Tools of Yoga for Life + Therapeutic Yoga for Anxiety

Right now, any yoga practitioner can join our fantastic group of teachers in training for one or more of the many fascinating topics we’ll explore. Yes, that’s right, we’re offering you a once in a lifetime opportunity to jump into Mind the Mat’s 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program without signing up for the whole semester. This experience is guaranteed to transform your yoga practice and your life!



The workshops below are taught LIVE via Zoom at the teacher training level and are presented by senior teachers and nationally recognized experts in the field of yoga. Are you interested in taking one or more of these classes? Are you interested in applying the tools of yoga to your life off the mat? Click on the links for further descriptions of the workshops you desire and learn more about the amazing instructors who teach them.

Debora Jackson (left), senior teacher and Caroline Deitch (right) Director of Teacher Training


Sam Chase, senior teacher


Yogic Lifestyle:
The Yoga of Science with Sam Chase
Intro to Pranayama & Meditation 
with Caroline Deitch
Intro to Ayurveda
 with Debora Jackson
Conscious Communication
 with Sara VanderGoot


Julie Weiland, senior teacher

Foundations of Anatomy & Biomechanics with Dr. Megan Brown, DPT

Posture Clinics and Practices:

Chaturanga Workshop with Julie Weiland

*Note: all the above classes can be counted as CEU’s through Yoga Alliance if you are a registered yoga instructor. Remember though – you do not have to be a yoga teacher to join. All you need is curiosity and an open heart.

Additional Upcoming Workshop for Your Life Off the Mat!

Check out Therapeutic Yoga for Anxiety – LIVE via Zoom!
When: Sunday, October 18th, 2pm – 4pm with instructor Lisa Haskins


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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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Arlington, VA 22201


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