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move of the week: diaphragmatic breathing

Lie on your back with one hand on your chest and one hand on your belly below your rib cage. You can also do this while seated. However lying down is more relaxing […]

ask stylebook: breathing for stability?

Bethany: I read your blog post on Monday and learned that breathing is an important part of pelvic floor stability. I thought my pelvic floor were muscles, what does breathing have to do […]

meet the lululemon athletica old town ambassadors

The lululemon Ambassador program has been a part of the company’s community and company culture from the very beginning (est: 1998 in Vancouver, British Columbia). It is a special partnership between each store […]

move better, get strong.

Imagine not being able to run, sneeze, cough, jump rope, or jump of any kind without potential embarrassment. Well, we can tell you all about it. And we will tell you why this […]

move of the week: sun salutation

This week’s Move of the Week comes all the way from Costa Rica: the sun salutation! This flowing series of postures is the essential building block to a yoga practice (Vinyasa style). While […]

ask stylebook: retreat with mind the mat?

Megan, Mind the Mat: Why did you decide to use your vacation time for a Mind the Mat Pilates & yoga retreat in Costa Rica? Theresa Backhus: I wanted to get back into […]

joy and gratitude in the tropics

The Mind the Mat team is retreating in the tropics in a remote town on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica called Nosara. Mind the Mat owners, Sara VanderGoot and Megan Brown, along […]

move of the week: the handstand

Why learn handstands? And why are they so hard? The handstand requires discipline, coordination, balance, special awareness and strength – and a little bit of grit. If one is missing, it is nearly […]

ask stylebook: at the gym?

Jessie: I love to go the gym with my friends. I find the motivation and accountability from their company. What do you recommend we do when we are there? We have about 1 […]

prepping for spring

As crazy as it seems, with all of the snow and 20-degree weather, it is time to get ready for spring. Yes, it’s true. Just look at some of the beautiful clothes and […]

move of the week: glutes for spring

Try this workout to get your body spring ready. These moves are designed to work your core and to tone and actually “lift” your derrière! Safe and effective, these moves can be done […]

mind the mat’s february challenge

The February Challenge at Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga brings lightness and fun to what can sometimes be a dark and dreary season. Spring break is just around the corner so get […]

belly after baby

I can remember that impatient feeling of wanting to fit into my favorite jeans after having two babies. In my haste, I tossed my maternity pants in the give-away pile way too early, […]

move of the week: shoveling snow

We know more is coming. It’s just a matter of time, right? Snow. In the coming weeks, some of us may need to grab the snow shovel and get moving. I know it’s […]

ask stylebook: where do i start?

Alyson: I saw the picture of myself from a holiday party and can’t stand how my arms look. I haven’t worked out in 10 years. I am so intimidated to start. What is […]

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