Let Gratitude Flow: Seasonal Yoga & Pilates Workshops

Ancient and modern cultures, from Asia, to Africa, to Europe, and the Americas, celebrated and still celebrate some form of Thanksgiving during the months of September, October, and November. Humans all over the world do this to express gratitude for abundant harvests and to acknowledge the change in seasons from warm to cold or from rainy to dry which directly affects our everyday lives from our circadian rhythms, and our mood, to the clothes we wear and the food we eat and crave.

Many scientific studies, including ones recently done at Harvard and Berkeley, found that gratitude is one of the main remedies for depression and anxiety. Ancient cultures understood this intuitively. Their thanksgiving celebrations were full of rituals, prayer, and offerings that made gratitude into a conscious practice and prompted a shift in perspective.

This season, Mind the Mat is offering an array of thoughtful workshops led by much loved instructors to provide occasions for we, as a community, to come together and pause, connect, reflect, and give thanks for the abundance in our lives, which, above all, includes each other.



Leading up to Thanksgiving Day:

Yoga Nidra on Friday, 11/8, 7:30 – 8:30pm, with Debora Jackson

Candlelight Yin  on Sunday, 11/24, 4:00 – 5:30pm, with Maria Miglioretti



On Thanksgiving Day 11/28:

The Amplitude of Your Thanks: Hot Power Flow Yoga 7:00 – 8:30am, with Julie Wieland

Take A Deep Breath: Thanksgiving Power Vinyasa Flow 9:00 – 10:30am, with David Nguyen (in Arlington)

Gratitude Flow & Restore 9:30 – 11:00am, with Allie Menchel


Day after Thanksgiving:

Butts & Guts on Friday, 11/29, 4 – 5:15pm, with Megan Brown, PT, DPT


For Stylebook readers: receive 15 percent off all workshops above by using the code THANKS when you enroll online at http://www.mindthemat.com

Stay tuned for Mind the Mat’s Member Appreciation Month that starts on Black Friday! Open house, giveaways, surprises and more to come!

We are grateful for you!


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co-owner, CMT, e-RYT 200, RYT 500 | Mind the Mat
Sara VanderGoot, CMT, e-RYT 200, RYT 500, is Co-founder of Mind the Mat Pilates and Yoga and Director of Mind the Mat Yoga Alliance certified teacher training program. Sara is an experienced Registered Yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance. She studied Interdisciplinary Yoga with Don and Amba Stapleton in Nosara, Costa Rica and at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Sara is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, licensed by the Virginia Board of Nursing. Sara has been practicing massage therapy, including specialties Prenatal Massage, Postpartum Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Thai Yoga Massage, in Del Ray, Alexandria for over 15 years and a yoga instructor for 7 years. At Mind the Mat she specializes in Prenatal Yoga, Postpartum Core Yoga, Mommy and Me Core Yoga, Partners Yoga, and Hot Flow Yoga. Sara frequently acts as a birth companion for many of her clients, doing massage and yoga during labor and delivery to facilitate comfort during both medicated and unmedicated births. Before becoming a massage therapist and yoga instructor, she was a lawyer in the Washington D.C. area and found that the healing practices of massage and yoga brought a balance to her life that she had been searching for.

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.


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