What Does “Heart Opening” Mean in a Yoga Class? (And Why It Matters to Your Health)

The most magical thing that yoga teaches is the connection between the body and mind. When you hear a yoga instructor cue you to breath into the heart center, here’s why she/he does […]

Street Style: Verveine Palladin

If you’ve never met Verveine, you already know she is special, just from the sound of her name. If you’ve met her, you know the playful sparkle behind her brown eyes, her graceful […]

BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby) and Get in Shape

Mommy & Me classes at Mind the Mat are the best thing for new mamas since daytime napping! I teach a 50-minute Mommy & Me Core Yoga class twice every week, Mondays at […]

What’s the Right Kind of Pilates for Me?!

Attending a studio for the first time can be intimidating: “Everyone will be looking at me.” “I don’t know what I am doing!” “I don’t have the latest active wear.” And, “I’m not […]

Power Flow, Vinyasa, Hot, Gentle…What’s the Right Kind of Yoga for Me?!

My first yoga class was Kundalini yoga, which consists of movements such as lifting your arms up in the air, sticking your tongue out of your mouth, and breathing rapidly for 20 minutes. […]

Resolutions? More Like Action Items

We will do better than resolutions. These are not pie-in-the-sky, no-chance-they-will-last statements. These are thoughtful intentions, set by smart, successful women. Women who run businesses and homes. Women who volunteer. Who lead, who […]

3 Steps for a Reasonable New Year’s Reset

Are New Year’s resolutions on the “out” list? It seems the extreme efforts and deprivations burn out quickly and are soon replaced by old habits. Maybe that’s the problem. We are too restrictive […]

5 Ways Eating Fermented Food Will Help Balance Nutritional Indulgences this Holiday Season

For most of us, the holiday season is a time when we allow ourselves some nutritional indulgences. I have found it impossible to deny myself a sampling of the goodies that abound during […]

The Gift of Health, the Gift of an Experience: Mind the Mat’s Holiday Gift Guide

When thinking of giving gifts to my loved ones, what immediately comes to mind is that they have everything they need and most of what they want. Yet two things we can never […]

Let’s Party…and by Party We Mean Chill (and There Will Be Presents!)

It’s that time of year. For holiday cheer? Well, yes! Recently, I asked my good buddy Elizabeth Todd if she was free one evening this month and she declared “Well, not really, I […]

This Is Why Your Back Hurts

As you’re reading this, whether sitting or standing (although standing is best as you will soon see), think about lengthening your spine as much as possible. In fact, imagine you have a big […]

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday At-a-Glance

We hope you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends…rest, relax, and get ready for tomorrow. We’ll be ready for you! Here’s a round up of all the Black Friday and Small […]

Behind the Pose: How the Sun Salutation Is a Foundation for All Movement

The Sun Salutation, or Surya Namaskar in Sanskrit, is the basic building block of Vinyasa, otherwise known as Flow Yoga, the style of yoga that we practice at Mind the Mat and that is practiced by millions […]

Giving Thanks on Your Mat: Flow Together Before You Eat Together

Before greeting each other at the diner table, give thanks at Mind the Mat on your mat. Bring your out-of-town guests for these two invigorating yoga workshops, each designed to strengthen and stretch the entire […]

Lighten Your Life with Mind the Mat’s New Seasonal Offerings!

Joining the fun at the Halloween parade in Del Ray this past weekend reminded me of how important it is, during this season, when the days grow shorter and the nights longer, to […]

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