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!

The Value of a Spiritual Life

What is life without knowledge of the Soul, without knowledge of yourself beyond your body? In today’s world there is so much emphasis on the material, on the seen, on the outer image. ..
Michelle Dorer Apr 5, 2014

Too Much Purity and the Holier Than Thou Syndrome

In Samkhya philosophy there are three gunas which are the basic components of the fundamental nature of reality.  These tendencies are expressed in both the physical and mental planes of..
Michelle Dorer Feb 4, 2014

Winter Solstice; A Classic Story

Happy Winter Solstice everyone! Be blessed to know that sunlight will be increasing from now until the Summer Solstice in late June. Due to our scientific advancements, we are now aware of what..
Michelle Dorer Dec 26, 2013

The Closing Prayer; Our Greatest Medicine

I love the traditional closing prayer to the Ashtanga Yoga practice.  It is not enough to just say the words.  Through time and with practice, you should contemplate the meaning, and when..
Michelle Dorer Dec 2, 2013

First Ten Years

On November 1st my first decade of uninterrupted well observed traditional Ashtanga yoga practice will be complete.  This feels like a huge crossing. One of my long term students read a quote..
Michelle Dorer Oct 28, 2013

Unbreakable Are Thee

For many years I have been contemplating myself and seeking to understand my true essence. Within this process, I find myself wondering, analyzing, weighing different aspects, and trying to figure..
Michelle Dorer Oct 2, 2013

We are the Moon

Is it any wonder that our ancient ancestors looked to the sky for answers in a world without television, internet, or even books?  They looked to Nature for solace, temperance, and refuge. Is..
Michelle Dorer Aug 29, 2013

The Sun is Shining in the Outer Banks

Something I learned from watching Joseph Campbell’s DVDs on Netflix is a very interesting teaching from his section on Buddhism.  He said that you are not supposed to rid yourself of your..
Michelle Dorer Aug 1, 2013

The Cost of Freedom

The fourth chapter of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is called “Kaivalya Padah.” One translation of this is the “Chapter on Absolute Freedom.”  This points us to the..
Michelle Dorer Jun 27, 2013

Ode to the Animal Kingdom

As Spring is ripe and the Earth is full of new life, I wanted to take this time to honor the sacred connection to the animal realm.  After all, I sometimes joke that we as humans are not much..
Michelle Dorer May 20, 2013