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Mindfulness is the goal of everything Verge Yoga does, from flowing yoga sequences to breathing exercises to meditation. Specialized classes cater to different skill and experience levels, although every session provides its own sort of calming escape, encouraging thoughtful introspection even while incorporating challenging sequences of movements.

For newcomers, introductory-level sessions explore basic poses and breathing techniques, developing the strength, flexibility, and balance that students will need when they move on to more demanding classes. These advanced classes use deeper stretches or seamlessly flowing asana sequences to provide more of a challenge. With continued practice, the instructors help students develop the sort of calm self-awareness that can add stability and clarity to their entire lives.

250 W Lancaster Ave.
Wayne,
PA
US

When Verge Athletics opened, there was nothing quite like it in the area. In the years since, it's both introduced CrossFit to the larger community and built up a strong, committed community of its own. Its leaders are full-time, career coaches devoted to helping members with their personal goals?as athletes and as individuals?over the long run.

On any given day, Verge coaches lead classes through high intensity workouts that focus on mastering functional gymnastic, cardio, and weightlifting movements. Using these movements and an assortment of equipment, regular bouts of high-intensity exercise tone complete physiques.

701 E Elm St.
Conshohocken,
PA
US

Platoon's two-hour self-defense training course was developed by Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Noah Spear as a means of training teenaged girls and women in easy and effective techniques to escape a physical attack. She leads the small classes, giving personalized instruction that allows participants to perfect street-smart self-defense moves in an intimate setting. Practice on a real-live man before heading out into the wild armed with the knowledge and the ability to dodge danger. Call ahead for availability.

1400 Montgomery Avenue
Bryn Mawr,
PA
US

Roughly 85% of New Year's resolutions never make it past the hypothetical phase, according to an unfinished study that was abandoned in early February. So this year, take care of your resolution before the New Year with today's deal: $39 for a 30-day trial membership to Boston Sports Clubs (a $225 value). Your membership is valid at any of the 25 locations in Boston, Greater Boston, and Rhode Island. Each club offers different amenities such as pools, saunas, basketball courts (also great for turtle races), juice bars, and babysitting services so explore your options before heading out. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.

555 East Lancaster Avenue
Wayne,
PA
US

A fitness center that’s stocked top to bottom with equipment and amenities offers an array of options for clients looking to get in shape, but it can also be a little intimidating. That’s why the staffers at Club La Maison work tirelessly with clients to build personal fitness routines that help conquer any initial trepidation. Group classes are just one of the many ways they acquaint newcomers or longtime goners to a habit of health, leading sessions in spin, yoga, and BarreAmped-ballet-inspired workouts. Within a separate Pilates studio, they make use of multiple tools such as Reformers, combo chairs, and ladder barrels. Meanwhile, instructors in an on-site pool lead cardio-centric aquatics classes and intense training sessions for the Marco Polo portion of the Goodwill Games. For a one-on-one fitness experience, Club La Maison’s army of personal trainers are always on hand to help clients develop and maintain a custom workout regimen as well as wring out overworked sweatbands. Their facility is also home to several racquetball and tennis courts and youth programs such as dance and martial arts.

Club La Maison also offers birthday parties, camps, and swimming lessons throughout the year.

215 Sugartown Rd.
Wayne,
PA
US

At Power Yoga Works, winner of the Suburban Yoga category in Philadelphia magazine's Best of Philly 2008, certified instructors guide aspiring yogis of all skill levels in muscle-toning and detoxifying classes. The studio's focus centers around the power Vinyasa style, a modality that combines deep-breathing exercises with sequenced sets of flowing poses to help to build strength, increase flexibility, release tension, and purge the mind of distracting heavy-metal guitar riffs. Fledgling flexers receive a proper introduction to the fundamentals during four-week beginners courses that teach body alignment and come with a complimentary yoga mat. The schedule boasts copious classes and meeting times, helping students to salute the egotistical sun seven days a week. A warm, spacious studio allows up to 65 students at a time to stretch and bend without disrupting their neighbors' wingspans.

1149 E Lancaster Ave.
Bryn Mawr,
Pennsylvania
US