in some yoga and mindfulness in the few open spaces you can squeeze in?

3 Ways to Cool Down with Yoga, Meditation and Breathing

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | June 23rd, 2014 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga

Summer Yoga

Summer is a time for relaxation and fun with more open schedules, warmer weather, outdoor activities and vacations. However, there can also be a sense of pressure and stress in trying to meet our expectations of a laid-back season.

Just the other day, I looked at my calendar and felt overwhelmed by all of the activities on it. Delving deeper, I realized that I needed to create some space to simply be: read a book, go deeper into my meditation practice, savor the smell of a peach as I cut into it or the smell of flowers while sitting in my yard.

Taking the time to be present in the moment is a beautiful practice in its own right, and yoga and meditation are two ways achieve that goal by creating a space within, bringing your attention inward and turning your thoughts away from distractions.

I’m Not Flexible Enough for Yoga

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | June 12th, 2014 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga

yoga and flexibility

As a yoga instructor, I am blessed to be able to share such a positive, life-changing practice with people, on and off the mat. When I first started teaching yoga, it never really occurred to me how my practice would work its way into my life off the mat, but it has.

I’m frequently asked, “So what do you do for a living?” When I state that I teach yoga, I usually get many responses about how much yoga has made a difference in someone’s life and how much they love their practice, but occasionally I get the “yoga…I’m not flexible enough to do yoga” response.

I respond that for that reason alone they are perfect for yoga, as yoga creates flexibility, rather than flexibility creating yoga. While I find it sad that people think they have to be flexible in order to take a yoga class, I also understand where this impression comes from, because with the growth in the popularity of yoga, there has become more growth in the amount of celebrity yoga instructors and yoga models who can twist themselves into various pretzel poses.

Shine On With Yoga

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | April 21st, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga

The other night, as I was driving home from teaching one of my weekly yoga classes, “Instant Karma” by the Beatles started to play on the radio. I’ve never really paid attention to the lyrics, as I’ve always enjoyed listening to the melody, but that night I was drawn to the chorus.

“Well, we all shine on, Like the moon and the stars and the sun, Yeah, we all shine on…
On and on and on, on and on…”

It got me thinking that we all need to shine. We all have unique traits and talents that set us apart from the rest of the world, yet most of us are too afraid to embrace these qualities because we are unaware of our own brilliance.

“What Is Yoga?” Answering the Misinformed

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | March 27th, 2014 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga

If you practice yoga, chances are someone is going to ask you what yoga is and why you do it. I have answered both of these questions time after time over the years and it never ceases to amaze me how much misinformation is circulating, based on stereotypes or without thinking.

I was talking to my brother a few weeks ago, expressing how great yoga would be for my niece who is a very flexible athlete.  His response? “She’ll start yoga when she’s 50 and starts to slow down.” You would think I would have taken this opportunity to inform him of the various styles of yoga available, the mental and physical benefits of yoga for all ages, and the need for an athlete to balance sports strength and power with the flexibility and healing benefits of yoga—but I didn’t. Instead I sat there stunned.

Embracing Impermanence: How a Control Freak Learned to Let Go

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | February 17th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Yoga

I have been making friends with impermanence. It may sound silly, but after a profound meditation experience, I came face to face with the realization that I am a control freak, and while that control has helped me in some ways, it has also caused me much suffering. I’ve opened up to the reality that everything is in a state of impermanence — the seasons change, each day is different from the previous one, all living things grow, relationships change, the years go by.

At first this was rather scary to me, as it brought up all of my fears of the unknown. I wanted to hide in my usual pattern of planning in order to maintain some power over the future. Then it dawned on me: My life is in a much better place than it used to be, and that is due primarily to the moments over the past few years when I let go and went with the flow.