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Feeling good, healthy, and strong are imperative for a long, happy life, and our expert local trainers, therapists, instructors, and nutritionists have the training, experience, and passion to get (and keep!) you in the best shape of your life. Life can get hectic and stressful…from yoga to weight training, Pilates to the latest in food science, we are here help.

ask stylebook: flexible for yoga?

Arica: I am not flexible and don’t have good balance. Can I do yoga? Sara, Mind the Mat: Absolutely! If you are not flexible and do not have good balance, yoga is exactly […]

heal pain with therapeutic pilates & yoga

Among Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga studio’s many offerings are the specialized Therapeutic Pilates and Yoga classes. Therapeutic is a word used in the wellness industry to refer to a whole slew […]

move of the week: the five progressions of pull ups

We’ve gone through the five progressions of pull ups with you earlier this week (see them here). You can do them at the local park, your local YMCA, or at the “universal” at […]

lululemon: waves, trails, and mats

With shorter days and colder nights behind us, spring is officially on the horizon–which means endless sunny days and limitless sweaty adventures. Waves, trails, and mats–we’ve got you covered from sunrise to sunset, […]

ask stylebook: pull ups and chin ups?

Karen: Are Pull ups and Chin ups the same thing? What is the difference? Adrien, Fitness on the Run: Yes and no. Yes, because both of them use many muscles that will strengthen […]

the magic pill to reaching your fitness goals

Chin or Pull Ups: Do you want to do one? Or, does it seem like that is just one of those movements you can leave for the others at your gym? I know […]

move of the week: pilates for runners core home exercises

Here is an example of a short home routine for runners. The core work combined with precise leg movements and key stretches enhance your running mechanics and improve efficiency. Try this routine after […]

ask stylebook: yoga for runners?

Elinor: What is your favorite yoga pose for runners? Megan, Mind the Mat: I love Revolved Triangle Pose for improving runners’ hip flexibility. Although it can be a difficult pose due to the […]

pilates improves your spring sports

Despite skiing frequently in my childhood while living in Maine, I certainly did not consider myself to be an expert or even an avid skier. I lost touch with the sport in my […]

move of the week: the glute bridge (one leg and two)

The glute bridge “awakens” your glutes. Your glutes support your hips and spine and can literally prevent back injury. How? By teaching your body to bear any weight from athletics or just movement […]

ask stylebook: how do i find the time?

Adele: I am swamped. I work full time. I care for my elderly parents. And I really want to feel better in my spring clothes. I simply can’t find the time. What do […]

fixing you before spring

Admit it: you have that pesky pain or irritation. For some, it inhibits any exercise, for others you “work through the pain.” It compromises your progress. Deep down, it’s heartbreaking. Or maybe you […]

move of the week: goddess pose

For our non-pregnant readers, goddess pose is a great choice for both stretching and strengthening. For our pregnant readers, this yoga pose has the additional benefits of opening your pelvic floor and hips […]

ask stylebook: natural birth?

Anna: Can Pilates & yoga help me give birth naturally (without medication)? Sara, Mind the Mat: First and foremost, the decision to birth with or without medication is a decision each woman must […]

prenatal pilates and yoga: off the mat and into the labor and delivery room

Without a doubt Pilates and yoga are among the best practices for prenatal health. Advisors at Mind the Mat recommend that pregnant women practice prenatal Pilates and/or yoga specifically, rather than regular Pilates […]

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