Finding Balance

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | October 13th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, balance | tags: balance, compare, crow pose, happiness, life transitions, self care, self confidence, self-affirmation, self-love, tree-pose, Yoga, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-therapy

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.

5 Simple Steps To Cultivate A Beginner’s Mind

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | August 12th, 2015 | 3 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: beginners, breathe, breathing-exercises, Personal Growth, self image, self-compassion, self-love, Yoga, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice

Last time I went to the airport, I saw a small boy with his hands and cheeks up against a large glass window. He watched the planes take off over and over again with a look of awe smudged across his face. His reflection held a sense of luminous possibility, as if he realized he could fly too. I stood there, tired and anxious to get to on my flight, witnessing something magical.

Heart Opening Practice

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | February 24th, 2015 | 3 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: compassion, forgiveness, love, self growth, self-love

It’s February and love is in the air. It fills the store aisles in preparation for Valentine’s Day and is all over the airwaves in music, movies, and TV. I used to find immense frustration in the commercial aspect of love during the month of February. As I’ve delved deeper into what it means to love and be loved, though, I can now appreciate the holiday as a time to tune into the feeling of love we all have within us in order to fully appreciate it and share it with others throughout the year!

3 Ways to Re-Inspire Your Yoga Practice

Jessica Mehring by Jessica Mehring | February 11th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: inspiration, love, self-love, tips, Yoga

Has the passion for your yoga practice faded? Is your motivation to hit the mat at an all-time low? Can’t seem to make it to your regular classes anymore, and your home practice has lost its luster?

This happens to every yoga practitioner at some point. Though a regular yoga routine is comforting and familiar, if you don’t change things up from time to time, eventually that routine will turn into a rut.

Shine On With Yoga

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | April 21st, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: beatles, gaiam, happiness, headstand, practice, self-love, shine on, sun salutations, wheel, Yoga, yoga-practice

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.

4 Ways to Get Enough Vitamin L

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | March 18th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: breathing, Cognitive neuroscience, cooking, emotional health, food, love, meditate, meditating, positivity, self-love, vitamin l, vitamins, Yoga, your yourself

I can remember the days when my multivitamins tasted like candy. It was an absolute pleasure to take those little Flintstone chewables every day in the hope of “growing strong bones,” as my dad used to put it. As I’ve gotten older, taking my daily vitamins is a sweet ritual that I have carried with me. I line them up and remember their purpose as I ingest each one. But this month, my focus has shifted. I’m not as concerned with my calcium supplementation or the millions of strands in my probiotic. I’m now interested in is a much more important vitamin, Vitamin L—Love.

6 Yoga Poses to Open Your Heart

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | February 9th, 2014 | 5 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: gaiam, heart openers, heart opening, love, self-love, Valentines Day, Yoga


This Valentine’s Day, I encourage you to start having a sizzling affair. Not the way you think, though — I want you to choose your closest soul mate, the one who’s been there for you during all the ups and downs of your life and the person who has never, ever left you, and never will.

How Gratitude Can Transform Your Body

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | November 20th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Personal Growth | tags: appreciating your body, body-image, exercise, Fitness, grateful, gratitude, positive thinking, self-love, thanksgiving

Gratitude Transform Body

Thinking about Thanksgiving prompted me to write this blog. I saved it to my computer, planning to post it online as soon as I got a chance. Then coincidentally I heard a radio interview with psychologist Robert Emmons, author of a book called Thanks. Emmons has spent years studying positive psychology, and in the interview he pointed out that gratitude is more than a tool for self-improvement. “Gratitude is a way of life,” he said, noting how being grateful can improve your health physically as well as mentally.

A Yoga Journey for Autumn

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | November 1st, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: acceptance, autumn yoga, balance, change, fall yoga, impermanence, in Meditations from the Mat, love, personal development, Personal Growth, Rolf Gates, seasons, self help, self-love, the present moment, yoga-practice

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.

Forget Yoga Envy + Remember Who You Are

Kathryn Budig by Kathryn Budig | October 29th, 2013 | 18 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: abilities, ability, asanas, ashtanga, blessings, body, compare, confidence, crying, disappointment, envious, envy, exercise, Fitness, frustration, gift, handstand, headstand, inversions, invert, jealous, jealously, Joseph Campbell, Kathryn Budig, love, negative thoughts, physical, self-love, self-respect, workout, Yoga, yoga class, yoga competition, yoga poses, yoga studio, yoga-practice

Yoga EnvyThe yoga practice is a glorious dance of the physical possibilities in the human body. An advanced practice can take your breath away as easily as it can expand your ujjayi. It can twist and turn in directions that make an artist quiver with creative jealousy and inspire even the heaviest of sloths to entertain a change of mind.

That being said — it can also be intimidating as hell.

I learned, trained, teach and practice in Santa Monica, California. It is the mecca of yoga these days and the cream of the crop when it comes to beautiful practices. It’s hard to find a level 2-3 class that doesn’t have at least one yogi soaring through the air in-between asanas or adding what appears to be a level-X variation to every pose. It can often be inspiring and mind-blowing but it can also be, in a word, daunting.