The first time I met Kathleen 10 years ago, I knew I was in the presence of someone extraordinarily special. She’s one of those rare human beings who is full of wisdom, humor, compassion, and strength. She’s been an invaluable mentor to me as I have made my way as a wellness professional and I have seen her successfully coach and mentor hundreds of other people.
Kathleen is a multi-dimensional woman. She has a thriving therapy practice in Del Ray, Alexandria called Turn On Your Light, where she counsels individuals, couples, and groups on a variety of personal and professional issues. She is also the author of a recently published book called Loveseed: The Template For Birthing A New World.
Want to meet Kathleen?! Join her at an open house and book signing on November 17 from 4-7pm at Mind the Mat, Alexandria. If you attend classes at Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga, you might see Kathleen there in Hawt Pilates or yoga. She’s the one with the beautiful red hair and sparkling blue eyes. You can’t miss her!
How do you spend your time? Writing, gardening, cooking, hanging with friends and my 21-year-old Bichon, Sophie.
Neighborhood: Del Ray
How long have you lived in Alexandria: Four years
What is your hometown? Lynn, Massachusetts
What brought you to Alexandria? I felt drawn to the feeling of heart here, at a time when I needed a sense of community.
What would surprise people about you? That I am actually very shy.
You’re a superhero: what’s your superpower? I’d have a gizmo that could open people’s hearts to experience their own goodness. That would solve a world of problems.
Favorite cocktail: Red wine
Last book read or movie seen: Black Klansman
Guilty pleasure: I often concoct ridiculously delicious desserts using coconuts, dates, seeds, and other healthy and yummy food.
Phrase you overuse: It is what it is.
Facebook or Instagram? Facebook
Latest binge-watch: Grey’s Anatomy
Bucket list travel destination: Vietnam, Iceland, Bali, Ecuador, Morocco
If you only could have one for the rest of your life: wine or coffee? Coffee
Define your style in three words or less: Bohemian, chic, classic
The go-to piece in your wardrobe: Funky black pants
Favorite trend ever: Leggings
Favorite current trend: The “be yourself” look
Beauty product you can’t live without: Boomsticks by Cindy Joseph
Favorite fragrance: Frankincense
Heels or flats? A little lift!
Favorite room in your home: Kitchen
Antiques, modern, or a mix? A mix
Last item bought for your home: Soji screen
Next planned purchase: Just bought a new Mac, so none for now
Favorite way to entertain: Cooking for friends
Clutter-free or well lived-in? Clutter-free
Wallpaper — yes, totally modern or no, so dated: None
Your go-to work-out: Hawt Pilates from Mind the Mat
Most fun way to exercise: I used to do long solo runs, but I prefer a yoga or pilates class now.
Group exercise or solo: Group
Fitness goal: Be able to do yoga until 90 (or longer)
Haven’t yet, but might be willing to try with coaching / encouragement: Tango
Proudest fitness achievement: Ran the Marine Corps Marathon right after 9/11
Favorite spot in Alexandria: Dangerfield Island watching the planes take off and land
Last purchase in Alexandria: Most likely at MOM’s
Best coffee / happy hour / date night spot: Bon Vivant for coffee, Del Ray Café for a date.
Favorite charity: Friends of Guest House, The Foundation For Excellence In Mental Health
Favorite annual Alexandria event: Art on the Avenue
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.