Guest Teacher Ruth Alpert at Synergy - July 7-11
Ruth Alpert is a seasoned professional in movement re-education and body alignment for individuals. Ruth was trained in the lineage of Pilates elder Eve Gentry. She apprenticed with the well-known Michele Larsson in 1992 and worked with her for 17 years in Santa Fe, NM. During this time, Ruth also served 11 years as faculty in Core Dynamics Pilates. She is also a certified practitioner of The Trager® Approach, and GYROTONIC®, as well as teacher of The Alexander Technique. Ruth has introduced her own blend of mind/body/spirit alignment through her Bod•ease® program. Ruth will be teaching a master class, a workshop, and a limited number of private sessions July 7-11. We are honored to host such a seasoned guest teacher. For more about Ruth, visit her web site at www.ruthalpert.com.
- Tuesday, July 8 @ 5:30 p.m. - Foam Roller Master Class - 75 min.
All levels welcome. 75 minutes. $20 per person. Class is limited in size. Please sign up and pre-pay to reserve your slot. If walk-ins are available, they will be on a first-come, first served basis.
(The terminology "Master Class" found in studio settings does not infer that you need to be a "master" to attend; instead it means that the instructor is a Master Teacher.)
- Thursday, July 9 @ 5:30 p.m. - Workshop:
The Pelvic Floor & Its Relationship to Movement - 90 min.
The pelvic "floor" is an often misunderstood and misused part of our body. This mini-workshop will begin with anatomical information. We will refer to diagrams and anatomy books. Then, we will then go into exercises that articulate and integrate the pelvic floor into full body movement. This 90 minute workshop will be appropriate for all levels, and practitioners of all disciplines will enjoy this programming that will draws from a variety of movement techniques. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Cancellation policy applies. Please sign up and pre-pay to reserve your slot.
NEW! Yoga in the Park - Starts July 8
Tuesdays @ 7 p.m. with Nicole
Join us for this lighthearted flow yoga class that gives you an opportunity to commune with nature in beautiful Dogwood Park. Meet in the studio lobby a little before 7, and we’ll walk over together. Don’t forget to bring your yoga mat. A percentage of earnings from this class will be given back to Dogwood Park. This class is weather permitting, so be sure to check the online schedule before you leave home. Cancellations will be posted at least one hour before class start time. Use your class package to attend or walk-in for $12. All levels welcome. 60 min.
Special Restorative Yoga - July 16
Wednesday, July 16 @ 5:30
Join us for this special 90 minute time of R&R, the yoga way. 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. 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. 90 min. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Cancellation policy applies. Class is limited in size, so prepay to reserve your spot early.
Closings & Schedule Changes for July
- We will be closed Friday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.
- Carla's 8 a.m. Power Yoga Class WILL MEET on Saturday, July 5--so come and get your dose of yoga before heading out to the cookouts!
- The 9 a.m. Pilates Class, and the 10 a.m. Beginner and 11:30 a.m. Intermediate Belly Dance Classes WILL NOT MEET on Saturday, July 5.
- 1st Sunday Community Classes will not meet this month, due to the holiday weekend.
- Pilates for Pregnancy Resumes July 8 at 11:00 a.m.
Long Days of Summer
Do you love the long days of summer, because you “can get so much more done?” Or do you view the delayed sunsets surrounding the summer solstice as an opportunity to enjoy more “down time?” Everyone likes the idea of being more productive, and certainly some of us can feel that our yang (active/sun/movement/heat/masculine) energy naturally increases at this time of year--we could take advantage of that. But then again, we might choose to view the extra daylight hours as gift—and allow ourselves to relax and enjoy more leisurely time at the lake, by the pool, relaxing with friends, or hiking in the cool woods. To encourage slowing down, you might try a breathing exercise from our Summer Solstice Workshop, below…
Lengthing Breath Exercise
Find a comfortable place where you will not be disturbed, and can sit with your spine upright. Close your eyes and tune in to your breath. Begin to breathe in to a count of 4, pausing briefly at the top of your breath, then breathe out naturally. Do this for a few breaths. Once you are in the rhythm of this, continue breathing in for 4 and pausing at the top, but try lengthening your exhale to a count of 6, pausing for a few counts when you are empty. Once you are in the rhythm of this, continue breathing in for 4, and pausing briefly at the top, but try lengthing the out-breath to a count of 10, pausing only for only 1 count after the exhale. You might choose to stay with this, or lengthen you out breath yet again, to 12 counts, eliminating the pause after the exhale. If lengthening the out-breath causes tension in your face, neck, chest or shoulders, go back to the last version that seemed comfortable to you. Breathe this way for a few minutes, then release the counting and breathe naturally. Open your eyes and notice how you feel. As the day goes on, try not to take up every spare moment with planned activities, but allow the precious moments of summer to unfold, revealing their mellow magic.
First Timer’s Discount
Don’t forget to share with your friends that their first class at Synergy is 50% off the walk-in rate, or just $6!
Referral Rewards Program
If you refer a student to Synergy, and they purchase a package of any kind, you will receive a one free class (good for anything on the regular schedule).
Account Purchase Options
Did you realize that you could place an undesignated amount of $$ on your account at Synergy to be used as needed? Undesignated $$ on your account will NEVER expire (only packages expire). This is a convenient option for people who travel often, or are unable to make a weekly class. You can use this amount to pay at the time of service for a walk-in class, a private/duet session, or towards workshops or special programming.
See you on the Mat,
The Synergy Staff