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Michelle Finch

Michelle Finch believes in the power of a practice rooted deeply in the fundamentals & mindfulness. She genuinely embraces the notion that an open heart & mind coupled with the alignment of body & breath can be profoundly healing to the mind, body & spirit of every yoga practitioner. Whether attending her specialty Yin yoga classes or the balancing Yang (Slow Flow), you will find her classes to be powerful & moving for the entirety of your being. Michelle’s light hearted, yet nurturing approach to teaching is guaranteed to elevate your spirit and place a lasting smile on your face. Michelle was first introduced to the practice of yoga in 2003 and although it took eight years for these teachings to truly sink in for her, looking back she can see this foundation, laid in her early 20’s, provided the stepping off point for her to realize the multitude of benefits yoga offers, both on & off the mat. Having personally felt its healing qualities, the rounded practice of yoga has aided Michelle in turning toward a healthier lifestyle, relieving her dis-ease of anxiety & depression, as well as overcoming a personal battle with addiction. After nearly 10 years in corporate human resources, she found herself being called away from the business world & in 2012 made the decision to re-dedicate her life to the path of yoga & has not looked back. Although Michelle is an ERYT-200 RYT-500 certified teacher, she believes that one should always seek further wisdom from the teachers that have come before her. Therefore, following the path of continued learning, she is humbled to be currently studying with the Insight Yoga Institute under the loving guidance of Sarah & Ty Powers. On top of her yogic studies, she is also currently enrolled in the highly acclaimed Transformative Leadership MA program with the prestigious California Institute of Integral Studies. When not teaching, Michelle spends her time outdoors (cycling, hiking, kayaking, etc.), traveling, enjoying time with her friends/family & sharing the beautiful journey of life with her husband, DJ.


Michelle Finch instructs the following:
  • Vinyasa Yoga EXPRESS - Level 1/2
  • Vinyasa Yoga EXPRESS - Level 1/2 - THIS CLASS IS THE SAME FORMAT AS THE REGULAR 1/2 CLASS BUT 55MIN IN LENGTH. This class is for all levels regardless of how long you've been practicing as you can never know the basics too well. Whether you are a seasoned and dedicated yogi, a beginner who is brand new or an advanced beginner who has been coming to basics classes but does not feel quite confident enough to move up to an All Levels format, this class offers multiple benefits for all. Although this class will move with a flow it will be a slower flow so the student has ample time to move into and out of the pose effectively keeping the stability that is often lost when the flow becomes too fast. You will enjoy a great selection of poses with fun and interesting sequences, multiple alignment cues but also extended periods of silence once in the pose to allow reconnection with your breath, body and spirit. Come to breathe, move, open and smile. "The deeper you go, the higher you fly so come on!" John Lennon

  • Yin Yoga - Level 1
  • Yin yoga is accessible to anyone, including beginners. Poses, held between 3 and 5 minutes, are done mostly on the floor and target the deep connective tissue concentrated in the major joints of the body. Yin yoga helps rejuvenate connective tissues, improve circulation, and bring joints back to their natural range of motion.

    The longer duration within each pose provides the opportunity to slow down and bring awareness to the current capabilities of our bodies. Through mindfulness practices, we are able to focus inward more clearly and open ourselves to fully embody the present moment.

    Yin is a wonderful compliment practice to our more vigorous activities such as vinyasa, running, cycling or other athletic pursuits. Maintaining poses for several minutes can have an intense effect on the tight, sore and sometimes inflamed tissues that endurance athletes often experience.

    Please note: Yin is NOT restorative yoga. Due to the long, slow, deep holds of the Yin poses, this practice can be intense. Please discuss any injuries you have with your instructor prior to class.


  • Fall 80 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training
  • 80 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training

    Indianapolis' most robust Yin Yoga Teacher Training program is designed with everyone in mind! Offered by Exalt Yoga & Wellness and led by our very own Michelle Finch, E-RYT500. This program is designed to give you an in depth experience with the practices of Yin yoga and mindfulness. Whether you are just starting out on your journey as a yoga teacher, seeking to enhance your teaching skills or simply wish to develop your personal practice, our Yin Yoga Teacher Training will provide you with the tools to enrich your practice and teach authentically, grounded both in self-awareness and experiential knowledge.

    For more information and an application visit: http://invokestudio.com/yin-yoga-teacher-training

    Please join us for our locally renowned, teaching-focused curriculum.

    Dates:

    Sept. 29 - Oct. 1

    Oct. 13-15

    Oct. 27-29

    Nov. 10-12

    Times:

    Fridays - 6:00pm – 10:00pm

    Saturdays and Sundays - 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Investment:
     
    $999 - 80 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training, paid in full by first class.
     
    For Application, please visit to http://invokestudio.com/pages/yin-yoga-teacher-training

  • $10 WARM Community Yin Yoga - Level 1
  • Yin Yoga is a complementary yoga practice to the more dynamic and invigorating yoga styles that are predominant today. Some call it the “other half of yoga.”

    Yin is a slow, meditative practice with a focus on rejuvenating the natural strength and length of the connective tissue (fascia) of the body that may have been lost due to aging, diet and/or lifestyle. The direct effect on the connective tissue created by Yin Yoga in combination with mindful muscle relaxation promotes the healthy flow of qi (energy) within the body, optimizing mental, physical and emotional health.

    Yin postures are held for longer periods of time giving the practitioner the opportunity to observe and bring awareness to the breath and sensations in the body as well as cultivate a deeper contemplative practice. Yin is meant to compliment more vigorous forms of activity in life to keep the body supple and settled.

    This unique heated Yin class is the same practice you know and love, in a room set to 80-85 degrees. This warmer environment can potentially soften the tight tissues of the body to bring more ease into the practice. Be advised that any time yoga is practiced in a heated environment, over stretching is a risk. Please practice attentively.


  • Human Variation & Yoga
  • What's stopping you???

    Our bones are all different. While many of us may be limited in our practice due to tension/tightness in our tissue (tension), an equal amount of us are limited in our practice due to our bone structure (compression). As both students and teachers of yoga, it is imperative that we understand the difference between these two ideas. No two of us look alike in physical appearance, so why should our yoga practice?

    These workshops are open to both teachers and curious students who want to understand how they can best honor their own bodies and that of their students through the practice of yoga. We will unravel the theory behind Human Variation, perform various tests on our own bodies to see the great amount of uniqueness that exists in our local crowd and dive into how to develop a practice and teaching style that is inclusive of ALL bodies!

    Investment $40

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    Upcoming Dates

    Sundays 1:00-3:00 @ Invoke's Downtown Location

    Each month will have a different anatomical & movement focus. We will analyze the movement, the bone structure and muscular anatomy connected to that movement and all of the poses that require it in our yoga practice.

    October 8 - Hips, Rotation - Pose Focus - Pigeon & Hero

    November 5 - Spine, Twisting - Pose Focus - Seated & Supine Twists

    December 10 - Shoulder, Rotation - Pose Focus - Cow Face & Forearm Stand

    January 7 - Hips, Flexion/Extension - Pose Focus - Child's Pose, Monkey (splits) & Bridge 

    Feburary 4 - Spine, Flexion/Extension - Pose Focus - Cobra, Seated Forward Fold & Shoulder Stand

    March 4 - Shoulders. Flexion/Extension - Pose Focus - Downdog & Bound Wide Leg Forward Fold

     


  • Human Variation & Yoga
  • ***Please sign up under our workshops/events tab***

    Our bones are all different. While many of us may be limited in our practice due to tension/tightness in our tissue (tension), an equal amount of us are limited in our practice due to our bone structure (compression). As both students and teachers of yoga, it is imperative that we understand the difference between these two ideas. No two of us look alike in physical appearance, so why should our yoga practice?
    These workshops are open to both teachers and curious students who want to understand how they can best honor their own bodies and that of their students through the practice of yoga. We will unravel the theory behind Human Variation, perform various tests on our own bodies to see the great amount of uniqueness that exists in our local crowd and dive into how to develop a practice and teaching style that is inclusive of ALL bodies!

    Select Sundays 1:00-3:00 @ Invoke's Downtown Location

    Please reference our workshops/events tab for upcoming dates. Each month will have a different anatomical & movement focus. We will analyze the movement, the bone structure and muscular anatomy connected to that movement and all of the poses that require it in our yoga practice.


  • FREE Yin Yoga - Level 1
  • This class is FREE this evening! Please register in advance to reserve your spot!
     
    Yin yoga is accessible to anyone, including beginners. Poses, held between 3 and 5 minutes, are done mostly on the floor and target the deep connective tissue concentrated in the major joints of the body. Yin yoga helps rejuvenate connective tissues, improve circulation, and bring joints back to their natural range of motion.

    The longer duration within each pose provides the opportunity to slow down and bring awareness to the current capabilities of our bodies. Through mindfulness practices, we are able to focus inward more clearly and open ourselves to fully embody the present moment.

    Yin is a wonderful compliment practice to our more vigorous activities such as vinyasa, running, cycling or other athletic pursuits. Maintaining poses for several minutes can have an intense effect on the tight, sore and sometimes inflamed tissues that endurance athletes often experience.

    Please note: Yin is NOT restorative yoga. Due to the long, slow, deep holds of the Yin poses, this practice can be intense. Please discuss any injuries you have with your instructor prior to class.