Off The Mat
Welcome to Off The Mat, Michelle’s Blog page. This area of the site will see new articles typically every month. Read and enjoy!
Sleep is one of the deepest medicines. It is simple, old, natural, and timeless. Sleep is absolutely necessary to maintain good health both mentally and physically. The body gets a..
In reference to my previous blog "What is Yoga?" there are many misunderstandings of what Yoga really is. In this blog, I want to address the illusion that being as flexible as possible is the..
Contrary to the images you are bombarded with in pop culture and social media, yoga is not a fashionable exercise fad. It also, however, is not a religion. These are the two extremes and..
As many of you already know, the Spiritual Community of the Outer Banks has suffered a huge loss with the recent passing of one of its brightest members and leaders. Chip Hedenburg passed away from..
I am currently teaching a six-week Beginner's Course to a wonderful group of students that has inspired me. One of the first lifestyle changes that happens when you begin practicing hatha yoga is a..
To me, the natural beauty of being connected to an authentic yoga lineage is clear. The reason perhaps so many forms of yoga are being splintered from this tradition to be marketed more widely is..
As I sit here on a pack of ice trying to prod this energy in my lower back to move, I am contemplating the magical time I spent in Encinitas this month. I am on the last day of a three-week..
Now that I am no longer a beginner teacher (officially stated by Mr. Miller himself) and practitioner as I am well into my twelfth year of uninterrupted, daily ashtanga yoga practice, I watch with a..
I just returned from a wonderful trip to Charlottesville, VA, where I was a student at the University of Virginia. Charlottesville is also the place I met my yoga teacher, Tim Miller, for the first..
Okay ladies, this blog is mostly for you, although men might learn something too. I have realized that the hormonal changes I experience around menstruation have become the largest ongoing challenge..
I am not sure about you, but I have observed an unusual amount of change happening within my own life and in the world around me. I realize that things are always changing, but lately it has..
There is a place we all know. It is always new; forever flowing with time. It is our essence, our inner knowing. To access this inner space, we must be silent. The mind must be..
Get away into a relaxed natural setting, unplug from your everyday life, commune with like minded people, take a load off and let someone else prepare fresh environmentally conscious food for..
September 1, 2014 marked the 9th Anniversary of my studio’s birth. I would like to take a moment to reflect upon this crossing… I opened my studio on this tiny sand bar when I was 24..