Challenge Your Body & Your MIND in the New Year
New Year, New Way of Thinking- With the new year, inevitably we all begin to think about what we would like to do MORE of. We think about adding a new hobby, more achievements; we set goals for our work, our home and our personal lives. With renewed energy, we make a list with great intention, and strive, strive, strive to achieve it...Until our energy runs low. Until we catch that first cold of the winter. Until our lives are not our own. Until we have no time for ourselves or our families. Until we simply lose our mental and emotional steam. By the end of the year, precious few of the new things we intended are actually done. Is this perhaps nature’s way of preserving our health, or our sanity?
Simplicity Statements- So this year, at Synergy, we propose to you, that perhaps you reject the idea making of New Year’s Resolutions. But instead, consider a Simplicity Statement. Begin by identifying the things in your life that are your highest unchanging priorities. Without doubt, the truest indication of where your heart lies is where you spend your time. Thich Nhat Hanh has been quoted in an interview saying, “We are either pursuing success, or we are pursuing simplicity.” Hmmmm. Simplicity may actually bring the “more” that we seek by creating the ability to experience the precious moments of our lives. By not adding one more activity, making one more phone call, taking one more trip, making one more unnecessary commitment, we actually gain a bit more freedom to live peacefully and enjoy the time we have. John Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, calls this process "doing non-doing."
Wisdom, not Laziness- Just to clarify, this is NOT an excuse for lethargy or laziness. This is a call to efficiency. As many of you have discovered in the disciplines of yoga and Pilates MORE is not always better. Unless it is more focus, more balance, or becoming more centered. In our studio, students often experience how the tiniest of adjustments, with simply a small physical tweak, change of focus, or reframing of how we visualize a movement, can unleash a more powerful version of the exercise for your body. Others work themselves into a frazzled state of exhaustion at the gym in pursuit of “fitness,” leaving their bodies drained, and often hurting. By the same token, as seasoned mind/body practitioners have experienced, a focused workout, applying full concentration, can deliver an efficient, full body workout in a short period of time. Thisdoesn'tcome from rushing through the exercises; but to the contrary, it comes from paying full attention and moving mindfully.
The Body as a Metaphor- As we remind ourselves frequently, the purpose of our practice is to bring body and mind into harmony. Let the body serve as a metaphor for the changes we wish to see in our lives. Once you have defined what is important to you, rather than thinking in terms of whatmoreto do, perhaps look with newer, more objective eyes at your life and determine what steps might simplify your schedule. Remember, these do not have to be sweeping changes to have a monumental effect over time. Embrace even small adjustments as pathways to growth. Just think, if you evolve your life by making manageable lifestyle changes little by little, there will be no need for new year’s resolutions anymore! Making choices that bring your life into alignment with what is meaningful and important to you will be empowering in myriad ways, not the least of which is increased energy and decreased stress.
Let go of Judgment– Everyone has a different natural energy level, so remember not to compare what is right for others to what feels right to you. We will always have weeks that are a challenge; weeks when we are busier than we would like to be. It is important to view the transition as a journey, versus a “quick trip.” Shake the dust off after a bad day/week/month, and continue, remembering that consistency is the key. As yoga teacher Baron Baptiste likes to say, “repetition is the mother of mastery.” A lifestyle of simplicity will arm us with the resilience to survive those occasional weeks with a bit more grace, whereas a lifestyle of continual busy-ness leaves little room for recovery. Our reward for having patience with ourselves, the courage to change our routine, and the discipline to make new choices, is that someday our efforts will yield more time for relaxation, reflection and self-care, as well as involvement in activities and causes that reflect the true you.
Join Us in January!– Join in and write your Simplicity Statement down at the studio! We will post these on our Inspiration Wall during the month of January to give us all encouragement. (We can also seal it up in an envelope if you would rather not share it with others). Or perhaps you’d like to share an inspirational quote or photograph that spurs you on to your highest Self. At the end of this month, we can “plant” all of our resolutions into the earth together, so they can grow throughout the coming years!
Welcome to 2015! And with the new year, comes a full class schedule, full of new opportunities for you to grow and evolve toward your wellness goals. Click on the Class Schedule link above to view all our classes. For class descriptions, simply click on the class name.
NEW in January...
- Can't make daytime classes because you work from 9 to 5? NEW on the regular schedule--In January, we are test marketing two 40-minute condensed class formats, designed for your lunch hour: Pilates Lunch Crunch on Mondays and Mid-Day Meditation on Thursdays. Classes meet at 12:10 p.m. and finish at 12:50. $12 walk-in, or use your class package to attend. Get the same great benefits, with commute time built in!
Community Classes, Sunday, February 1st
Join us for these give-what-you-can, donation-based classes to benefit local charity. This month's Cause is the Heart of the City Playground, a community-wide volunteer effort to build the first fully inclusive and accessible playground in the Upper Cumberland. The Heart of the City Playground will be a place where all children can come together, interact, be included, and grow through the gift of play.
- 2:00 p.m. - Yoga with Laura
- 3:15 p.m. - Meditation with Petti
T-26 x2 with Dawn, Saturday, February 7 @ 3 p.m.
(Do the Therapeutic 26 Postures TWICE in one session!)
It's all the benefit and wonder of the 26 postures you've grown to know and love on Thursday nights, TIMES TWO! All the standing strength and balance postures of the beloved Bikram series will be done two times, all the floor postures will be done once. Come for this special session and get double the fun, double the benefits to your body, mind, and spirit! If we receive good response to this class, we will offer it on a more regular basis. Done in a warm room. Yoga experience recommended. 90 minutes. Use your class package to attend, or walk-in for $12.
Valentine's Partner Yoga, February 13 @ 5:30 p.m.
Grab your friend, spouse, partner, sibling, parent, or anyone you like to do yoga with--and Nicole & Dawn for this light-hearted partner yoga class! We'll start by setting intention, then create space for deepening your connection through breathwork and mudras. Throughout the class, we'll explore some traditional postures as well as some unique poses that can only be done as a duo. Come with an open mind and be prepared to move, stretch and laugh! All levels welcome; no previous yoga experience is necessary. If you don't have a partner to bring, just show up, we will pair you up for fun night of experiential yoga! 60 minutes. $12 per person, or use your class package to attend.
Yoga 101: The Foundations of Practice
Wednesdays @ 5:30 p.m.; Six sessions, starting February 11
Join Petti Groth, ERYT-500, for this six week intensive. Come and learn why yoga has been a popular fitness discipline for body and mind for over 5000 years! Beginners and experienced practitioners alike will learn about the history and origin of yoga, as well as the fundamentals of a beginning hatha yoga practice, including pranayama (breath control), foundational asana (poses), and vinyasa (breath-connected flow). Each week will build upon the previous week's lesson, and you will be given reference handouts as well as "homework" to do. By the end of the course, you should feel comfortable attending Synergy yoga classes, and will be armed with enough information to embark on a personal yoga practice. Whether you are a complete beginner, or just wanting a refresher course, this class will have something for you! $99.
*A certain number of slots are reserved for Synergy private clients and those who have taken this course before. If this is the case, you may use your class package to attend, but advance registration is required. Cancellation policy applies.
Yin for Athletes Workshop, Sunday, Feb 22 @ 2 p.m.
with Nicole Pugh, RYT
Are you an endurance athlete (runner, cyclist, triathlete, tennis player, etc.)? Would you like to relieve tension, gain flexibility and mobility, recover faster, or prevent injury? Then Yin yoga is for you! Through the repetitive movements of these activities, tension and tightness in the body can arise. Adding yin yoga as a supplement to your training can potentially create more space in the joints, and an overall "opening" in the body.
In this workshop, you'll be introduced to the practice of yin yoga, a quiet, yet subtly intense form of yoga which is intended to target the deeper spaces in the body, such as ligaments, joints, fascia and other connective tissues. You'll be given instruction on several yin postures that are beneficial to opening common tight areas like the hips and hip flexors, quadriceps and hamstrings, as well as how and when to incorporate them into your training regime. Finally, we'll go through a yin yoga sequence together so you can experience a complete practice. No previous yoga experience is necessary. 90 minutes. Register by Feb 15 to receive the Early Bird rate of $15. After Feb 15, $20.
Prenatal Yoga Workshop, Saturday, Feb 28 @ 10 a.m.
with Laura Burgin, RYT-200, RPYT
Make room to bloom--into motherhood... and prepare for the transformation of childbirth. Within every woman is the intuitive wisdom to create, nurture, and transform. This workshop will offer an empowering path rooted in divine feminine creative power that rises to birth and motherhood. This workshop will embrace a sequence of postures, breathwork, meditation, and information on the growing prenatal body. This will allow am expectant mother to create a source of strength and confidence in the natural process of birth, nurture a supple body while it grows to accommodate the life within, and transform into motherhood by connecting to the growing spirit of the baby inside. The postures you will learn will prepare and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, hips and legs for childbirth, improve circulation that is shared with the baby, exercise the spine and increase overall comfort in pregnancy. The breathwork and meditation will cultivate a deeper awareness of breath and consciousness to embrace during labor, delivery, and beyond! 90 minutes. No yoga experience necessary. $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Your teacher and guide for this special session will be our own Laura Burgin, who has recently completed the Om Grown Mama teacher training program--an 85 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training under the direction of Jessalynn Hakanson, ERYT-500, RPYT, LMT.
Pilates Semi-Private Equipment Sessions!
These sessions are limited in size, and meet at set times, like our mat classes. Designed for our more experienced Pilates students, these sessions feature challenging workouts on the equipment. Prior experience on the equipment is a MUST. Prerequisite: A minimum of 3 private sessions with a Synergy trainer, and specific experience on the pieces of equipment used in the class (Tower/Chair/Spine Corrector). Space is VERY limited. Pay in advance and get 5 for $100, or pay as you go for $25 per session. OR, you can even use your current mat class package (which is now interchangeable)—each equipment class uses TWO off your regular class package. If you have a current class package, you can reserve your slots online, or sign-up using the Mind/Body Connect app on your mobile device. Advanced sign-up is required. Cancellation policy applies. Enrollment is open up to 30 days in advance for each of these classes:
- Mon 8:30 a.m. Tower & Mat with Emily
- Thu @ 3 p.m. Chairs & Barrels with Petti
- Thu @ 4 p.m. Joe's Wunda Chair with Petti
- Fri @ 8:30 a.m. Tower & Mat with Emily
Mommy & Me Yoga Classes, Prenatal Yoga, a Yoga Transitions Workshop, More Semi-Private Pilates options--stay tuned for details!
Studio Etiquette Tip: Observe Expiration Dates
If you choose to purchase a package of sessions at Synergy please remember that it is time sensitive, and consider this when making your purchases. Extensions are available ONLY for medical emergencies (hospitalization/doctor's orders not to practice). The expiration dates given are reasonable periods of time for using the allotted number of sessions. Use this as an incentive to create your workout schedule. The significant discount that you receive on a package is our way of honoring your commitment to to use the allotted number of sessions within the given time period. Discounts do not apply without this commitment. This is your way of helping us to keep the studio running with regular revenues--for which we are most grateful!
Synergy To Go! (on your Mobile Device)
Using your smart phone or tablet, download “MindBody Connect” from the App Store for FREE, then navigate to Synergy (specify Cookeville, TN). Look for our logo, so you can choose our studio site. Then you can access our up-to-the-minute online schedule, anytime, anywhere. Current class package holders can even pre-register for classes using the app!
If you don’t have a smart phone… Remember you can always visit the “Current Schedule” link on our web site, to view our most current schedule. Any class cancellations or changes will be posted at least 1 hour prior to class start time. To view a full description of any class, just click the class name on the schedule page.