Welcome to a Transformative New Year!
Although we offer you lots of great options for things you can DO to take care of yourself—(and selfishly, of course we LOVE to see you!)—we also encourage you to allow time to just BE. Rather than immediately adding new things to your schedule in January, first of all, thoughtfully remember who you are, what you love, and what your gifts are. Also consider what people, situations and activities rob you of peace. Then, resolve to SIMPLIFY your tasks, your relationships, and your life, remaining focused on your core principles, and what aligns with them. This approach will help to center you, allowing things to evolve in the way that is best suited to exactly who YOU are. Striving for change by only resolving to add "good" things to your life that you SHOULD do, or subtract the "bad" things that you SHOULDN’T do--these approaches, although filled with good intentions, can stress you out instead of bringing you peace!
SAVE THE DATE!
Our Birthday Party is Monday, February 13!
Please be sure to mark your calendar for our Open House Birthday Party!We're coming up on our TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY, and we are making plans to celebrate! We've commissioned a special art piece tocommemorateour first 10 years, and will unveil it that night. Come and sip, snack, shop, and socialize with us. Tap your toes to the jazz stylings of the Tritones, as you shop the fitness fashions of our ALO trunk show! Register for Synergy door prizes. More details to come...
Saturday, January 7 @ 9:00 a.m.
Are you an absolute beginner to Pilates and don't know where to start? 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. 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! Modifications will be given, so all exercises will be accessible to all bodies. 90 min. With Petti Groth PMA-CPT. $25 or use 2 off your 10-class package to attend.
Saturday, January 7, @ 10:30 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. 90 min. With Stephanie Chance, RYT. $25 or use 2 off your class package.
Community Day is Sunday, January 8
To benefit Friends of C/PC Animals
On Community Sunday, we open our doors and offer donation-based classes (give what you can). This allows everyone an opportunity to share in the practices of yoga & meditation, 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 classes will be user-friendly yoga and meditation taught by Petti. The cause is Friends of Cookeville/Putnam County Animals, a 501c3 non-profit organization that raises public awareness in tending to lost and homeless animals within the community. They also educate citizens on the importance of spay/neuter programs, and promote pet adoption via the new shelter. To learn more about them, visit: www.friendsofcpcanimals.org
Mondays @ 4 p.m., starting January 9
This 4-week enrollment series with Laura Burgin, RYT and Certified Children's Yoga Teacher (CYT), will introduce kids to yoga in a simple, structured way. Students will learn to calm themselves and be happy. Your child will learn basic yoga postures and concepts of yoga in a fun and supportive environment. This class is appropriate for kids ages 6-11. Four 45-minute sessions. $50 for first child; siblings receive 50% off ($25 per sibling). All registrations must be received by January 6. Online registration is available via the workshops tab of our online schedule. Questions? Ask Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesdays @ 5:30 p.m., January 17 & 24
If you kick butt on the road or in the gym, but want to improve your performance, yoga just might be the answer. Tailor-made for the athlete, this no-frills series will introduce the fundamentals of yoga while exposing you to poses, breathing techniques, and body-awareness principles that can be used to enhance your training, no matter how you get your sweat on. With a fusion of vinyasa and yin yoga, we'll use this practice to create strength, flexibility, mobility, and mental endurance. Led by Nicole Pugh, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), recreational athlete and runner, and Level-1 certified CrossFit coach. No yoga experience required. 45-50 min.
Wednesdays @ 4 p.m., Starting January 18
Join Jenny for this enrollment series that introduces students to the fundamentals of Pilates, basic matwork, and orients students to classical Pilates equipment: Reformer, Tower, Chair, & Low Barrel. Pick up the valuable details you need as you begin to build your practice! 5 sessions - $100. Semiprivate sessions are limited to 3 people to ensure personal attention. There are no make ups for missed sessions.
Saturday, January 21 from 5-7 a.m.
Aquarian Sadhana is a traditional Kundalini yoga practice to help us withstand the pressure of the current times--the Aquarian age. Japji is a poem and meditation of the soul, that is written in the Gurmukhi language from Northern India. Reciting this poem will balance the chakras and the 10 bodies. The Aquarian mantras stimulate and balance our chakras, clear our consciousness, and bring us closer to our true selves. 2 hours.This practice is FREE and open to the public, but ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.If you have not practiced at our studio before, please arrive early to fill out the required paperwork. The schedule is as follows:
- 5:00 - 5:25 a.m. Recite Japji
- 5:25 - 6:00 a.m. Yoga Kriya (set)
- 6:00 - 7:15 a.m. Recite Aquarian Mantras
- 7:15 a.m. Potluck Breakfast (bring a dish to share)
Attendees are asked to please enter and sit quietly. The practice will begin promptly at 5 a.m. If you have a smart phone, you can download the "Japji for Aquarian Age-standard" app, free from the App store. With your phone set on MUTE, you can recite along with the English transliteration of Japji.
Sunday, January 22 @ 2 p.m.
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. Register online today to reserve a spot for your family! Your teacher will be Laura Burgin, RYT and Certified Children's Yoga Teacher.
Sunday, January 22 @ 4 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. 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.
Saturday, January 28 @ 10:30 a.m.
Sheri Brimm, PT, founder of New Beginnings MFR, is excited to be partnering with Synergy to offer this special workshop in MyoFascial Release (MFR) self-treatment. She brings over 20 years of experience as a PT to her teaching. In this workshop she will share John Barnes MFR techniques using 4" balls, foam rollers, self-unwinding, body scanning and awareness, and prolonged stretching techniques. MyoFascial Release is a very long sustained but gentle stretch and compression of the "fascia" (the tissue which surrounds all the cells in the body). MFR is a highly effective manual therapy technique that helps with management of pain and movement restrictions from chronic scar tissue, chronic pain, stiffness, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, back pain, neck pain, whiplash, TMJ (jaw popping), and many other conditions. During treatment, 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, and receive hands-on assists, they are also encouraged to unwind where they feel they need to for the optimal release for their bodies. Modifications will be given for sitting, standing, or lying down as needed for comfort and release. 2 hours. $25 or use 2 classes off your current class package to attend.
Thursdays @ 5:30 p.m., starting February 9
Discover why yoga has been a popular fitness discipline for body and mind for over 5000 years! Learn about the history and origins 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 most Synergy yoga classes, and will be armed with enough information to embark on a home practice. Whether you are a complete beginner, or a practitioner just wanting a refresher course, this class will have something for you! Each week will feature a a new breathing technique, and a restorative pose for releasing tension, plus several new postures will be broken down with anatomy and alignment details--and modifications for your specific needs. There will also be time for Q&A. Petti Groth, ERYT-500 will be your guide, assisted by Dawn Theirry, R.N., RYT-500.Six sessions; $120. Early Bird Discount $20 OFF on or before January 26! Questions?Call 931-520-8980, email email@example.com.
*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.
Check out these changes to the regular weekly schedule (click the class name for details & registration):
Tuesdays @ 9:30 in January
Join us for this fun, easy and interactive exploration of the yogic anatomy, and the seven primary energetic centers of the body. Class will begin with simple pranayama, or breath exercise. We'll loosen up and learn some standing movements and postures that highlight each chakra, and we'll come to the mat for some additional postures that you can choose to hold or flow. All levels welcome. $12 to walk in or use your class package to attend.
Wednesdays @ noon in January
Join us for this class format designed to develop tone in the WHOLE BODY, including arms and legs, and to enhance and increase existing core strength. Begin with a warm-up of fundamentals, followed by classical mat exercises. Each week will also feature exercises from Joseph Pilates' powerful Standing Strength Series (using hand weights), plus a series for leg/hip toning. Prior Pilates experience is a plus, but not required. 60 min. $12 to walk-in or use 1 off your class package.
Wednesdays @ 5:30 in January
Three Weeks Only! This guided group meditation features the SEED (Simple Easy Every Day) technique, which includes several user-friendly techniques, and culminates in a prolonged time of self-inquiry. Self-Inquiry meditation is (exactly like it sounds) simply a method of asking yourself questions and remaining in meditative contemplation of those questions. A technique originally taught by the Indian sage Ramana Maharshi, it encourages practitioners to look inside and focus on the "I." In this class, we will gently awaken the four fundamental realms of the inner life: Identity, Love, Daily Practice, and Kindness. Four simple questions will help to reveal the beauty and meaning of our lives. 45 min. No experience necessary. Chairs are available. $12 to walk-in or use 1 off your class package.
Thursdays @ 5:30 p.m. in January
Get in out of the cold get warm with This 26-posture sequence is drawn from Bikram’s original Hot Yoga Series! This practice is done in a warm room (heated to 78-80 degrees), giving the practitioner myriad therapeutic benefits to body and mind. Sequencing is the same for each class so, with repeated practice, it may become a moving meditation. Knowing what posture comes next allows students to focus on the three actions of each asana: 1) entering the pose (doing), 2) staying in the pose (experiencing) and 3) releasing the pose (coming out, undoing). Poses become linked in a way that is strengthening and calming. Benefits include increased flexibility in all major joints of the body, and strengthening of ankles, calves and core. This series also improves balance, and increases overall body awareness. Modifications are given and props are used. All postures will be available to each student. All levels welcome. 75 min.
Fridays @ noon in January
This user-friendly all-level Pilates class is designed to meet you wherever you are in your body, and in your Pilates practice. Flow through the fundamentals of Pilates with rhythm, grace and precision. Learn how to use props for to add support and/or challenge, organize your body with techniques for proper abdominal engagement to support the spine. Stabilize shoulders and hips, so that your limbs move freely and lightly. PLUS, Move through some of the classical exercises of the Pilates mat repertoire, working at your own level. Modifications will be given. This class is suitable for ALL levels. Experienced practitioners will drill into details of form and function, and beginners will build a strong foundation for their practice. 60 min. $12 to walk-in or use 1 off your class package.
Fridays @ 5:30 p.m. in January
Instead of developing a typical New Year’s resolution based on deprivation and trying to become someone you’re not, learn to cultivate new thought patterns and love for yourself through the practice of kundalini yoga, meditation, and mantra. Fridays in January we will explore the concepts of self-acceptance and appreciation. Often through sub-conscious negative thoughts about body image, personal worth, and doubt; we limit our love for ourselves. We will learn about the yogic practice of ahimsa, meaning non-violence or non-harm toward ourselves or others. We will write personal affirmations surrounding self love and acceptance, and consider a personal 40 day sadhana (personal daily practice) of self love. Bring a journal and your mat for this transformative practice. 60 minutes. All levels welcome. $12 to walk-in, or use 1 off your Synergy class package.
Online Registration AND Credit Card Payments!
Now you can register and prepay for all of our mat classes, semi-privates, workshops and enrollments online! Our special programming is found under the “Workshops” tab, and you can click through to register from each event. You can also purchase gift cards, and even renew your class package--from www.synergymindbody.com, just navigate to our online schedule in your browser window, then click on the “Online Store” tab at the top!
Studio Etiquette Tip: Enjoy Unity
No matter what race or religion, no matter what political, social, economic, or personal status we choose outside the studio, once we set foot inside, our differences dissolve. Each person who walks through the door at Synergy has a somewhat similar reason for being here. There are precious few places in the world where we can enjoy unconditional acceptance. Let's all love, support and encourage each other on our journey. If you are an existing Synergy student/client, please help us to make welcome new faces, by reaching out, introducing yourself, and helping them learn their way around the studio.
Happy New Year!