Benjamin Finnerty

Yoga Portrait



Through the practice of Yoga we learn responsibility for the freedom that we are given; we are powerful, we are deeply influential beyond our capacity to comprehend, and nearly limitless in what we can choose to do.  All we need to to is to step into ourselves fully and without shame, and the entire universe will recognize we have arrived.

Benjamin Finnerty teaches yoga that is informed from many disciplines.  His main yoga teachers come from the Iyengar and Anusara traditions, but he has practiced up to the third series of Ashtanga Yoga, as well as spent close time with Modern Vinyasa yoga’s most influential and creative teachers.  In his yoga classes, expect to work hard as you travel the depths of vinyasa and biomechanics, while connecting to your breath and your body.

Benjamin's yoga foundation comes mainly from 4 years in the San Francisco area where he studied deeply with teachers Rodney Yee and Richard Rosen, Jinsung, Manouso Manos, Ramanand Patel, Rusty Wells, and Jamie Lindsay. He has also studied significantly with Desiree Rumbaugh and John Friend, and recently been researching the work of Ido Portal in depth.   After his San Francisco sojourn he relocated China where he currently pursues depth in his practice, knowledge as a teacher, and all the time nourishing his connection to his deepest self through the practice of yoga.  He has also tried Chi Gong and Kungfu while there, because he feels that it would be borderline sinful not to.  Recently he has also begun an in depth study of the teachings of Douglas Brooks, a professor at the University of Rochester in New York who teaches in the Rajanaka yoga tradition.  

He has participated in more than 2000 hours of certification training for Yoga Teachers, holding certifications and accreditations from several schools of yoga.  

Since beginning teaching in 2002, Benjamin has extensively taught public and private yoga classes, as well as sharing oodles of hours training teachers internationally.

 Yoga teaches us that freedom is not something that we go out looking for. Freedom requires us to look inside and see who we are, as well as to understand who we are seeking to be, and to bring these ideas together into a state of union, in perfect harmony."