4-Week Summer Yoga Teacher Training Immersion Training


Summer 2017 is your chance to get certified as a yoga teacher in just four weeks at Mind the Mat. Our training emphasizes three areas:

Experiential Learning  

  • Putting knowledge into practice and experience, rather than simply reading texts and writing essays.
  • You will learn both western functional anatomy and yogic anatomy and how to apply them to yoga postures.
  • Incorporating skilled core stability and activation with Pilates principles taught by a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
  • Includes in-depth study and practice of asana (yoga poses), pranayama (yogic breathing exercises), meditation, and teaching practicum.

Personal Growth  

  • Mind the Mat values the unique qualities of each person — no “cookie-cutter” teachers here.
  • You will learn how use ancient yogic philosophy and wisdom to live authentically, with greater health and wellness.
  • Includes mindfulness exercises, history of yoga and its lineages, tools for transformation, and a nurturing, supportive community of peers and teachers.

Teaching Methodology

  • Mind the Mat knows the importance of teaching with confidence.
  • You will learn specific tools and techniques to be an effective teacher.
  • Includes skilled verbal cueing, assisting, sequencing, class planning, ethics, and the business aspects of yoga.

PLUS Special Populations Training

  • Mind the Mat is an inclusive studio environment and we work with a range of students of varying shapes, sizes, and needs.
  • Includes Seniors, those with Injuries, Prenatal, Postpartum, and more….
  • You will learn skills to teach students in this key niche of the yoga world.
  • Includes study of why and how to modify for students’ individual needs.

This program meets daily on weekdays from 7am-5:15pm and Saturdays 12:30-5:30pm, July 10-August 5, 2017 at Mind the Mat’s Clarendon location in Arlington.  Save $250 off tuition if you pay in full by May 31, 2017.

Click here to sign up and learn more.

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co-owner, CMT, e-RYT 200, RYT 500 | Mind the Mat

Sara VanderGoot, CMT, e-RYT 200, RYT 500, is Co-founder of Mind the Mat Pilates and Yoga and Director of Mind the Mat Yoga Alliance certified teacher training program. Sara is an experienced Registered Yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance. She studied Interdisciplinary Yoga with Don and Amba Stapleton in Nosara, Costa Rica and at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Sara is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, licensed by the Virginia Board of Nursing. Sara has been practicing massage therapy, including specialties Prenatal Massage, Postpartum Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Thai Yoga Massage, in Del Ray, Alexandria for over 15 years and a yoga instructor for 7 years. At Mind the Mat she specializes in Prenatal Yoga, Postpartum Core Yoga, Mommy and Me Core Yoga, Partners Yoga, and Hot Flow Yoga. Sara frequently acts as a birth companion for many of her clients, doing massage and yoga during labor and delivery to facilitate comfort during both medicated and unmedicated births. Before becoming a massage therapist and yoga instructor, she was a lawyer in the Washington D.C. area and found that the healing practices of massage and yoga brought a balance to her life that she had been searching for.

Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga was founded in 2008 by Megan Brown, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Polestar Certified Practitioner of Pilates for Rehabilitation and Sara VanderGoot, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher (e-RYT 200, RYT 500). In their private practices as physical therapist and massage therapist respectively Megan and Sara observed that many of their clients were coming in with similar needs: relief for neck and shoulder tension and low back pain as well as a desire for more flexibility in hips and legs, stability in joints, and core strength.

Together Megan and Sara carefully crafted a curriculum of Pilates and yoga classes to address needs for clients who are pregnant, postpartum, have injuries or limitations, who are new to Pilates and yoga, and for those who are advanced students and are looking for an extra challenge.


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Alexandria, VA 22301


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