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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:
  • 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.


  • $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.


  • Yin Yoga Fundamentals - Level 1 - An Introduction to Yin
  • This four week workshop series is intended for those that are newer to the Yin practice (<6 months experience) and would like to gain foundational knowledge of the inner workings of Yin.
     
    In this workshop we will cover all of the foundational poses and many of their variations as well as the basic concepts of why Yin is different and what makes those differences beneficial to add to you regular yoga practice. Once this course is completed, you will feel confident attending any public Yin class knowing it will nourish your body.

    Included in your enrollment are handouts, personal access to Michelle for individualized Q & A as well as FREE Yin classes at Invoke throughout the series.

    Dates & Times:
    Downtown - SUNDAYS - 5:30-7:00 - Oct 21, 28, Nov 4 & 11
    North Side - MONDAYS - 5:45-7:15 - Nov 26, Dec 3, 10, 17

    Investment: $75