Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs 2011: Health, Recreation & Beauty

Main Line Today’s readers and critics pick their favorites.

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Tutors >>> Pearson Snyder Schoolwork and Tutoring
This private firm believes success is defined by more than high test scores. It’s also about enjoyment, boosting confidence and preventing future scholastic struggles. Pearson Snyder works to understand each student, their the way they learn best, and how to salvage troubled student-teacher relationships. They also helps kids excel at more obvious challenges, from SATs and ACTs to the college application process. 100 Chetwynd Drive, Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-1900,
Underrated Summer Festival >>>
Mushroom Festival, Sept. 9-11 in Downtown Kennett Square

You’d think that any fungi-centric event is going to be at a decided disadvantage on the summer circuit. But what the 26th annual Mushroom Festival lacks in glamour, it makes up for in sheer variety. Held Sept. 9-11, festivities include a carnival and parade, live music, a street festival, and an antique and classic car show, plus mushroom judging, a soup cook-off and other shenanigans focused squarely on the Kennett Square staple. And bring your camera: There’s even a grinning, life-size mushroom with legs. (610) 925-3373,
Yoga for Newbies >>> Verge Yoga
If you don’t know your “revolved triangle” from your “downward dog,” then Verge Yoga’s “Brand New Beginner” series is the answer. The series introduces first-time yogis to the practice in a non-intimidating way, with instructors who exude a Zen-like patience while offering one-on-one attention with every pose. You won’t want to ever leave your mat. 250 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 110, Wayne; (610) 971-0518,
Yoga Studio >>> Bikram Yoga Main Line
Summer or not, they crank the heat seven days a week at Bikram as its legion of blissful devotees spend 90 minutes sweating away. Erin Cleary Cook and her team of instructors offer individual attention as they lead the way through 26 intense poses designed to warm and stretch muscles, ligaments and tendons. 511 Old Lancaster Ave., Berwyn; (610) 640-0305,

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