Street Style: Sara VanderGoot

Street Style Sara VanderGoot

Mind the Mat would not exist if it were not for Sara. It’s true. The whole thing was her idea. She already had an established and successful business on The Avenue in Del Ray. So successful, they moved to a new location to accommodate more people. Sara and I first met because she was looking to fill her new business with a Pilates teacher or Physical Therapy office.

Street Style Sara VanderGoot

“But what are you going to do with the old space?” I asked.

“I’m thinking of turning it into a yoga studio” she replied.

Luckily, she trusted me enough to align with my Pilates methods and asked me to join her. But I had doubts. I was nervous and scared and not ready to open a new business. But Sara never flinched. She showed no fear. She was even-keeled, matter-of-fact and encouraging.

“We are doing this.” she said, “And it is going to be successful.”

That’s Sara. She is strong and fearless, gracefully supportive, and completely steadfast. Sara is the foundation, the rock, the pillar, and the true founder of this extraordinary community.

If you think about it, SHE is Mountain Pose in yoga — the foundation of all standing poses — tall, still, and grounded. If you think about it even further, she IS yoga.

Outfit and accessories, Kiskadee | Photography, Sarah Marcella Creative | Location, Greenstreet Gardens


Street Style Sara VanderGoot



How do you spend your time? Hanging out with my 6-year-old son, practicing yoga, teaching yoga, of course, working at Mind the Mat, traveling with friends, spending quality time with loved ones, studying and reading about health, well-being, and spirituality.

Neighborhood: Del Ray, Alexandria

How long have you lived in Alexandria: 15 years

What is your hometown? Grand Rapids, Michigan

What brought you to Alexandria? A job after attending law school at William & Mary

What would surprise people about you? That I used to be a lawyer. LOL! Or that I used to live on the second floor above Kiskadee many years ago when Kiskadee was just on the first floor. Darby and Neil let me pick out clothes when they were closed and pay for them later; Saturday nights were expensive for me!!

You’re a superhero: what’s your superpower? Being invisible

Favorite cocktail: Margaritas (at Taqueria Poblano)

Last book read or movie seen: “The Big Sick” (it was hilarious!)

Guilty Pleasure: Definitely anything chocolate with peanut butter

Phrase you overuse: Wow

Facebook or Instagram? I use both, but prefer Facebook

Latest binge-watch: “This Is Us”

Bucket list travel destination: Spain, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Yellowstone National Park, Sequoia National Park, and the redwood forest.

If you only could have one for the rest of your life: wine or coffee? Coffee


Street Style Sara VanderGoot



Define your style in three words or less: Bohemian Chic

The go-to piece in your wardrobe: Skinny blue jeans

Favorite trend ever: Back when, I was crazy for stirrup pants and long sweaters with a long string of beads.  I also loved bell bottoms!

Favorite current trend: Skinny blue jeans

Beauty product you can’t live without: Apricot Oil (I literally use it everywhere — from head to toe)

Favorite fragrance: I love oils, so I would have to say a combination of essential oils including any of the following — lavender, Ylang Ylang, wild orange, bergamot, peppermint, and sage.  I use them like perfume.

Heels or flats? I like how heels look, but love how flats feel.



Favorite room in your home: My bedroom

Antiques, modern, or a mix? Mix

Last item bought for your home: An antique table from Random Harvest in Old Town

Next planned purchase: A commissioned painting of my son and me

Favorite way to entertain: Definitely dinner party with friends

Clutter-free or well-lived in? A bit of both, though I tend towards clutter-free.

Wallpaper — yes, totally modern or no, so dated: Yes, totally modern


Street Style Sara VanderGoot



Your go-to work-out: Yoga, yoga, yoga, every day and once a week cardio routines and weight lifting with my boyfriend

Most fun way to exercise: Yoga

Group exercise or solo: Group

Fitness goal: Resisting sugar

Haven’t yet, but might be willing to try with coaching / encouragement: Megan Brown’s Friday morning Hot Pilates class. LOL!

Proudest fitness achievement: Birthing a baby! Ha! I am a doula and see women birth all the time. It is much harder than any workout.



Favorite spot in Alexandria: I have so many favorites, but one of my favorites is Greenstreet Gardens (both locations)

Last purchase in Alexandria: Clothing at Kiskadee

Best coffee / happy hour / date night spot: Again, I have so many favorites but Virtue in Old Town is one of them.

Favorite charity: RunningBrooke

Favorite annual Alexandria event: Well Ray Festival


  • 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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