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Welcome to Synergy

Hello and welcome to Synergy, where for the last decade we have been passionately pursuing our mission--to help our clients chart their personal paths to wellness. Synergy is the first studio of its kind in the Cookeville area. Our focus is on mind/ body disciplines, or exercise techniques that clear our busy minds by asking us to focus on our breath, pay attention, and carefully control our bodies. This mindfulness, focus, and precision inevitably bring about marked results in our physique. They also bring myriad holistic results, including improvements in concentration, focus, agility, balance, posture, stamina, and mental/physical endurance... just to name a few. 

Joseph Pilates once said, "physical fitness is the first requisite to happiness." Although it may be debatable whether physical fitness itself is in fact the FIRST requisite to happiness, it is undeniable that reaching our optimum level of health, wellness and vitality adds to our enjoyment of everyday life, and it provides a practical ability to function productively within our bodies. 

Whether you are a seasoned athlete, someone who is recovering from injury or illness, or someone beginning a fitness regimen for the very first time, Synergy will work, together with you, to develop the right approach for you personally. Mind/body disciplines vary, as do personalities, and at Synergy we pledge to bring any and all of our resources to bear on finding the ideal program for you - one that not only suits your personality, but one that takes your individual needs into consideration, and fits appropriately into your lifestyle; one that you look forward to, rather than dread. One that is powerful enough to show physical results, but calm enough to bring rest and stillness when needed.

We offer a diverse schedule of regular weekly programming, as well as special events, workshops and guest teachers. Our in-house staff features the most talented, well-trained and experienced professionals in our region. We know you'll find something you love at Synergy!


Happy Summer!

Please take note that some our regularly scheduled classes are cancelled surrounding the holiday, and we will be closed for business on Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day! Enjoy a wonderful day of celebrating freedom with your family and friends!

Ruth Alpert is at Synergy this month!

Ruth is the founder of the BodEase Method, a technique that integrates movement, bodywork, energy, awareness and flow. She brings to her teaching extensive training in alternative movement modalities in addition to her many years’ experience as a dancer. Ruth’s interest in healing movement began in 1976, with the work of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Lulu Sweigard, and Susan Klein.She has been a certified practitioner of The Trager® Approach since 1987.Ruth was trained in Pilates by Michele Larsson in 1992 and was an Associate of Core Dynamics Pilates from 1998-2009. She was certified in GYROTONIC® in 2002, and became a teacher of The Alexander Technique in 2007. Ruth has conducted workshops throughout the US since 1976. To learn more about Ruth, visit www.ruthalpert.com. Ways to work with Ruth at our studio:

1. Book a Private or Duet Session

Private/duet bookings are available on the following dates: July 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28. This is a great way to take your practice to the next level, or solve postural, gait, movement or body mechanics issues. Sessions are available for movement (Pilates), posture/gait analysis (Alexander Technique), and table work (TRAGER). Please specify your preference when booking. Online booking is not available for private/duet sessions; please email or call the studio. TRAGER tablework sessions will be in our private yoga room, down the long hall to the right.

Book more and SAVE:  Book 1 Private for $85, 2 for $75 ea., 3 or more for $65 ea. Duets are $50 per person for 1, $45 per person for 2, $40 per person for 3 or more. 

2. TRAGER® Mentastics Mini-Workshop,
Tuesday, July 11 @ 6 p.m.

What is TRAGER® Mentastics? They are free-flowing, dance-like, playful movements that help you discover the feeling of lightness and letting go. Mentastics are done while standing, sitting, and lying down. They help you recall the feelings of deep relaxation and effortless movement. These are simple, active, self-induced movements which you, the client, can do on your own, during your daily activities. They have the same intent as the TRAGER® table work in terms of releasing deep-seated patterns in the body and mind. Mentastics are, in essence, self-care. For many people, Mentastics becomes a part of their life for relieving stress and tension. All ages, shapes, sizes, and fitness levels are welcome. 90 min. $25 or use 2 off your current class pkg. Register Here.

3. Introduction to the Alexander Technique,
Tuesday, July 25 @ 6 p.m.

This mini-workshop is a hands-on approach to bring conscious awareness to habits that create tension in our bodies. Did you know that your workouts may actually be strengthening the very patterns that keep you in discomfort? Learn how to correct your unconscious ways of moving so that you truly strengthen into a new you! The Alexander Technique is very useful for athletes, Pilates, yoga and fitness clients and teachers, equestrians, bodyworkers, counselors, dentists, performers of all types.... anyone who wants to feel better about themselves and in themselves! 90 minutes. $25 or use 2 off your Synergy class pkg. Register Here. 

4. Pilates Master Class, Wednesday, July 26 @ Noon

A 75-minute exploration of the classical Pilates mat repertoire. Remember, you don’t have to be a Master to attend—ALL ages, sizes, shapes, and fitness levels are welcome! Classes are 1 hour in length. Come and learn from a MASTER TEACHER! $25 or use 2 off your Synergy class pkg. Register Here.

5. Ruth’s NEW 4-Hour Mind/Body Workshop,
Saturday, July 29 @ 10:00 a.m.

“I AM THAT GIRL THAT…” Is a project for the upliftment of women and girls, in alignment with the highest good in all of us. Its intention is the validation of being seen. It seeks to empower women and girls by validating visibility and the sense of wellbeing and pride that emerges from being recognized. It creates positive self-images and self-acknowledgement, recognizes each individual’s unique gifts and fosters respect towards others. Interactive group activities will include creative movement, meditation, journaling/drawing & interactive discussion. 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Please pack a sack lunch. $80. (Early Bird Discount $10 off; before July 15.) Register Here.

“Today, most of my clients come to me looking for that feeling of deep connectedness. In our work together, they often recognize it as an ‘aha!’ of awareness that aligns body and soul. The moment of truth that echoes is your body’s release into a deep ease, as if your whole being—all of your bodies—took a deep exhale and found its poise. Movement can be a fluid path to aligning those bodies (the mind body, the emotional body, the spiritual body). I want my clients to feel good about themselves in all their bodies.”

– Ruth Alpert, Bod•ease™

***We THANK YOU in advance for your support! It is only through the continued participation of our clients that we can offer programming from sought-after mind/body professionals like Ruth. YOU make it happen, and for that we are grateful! Prepayment is required to reserve. Register online, or see the Front Desk-- but hurry!

Bridge Pilates Semiprivate
with Marsha Bowman, PT, DPT

Thursdays @ 6:30 p.m., starting July 6

5 weeks only! This innovative semiprivate session is limited to four people, and is designed to help those who have felt that they are not able to exercise. This class will help you to “bridge” beyond your current activity level, and prepare for regular Pilates classes. Marsha Bowman has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, has been a practicing Physical Therapist for over 30 years, and is a passionate advocate of the Pilates Method. She is the co-owner of Cumberland Physical Therapy, in Cookeville, TN. Combining principles of physical therapy with the fundamentals of Pilates, she will help you enhance and build upon your current movement capabilities. You’ll learn to exercise in a safe and effective way, honor your body, and strategically prepare for more challenging classes. Build core strength, increase your flexibility, and enhance your mood. Bridge the gap from fear of exercise to the joy of mind/body movement! 60 min. Advance registration is required, and the cancellation policy applies. Pay as you go for $25 a session, or purchase 5 semiprivate sessions for $100.

Pilates Equipment Foundations

Thursdays @ 1 p.m.

Are you curious about (or maybe a little intimidated by) the equipment in the front studio? If you have had a Synergy Intro Private, attended our Intro to Pilates Matwork, OR been attending Pilates mat classes at our studio this session is an appropriate next step! Students will have an opportunity to learn about and become oriented to the Reformer, Tower, Wunda chair, and Spine Corrector barrel in this class.Proficiency in pre-pilates fundamentals is a must. This Pilates Semi-Private session requires pre-registration, and the cancellation policy applies. Taught by Petti Groth, PMA-CPT. $25 per session, or use 2 off your class package for each semi-private session you attend.

*If you would like to schedule an Intro Private, please call the studio at 931-520-8980.

Pilates FUNdamentals

Mondays @ noon, starting July 10

Join us for this noon pick-me-up Pilates class where we'll infuse some "FUN" into the Pilates exercises. Modifications and progressions will be offered. In each class, we will focus on breaking down Pilates movements into their fundamental parts, and deepening the work within our bodies. You'll come to understand the "why" and "how" of each exercise, and it's benefits. We will also have a designated time in class for you to request the move you'd like to work on. Improve your posture, balance and body awareness while toning your core and having fun! Taught by Nicole Stoner. 50 min. All levels welcome. $12 to walk-in or use 1 off your Synergy class package to attend.

Welcome Nicole Stoner to our Teaching Staff

This month we welcome our newest staff member and Pilates teacher! Nicole discovered Pilates in her 20s. She began to practice it in earnest at Synergy in 2010, after life and loss led her to seek strength and healing through mind/body practice. Pilates was the missing key to feeling good in every day life. Now that she and her husband, Jeremy’s, children are growing up, she decided to pursue becoming a Pilates teacher. A former Registered Nurse, Pilates seems the perfect way to put her nurturing skills to use--still helping people heal, just in a different venue. One of her goals as a teacher is to help introduce people to the practice who might not otherwise try it, due to physical challenges (prior illness, injury or deconditioning), or mental ones (feeling intimidated by it). Nicole is currently enrolled in a PMA-endorsed teacher training program through The Spot in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She will complete her Mat Certification training in August, 2017 and plans to complete her comprehensive training, and to obtain Pilates Method Alliance Certification. You can read more about Nicole here.

Pilates Mat Class
with Laurie Conley of The Spot

Wednesday, July 12 @ noon

One time only! Pilates breathing and body awareness movements will be followed by sequences of Pilates mat exercises. Build your core strength, flexibility, balance and improve your posture. Work at your own level throughout class. You'll be instructed in ways to add challenge when appropriate, and how to modify exercises when needed. There is a Pilates practice that's right for YOU. All bodies are welcome. With regular practice, you will feel and see amazing changes happening in your body! Leave feeling centered, connected, and energized!$12 to walk in, or use 1 off your class package. Sign up here.
About Laurie: A Bowling Green, KY resident for over 20 years, Laurie learned Pilates from Loralee Stephens, PMA-CPT of the Spot, Bowling Green. Each time she visited the studio, she became more and more committed to the work, eventually becoming a comprehensively certified teacher. This has enabled her to enthusiastically teach and share with others the great benefits of Pilates. Having been an avid exerciser her entire life, she says "Pilates truly is the most challenging, yet rewarding, form of exercise I’ve ever experienced. Pilates challenges not only your body’s mobility, stability and strength, it challenges your mind and spirit to connect with your body in order to achieve a higher level of fitness." Laurie was comprehensively certified by Integrated Balance, LLC. She has continued to further her Pilates education by regularly attending the annual conference of the Pilates Method Alliance, where she studies with many well-known teachers of different lineages. She currently teaches PIlates mat and equipment sessions at The Spot, in Bowling Green, KY.

Introduction to Pilates Matwork

Tuesday, July 18 @ 6 p.m.

Are you an absolute beginner to Pilates and don't know where to start? Join us for this 90-minute session that introduces students to the fundamentals of Pilates (pre-pilates exercises) as well as several exercises from the classical Pilates mat repertoire. Every Pilates practice should begin with learning proper breathing, contraction of the abdominals ("the scoop"), how to lengthen and decompress the spine, and stabilize our joints. This session will teach you all of this and more! Modifications will be given, so all exercises will be accessible to all bodies. Your guide for this workshop will be Petti Groth, PMA-CPT, assisted by Stephanie Chance. They will be available after class to consult with you about ways to continue and grow your Pilates practice at home and at Synergy. 90 min. $25 or use 2 off your 10-class package to attend. If you have a 10-class package, this class may count as two off the package.Register here.

Early Bird classes continue through July

You asked for it, you got it! Not one but TWO early morning classes to suit your busy schedule. We have had many requests for early morning classes over the years, and are pleased to offer these through July. Please support them through your attendance, so we can leave them on the schedule year-round! Walk-ins are welcome to all of our weekly scheduled classes, but online sign-ups are appreciated!

Mythical Journey Yoga

Tuesdays @ 9:30 a.m., starting July 10

Four Weeks Only! Join guest teacher Laura Hall, RYT for a mythical exploration of common yoga postures. In this class series, students will deepen their knowledge of many of the common poses done in hatha yoga. Moving through the physical practice, a connection will develop to each asana as you learn its mythical and historic heritage and become more mindful of its original meaning. Participants will become more conscious not only of the physical details of their practice, but also the spiritual connection between our bodies and our minds. Come and continue your yogic journey in our safe and non-judgmental studio environment. This intriguing class will be a fun and welcoming place for all practitioners. Attend all four sessions, or pick and choose to meet your schedule. 60 min. $12 to attend or use one off your Synergy Class package.

Aquarian Sadhana

Saturday, July 22 from 5 to 7 a.m.

Aquarian Sadhana is a traditional Kundalini yoga practice to help us withstand the pressure of the current times--the Aquarian age. Japji is a poem and meditation of the soul, that is written in the Gurmukhi language from Northern India. Reciting this poem will balance the chakras and the 10 bodies. The Aquarian mantras stimulate and balance our chakras, clear our consciousness, and bring us closer to our true selves. 2 hours.This practice is FREE and open to the public, but online registration is required.If you have not practiced at our studio before, please arrive early to fill out the required paperwork. Register here

Sadhana Schedule:

Attendees are asked to please enter and sit quietly. The practice will begin promptly at 5 a.m. If you have a smart phone, you can download the "Japji for Aquarian Age-standard" app, free from the App store. With your phone set on MUTE, you can recite along with the English transliteration of Japji.

4th Sunday Restorative Yoga

Sunday, July 23 @ 4 p.m.

Join us for this special time of R&R. A deeply nurturing practice including deep cleansing breaths, affirming thought patterns, and a classical sequence of restorative poses. This sequence allows for complete rest, relaxation and restoration of the body & mind. Absolutely no experience necessary. Many props are used, including blankets, blocks, straps, bolsters, yoga chairs, and eye bags. Poses will be propped to allow complete comfort and deep release. Finish with a special relaxation/guided meditation. This is the perfect opportunity to show lovingkindness to yourself. Leave feeling open, balanced and serene. This month's session will focus on the chakras, or energetic anatomy. Taught by Laura Hall, RYT.  $25 or use 2 off your class package to attend. 90 min. Register here.

Slow Flow Yoga resumes on July 10

Mondays @ 6 p.m.

Get into a slow rhythm with this elevating class. Slowing down the flow helps to maintain a control of the breath, build determination, and intensify your practice. This slow flow is a smooth linking of unhurried breath with movement. Intensify your practice by mindfully holding postures for several breaths, awakening the body and clearing the mind. Explore the details of each posture at a comfortable pace as you allow your body to deepen into a stretch or pause in a strength building pose. The session will focus on lengthening, strengthening, building, and engaging the muscles in each posture. Pose variations will be offered to help you keep a practice that is all your own. Find true balance in this moving mediation. Taught by Laura Burgin, RYT. All levels welcome. 60 min.

NEW Logo Shirts are in!

Don’t miss our hip new fashion tees! A cool boxy short-sleeve in black lightweight knit, features a wide V neckline.  The perfect studio layering piece! $34. Pick one up in the lobby today!

Client Appreciation Pricing on Logo Wear

During July, our clients with current private, duet, or class packages will receive 20% OFF all Synergy logo wear. That means you get our new short sleeve fashion tops for just $30 and you get an additional 20% OFF our already discounted sale merchandise (Short-sleeve dolman tops and short sleeve athletic tees).

Lost & Found

Have you left any items at the studio lately? We’ve gathered all items looking for owners and placed them in a basket by the lockers. Shoes, clothes, water bottles and yoga mats are in the mix. We’ll leave them there for July then donate what’s left of them to Goodwill.

Studio Etiquette Tip:  Honor Cancellation Policies

As a reminder to our clients, ALL private sessions, duets and semi-privates require a minimum of 24-hour advance notice for cancellation, in order to avoid being charged. Please be respectful of your trainer and give them as much advance notice as possible in the event of a cancellation. In order to cancel a session, you must communicate directly with your trainer by phone or text message. Please do not e-mail the studio or call the studio phone for private session cancellations. Please understand that our business is dependent upon income from the commitments of our clients, therefore we must enforce our cancellation policy. Thank you in advance for your mindfulness in these matters.

This Month’s Weekly Schedule

Our schedule for this month is so extensive, we aren’t going to list it here, but please be sure to look online frequently so you can view the most up-to-date version (and remember, special programming and enrollments can be found under the “workshops” tab!). You can sign up for all classes here. If you haven't used our online registration before, please be sure to use the email address we have on file, so you can gain access to your existing account.

**Please note that there will be a few class cancellations on our regular schedule in July due to summer travel schedules. We do our best to cover all our time slots and provide a seamless schedule, but in some circumstances, we need to cancel. Remember to check the online schedule for the most up-to-date listing. Any class cancellations will be posted a MINIMUM of 1 hour before the class start time, (but most are posted well in advance).

Whew! How can there be THIS MUCH going on during the long slow days of summer? We hope you’ll come in and join us for some of the many special sessions this month! Thanks in advance for your ongoing support of our studio!


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Cookeville, Tennessee




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