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!
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. ..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..