Mind the Mat Together: Reconnect In Person With Community This Summer!

Sometimes, my breath catches in my chest, and I can barely believe it. Mind the Mat’s in person – indoor and outdoor classes are blossoming. We are increasing our capacity, and people are showing up with enthusiasm. It feels like a new beginning and a new opportunity. I’m aware it’s not that simple, and there will be challenges along the way as we make our way back together. That word – together – has so much meaning now because, over the past year, our community couldn’t be together in all the ways we had been before. Somehow, we stayed together, and now many of us get to be together in person again. It feels like breathing deeply for the first time in a long while.

New Client Intro Special 3 Classes for $39

Dig in deeper with specialized workshops and series. Here are some of the fun, grounding, meaningful, connecting, and joyful ways we can be together in the upcoming weeks. Sign up now for workshops and series. Spaces are limited!


Graduation Day: Dr. Megan Brown, who teaches Biomechanics in Yoga Teacher Training, and Dr. Meghan Hampton, who just graduated! They didn’t plan the outfit.


Sunday, June 6, 4 to 5:30pm outdoors, Infant Massage with Joanna Ranelli, doula, certified yoga instructor, nursing student, and infant massage instructor. Bond with your baby and learn practical techniques to support their digestion, immunity, sleep, and overall healthy development and wellbeing. Also, check out our Birthing Classes (virtual on June 9) and Infant & Child CPR (virtual on June 12).

Monday, June 7, 7:45pm on ZOOM, 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Q & A for Fall 2021 with Director of Teacher Training Caroline Deitch.


More beautiful together!


Here’s what we are hearing from students who just graduated last week!       

    “Mind the Mat’s 200-hour yoga teacher training is a transformative experience. From the very first class you take, you know you’re embarking on a journey that will change your life and everything you thought you knew about the practice of yoga. Mind the Mat does a fantastic job of creating a well-rounded and comprehensive program that will set the foundation not only for sharing this practice with others as a teacher but also for deepening your personal practice.”

    “If you’ve ever wondered about how to actually live in the present moment: cultivate the awareness, build a diverse toolkit, and learn to read your body, this is how. Even though it’s called yoga teacher training, where you learn to teach others, this experience was groundbreaking in what I’ve taught myself about myself. It’s teacher training for us to hear the teacher inside.”



Mind the Mat teachers who haven’t seen each other in over a year are reconnecting.

Thursday, June 10, 5 to 6:15pm in Arlington studio, Prenatal Pilates 6 – Week Series with Martina Wilson, expert prenatal Pilates instructor. This series will keep you strong and prepare you for labor and delivery like nothing else! Sign up now to save your spot!

Sunday, June 13, 12 to 1:30pm outdoors, Upright & Upbeat: Standing in Sync with Your Body with Meadow Wiggington, who will truly make it a fun, lighthearted, and creative experience to reconnect with your core – the center of your energy and strength.

Saturday, June 19, 4 to 6:30pm in Alexandria studio, Yin Yoga: Transition into Summer with Balance with Mind the Mat’s much-loved instructor Mallory Thornton.  This workshop is yummy, nourishing, and grounding. Sign up now to save your spot!

Wednesday, July 14, 6:45 to 8:15pm on ZOOMSummer Pregnancy Circle 6 – Week Series with Mary Via, experienced doula and prenatal yoga instructor.  Bond, share, support, and grow in a circle of mamas to be!


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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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Alexandria, VA 22301


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