Team Member of the Month: February 2018
Please give it up for WYC featured Team Member – February 2018 – Maura Finn!! Most of you have taken a class – or attended an amazing workshop – or had a killer reiki session – with Maura, and we want to acknowledge how much we value her!! She is a valued member of the WYC community; and we appreciate her, both personally + professionally.
Maura teaches several weekly classes – offers regular reiki sessions – and has several events in the works, including Open Heart Journey: Cacao + Self-Love this coming Wednesday. She’s finishing up her first “Inner Teacher Training” and is gathering information for those interested in round 2: email us if you’d like to be added to the list.
To get to know Maura a little better, we asked her to share a bit about herself and her journey with yoga…
- Tell me about your experience with yoga: how it began, where it has taken you, and how yoga has impacted your life.
I was a college athlete and always very physical and connected to my body, but I was also really intense and carried a lot of stress. I never thought I could “do yoga” because I wasn’t tall and skinny nor super flexible. The thought of being ‘still’ was really unappealing. I dabbled in pilates and gyrontics quite young, but it wasn’t until I went to a yoga class after getting out of the hospital in 2006 that everything changed.
In many ways, yoga was one of the most important ingredients in my healing journey. I began teaching children’s yoga in 2010 and found a way to express the joy I felt in movement with play. I then devoted more time to my personal practice, more breathwork and mindfulness. Yoga is not a separate part of my life, as it informs everything I do even beyond the physical practice.
- What are your favorite yoga styles to teach and why?
I love to teach mindful and intentional yoga. Hatha yoga is the basis of all yoga, so it is really lovely to teach a slow, breath-infused class. I also enjoy teaching a solid vinyasa practice with some challenges and lots of great music. It is also amazing to teach beginners and children/teens. I love to witness the growth and expansion for each individual.
- What are you doing when you’re not teaching or practicing yoga?
I am most at home in nature so I am often outside hiking, spending time near water or playing with my Golden Retriever, Blue. I am also a writer and working on my first children’s book as well as just completing my first bilingual poetry book. I have a private practice working with all ages using energy work and alternative therapies, so that also keeps me busy! I can also be found drinking cacao, singing and dancing. I love to travel and haven’t done much of it in the last year, so 2018 is calling me to get my backpack packed.
- Tell me something funny or unexpected about you.
I have always had wanderlust, even as a child. My first plane ride in sixth grade was to Disneyland to babysit a neighbor’s child while she was at her conference. I never stopped! I drove across the USA with a friend at 19. We camped everywhere and visited many states. I still do not know how we did it. I lived and studied in Scotland during college and traveled throughout Europe. I moved to NYC after college and lived there for a decade.
There are many unexpected stories from those years. I moved to Guatemala in 2009 and lived there for 5 years. I returned to the USA in 2014 and have traveled back to Guatemala twice, Mexico, Hawaii, Virginia, Texas, Colorado and then lived in Indonesia for 3 months before landing in North Carolina for the last year. A lot of this travel was soul-searching, but also to learn a lot about people so that I can be of better service in the work that I do.
I am humbled that I have had these experiences and many of them were done on a super tight budget. I am grateful my path has taken me where it has, even if I felt really frustrated at never having a physical home. So, I take my ‘home’ with me. I do know that anything is possible when you put your heart to it. And, I believe in magical thinking.
Please join us in recognizing all that Maura is – and the goodness she brings to Waynesville Yoga Center! To register for one of her grounding yet invigorating classes, click here.