When Your Mother’s Book On Motherhood Gets Published! + Special Mother’s Day Offers 

Mother’s Day is May 9, and this month we acknowledge not only our mothers but also what it means to be a mother. The first image that comes to mind for me is a colorful arrangement of flowers in the middle of the dining room table in my mother’s home sent to her by her two daughters and three grandchildren. The idea brings me joy and hope, but what it means to be a mother and have a mother isn’t always that simple. Actually, it can be pretty complicated. Mother-daughter relationships are notorious for being fraught with tension. Some people have lost their mothers, are estranged from their mothers, or wish they were mothers to children but aren’t. So, this holiday isn’t all roses. It can bring up a range of emotions and memories. And yet, beyond all the disappointments, heartbreaks, and losses, we can still choose to see the beauty of motherhood and find a special way to celebrate it.



In her debut novel, Broken Glassmy mother, Mary VanderGoot, author and Ph.D. in Psychology, reflects on motherhood through the experiences of her characters. Broken Glass is the first novel in the Maggie Barnes Trilogy. Maggie is the matriarch of a family of characters who will remind you of people you know. Follow Mary VanderGoot on her website at www.maryvandergoot.com and on social media @maryvandergoot and on FacebookStay tuned for the next two novels in the trilogy coming out soon!



We all know novels are partly autobiographical, so here’s where a “yikes” comes in for me.  Double yikes! But seriously, I’m proud of my mother for writing this book. So, starting today, Mind the Mat invites you to purchase her novel for yourself or another woman you wish to honor. Support local business and use the promotional code MOM20 to receive a 20% discount on the cover price of $19.00, as seen on Amazon.com. Order your book from Mind the Mat and get free shipping delivered to your doorstep within three business days from the date of your order.



Give Her The Gift of Wellness! Mind the Mat Pilates and Yoga has incredible fitness and wellness offerings for mothers. Gift to yourself or another woman. Stay in Safari when purchasing.

1.) Mother’s Day Special! $50 Deluxe Monthly Membership for the first monthIncludes an extensive digital library of classes, outdoor classes, and in-studio classes in Pilates, yoga, meditation, prenatal, and post-pregnancy.

2.) Purchase a Mind the Mat Gift Certificate: Do it online. It’s easy peasy. Choose the amount you would like to gift and click to send.

3.) Signature 6-Week Series for Moms With Expert Instructors:

 4.)  Purchase Class Packages or Membership to book Outdoor Prenatal Yoga & Post-Pregnancy Mommy & Me (for babies up to crawling age) Classes in Alexandria All Summer Long!

5.) Specialized Workshops: with experts in the field of prenatal, post-pregnancy, childbirth, and pediatric care

  • This one is a must for all caretakers!
  • Virtual/ZOOM Infant & Child CPR, May 8 with Laura Punaro, Pediatric Intensive Care Registered Nurse
  • Prepare for optimal labor and delivery!
  • Virtual/ZOOM Childbirth Intensive, May 19 with Carol Wyman, Registered Nurse and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator
  • Bond with your baby!
  • Outdoor Infant Massage, June 6 with Joanna Ranelli, Doula, and Experienced Prenatal and Post-pregnancy Yoga Instructor.


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co-owner, CMT, e-RYT 200, RYT 500 | Mind the Mat
Sara VanderGoot, CMT, e-RYT 200, RYT 500, is Co-founder of Mind the Mat Pilates and Yoga and Director of Mind the Mat Yoga Alliance certified teacher training program. Sara is an experienced Registered Yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance. She studied Interdisciplinary Yoga with Don and Amba Stapleton in Nosara, Costa Rica and at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Sara is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, licensed by the Virginia Board of Nursing. Sara has been practicing massage therapy, including specialties Prenatal Massage, Postpartum Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Thai Yoga Massage, in Del Ray, Alexandria for over 15 years and a yoga instructor for 7 years. At Mind the Mat she specializes in Prenatal Yoga, Postpartum Core Yoga, Mommy and Me Core Yoga, Partners Yoga, and Hot Flow Yoga. Sara frequently acts as a birth companion for many of her clients, doing massage and yoga during labor and delivery to facilitate comfort during both medicated and unmedicated births. Before becoming a massage therapist and yoga instructor, she was a lawyer in the Washington D.C. area and found that the healing practices of massage and yoga brought a balance to her life that she had been searching for.

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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