Off Your Mat

Bringing yoga off your mat into your life, one pose at a time.

About me

Sixteen years ago I wandered into my first yoga class in the basement of a Manhattan gym.  I fell in love.  Since then yoga has helped guide me through many challenges, large and small.

Eventually, I became a certified instructor. That experience brought taking my practice off my mat to a new level. These days, I’m not teaching yoga. When I have extra time, I practice Baptiste Power Vinyasa inspired hot yoga.

I have found my years of yoga naturally seep into my approach to life. If I’m lucky, between my work schedule and my young daughter, I get to yoga class once a week. However, every day I get to practice – whether I’m on my mat or not.

I am offering up these anecdotes because I would like to share this daily practice with you.

Let me be clear, I do not stroll through my days in a tranquil, Zen-like state.  I’m a real person.  I’m a real mom, wife, employee, sister, daughter, friend, writer, gym-goer, novel reader, yogini and occasional obsesser. I can be short tempered and short sighted. Perfection has eluded me and I am trying to be perfectly grateful for that.



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  1. AMAZING 96-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch – Watch Latest Video


    On November 9, 2014 Off Your Mat shared a wonderful piece “The Tao Porchon-Lynch Pose- The Practice of Living”

    With worldwide coverage (e.g. CNN, BBC) and over 1 million YouTube views, 96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch has set the world on fire. Her teachers are a Who’s Who of the Spiritual World – BKS Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois, The Maharishi and more. Tao is possibly the only person left on earth who marched with BOTH Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. King. Now she shows us that 96 may be the new 22! Read Huffington Post article:

    and watch new video:

    We are hoping that you will once again share “Tao” with your readers. Be sure to watch the video and feel free to embed it.

    Let’s all live a “Tao-like” life. Be fascinated by the story! Grow from the wisdom! As Tao says, “There is nothing you cannot do!”

    Please let us know if you do write or post something so we can add a link back to the media page on Tao’s website.

    If you have any questions about “The Tao Experience 2015″ or would like to do an email interview, please call 757-849-4519

    Thank you from the “Tao Team.”

    With Purpose & Power,



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