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

woman standing barefoot at yoga class. no face

woman standing barefoot at yoga class. no face1. 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 enjoy the ride!  We are all in this together.

2. It doesn’t matter what I wear, any old gym clothes are fine.  Actually, it does!  Your instructor cares about what you are wearing, not to gauge your fashion sense, but to be able to see your body.  In order to safely and skillfully guide you through your workout or yoga practice, wear spandex under shorts and/or form-fitted moisture-wicking yoga pants and tops.

3. If I rest in the middle of class, people will think I am weak.  Not true! Resting actually means that you are super strong and in-tune with your body (please refer to my post on the importance of resting).  Don’t worry about what your neighbor is doing — for all you know, they could be doing something totally wrong!  Focus on your form and connect with your body.  Knowing your limits will keep you healthy and strong for years to come.

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4. The teacher just corrected me, I am being singled out.  Again, false.  When a teacher gives you an assist, or a tip on your form, embrace it!  This extra attention is enhancing your experience in the class.  Not only are you getting a better work out, you’re getting more bang for your buck

5. I’m not flexible enough to do yoga.  This one’s my favorite and the one heard most frequently.  DUH! Lack of flexibility is exactly why you do yoga!  We promise, you won’t need to hold your legs behind your head for hours—at least not on your first visit 😉  Just show up and commit.  Each time your flexibility will improve and so will your life!

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Megan Brown, physical therapist, Pilates instructor, mother and co-founder of Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga in Alexandria, VA, likes to goof around. Yet her commitment to her students and her skill set in the field is no joke. After graduating from University of Virginia with a degree in Sports Medicine, Megan went on to receive her Masters in Physical Therapy and eventually her Doctorate in the profession. Although Pilates was never part of the plan, the method changed the way she treated patients, positively re-directed her career path and enhanced her own active lifestyle. Customized Pilates instruction is her specialty–she designs classes based on clients needs: athletes, new moms, rehabilitation or just for fun (why be serious all the time?). Pilates + Yoga is the best of both worlds, hence the creation of Mind the Mat studios providing classes for all—in every walk of life.

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.     

2214 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301


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