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.

“What Is Yoga?” Answering the Misinformed

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | March 27th, 2014 | 3 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.

1-Minute Mindfulness Practice

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | February 11th, 2014 | 3 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Yoga

Mindfulness Meditation

The cold winter months are a good time to delve within to decide where you want to invest our energy, what you want to hold onto, and what you want to let go. This is always a very exciting time for me because although every day is a chance for a new beginning, I love the energy around this time of year. Everyone is open to the possibility of change and the boundless opportunity found there. To keep the momentum going, it is important to stay connected to your goals, your inspiration, and your belief in yourself.

Finding Meaning in the Holidays: Yoga & Meditation Tips

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | December 20th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Yoga

christmas tree

The other night, I was looking at my tree, decorated with the small number of ornaments that are meaningful to my family and me, and thought about how I grew up with a tree full of ornaments, each covering the one behind it. It was one of those moments of clarity for me, watching the tree in the dark of night with the lights sparkling: Less is more. Too many trinkets distract. It’s not about what you get or have. It’s about what you give, and the quality, not quantity behind that sentiment.

Namaste Any Time of Day: Yoga for the Holidays

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | December 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga

Holiday YogaIt’s the holiday season … a time of dark, cold mornings, short days and busy nights, tending to the hustle and bustle of getting things done for various holiday celebrations, all the while gorging ourselves on delicious — but often calorie-laden — holiday foods. The average day passes quickly, and you usually find yourself collapsing into bed at the end of it feeling completely exhausted.

What I’m Grateful For: A Yogi’s Perspective

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | November 27th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga

yoga gratitude

Around Thanksgiving, I’m drawn to the subject of gratitude and how to put it into practice on a daily basis. I have to admit, I’m not ready for the typical stress of the holiday season and am on a mission to keep the season as stress-free as possible with a mixture of appreciation for all that I have and awareness of all I can give.

A Yoga Journey for Autumn

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | November 1st, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga

fall yogaAutumn has arrived, and with it, I always feel the need to turn within to find balance between the lightness I felt during the warm summer days and the sudden desire to stay cozy and warm inside, as the temperatures cool outside.

Watching leaves float to the ground is a reminder that our lives are a mirror of nature’s cycles and that everything is in a state of impermanence. Autumn is a time for letting go and releasing things that no longer serve us.

How to Quiet Your Mind in Savasana

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | September 18th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga

Savasana Corpse Pose Yoga

One of the main goals of a regular yoga practice is to be able to reach Samadhi, a state of deep concentration and meditation resulting in union with a greater reality … a greater universal consciousness. When we are in Savasana, we are working toward this state, feeling the benefits of our asana practice, resting our bodies in order to open up to our breath and release all of the tension and thoughts running through our minds — coming to a place of blissful nothingness.

3 Lessons Yoga Has Taught Me

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | August 26th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga

Yoga Life LessonsRecently I was talking with a friend of mine about life and the decisions we’ve made and I came to the realization that practicing and teaching yoga are two of the best choices I’ve ever made.

We’ve all heard of the many benefits of yoga: improved coordination, stronger bones, better posture and balance, stress reduction, body-mind connection, overall strength, and flexibility.

3 Ways to Cool Down with Yoga, Meditation and Breathing

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | August 5th, 2013 | 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.