Street Style Sara VanderGoot

Street Style: Sara VanderGoot

Mind the Mat would not exist if it were not for Sara. It’s true. The whole thing was her idea. She already had an established and successful business on The Avenue in Del […]
Lets Do This September

Let’s Do This, September!

With kids out of school, family bonds are strengthened…but not our muscles!  Fitting in a workout during travel can be a challenge. Welcome back, everyone. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for […]

The Sweaty, Snarky Joy of HAWT Pilates

I didn’t used to teach like this…all sweaty, snarky, and hot-mess-like with music blaring and people grunting and resting every five minutes.  In fact, the environment was quite the opposite: picture Enya-themed mindful […]

5 Workout Do’s & Don’ts

Classic Quad Stretch  I see this classic gym stretch all the time.  Practice it with your knee back further than you think it needs to be.  Then tuck your bum underneath you to fully […]

Start 2017 in Balance

So, you have plans New Year’s Eve right?  Of course you do: have fun and be safe.  But what about on the 1st of January?  How will you set the stage for 2017? […]

The Gift of Health: the Perfect Gift of Love for Everyone

This holiday season, give the gift of health, stress relief, confidence, community…the gift of love.  At Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga, we strive to make every person feel welcome and every experience […]

Need To Destress + Heal? Just Breathe.

“Just” breathing seems like a simple and obvious request. After all, breathing is automatic, we don’t even think about it. This automaticity allows us to inhale and exhale almost 1,000 times per day while performing […]

Happy + Healthy Feet

When I was practicing in orthopedics I deemed one summer “The Summer of the Foot.”  I was working outpatient physical therapy and seeing roughly 2-3 patients per hour.  An astounding 75 percent of […]

“Music. Makes the people. Come together…”

What’s your favorite song of all time?  Quickly, you only have five seconds…1…2…3…4…5…Do you have it?  Write it down.  Now think about what you were doing in your life around the time that […]

Don’t Fear the Studio! 5 New Client Myths Debunked

1. Everyone is looking at me, judging me.  Nope.  They are all focused on themselves, the teacher, the subject matter, or afraid you are looking at them!  So walk on in there and […]

My Five Must Haves for Mid-Summer “Survival”

  Beach Bum Exercises Mid-Summer Bum Workout from Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga on Vimeo. Keep these powerful muscles toned and shaped all summer.  Glute strengthening will not only stave off low […]

Street Style: Laura Rose Schwartz

Everyone who knows Laura Rose Schwartz loves her, so we thought what better way to introduce her than to have one of her (hundreds of!) fans do the honors. Here’s Layla Masri: It’s […]

Weekend Away: Boston

Every summer my family has the opportunity to spend a few weeks in Boston. As many of you know, it’s very similar to Alexandria as both have deep ties to history, however if […]

You Saved My Life: A Postpartum Depression Journey

It was a typical morning.  I had just dropped off my boys at school and pulled into the St. Elmo’s parking lot to grab coffee.  Once I park, I usually sit in my […]

It’s Almost Here! How Will You Well Ray?

The countdown to Well Ray 2016 in on!  We call Del Ray Well Ray because our Alexandria neighborhood is known for its abundance of wellness- and fitness-related businesses, from exercise studios to life […]

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