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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, 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.

It's Back to School Time...

...and that means you might have a little more STRESS...right? What better way to maintain balance and remain centered through this busy time, than to visit our studio! From special programming and workshops, to our extensive regular weekly class schedule, there's something for everybody this fall 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 lots of great mind/body info, and reminder posts about what is coming up during the month!

August Workshops:

Prenatal Yoga Workshop with Laura
August 15 @ 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 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 am 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! 90 minutes. No yoga experience necessary. $25. Current class package holders may use 2 off their package to attend.
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.

MFR Toolbox for Self Treatment, with Sheri Brimm, PT
Sunday, August 16 @ 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. $25 or use 2 classes off your current class package to attend.

Yin for Athletes Workshop, with Nicole
Saturday, August 22 @ 1:00 p.m.
Are you an endurance athlete (runner, cyclist, triathlete, tennis player, etc.)? Would you like to relieve tension, gain flexibility and mobility, recover faster, or prevent injury? Then Yin yoga is for you! Through the repetitive movements of these activities, tension and tightness in the body can arise. Adding yin yoga as a supplement to your training can potentially create more space in the joints, and an overall "opening" in the body. In this workshop, you'll be introduced to the practice of yin yoga, a quiet, yet subtly intense form of yoga which is intended to target the deeper spaces in the body, such as ligaments, joints, fascia and other connective tissues. You'll be given instruction on several yin postures that are beneficial to opening common tight areas like the hips and hip flexors, quadriceps and hamstrings, as well as how and when to incorporate them into your training regime. Finally, we'll go through a yin yoga sequence together so you can experience a complete practice. No previous yoga experience is necessary. 90 minutes. $20.

Gentle Chakra Yoga with Petti
Sunday, August 23 @ 4:00 p.m.
(Don't worry--4th Sunday Restorative will return next month) If you've been enjoying restorative, yin, or therapeutic yoga, this gentle practice would make a nice addition! This session, highlighting the yogic or energetic anatomy, is appropriate for all levels. Begin with deep breathing, then flow through simple breath-connected yoga sequences to balance the chakras. Finish with a guided meditation. These gentle stretches and postures are designed and sequenced to release tension, increase energetic awareness, and restore a sense of balance to body & mind. This is a beneficial practice, and a great chakra system primer, for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. No experience necessary. 90-100 min.

For Beginners! Now Enrolling:

Introduction to Yoga with Petti
Saturday, August 29 @ 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. If you decide to purchase a 10-class package, this class may count as the first two of the package. 90 min. $25. For this class, you may reserve your spot using our online schedule, even if you do not have a prepaid account.

Pilates Introductory Series with Jan
Wednesdays @ 6:30 p.m., Starting September 5
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 – 9/5
• Introduction to Tower – 9/12
• Introduction to Reformer – 9/19
• Introduction to Chair – 9/26

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.

Meditation for Beginners with Petti
Wednesdays @ 5:30 p.m., starting September 16
(We apologize that the time was listed incorrectly as 5 p.m. in the newsletter)

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! Lessons will be 60-75 minutes in length and will include group activities and discussion. 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 & journaling assignments. Absolutely no experience necessary. Chairs are available. Six Sessions; $120. Early bird discount: $100 if registered before August 31.

*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, but please register in advance. Cancellation policy applies.

On the Regular Schedule:

Total Body Pilates with Petti
Wednesdays @ noon
By request, we’re bringing back this class that stretches and strengthens your whole body! Start with a warm up on the stability ball. Strengthen your upper body with weights, the Pilates way. Complete a series of challenging abdominal exercises and back extensions. Flow through a series to tone and firm the legs & buttocks using the Magic Circle. Improve your balance, flexibility & posture. This special sequence will challenge your body & mind, and help you achieve a long, lean Pilates Body. Pilates experience is recommended. 60 min.

1st Friday Vinyasa with Nicole
August 7 @ 5:30 p.m.
Make the transition from work-week to weekend with a fun, free-flowing vinyasa class that offers a lot of challenge and a little bit of chill. With intricate and creative flows, come prepared to hit your mat for stamina-building asanas, a few laughs, and a final sweet surrender. All set to a funky playlist, and heated to a warm 85 degrees, this class offers the opportunity for challenge and will always be super fresh and fun. Some yoga experience required. This class only meets on the first Friday of the month. 60-75 min.

Pilates for Everyone with Jenny
Tuesdays @ 5:30, starting August 18
This class is for everyone who would like to experience the joy of Pilates! Combining stretching, strengthening and muscle control, Pilates exercises can help to align the spine, improve posture, stabilize joints, and increase vitality. Modifications are included for each and every exercise so anyone, from newbie to the most experienced, can participate on a level where they are comfortable, yet challenged. 45 min.

Community Day, September 13

This month we will meet on the SECOND Sunday, due to the Labor day holiday. All proceeds for our community classes will go to the Friends of Cookeville/Putnam County Animals. Normally, 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.
• 2:00 Yoga with Nicole
• 3:15 Meditation with Petti

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 bring some new faces into the studio by sharing our Facebook page with your friends!

There's an App for That!

...Seeing our schedule, that is. 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.

Please Share the Word

If you are enjoying our studio, and know others who would be interested in our goings-on, please be kind enough to share your experience with them. It is through testimonials of our satisfied clients, and their willingness to recommend our studio to others, that we continue to grow. We sincerely THANK YOU!

See you on the Mat!

The Synergy Staff