Join us for some Summer Fun!
From special programming and workshops, to our extensive regular weekly class schedule, there's something for everybody at Synergy! Private sessions, duets, and semi-privates are available by appointment only. Remember our up-to-the-minute schedule is always available online, or you can read it on the go with the MindBody Connect App! You can also like our FaceBook page, to receive reminder posts about what is coming up during the month! Be sure to plan ahead to meet and work with our esteemed guest teacher, Ruth Alpert, the founder of Bod-Ease, who will be here in mid-July. See you soon!
Pilates Introductory Series - FULL
With Jenny Drake, Tuesdays @ 5 p.m. (Check back for July dates)
Are you anxious to experience the powerful effects of the Pilates equipment but don't know where to begin? This series of Pilates Semi-Private sessions is a simple four week introduction to Pilates on the equipment, and will help to prepare you to enter our ongoing equipment small groups.* The four 1-hour sessions included are:
- Fundamentals of Pilates - 6/9
- Introduction to Tower - 6/16
- Introduction to Reformer - 6/23
- Introduction to Chair - 6/30
Semi-private sessions are limited to 3 people to ensure personal attention.Advance registration required; cancellation policy applies.Purchase a 10-class package for $100 and use 8 of your class credits for this series, or pay as you go for $25 per session. Please call or email the studio to enroll.
*Additional training may be required; consult with your teacher to determine if you are ready to enter the ongoing Pilates equipment semi-private sessions on our regular weekly schedule.
NEW Class! Saturday Morning Mat
With Jan Thorne, Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m., Starting June 6
Get your Saturday started off right with Pilates! Flow through creative matwork sequences set to music. Begin with fundamentals, then move through the exercises with vigor and zest--get a good Saturday morning sweat! Pilates Principles are emphasized during your session: Concentration, Control, Centering, Breath, Flow and Precision. Tools may be incorporated for challenge or support (balls, circles, weights, rollers). Modifications will be given, so all levels may attend. 50 min.
Community Classes AT DOGWOOD PARK, June 7
To Benefit The Heart of the City Playground
Synergy's COMMUNITY classes meet on the first Sunday of every month, are always 100% donation-based (give-what-you-can), and all proceeds go to the designated charity. The class style may vary slightly from month to month, depending upon the teacher. All levels welcome. No experience necessary.This month's Cause is the Heart of the City Playground, which will be built in Dogwood Park, directly across the street from our studio! Heart of the City is 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, and grow through the gift of play.
- 2 p.m. - Yoga with Carla
- 3:15 p.m. - Meditation with Petti
MFR (Myo-Fascial Release) Toolbox Workshop
With Sheri Brimm, PT, Sunday, June 14 @ 2 p.m.
It’s an encore presentation of this popular workshop with Sheri! MFR Self Treatment can use tools such as balls, rollers, hands or other devices to provide prolonged hold compression or stretching to allow the fluid to move into the cellular level where the restrictions are held. This fluid movement rehydrates the tissues so they can once again glide and move freely, releasing functional motion. The amount of time is important, 3-5 minutes or longer for each release. Unwinding occurs, allowing for release of emotions or tension guarding patterns from past trauma along with the structural tissue release. MFR encourages "Letting Go" of tension, holding patterns, and emotions. Though participants will be instructed in basic positions or postures, they are encouraged to "unwind" where they feel they need to for the optimal release for their bodies. Modifications will be given for sitting, standing, or laying down as needed for comfort and release. To read Sheri’s bio and learn more about the John Barnes approach, visit the Workshops tab of our online schedule. $25 or use 2 classes off your current class package to attend.
Prenatal Yoga Workshop
With Laura Burgin, Saturday, June 20 @ 9 a.m.
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 an 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! 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.90 minutes. No yoga experience necessary. $20 in advance; $25 at the door.
Solstice Sun Salute Workshop CANCELLED
With Dawn Thierry, Saturday, June 20 @ 2 p.m.
Join Dawn for this special sun salutation workshop! Surya Namascar (or Sun Salutations) are the foundation of western flow yoga. The sun salute is a breath-connected flow generally composed of 12 postures. Each of these postures may be practiced individually, as well as in the flow that we recognize as the sun salute. There are many modifications, and variations of this foundational practice. Salutes may be powerful or calming. It a practical sequence to commit to memory, as it is a powerful and effective sequence for warming up the body before, or cooling down after other exercise or athletic endeavors. Come and explore the sun salute with us, then we will practice 27 salutes together in honor of the Summer Solstice. Practice will start with a presentation of the history and benefits of the sun salute, and will end with a solstice meditation. ALL levels are welcome; no experience necessary. 2 hours.Get $10 OFF with Early Bird Registration!$25 if registered before June 13; $35 after June 13.
4th Sunday Restorative Practice
With Petti Groth, Sunday, June 28 @ 4 p.m.
Join us on the 4th Sunday of each month for this special time of R&R. A deeply nurturing practice including deep cleansing breaths, affirming thought patterns, and a classical sequence of restorative postures for releasing tension. 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. Class is limited in size, so prepay to reserve your spot early. Current class package holders can use our online schedule or the MindBody Connect App to reserve. $25, or use 2 off your class package to attend. 90-100 min. Cancellation policy applies.
Guest Teacher Ruth Alpert @ Synergy, July 12-18
The week of July 12 we will host our Ruth Alpert for a week of special programming. These sessions appeal to yoga and Pilates practitioners alike! You will not want to miss this opportunity to study with a such seasoned professional and diverse teacher. Space is limited. Please contact us to reserve your spots.
- Sunday, July 12 @ 4:00 p.m. - Meet & Greet- A chance to get to know Ruth, and hear a bit about her background in dance, Pilates, Gyrotonic, The Alexander Technique, TRAGER™and other influences on her work; Q&A
4:30 p.m. - TRAGER™Information session- What exactly is the TRAGER™Approach, and what does a session consist of? What are its benefits? Get these answers and more from Ruth
- Monday, July 13 - Friday, July 17 - Private/Duet Sessions -Ruth is a specialist in body mechanics and a problem solver. Her work transcends the disciplines that influence her technique. This makes her work appealing to anyone who is interested in mind/body work. She is particularly gifted in helping clients to overcome chronic body issues, so if you, or anyone you know, are struggling with an ongoing issue, this is a potentially life-changing opportunity.She will be offering a limited number of private ($85) and duet ($100) sessions for movement (therapeutic or challenging), posture, gait, and/or TRAGER™ table work sessions. (All Table work sessions will meet in our Private Yoga Room this week--down the hall, past the library)
What is TRAGER™table work?Utilizing gentle, non-intrusive, natural movements, TRAGER table work helps release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity. These patterns may have developed in response to accidents, illnesses, or any kind of physical or emotional trauma, including the stress of everyday life.During the table work session the client is passive and lying on a comfortably padded table. The practitioner moves the client in ways they naturally move, and with a quality of touch and movement such that the recipient experiences the feeling of moving that effortlessly and freely on his/her own. Movements are never forced so that there is no induced pain or discomfort to the client.A perfect complement to movement sessions!
- Thursday, July 16 @ 5:30 p.m. - TRAGER™ Mentastics Class; 60 min. $25 or 2 classes off your current class package.
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 table work in terms of releasing deep-seated patterns. Mentastics are self-care.For many people, Mentastics becomes a part of their life for relieving stress and tension.
- Saturday, July 18 @ 2:00 p.m.-BodEase™Spine Focus Workshop; 120 min. $50 -Muscle & Bone: An Experiential Approach to the Anatomy of our Core Structures -A large proportion of our exercise usually involves spinal movement, and yet many of us have gaps in our knowledge and experience of our spines. This workshop will fill in some missing details. We’ll go over anatomical facts with lively discussion and clear visuals, then integrate the information into movement.Guaranteed to help you work deeper, not harder!
“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™
Ruth Alpert 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 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.
Semi-Private Pilates Sessions
Have you finished your Pilates prerequisites, and are unsure where to go? Our semi-private Pilates sessions are limited in size, and like our mat classes, meet weekly at set times. They give students an economical way to continue their work on the equipment. Prior experience on the equipment is a MUST. 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.Pay in advance and get 5 for $100, or pay-as-you-go for $25 per session.You can even sign up online using your current mat class package—each equipment class uses TWO off your regular class package. Space is VERY limited.Advance sign-up is required. Cancellation policy applies.Enrollment is currently open up to 30 days in advance for these ongoing semi-private sessions. Visit our online schedule for specific prerequisites:
- Mon 8:30 a.m. Tower & Mat
- Mon 4:30 p.m. Chairs & Barrels
- Thu 9:30 a.m. Reformer & Mat
- Thu 4:00 p.m. Joe's Wunda Chair Workout
- Fri 8:30 a.m. Tower & Mat
Studio Etiquette Tip: Mat Etiquette
At Synergy, we do all we can to uphold high cleanliness standards. Our large black studio mats are made from a closed cell material that helps to deter germs and bacteria. These sanitary mats are available for your use for all classes. AFTER your class, please clean your mat, using the natural cleaning solution and washcloths kept in the lobby--so the next student will pick up a clean mat when they arrive.
We also offer some "borrower" yoga sticky mats, for yogis who do not already own a yoga mat (or forgot theirs). There is no charge to borrow a mat at Synergy (some studios rent mats to their students). We are happy to provide them. We simply ask that you clean it after class. Thank you in advance for your help!
Synergy is on FaceBook
Some of you may have already noticed, but Synergy now has a FaceBook page! If you are a FaceBook-er, check out and "Like" our page at https://www.facebook.com/SynergyCookeville. This is a great way for us to reach a more diverse audience, get the word out about our classes, workshops, and instructors—and for people to see how much is going on at the studio. Help us to bring some new faces into the studio, by sharing our FaceBook page with your friends!
Download our App!
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…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. You can also view upcoming special events under the Workshops tab.
See you on the Mat,
The Synergy Staff