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Welcome to Synergy

Hello and welcome to Synergy, where our goal is helping you chart your personal path to wellness. Synergy is the first studio of its kind in the Cookeville area. Our focus is on the so-called "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 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, or someone who is beginning a fitness regimen for the very first time, Synergy will work, together with you, to develop the right fitness approach for you personally. Fitness 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.

September means Back-to-Studio!

This month is packed with chances for you to take care of yourself--students of any level can choose to challenge and strengthen, OR calm and relax, OR anything in-between! Beginners can start their journey with our Intro to Pilates or Hatha Yoga, or join our six-week Beginner Meditation course. Can't make those? You can always book an Intro Private to get started, if you wish (based upon trainer availability). Come out and do some yoga and/or meditate for a good cause on Community Sunday. Fans of MyoFascial Release can choose a 1-hour class or a 2-hour workshop. Pilates Mat classes are back on the schedule this month, along with our growing selection of semi-private offerings. Additions to our extensive weekly class schedule include chakra meditation, and a new class focused on building balance skills. Yoga Basics has moved to Wednesdays, and Basic Vinyasa returns later this month. Bring the kids with you for Family Yoga, and finish out the month with some R&R in our monthly restorative session. Our studio is a place free from judgment, competition, or expectation; a safe space where ALL students of ANY level can practice in community with others, and we all learn and grow together! Come on in and join us soon!

Community Day  is Sunday, September 11

To benefit Bread for Life Food Pantry

On the first Sunday of the month, we open our doors to the entire community and offer donation-based classes (give what you can). This allows everyone an opportunity to share in the practice of yoga, and it provides support for hard-working local non-profit causes. So come on in and help us help them shine the light of love! The yoga class style varies from month to month, depending upon the teacher. All levels welcome. No experience necessary. This month our cause is Bread for Life, a local food pantry at Collegeside Church of Christ, that serves up to 200 families each week. The organization’s main goals are to subsidize physical needs, build relationships, and support spiritual growth. To learn more about Bread for Life, visit:www.collegeside.org.

Meditation for Beginners, 6-Week Course

Wednesdays @ 5:30, starting September 21

Join ERYT-500 and Certified Meditation  & Mindfulness Teacher Petti Groth for this six-week course that introduces beginners to a variety of meditation techniques. Each week's lesson will build upon the week before, Lessons will be +/- 75 MINUTES in length and will include group activities and discussion. Each student is asked to acquire a journal and bring it with them to the first class. All students are asked to commit to a minimum of 15 minutes per day to practice the techniques learned, and to complete additional homework assignments. $120. Early bird discount $100 if registered on or before Wednesday, September 7. Absolutely no experience necessary. Chairs are available. This is your chance to begin a life-changing journey!

*A small number of slots are reserved for Synergy clients who have taken this course before and want to repeat one or more of the sessions. If this is the case, each week will count as one off your current class package.

MFR  (MyoFascial Release) Choices

Do you enjoy the deep stretch of yin yoga? Or the deep relaxation of restorative yoga? If so, you will simply love these special session with guest teacher Sheri Brimm, P.T., an experienced John Barnes MFR Therapist. Using props like small air-filled balls and foam rollers, MFR techniques will be combined with yoga to release long-held tension in the body. Sheri will provide hands-on adjustments to encourage students to sink more deeply into their practice. MFR employs the techniques of "Unwinding" and "Rebounding," active stretching and bouncing movements for the purpose of increasing vibration and hydration at the cellular level, releasing adhesion and scar tissue. Leave feeling relaxed and refreshed. Some students may experience decreased muscle spasm and reduced pain through these therapeutic techniques. No prior yoga experience is required. Space is limited; reserve early.

Pilates Mat Class Options

Intro to Pilates Matwork, Saturday, September 17 @ 9:00 a.m.

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. Are you an absolute beginner to Pilates and don't know where to start? 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, through the fundamentals, or Pre-Pilates exercises, as developed by Pilates elder Eve Gentry. These exercises are the most important ones you will ever learn for everyday life. They provide the foundation upon which the entire Pilates repertoire is built. Having a thorough understanding of this series will allow you to progress to mat classes with confidence. If we neglect to learn these foundational principles at the beginning of our Pilates journey, often we are forced back to revisit this integral set of exercises. After we learn the fundamentals, we will move into some basic mat repertoire. Modifications will be given, so all exercises will be accessible to all bodies. 90 min. $25 or use 2 off your 10-class package to attend.

Pilates Prop Playground Series, Wednesdays @ noon

Join us for this fun 4-week series, where each session explores Pilates on the mat using a different prop. Sometimes props are used to modify or make exercises more accessible--sometimes they are used to add challenge. You'll get to decide what YOU prefer when you attend this class. All students can work at their own level. Each class will begin with fundamentals to warm up, then move into familiar Pilates exercises using the prop of the week. If you like variety, you'll want to attend the whole series! If you just need some pointers on how to use a particular tool to enhance your home practice, pick and choose the sessions that are best for you! $12 to walk in, or use your class package to attend. 50 min.

Classical Mat Pilates, Fridays @ noon

Flow through the classical matwork sequences of Joseph Pilates. Begin with fundamentals, then move through the exercises with vigor and zest! Pilates Principles are emphasized during your session: Concentration, Control, Centering, Breath, Flow and Precision. Knowledge of fundamentals is recommended, but not required (consider attending our 90-minute Intro to Pilates matwork or an Intro Private). All levels may attend; work at your own level, and observe as your core strength and flexibility increase! $12 to walk-in, or use 1 off your class package to attend.

Now Enrolling: Advanced Mat Series, Thursdays @ 5:30, starting Oct 20

With Jan. This class is not for the faint of heart! We will be digging deep, and using our core in ways that are certain to build strength, flexibility, and coordination. The first two weeks we will learn the advanced mat exercises. The following three weeks we will sweat to tempo! You'll find this session challenging and invigorating! Prereqisite: Proficiency in fundamentals AND basic Pilates mat repertoire is required. There are no makeups for missed classes. 5 sessions, $60 or use 5 off your current class package. Walk-ins and online signups are not available for this class; please call or email the studio to enroll.

Pilates Semi-Private Options

Semi-Private sessions are limited to 3 or 4 people and provide an economical way for students to enjoy the equipment. These sessions meet at set times, like our mat classes, and are designed for our more experienced Pilates students. Prior experience on the equipment is a MUST. Ready to get started? Most of our groups are currently wait-list only. If you can't make it every week but would be willing be an alternate, please let us know!

Prerequisites: A minimum of 3 private sessions with a Synergy trainer, or equivalent. (Call and ask for our Semi-Private Prep Package: 3 Private sessions for $133.) If you have experience, but have not worked on the equipment in a while, schedule a FREE 30-minute skills assessment/consultation with the teacher to determine if the class is right for you.

Pricing: Pay in advance and get 5 for $100, or pay as you go for $25 per session. You can even use your mat class package—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 MINDBODY app on your mobile device. Space is limited. Advance sign-up is required. Cancellation policy applies.

Basic Equipment & Mat Semiprivate, Thursdays @ 2 p.m.

This all-level semiprivate session is limited to 3 people, and will include matwork and basic exercises on the equipment. Some experience with Pilates matwork is required. The only Prerequisite for this session is our Intro to Pilates Matwork or an Intro Private. 50 minutes. Pay as you go for $25 per session, or use 2 off your class package to attend. Advance registration is required. Alternates needed.

Waitlist Feature for Semiprivate Sessions

Is the semi-private you wanted to sign up for today full? If so, you have the option to put yourself on the WAITLIS for that particular class. Using online registration from your computer (or with the MINDBODY app), if the class you attempted to register for is full, the system will ask you if you would like to be placed on the waitlist. If you say "YES," and one of the preregistered students cancels, you will automatically be put into the class. The system will send you an automated email when/if this happens. (Please Note: The cancellation policy still applies, so please do not waitlist if you are unsure.) This great feature saves time and trouble and can help you get the slots you want!

Intro to Hatha Yoga

Saturday, September 17 @ 9:00 a.m.

With Nicole. Are you intrigued about yoga but don't know where to start? This 90-min class is designed for beginners and is the perfect introduction to some of the foundational concepts of western yoga. You will learn about proper posture, and the four basic movements for a healthy spine, which will be done seated, standing, and even lying down. You'll learn a basic yoga breathing technique that can be used anywhere anytime, to help you focus, relax, and oxygenate your body. Learn how to connect movement to breath using short simple movements. Students will leave with a better understanding of different types and styles of yoga, and will experience a small taste of several styles that are currently being offered at Synergy. Class will finish with a deep meditative relaxation. Your teacher will be available after class to answer questions and for consultation. This class is the first step on the path of your yogic journey. 90 min. $25. If you decide to purchase a 10-class package, this class may count as the first two off the package. For this class, you may reserve your spot using our online schedule, even if you do not have a prepaid account.

Family Yoga

Sunday, September 18 @ 3 p.m.

With Laura. Family Yoga is a fun, joyful, and peaceful way for your family to move mindfully together. This special class will use some traditional postures, partner and group poses. It will be geared toward the young yogis, and will incorporate fun music and games. Class will conclude with relaxation and guided imagery. Families with children 1-year and older and ALL abilities welcome! 50-60 minutes. $25 per family. Online signups are not available for this class. Call or email the studio to register.

Restorative Yoga

Sunday, September 25 @ 4 p.m.

With Dawn. 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. $25 or use 2 off your class package to attend. 90 min.

NEW! On the Weekly Class Schedule:

 Mind/Body BALANCE, Tuesdays @ 9:30 a.m.  in September

With Petti. Four Weeks Only! Incorporating balance into your mind/body practice can improve joint and spinal stability. It can also help you move with more ease, preventing falls and accidents that can lead to other health problems as we age.In this class, we will learn tips, techniques, exercises and sequences for balance in your body, mind and breath—drawn from a variety of disciplines (yoga, Pilates & more)—all of them easy and straightforward enough to work into your daily routine. Using the body as a metaphor, this class plants the seeds for balance in our lives. A compassionate approach creates a safe environment for fun, experimentation, and change. Mindfully engage your entire being, challenge yourself on multiple levels, and create comfort and ease in your body & mind. 60 minutes.$12 to walk-in or use your class package to attend.

Yoga Basics has moved to Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

With Laura. Are you looking for a yoga class that covers the fundamentals? Do you need to brush up on your postures? Are you a new yoga student? Or do you need a stepping stone to a stronger practice? Yoga Basics offers an opportunity to be fully present in your own body, work at your own level, and grow your practice at your own speed. This class will include basic yogic breathing techniques, modified sun salutations, basic standing and seated postures, simple transitions between postures, and time of relaxation at the end. Bring your body, your mat, a smile, and a willing spirit, and join with others in this uncomplicated, user-friendly class that is appropriate for all levels. 60 min. $12 or use your class package to attend.

Basic Vinyasa is Back! Thursdays, September 22 & 29 @ 5:30 p.m.

With Dawn. Two Weeks Only! Do you think you are too stiff, slow, old or "big-boned" to flow in a yoga class?Not in this class! This class is focused on the basics, incorporating body awareness andbreath-connected movement, and alignment-based asana. These posture sequences will allow students to move the spine safely in all directions. We'll drop in an occasional restorative posture for deep relaxation, and a mini-meditation for a well-rounded mind/body practice. This class will help you move with ease through your daily life. 60-75 min. $12 to walk-in or use your class package to attend.

Studio Etiquette: Mat & Equipment Cleanliness

If you have your own mat, we encourage you to bring it to the studio for your sessions. If you do not own a mat, we have some loaner mats that you may borrow, free of charge—we simply ask that you clean it when you finish. We even provide the natural cleaning solution, and the cloths with which to do so (on the bottom shelf in the lobby). ALL Synergy mats and equipment should be cleaned at the end of your session. We appreciate your help and understanding in keeping our studio clean and bacteria free! All Pilates equipment must also be cleaned and re-set at the end of a session.

Coming Soon (visit our online schedule for details):

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