There is Only One Word

There is one word. One word that describes the feeling I get teaching so many amazing people at Mind the Mat. This word was the thing I longed for as a child. Even in this crazy time, while I’m in an empty studio teaching 100 people virtually who I can’t physically see, I feel this word more than ever. This one word describes the feeling at Mind the Mat and the success of our model. I use this word, this one word only, to explain why people are drawn to our community. 

This one word has had the most meaning for me in my lifetime. As you recall from my last postI grew up a Navy brat. Since we moved often, I longed for this word. I missed this word as it is the glue of humanity. And now, more than ever, it has a profound meaning for us all. We all long for it now too.

Before I reveal this one word, here are three ways this word impacts Mind the Mat’s mission:

  1. This word guides how we make people feel in class. If I have not made a new person feel like they are the only one in the room surrounded by a Pilates team of participants lifting them up, I have failed. It is our mission at MtM and my life’s “why” to foster the meaning of this word.
  2. This word creates balance in the body. When our joints are aligned and organized correctly during specific exercises, our muscles react with proper force and timing. Why does this matter? We are less likely to compensate and recruit the wrong muscles–creating risk for injury. This word ensures we use proper body mechanics. This word links the mind and body, allowing us to become more aware of our surroundings and our impact. 
  3. The last impact of this word is how we measure success at MtM. It’s what sparks the tears when watching it happen in the studio pre-COVID and currently, as it emerges during our live streaming Facebook groups. This happens between you all. You all bond during class whether it’s over a challenging sequence in Power Flow Yoga or over the common resilience you feel once you regain function in a Therapeutic class. You create this at Mind the Mat. It is truly the gift that you all give us. It has been my lifetime goal.

Ok. Now that I am crying, can you guess what this word is? You probably already feel it…it is connection. We are connected to you, your body and mind are connected, you are connected to each other. The irony is, we at Mind the Mat have never felt more connected to you than we do right now. We thank you for your continued support and we thank you for lifting us up. We strive to inspire you, but what you’ll never know is how much you truly inspire us.

Let’s connect even more! Check out our website for info on our live streaming programs, pre-recorded classes, workshops, and teacher trainings.


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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.     

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Alexandria, VA 22301


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