Off The Mat

Off the Mat

The Funky Blues of the Soul

For much of my journey, I have been encouraged to open up and share my experience. I can be shy, and I’m known to be the type that keeps a lot inside. After 15 years of very dedicated yoga..
Michelle Dorer Apr 6, 2019

Insomnia; the Medicine of Sleep

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..
Michelle Dorer Nov 6, 2017

On Being Too Flexible

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..
Michelle Dorer Apr 5, 2017

What is Yoga?

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..
Michelle Dorer Jan 3, 2017

Remembering Chip Hedenburg

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..
Michelle Dorer Sep 9, 2016


In many ancient cultures and religions, the Earth is usually personified as being an expression of feminine energy and embodying the Mother.  I have, throughout my life, gravitated to these..
Michelle Dorer May 17, 2016

You Are What You Eat

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..
Michelle Dorer Feb 4, 2016

Invoking the Ancestors; The Opening Invocation

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..
Michelle Dorer Dec 1, 2015

Third Series Teacher Training; Revelations of the Soul

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..
Michelle Dorer Oct 2, 2015

Commitment To Last a Lifetime

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..
Michelle Dorer Jul 27, 2015

I Have Such a Teacher

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..
Michelle Dorer Apr 29, 2015

Remaining Zen Amongst Torrential Hormones

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..
Michelle Dorer Mar 31, 2015

The Suffering of Change

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..
Michelle Dorer Mar 8, 2015

A Quiet Mind and Open Heart Lead to a Luminous Spirit

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..
Michelle Dorer Nov 11, 2014

The Medicinal Qualities of a Yoga Retreat

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..
Michelle Dorer Oct 15, 2014