I had been drawn to yoga since my late teens but didn’t take it seriously until about 2010 when I discovered a wonderful teacher at my local gym. He had trained in India and his yoga teaching offered everything that I was looking for: a great workout, energising breath work, and deep relaxation. I remember leaving those classes every week on a real high.
It was at this time in my life that I was “burning the candle at both ends”, as my wise old Nan would say. I was working full time in a law firm and studying hard for my legal exams, whilst at the same time, hitting the party scene hard at the weekends, looking for some sort of release from all the stress. But this only made things worse. I felt exhausted, stressed and felt my life lacked direction.
I wanted to discover more about what yoga could offer, and so I started attending more classes, reading books about the different aspects of yoga, and developed a home practice.
My yoga gave me the courage to make some much-needed changes in my life. I became stronger, healthier, calmer and happier. I started to experience this ‘energy’ that yoga generated, and became eager to share it with everyone I knew.
In 2015 I took the big step of leaving my career in law, and embarked on a life changing path. For a year I travelled around Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, and Asia with my boyfriend. Before returning to the UK, I spent some time in the south of Spain, studying yoga under Amanda Dee Smith at the Sun Salute Studio. I qualified as a Vinyasa Yoga Teacher in September 2016 and have been teaching yoga ever since.
Physically, my background is in gymnastics and dance. Injuries taught me the importance of balancing strength with flexibility, and my classes are a reflection of a need for this balance in our bodies. They range from slow and gentle, to more dynamic sessions, and everything in between, depending on the needs of the individual or the group. More recently I have undertaken further training in Yin Yoga and now also offer classes in this style.
I have a special interest in helping those who are stressed out by work. I aim not only to create a peaceful environment in which students are able to enjoy yoga during my classes, but I am also hopeful that they will gain, as I have done, the tools to permanently improve their wellbeing.
I offer group classes, private 1-2-1 sessions, and classes in workplaces to fit in around the working day. I am also available for one-off events such as festivals and hen parties. If you would like to know more, or to make a booking, simply use the contact form or send me an email. I would love to hear from you.
TRAINING, QUALIFICATIONS & CONTINUED STUDY
200 hour Yoga Teacher Training – Sun Salute Studio, Spain
Pranayama Teacher Training – Divine Works Yoga
Pranayama teacher training: breath as a transformative agent – Richard Rosen
A Journey to the Centre of the Breath – Leslie Kaminoff
Functional Yoga Anatomy – David Keil
Yin Yoga – Norman Blair
Mentored by Norman Blair
The Art of Assisting – Bridget Woods-Kramer
Regular classes/study with Alva Malka
Yoga Therapeutics Advanced Teacher Training – Amy Ippoliti
Currently a student of 90 Monkeys 500hr programme.
Saturday 19th January – Kingston Yoga and Vegan Festival @ Southborough High School, Hook Road, Surbiton KT6 5AS.
Further information at the Yogific Website.
I am teaching Yin is In: Yin Yoga for Ultimate Relaxation and Stress Relief class in Room A; Class 9 @ 6pm
– tickets available here. Bring your own yoga mat for all classes!
Tickets for all classes are £4 (£4.43 with booking fee). A £4 class ticket also gives you access to the stalls, talks & free indoor sessions, with free entry for children (under 14 years) when accompanied by an adult.
NEW YEAR’S EVE “SANKALPA”
Morning Yoga Retreat
with Harriet MacMasters-Green & Michelle Finlay
31 December 2019, 9am – 1pm @ The Yoga Bar, Twickenham.
Price: £55 (including nibbles)
– tickets are available via The Yoga Bar website.
[BOOKING CLOSES 15th DECEMBER]
“The entire universe evolves by Sankalpa; One becomes what one thinks”.
We welcome you to join us on NYE morning as you explore your hopes, dreams and how to bring to light your innermost landscape of wishes. Through presence, movement and creativity, we will be unravelling the layers of our physical body, enabling us to discover and unearth our innermost creative light.
You will also be invited to let your imagination run free as you create your own magical mood board.
All are welcome.
On Sunday 28th I’ll be at the Kingston Yoga and Vegan Festival, Hollyfield School, Surbiton KT6 4TU
Saturday 21st April from 4.30pm to 6.30pm – ‘Spring Yin’ Yoga Workshop @ David Lloyd, Kingston-upon-Thames.
This workshop will include meditation, an extended Yin Yoga practice, and will finish with a Yoga Nidra for an all round relaxing experience. To book your place, please contact Michelle directly.
Saturday 16th June, from 11.30am -Yin Yoga & Yoga Nidra @ Synergy81
I am teaching a Yin Yoga practice followed by a Yoga Nidra at Synergy81, Chessington from 11.30am on Saturday 16th June 2018. Booking is via the Synergy81 Facebook Page.
Saturday 21st July from 4.30pm to 6.30pm – AcroYoga Workshop @ David Lloyd, Kingston-upon-Thames.
£25.00 – to book your place, please contact Michelle to book. Maximum 16 places!
Sunday 22nd July @ 10am – Core Focused Vinyasa Flow @ Richmond Yoga and Vegan Festival.
I am teaching a Core Focused Vinyasa Flow class at the Richmond Yoga and Vegan Festival on Sunday 22nd July.
For more details please go to the Yogific Website.
Saturday 11th August from 4.30pm to 6.30pm – Yin Yoga Workshop @ David Lloyd, Kingston-upon-Thames.
Please contact Michelle to reserve your space. Further details and pricing to follow.
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December – I am guest-teaching at a Narnia themed Yoga Retreat @ the Barley Wood Estate, Wrington (near Bristol).
I am teaching yoga as well as running a mala bead making workshop for this event. Please contact me for further information if you are interested.