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!

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

Anniversary Reflection

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..
Michelle Dorer Sep 10, 2014

Three Phases of a Woman’s Spiritual Life

Yoga is a lifelong process.  To be engaged in this process is to observe the many phases of one’s life.  There is a model from the ancient wisdom traditions of our ancestors that I..
Michelle Dorer Aug 3, 2014

The Beauty of Primary Series

One of the many things I love about Ashtanga Yoga is the beautiful design of the sequences.  The science of the practice is phenomenal in weeding the unnecessary out which frees the natural..
Michelle Dorer Jun 9, 2014

Navigating Through Pain in the Practice

Pain is, unfortunately, a part of life and it manifests in our practice.  If it is not felt in the body, it may be felt in the mind and in the emotions. There is a lot of debate about how to..
Michelle Dorer Apr 29, 2014