belly after baby

I can remember that impatient feeling of wanting to fit into my favorite jeans after having two babies. In my haste, I tossed my maternity pants in the give-away pile way too early, […]

move of the week: twists

We all know that yoga and Pilates have their healing benefits. But did you know that twists, in particular, can assist in cleansing and detoxifying the body? In addition to aiding in digestion, […]

ask stylebook: twisting benefits?

Hannah: How do yoga and Pilates twisting poses promote detoxification? Sara VanderGoot, CMT, e-RYT 200, RYT 500, Mind the Mat: Twisting your torso creates a tourniquet and wrings out your internal organs. When […]

it’s detox time!

Just take a look around. All the holiday lights and decor have been boxed away, and now without the swirl of parties, friends, and families we have an opportunity to look back on […]

join mind the mat at the health & fitness expo

As part of the Health & Fitness Expo this weekend, Mind the Mat is partnering with Athleta and NBC4 to produce NBC4’s first ever Fashion Show with Mind the Mat instructors modeling Athleta’s […]

spotted in alexandria

Who: David Nguyen What: Teaching plank pose to a group of dedicated students. Where: At the newly remodeled Mind the Mat studio in Clarendon.

#fitforlife: mind the mat

What fun it was for the Mind the Mat team to host Alexandria Stylebook founders at the Del Ray studio. Elizabeth Todd rocked it at Hot Pilates, Elisabeth Squire chose a cooler route […]

#fitforlife: pilates at mind the mat

Just as I’m finding myself short on time to write this little piece for Stylebook, it reminds me how crazy my life has been and how difficult it is to fit in much […]

#fitforlife: hot pilates at mind the mat

It might not look like it, but I actually enjoy working out. From barre to boxing, there aren’t too many gym classes offered that I haven’t tried. So when Stylebook partnered with Fitness […]

#fitforlife: post-partum yoga at mind the mat

I like being active but would never describe myself as athletic; sports and weight lifting intimidate me. I’ve practiced yoga for 10+ years though and regularly enjoy pilates, dance, walking and hiking – […]

#fitforlife: flow yoga at mind the mat

I have always been a fairly athletic person. I played sports in high school and college and continued running and playing tennis throughout most of my grown up life. I have to admit […]

move of the week: breathing technique

Practice this simple breath technique during the holidays to relax your central nervous system so you stay calm and peaceful: IMG 4684 from Alexandria Stylebook on Vimeo.

the stylebook gift guide: last-minute gifts

Once again, Christmas has snuck up on us. It’s hard to believe that the big day is tomorrow! If you’re like us, you have not quite checked everyone off your shopping list yet. […]

ask stylebook: lower back pain?

Heather: Over the past month my back has been bothering me. What exercises should I do to help with my low back pain? Megan Brown PT, DPT, Mind the Mat: Ahh, the holidays. […]

love, joy, peace and yoga

Instead of love, joy and peace, many of us, particularly during the bustling holiday season, experience symptoms of stress, including anxiety, depression, exhaustion, insomnia, high blood pressure and more. Recent clinical research and […]

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