Finding More on the Mat

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The story of how one woman became so much more through yoga. For those who seek enlightenment, but still have to make dinner after they find it.

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What did it take to write the book that is turning the yoga world upside down? Guilt for one thing.

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About the Book

 “So who do I have to kill to get some Grace around here?”

Kate Bartolotta, Senior Editor of the Elephant Journal, said "Finding More on the Mat" is about yoga, "but it's about a lot more than that." Bartolotta writes, "If, like me, you struggle to find that balance between desire that moves you forward and contentment in where you are now—both on and off the mat—Finding More is for you."  Read the review here:


About the Author

Michelle Berman Marchildon is an award-winning journalist and former corporate executive who discovered a new perspective upside down in yoga.  Voted one of the most inspirational yoga teachers in Denver, Colorado, she is also busy raising her family of two dogs, two boys and one husband.

Called the “Erma Bombeck of the Mat,” Michelle’s wit and sassy style is a refreshingly "real" voice in yoga. You can find her writing in the Elephant Journal, Mantra Yoga and Health, and Sports Illustrated. She practices various kinds of yoga, however since 2007 she has been predominantly guided by the teachings of Amy Ippoliti, Desiree Rumbaugh and Christina Sell.

Reviews -- What People are Saying

"Michelle's honest, warm and inviting story is a must-read for anyone seeking to find their truth through the practice of yoga.  Growing older gracefully is no easy task, and Finding More on the Mat reminds us that we are not walking the path alone and that true wisdom and strength can only be found through dedicated efforts over the course of our lives.  May this story inspire and bless your efforts."

-- Christina Sell, bestselling author of Yoga From the Inside Out: Making Peace with your Body through Yoga and My Body is a Temple: Yoga as a Path to Wholeness.

"Yoga started in the East and since coming over to the West it has evolved into its own distinct offering with many diverse voices.  One bright new voice on this scene is Michelle Marchildon.  Hilarious, poignant, and real, Michelle delivers a down to earth account of how yoga touches and transforms us in all aspects of our lives. You won't want to put it down!"

-- Amy Ippoliti, international yoga teacher and earth advocate.

“Michelle can veer from acerbic one-liners to the deepest profundities all while making you feel like her best friend.  Read this book!  If not for the pure joy of it, then just to get a hit of a fabulous example of a human being.”

-- Ross Rayburn, Certified Anusara Yoga teacher

“In a style similar to Elizabeth Gilbert's "Eat, Pray, Love,” Michelle reveals her own version of the life story that many of us have experienced on our way to discovering inner peace and inner strength.  I laughed out loud while reading this book and at the same time, the words touched my soul because I saw myself as she shared her personal experience.  Whether you practice yoga or not, reading this book will help you understand why it is being practiced by millions of people in the world. Thank you for this easy to read and yet difficult to put down story about how one woman became so much more in her life by getting on her mat.  This is one of the most inspirational and timely books on yoga in the world today.  We need this book!”

-- Desiree Rumbaugh, Certified Anusara Yoga teacher

“The only thing better than reading Michelle’s book would be having her to read it to me!  In another life, we would have eloped, but at least there is now her book to keep me company which so amazingly captures her wit and charm and her ability to light up a room with laughter and sweetness.  She can veer from acerbic one-liners to the deepest profundities all while making you feel like her best friend.  Read this book!  If not for the pure joy of it, then just to get a hit of a fabulous example of a human being.”

-- Ross Rayburn, Certified Anusara Yoga teacher

“My experience in reading this wonderful new book is much like being in class with Michelle.  You will be laughing through your tears all the way to enlightenment!  By weaving everyday stories with the ancient teachings, Michelle makes yoga accessible to those who want to live a better, wiser and stronger life.  She articulates the 'how in the now.'  And she's laugh-out-loud hilarious.  Michelle allows us to absorb a deep lesson about life, love and yoga with grace and laughter.”

-- Heather Peterson, West Coast Director, Corepower Yoga

“Michelle is a deep, truthful and modern guide into this shimmering teaching of Yoga.  Her book, hilarious and moving, will illuminate your way, inspire your practice and confound you with her wit, wisdom, age and blasphemy.  She has truly given us a gift and thank God she has done this after age 50, as we may not have been able to handle her in her earlier days.”

---Chris Muchow, Anusara Inspired Yoga Teacher


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