Start 2017 in Balance

So, you have plans New Year’s Eve right?  Of course you do: have fun and be safe.  But what about on the 1st of January?  How will you set the stage for 2017? If you’re planning on recovering all day, maybe consider recovering on The Mat?  This is your year.  Meet us for some regenerating, intention-setting, restarting workshops.  Push the reset button for 15 percent off!


From Laura: Yoga has always been a crucial element for me to ground myself in times of stress and turmoil. It provides meditation through movement and breath, distraction from all the thoughts swirling around inside our heads, and the invigoration of pushing our bodies. Have you been thinking of making yoga part of your life in 2017? Join me on New Year’s day for a special workshop designed to balance you out as the year begins.

Practice with me in this two-part New Year’s day class. Begin with a 45 minute hot, vigorous flow to work the body and strengthen the muscles. After pushing to your limit, we slow the body down and utilize that built up body heat to create deep supported stretches and restorative poses for 45 minutes. Restorative poses are accompanied by hands on assists to help you get deeper into the stretches. Challenge your body and your mind as you push yourself, and then ask yourself to slow down and breathe.  9:30-11am or 11:30am-1pm.

$30 Stylebook readers receive 15 percent off use code ASREADER at checkout. Sign up here


Every body loves barre, and everyone loves Susie.  Join her for a calorie-burning, fat-blasting, reshaping and overall lifting Barre Workout (slash comedy show). It’s time to take your Barre routine to the next level as we introduce new advanced Barre techniques designed to maximize each millimeter of movement to provide even more results!

This 2 hour workshop will consist of:

· A 90 minute results-driven Barre sequencing

· Therapeutic stretching that keep the muscles long and lean and keep you feeling fantastic.

$35, but AS readers receive 15 percent off with code ASREADER at checkout.

Sign up now! Mind the Mat Pilates and Yoga Online


  • The latest from Megan

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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