Fitness Friday: Verge Yoga Center
By LNapolitanoPsyD on March 25, 2014
Verge Yoga Center is a yoga studio in the heart of Wayne. It offers ‘mindfulness-based’ yoga practices. The goal of this type of yoga is to calm the mind through the use of the body.
The Verge Yoga Experience
For a new yoga student like myself, entering the world of yoga is akin to traveling to a foreign land where you do not speak the language. Vinyasa? Ashtanga? Pranayama? Thankfully, Verge has distilled the yoga learning curve into what they call ‘The Verge Yoga Experience.’ Each level represents a way to further your yoga practice.
- Yoga 101
- Brand New Beginner Series
- Brand New Beginner Workshops
- Stationary Plus
- Flow Basics
- aeroSling Fitness
- Yin Restorative Yoga
- Yoga Immersion
- Teacher Training
My Introduction to Verge
Verge Yoga Center has an incredible reputation for yoga. I liken it to the Penn State of yoga studios. Virtually everyone you know has gone there and they all love it. Naturally, I was curious to see it for myself.
Verge has a very clean, modern, minimalistic feel. It’s beautiful and serene. In contrast to some yoga studios that have a more bohemian atmosphere, Verge feels very modern and spacious.
One distinct feature about Verge is that they teach many of their classes in a consistent manner. I love this feature. It means that you can take a class based on when it’s convenient for you, rather than having to bend over backwards (I suppose yogis like to do this anyway) to ‘follow’ one particular instructor’s schedule. The consistency of the classes enables you to focus on your practice, your breathing, and your intention for the class.
As my yoga confidence has grown, I decided to sample a few different classes at Verge. I took a few Foundations classes, a Stationary class, and a Yin Restorative Yoga class. In every class, there was a wide range of ages, abilities and levels of practice. I found the instructors to be incredibly knowledgeable, kind, and generous with their time. I really enjoyed each class and look forward to taking these classes again.
Cara Bradley, the owner of Verge, is the heart and soul of the studio. When I met with her, she struck me as one part yogi, one part motivational figure, and one part genius businesswoman. I liked her instantly and I was very impressed with her studio. I watched as she made my 10 year old daughter feel like the most important girl on the planet. Cara’s incredible ability to connect and inspire is what has helped Verge to have such a presence in the yoga community. I can’t wait to take more classes at Verge.
Curious to Check it Out? Here’s What You Need to Know
- The ‘newbie factor’ is eliminated by taking the Brand New Beginner’s classes and by following the steps of the ‘Verge Experience.’
- The instructors are very attentive to yoga anxiety (I had plenty) and also injuries that may require yoga pose modification (I’m still rehabbing a broken foot).
Typical person at this gym:
- 60% women/40% men
- Age span runs the gamut
What You Should Wear:
- Flow and Stationary classes are gently heated to 90 degrees so dress to sweat and bring a towel.
- The culture of the studio is very relaxed – I wouldn’t worry about having the ‘right’ yoga outfit. Wear something functional.
- Wear flip flops so it’s faster to kick them off before hopping into class.
Anything Else You Should Know:
- Booking classes can be done through the Verge app (it’s free) and online. It’s an incredibly user-friendly website and it gives excellent class descriptions.
- There is ample parking.
- Arrive about 15 minutes before the start of class so that you have time to relax and stretch before class.
About Verge Yoga Center
250 West Lancaster Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087
Lauren Napolitano, Psy.D.
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