08.10.18

Here’s Where To Find the Answers to the Questions I’m Asked Most Often

I got to spend three weeks in Bermuda this July (rough life, I know). We rented a little cottage on top of a hill overlooking the harbor, oh sorry, I mean harbour. During […]
06.28.18

My 5 Healthiest Habits Since Turning 40

This past Monday I added a last-minute, pop-up Pilates Boot Camp class at Mind the Mat. One of my “regulars” was there, but I hadn’t seen her in a while. “Where’ve you been?” […]
06.15.18

“Livin’ good in the neighborhood!” All About Well Ray, Next Saturday, June 23

Del Ray is known for many things: Sears bungalows, neighborhood restaurants, dog-friendly shops, and community events. And of course, you already know that Del Ray is a wellness mecca of sorts, with health-related […]
05.22.18

The Glutes Will Save Your Life

Warning! In reading this post, one may obtain strong, lifesaving glutes, and a toned tush. This post is for ALL AGES. In this business, your phone starts blowing up during different phases of […]
03.26.18

It’s Our 10 Years, 10 Giveaways Celebration!

As we continue to celebrate 10 years of Community in Alexandria we want to start giving back to YOU! Over the past 10 days we had a 10 percent off sale (are you […]
02.26.18

Persevering Through Infertility and Depression: Persephone Maglaya’s Fitness Story

Mind the Mat is in the connection business. People not only train those core-connecting muscular systems that improve strength, but instructors and students alike also form deep connections and friendships at the studios. […]
01.18.18

What’s the Right Kind of Pilates for Me?!

Attending a studio for the first time can be intimidating: “Everyone will be looking at me.” “I don’t know what I am doing!” “I don’t have the latest active wear.” And, “I’m not […]
12.26.17

3 Steps for a Reasonable New Year’s Reset

Are New Year’s resolutions on the “out” list? It seems the extreme efforts and deprivations burn out quickly and are soon replaced by old habits. Maybe that’s the problem. We are too restrictive […]
12.07.17

Let’s Party…and by Party We Mean Chill (and There Will Be Presents!)

It’s that time of year. For holiday cheer? Well, yes! Recently, I asked my good buddy Elizabeth Todd if she was free one evening this month and she declared “Well, not really, I […]
11.30.17

This Is Why Your Back Hurts

As you’re reading this, whether sitting or standing (although standing is best as you will soon see), think about lengthening your spine as much as possible. In fact, imagine you have a big […]
11.15.17

Giving Thanks on Your Mat: Flow Together Before You Eat Together

Before greeting each other at the diner table, give thanks at Mind the Mat on your mat. Bring your out-of-town guests for these two invigorating yoga workshops, each designed to strengthen and stretch the entire […]
11.02.17

It’s HAWT Pilates Week! FREE Classes Galore!

This weekend, we start our second HAWT Pilates Teacher Training here at Mind the Mat Studios! As a new crop of bright-minded and curious Pilates enthusiasts journeys through biomechanics, skilled cueing, and creative […]
10.17.17

This Is Why Your Wrist Hurts

Do your wrists hurt during a plank? When planking, you’ve either done this in your exercise class or you’ve seen people doing it: grabbing at their wrists in pain and/or modifying the move […]
10.06.17
The Missing Link in Fitness

The Missing Link in Fitness

People are pretty picky about their workouts. Whether it’s the location, the music, the studio vibe, or the teacher (it’s always about the teacher), we want to make sure we’re getting results and […]
09.27.17
Why Your Shoulder Hurts

This Is Why Your Shoulder Hurts

This past weekend I went on an annual girls’ trip with amazing women.  We all look forward to this trip in the gorgeous Eastern Shore of Maryland where we eat, drink, laugh, and […]


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