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maeghan finnigan
Studio Owner, Director

This all started in 2004 when Maeghan walked into her first Bikram Yoga class in Portsmouth, NH and immediately fell in love with the practice. The heat, the sequence, the way it made her back pain disappear - she knew this yoga would be in her life forever. The next year she earned her 500 Hour Bikram Yoga Teacher Certification over an intensive 9-week training program. Maeghan has taught at many New England Bikram Yoga studios and studied with senior teachers from around the world to deepen her knowledge and experiences of this highly therapeutic yoga series. She started practicing the Classic 84 Asana series in 2007 to further her physical knowledge of the Bikram Beginner's Series and the further possibilities of the yoga practice. She now offers the E84 Intermediate Series for BYUV students who love the Bikram method and have the desire to explore new postures.

Maeghan is a Certified Inferno Hot Pilates Instructor and has a team of highly trained instructors on staff. BYUV students took to this High Intensity Interval Training program immediately. Maeghan couldn't have been happier to see the immediate effects that this demanding Pilates based class on herself and the students. Inferno Hot Pilates has been a wonderful addition to the schedule, it complements the yoga that we do beautifully. Personally, it helped Maeghan manage the sciatic nerve pain she developed late in her second pregnancy and was key to taking the baby weight off post-pregnancy. Since Inferno Hot Pilates came roaring into BYUV in 2016 BYUV has hosted two teacher training sessions with attendees from all over New England and Canada.

Yin Yoga has been an interest of Maeghan's for some time. She has enjoyed the benefits of the quiet intensity the Yin Yoga system. In 2017 she will finish her Yin Yoga training with a focus on anatomy. She will offer classes to BYUV students before the close of 2017. It is the ultimate complement to the highly demanding Bikram Yoga and Inferno Hot Pilates as postures are held for a long period of time and students are taught to relax into the poses without contracting their muscles.

Maeghan practices many styles of yoga, does pilates, hikes... but the Bikram Yoga Series is the core of it all. She has managed to continue her practice through marriage, moving to a new community, two pregnancies, and learning to operate a small business.

Her family is committed to this life of yoga and fitness that Maeghan has embraced. Husband Luke is dedicated to Inferno Hot Pilates; Sister Julia earned her 500 hour Raja Yoga Academy certification and is a Certified Inferno Hot Pilates instructor; Sister Hannah is trained in Inferno Hot Pilates; and her mother Beth has been committed to her Bikram Yoga practice since 2003.

Locally, Maeghan works closely with community partners to create greater access to yoga and fitness for everyone in the Upper Valley. In 2017 she was a Committee Member for Cancer! Take Yoga to the Mat and was appointed Treasurer of the Board, Toddlers Morning Out. Maeghan regularly brings experts in the fields of mediation, diet and mental health to hold seminars at BYUV to introduce students to other areas of wellness. She regularly holds classes benefiting non-profit organizations throughout the Upper Valley and provides classes for athletic teams and other groups to learn ways to improve their lives through yoga. Maeghan brings a unique mix of community building, education and yoga to her practice and is passionate about helping empower students to develop healthier lifestyles and a deeper commitment to their practice.