Private Classes, Duets, and Small Group Classes Now at Mind the Mat

Imagine yourself standing in the middle of a one thousand square foot room, a luscious color on the walls, maybe a sunny yellow, a deep amethyst, a clean white with sky blue on the ceiling, or vermilion offset with tangerine accents. Light filters in through the open windows. The air is purified, and the room is sparkling clean. Look around and soak it in.



This is your space for self-care. There is another person there with you to support your wellness and guide you through fifty minutes of satisfying movement. Does this sound good to you? Find out more or schedule a Yoga or Pilates Private Session with a Mind the Mat expert instructor in one of our state of the art studio spaces!



In addition to yoga and Pilates, many Mind the Mat instructors are trained in specialized modalities such as prenatal, post-pregnancy, athletics, and therapeutics and offer privates sessions for clients during all stages of life.



During this time, Mind the Mat is diversifying our class offerings to include:

1.) Find out more or schedule a Private one-on-one tailored in-person sessions just for you. (Also available via Zoom).

2.)  Find out more or schedule Private Duets. That’s an in-person tailored session with two clients and one instructor. (Also available via Zoom).

3.)  Find out more or schedule small in-person Pilates & Yoga classes with four students and one instructor. These classes will also be live streamed for those who would like to participate from home.

4.) Continued Outdoor Classes, even in the fall/winter! Put on your coat and let’s get Hawt with our Hawt Pilates, HIIT, and Bootcamp classes! Also, check out our Outdoor Prenatal Yoga this fall!

5.) Virtual live stream and pre-recorded classes. Join us on Facebook live!

6.) Specialized 6-week Series and Workshops on Zoom and in-person for special populations such as pregnant and post-pregnancy women, athletes, those with specialized physical needs, and those seeking stress management.

7.) Larger warehouse classes this winter at Lost Boy Cider in Alexandria, an indoor/outdoor space where we can safely socially distance in larger groups. Schedule TBA. Stay tuned!

In-person classes are available at both our Alexandria and Arlington locations and follow CDC as well as local and state guidelines for COVID. Check out Mind the Mat’s full class schedule here.


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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.     

3300 Fairfax Dr.
Arlington, VA 22201


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