September Special Events:
Pilates Introductory Series with Jan
Wednesdays @ 6:30 p.m., Starting September 9
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 – 9/9
- Introduction to Tower – 9/16
- Introduction to Reformer – 9/23
- Introduction to Chair – 9/30
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.
Community Day, Sunday September 13
To benefit Friends of Cookeville/Putnam Co. Animals
Our COMMUNITY classes meet on the first Sunday of every month, are 100% donation-based (give what you can) and all proceeds go to the designated charity. The yoga class style may vary slightly from month to month, depending upon the teacher. All levels welcome. No experience necessary. This month’s cause is Friends of Cookeville/Putnam Co. Animals, a local animal advocacy group. Their largest project is the new P.E.T. (Pets, Education & Training) Care Campus, adjacent to TTU, featuring a new animal shelter, an education center, 2 dog parks, and an animal disaster rescue facility. To learn more, visit: www.friendsofcpcanimals.org.
- 2:00 Yoga with Nicole
- 3:15 Meditation with Petti
Meditation for Beginners with Petti
Wednesdays @ 5:30, starting September 16
It's so simple anybody can do it--really! And you won't even have to dress differently, shave your head, or sit cross-legged on the floor! In recent decades there have been hundreds of studies on the effects of meditation practice, confirming that regular meditators experience myriad benefits including better overall health, greater intuition, increased mental focus, improved memory, decreased re-activity to stress, and fewer doctor visits. Researchers also confirm that meditators have lowered cholesterol, lowered blood pressure, decreased anxiety and depression, lessened ADHD symptoms, normalized blood sugar, improved mood, increased fertility, and increased happiness. These studies have shown that meditation can help you sleep better, enhance your immunity, and even reduce chronic pain. Do you want to improve your quality of life? This is your chance to begin a life-changing journey!
Join ERYT-500 and Certified Meditation 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 60-75 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 for the entire length of the course to practice the techniques learned, and to complete additional homework assignments. Handouts will be given. Absolutely no experience necessary. Chairs are available. $120.
*A small number of slots are held 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, but please call/e-mail the studio in advance to reserve. Cancellation policy applies.
Prenatal Yoga Workshopwith Laura
Saturday, September 19 @ 9:00 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. This session features a special sequence of postures, breathwork, meditation, and information on the growing prenatal body. Prenatal yoga allows 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. Learn postures to 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. Breathwork and meditation will cultivate a deeper awareness of your breath, and consciousness to embrace during labor, delivery, and beyond! 90 minutes. No yoga experience necessary.$25. Current class package holders may use 2 off their package to attend.
MFR Toolbox for Self Treatment with Sheri Brimm, PT
Sunday, September 20 @ 2:00 p.m.
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 2 hours..$25 or use 2 classes off your current class package to attend.
Introduction to Yoga with Dawn
Saturday, September 26 @ 9:00 a.m.
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.
4th Sunday Restorative Practice with Dawn
Sunday, September 27 @ 4:00 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. 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. This class meets on the 4th Sunday of every month. Absolutely no experience necessary. Cancellation policy applies. 90-100 min.$25 or use 2 off your class package to attend.
Yoga @ Hippie Jack’s Americana Music Festival
- Chakra Yoga - Saturday, September 26 @ 10 a.m.
- Meditation - Sunday, September 27 @ 10 a.m.
Join us at Hippie Jack’s Americana Music Festival for a fun & lighthearted chakra-themed session with Petti at the Riverside Stage. Then, hang out with us and listen to some amazing music! There is no better place to veg out and enjoy a fun, laid back, music-filled weekend! Visit www.myhippiejack.com for the full festival lineup.
Changes to our Weekly Schedule:
Yoga Rx: An Ancient Prescription with Petti
Tuesdays @ 9:30 a.m., starting September 8 - This therapeutic yoga class format is inspired by Ayurveda, the ancient Indian approach to preventative medicine. Class begins with a gentle form of self-massage, followed by a sequence of familiar classical yoga postures that are recommended for daily balancing of the doshas. Students work at their own level, and can gauge their progress as they work toward holding postures for longer periods of time, taking rest as needed. Class finishes with a balancing breath technique, followed by a time of relaxation/meditation. 60-75 min. All levels welcome.
NEW! Advancing Mat Pilates with Jenny
Tuesdays @ 5:30 p.m., starting September 8 - Join us for this new mat class, deliberately designed to challenge the body, to move at a brisk pace, and to introduce the more advanced Pilates exercises. If it feels difficult at first, be patient; with repeated practice you will quickly master the exercises! Modifications will be included so EVERYONE is safe, and can participate at their own level. 45 minutes.
“Remember, too, that Rome was not built in a day, and that PATIENCE and PERSISTENCE are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor. Practice your exercises diligently with the fixed and unalterable determination that you will permit nothing else to sway you from keeping faith with yourself.” – Joseph H. Pilates, from Return to Life through Contrology, 1945
Magic Circle Pilates with Petti
Fridays @ noon, starting September 4 - Classical sequences of Pilates matwork are done using the Magic Circle. Pilates invented this clever device to enhance shoulder, hip, and spine stability while performing his exercises. Begin with standing posture, body awareness & breathing exercises, then progress through core work at your own level. Lengthen and strengthen muscles to stand straighter and taller. Some experience with Pilates is a plus, but definitely not required. 60 min.
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