Awesome August Events
Chasing the Sun, with Photographer Brian Stamm
Saturday, August 6 , from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Come and experience the stunning landscape photography of Brian Stamm. Join us Saturday for a reception and viewing of his most recent body of work, entitled Chasing the Sun. At 5:00 p.m., Brian will do a short talk to take us through the four landmark journeys of his photography exhibit. He'll share interesting stories and inspirations from his trips, and be available to answer questions. Please share the word, and invite your friends! Brian will also be available at Synergy from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Community Sunday, August 7. His work will remain on display at Synergy through September 6. To learn more about Brian, visit www.brianstammphotography.com.
"The beauty of the natural world speaks to me and gives me a sense of peace and fulfillment…I didn’t intend to be an artist; just a traveler who wanted to experience some of the wilder places…So far there have been four trips requiring more than 15,000 driving miles. The trips have ranged from the American Southwest to the Canadian Rockies and from Colorado to Oregon. I use photography as a tool to record my emotional connection to nature. Photography is a medium of light. The sun, the moon, and the stars are my light sources, and the beauty and complexity of nature is my inspiration.
--From Brian's Artist Statement
Thursdays @ 5:30 p.m., starting August 4
With Dawn. Four 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.
Kundalini & the Mind
Fridays @ 5:30 p.m., starting August 5
With Stephanie. Four Weeks Only! The classes in this special series will begin with short sets of yoga postures for the meditative mind, followed by meditations. Kundalini Yoga enables us to awaken the dormant and creative energy of our souls. It also heightens spiritual awareness and presence. The practice employs techniques of posture, movement, breath, body locks, hand gestures and repeated mantras (sounds/words/phrases). Attend all 4 or pick and choose based on your schedule. All are welcome. 60-75 min. $12 to walk-in, or use your class package to attend.
- Session 1 – Preparation for Meditation
- Session 2 – Meditation on the Self
- Session 3 – Gong Meditation
- Session 4 – Glands, Circulation & the Mind
Saturdays @ 9:00 a.m., Starting August 6
With Laura. Three Weeks ONLY! A woman’s prenatal and postnatal yoga practice is a work in progress built with conscious choices to let go of expectations, release fears, empower herself, and embrace how the body changes as an exquisite resource. From conception to motherhood, the childbearing year is a transformative period in a woman’s life. Her time to tune into her heart, turn into her body’s wisdom, and bliss out with divinely supported motherhood. Join Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Laura Burgin for this prenatal yoga series that will help you tap into your divine motherhood. Each week you will be concentrating on the areas that most benefit from yoga while pregnant. You will also learn tools to help with breathing, to help you stay present and mindful. $12 to walk in, or use your class package to attend.
Community Day Classes to benefit MOPS
- 2:00 p.m. – Yoga with Laura
- 3:15 p.m. – Meditation with Petti
Our COMMUNITY day 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. The recipient of your donations this month will be Cookeville MOPS, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of every mother of preschoolers. The basic principles of MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers) are: welcoming ALL women, mentoring, leadership development, honest conversation, relevant teaching, creative activities & childcare. To learn more about Cookeville MOPS, visit: http://www.mops.org/groups/cookevillemops.
Wednesdays @ 5:30, starting August 10
With Stephanie. Four Weeks Only! Join us for this special meditation series, drawn from the kundalini tradition. These meditations will help students to improve memory, command the tattvas (5 elements), and differentiate the negative, positive, and neutral minds. These are meditations to clear the subconscious, increase mental clarity, and encourage presence. 35-45 minutes. $12 to walk-in or use your class package to attend.
- Session 1 – Kirtan Kriya for Memory
- Session 2 – Negative, Positive & Neutral Mind
- Session 3 – Commanding the 5 Tattvas (elements)
- Session 4 – Gong Meditation
Thursdays @ 10:00 a.m., starting August 11
With Laura. Four Weeks Only! 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.
Pilates Equipment Circuit
Thursdays @ 5:30, starting August 11
With Jan & Petti. Advance registration for this enrollment series is required. Join us for this fun and fast-paced class, that moves you through exercise sequences on four different pieces of Pilates equipment: Reformer, Tower, Chair & Barrel. This class is team-taught by two comprehensively certified Pilates teachers. Limited to 6 participants. Pilates experience on the equipment is a must. Five sessions; $100. Make-ups are not available. Please call or email the studio to enroll.
MFR (MyoFascial Release) Yoga
Saturday, August 20 @ 10:30 a.m.
Do you enjoy the deep stretch of yin yoga? Or the deep relaxation of restorative yoga? If so, you will simply love this special session with guest teacher Sheri Brimm, P.T., an Advanced 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. 2 hours. Space is limited; prepayment reserves your spot. $25 to walk-in, or use 2 off your class package to attend.
Tuesday, August 23 & 30 @ 5:30 p.m.
Two Weeks Only! Sheri Brimm, PT is excited to be partnering with Synergy to offer this special class in myofascial self-treatment. Class will feature gentle 'unwinding' techniques (lying, sitting, and standing), including myofascial stretches, relaxing supported yoga poses, self-rebounding, and body awareness. MFR encourages "Letting Go" of tension, holding patterns, and emotions. Participants will be instructed in basic positions or postures, and they are encouraged to "unwind" where they feel the need for optimal release in their bodies. Modifications will be given for all exercises and postures. 50 min.
Yoga for Athletes
Saturday, August 27 @ 9:00 a.m.
With Nicole.One Time Only! 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, RYT, recreational athlete and runner, and Level-1 certified CrossFit coach. No yoga experience required. 45-50 min. $12 to walk-in or use your class package to attend.
Sunday, August 28 @ 4:00 p.m.
With Petti. 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.
Studio Etiquette: Parking
Parking is available in the church lot next to our building (we have an arrangement with the church that allows for this), however we ask that you please do not park in the church lot on Tuesdays,due to the traffic from their weekly food pantry ministry. Parking is also available in the two public lots across the street by Dogwood Park (next to Borden's Jewelers and Outdoor Experience). Parallel parking on Broad Street is only availableafter 5 p.m.(Those spots are reserved for the street level businesses from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Now Enrolling: Meditation for Beginners
Wednesdays @ 5:30 p.m., September 21 - October 26
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. These studies have shown that meditation can help you sleep better, enhance your immunity, and even reduce chronic pain. This is your chance to begin a life-changing journey! Absolutely no experience necessary. Taught by MMI Certified Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher, Petti Groth. $120. Early Bird discount $20 OFF.
Hope to see you in the studio soon!