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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.

Fine Tune Your Asana: T26 Posture Clinic January 10!

January 10 @ 1 p.m. with Dawn Thierry

This posture clinic provides a breakdown of 26 classical yoga postures, and will benefit beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. Postures from the Bikram Hot Yoga series will be reviewed, in order, with basic anatomy, alignment refinements, and therapeutic benefits. Safe transitions into and out of the postures will be included. Students will discover what parts of the posture should be given more emphasis, and why. Proper hand and foot placement will be given, as well as mudras (symbolic hand positions) and their meanings. Alignment and rationales are emphasized in an environment that allows break down of every asana. 2 1/2 hours. $35, or use 3 classes off your class package to attend. Current class package holders may prebook their slot by signing in on the online class schedule for January 10, or using the MindBody Online Connect App on your smart phone.

Now Enrolling: More to Love Pilates - Starts Jan 12!

NEW! Enrollment Class with Jenny Drake. Finally, a special class designed for those of us who have a little "More to Love!" Are you "fluffy" size? Or... recovering from an injury/surgery? Or...never exercised, and don’t know where to start? Then this class is PERFECT for you! This six-week course offers a gradual introduction to Pilates on the mat with modifications built into each and every exercise so everyone can be comfortable right where they are, yet achieve successful movement. Each lesson builds on the week before. Class meets Mondays @ 5 p.m. for six weeks. Advance registration required. $80. There are no make-ups for this class, but if you miss a class, you will receive a voucher for any class on our regular schedule. WE PROMISE:

New Year's Resolution: Learn to Meditate!

Wednesday, January 14 @ 5:30 p.m.

Intro to SEED (Simple Easy Every Day) Meditation

Join us for a presentation about the 5 Essentials of Meditation followed by a short meditation, discussion, and Q&A. It's so simple anybody can do it--really! 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 mediators have lowered cholesterol, lowered blood pressure, decreased anxiety and depression, lessened ADHD symptoms, normalized blood sugar, improved mood, increased immunity, 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! 50-60 min. No experience necessary. Chairs are available. Walk in for $12 or use your class package to attend.

Need a Reference for Home?

The Simple Easy Every Day Meditation Method book, by the founder of the McLean Meditation Institute of Sedona, outlines a non-intimidating, step-by-step approach for developing a meditation practice. Now available at the front desk for $10, including tax.

Challenge Your Body & Your MIND in the New Year

New Year, New Way of Thinking- With the new year, inevitably we all begin to think about what we would like to do MORE of. We think about adding a new hobby, more achievements; we set goals for our work, our home and our personal lives. With renewed energy, we make a list with great intention, and strive, strive, strive to achieve it...Until our energy runs low. Until we catch that first cold of the winter. Until our lives are not our own. Until we have no time for ourselves or our families. Until we simply lose our mental and emotional steam. By the end of the year, precious few of the new things we intended are actually done. Is this perhaps nature’s way of preserving our health, or our sanity?

Simplicity Statements- So this year, at Synergy, we propose to you, that perhaps you reject the idea making of New Year’s Resolutions. But instead, consider a Simplicity Statement. Begin by identifying the things in your life that are your highest unchanging priorities. Without doubt, the truest indication of where your heart lies is where you spend your time. Thich Nhat Hanh has been quoted in an interview saying, “We are either pursuing success, or we are pursuing simplicity.” Hmmmm. Simplicity may actually bring the “more” that we seek by creating the ability to experience the precious moments of our lives. By not adding one more activity, making one more phone call, taking one more trip, making one more unnecessary commitment, we actually gain a bit more freedom to live peacefully and enjoy the time we have. John Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, calls this process "doing non-doing."

Wisdom, not Laziness- Just to clarify, this is NOT an excuse for lethargy or laziness. This is a call to efficiency. As many of you have discovered in the disciplines of yoga and Pilates MORE is not always better. Unless it is more focus, more balance, or becoming more centered. In our studio, students often experience how the tiniest of adjustments, with simply a small physical tweak, change of focus, or reframing of how we visualize a movement, can unleash a more powerful version of the exercise for your body. Others work themselves into a frazzled state of exhaustion at the gym in pursuit of “fitness,” leaving their bodies drained, and often hurting. By the same token, as seasoned mind/body practitioners have experienced, a focused workout, applying full concentration, can deliver an efficient, full body workout in a short period of time. Thisdoesn'tcome from rushing through the exercises; but to the contrary, it comes from paying full attention and moving mindfully.

The Body as a Metaphor- As we remind ourselves frequently, the purpose of our practice is to bring body and mind into harmony. Let the body serve as a metaphor for the changes we wish to see in our lives. Once you have defined what is important to you, rather than thinking in terms of whatmoreto do, perhaps look with newer, more objective eyes at your life and determine what steps might simplify your schedule. Remember, these do not have to be sweeping changes to have a monumental effect over time. Embrace even small adjustments as pathways to growth. Just think, if you evolve your life by making manageable lifestyle changes little by little, there will be no need for new year’s resolutions anymore! Making choices that bring your life into alignment with what is meaningful and important to you will be empowering in myriad ways, not the least of which is increased energy and decreased stress.

Let go of Judgment– Everyone has a different natural energy level, so remember not to compare what is right for others to what feels right to you. We will always have weeks that are a challenge; weeks when we are busier than we would like to be. It is important to view the transition as a journey, versus a “quick trip.” Shake the dust off after a bad day/week/month, and continue, remembering that consistency is the key. As yoga teacher Baron Baptiste likes to say, “repetition is the mother of mastery.” A lifestyle of simplicity will arm us with the resilience to survive those occasional weeks with a bit more grace, whereas a lifestyle of continual busy-ness leaves little room for recovery. Our reward for having patience with ourselves, the courage to change our routine, and the discipline to make new choices, is that someday our efforts will yield more time for relaxation, reflection and self-care, as well as involvement in activities and causes that reflect the true you.

Join Us in January!– Join in and write your Simplicity Statement down at the studio! We will post these on our Inspiration Wall during the month of January to give us all encouragement. (We can also seal it up in an envelope if you would rather not share it with others). Or perhaps you’d like to share an inspirational quote or photograph that spurs you on to your highest Self. At the end of this month, we can “plant” all of our resolutions into the earth together, so they can grow throughout the coming years!

Welcome to 2015! And with the new year, comes a full class schedule, full of new opportunities for you to grow and evolve toward your wellness goals. Click on the Class Schedule link above to view all our classes. For class descriptions, simply click on the class name.

NEW in January...

Yoga 101: The Foundations of Practice – Now Enrolling!

Wednesdays @ 5:30 p.m.; Six sessions, starting February 11

Join Petti Groth, ERYT-500, for this six week intensive. Come and learn why yoga has been a popular fitness discipline for body and mind for over 5000 years! Beginners and experienced practitioners alike will learn about the history and origin 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 Synergy yoga classes, and will be armed with enough information to embark on a personal yoga practice. Whether you are a complete beginner, or just wanting a refresher course, this class will have something for you! $99.
*A certain number of slots are reserved for Synergy private clients and those who have taken this course before. If this is the case, you may use your class package to attend, but advance registration is required. Cancellation policy applies.

Pilates Semi-Private Equipment Sessions!

These sessions are limited in size, and meet at set times, like our mat classes. Designed for our more experienced Pilates students, these sessions feature challenging workouts on the equipment. Prior experience on the equipment is a MUST. Prerequisite: A minimum of 3 private sessions with a Synergy trainer, and specific experience on the pieces of equipment used in the class (Tower/Chair/Spine Corrector). Space is VERY limited. Pay in advance and get 5 for $100, or pay as you go for $25 per session. OR, you can even use your current mat class package (which is now interchangeable)—each equipment class uses TWO off your regular class package. If you have a current class package, you can reserve your slots online, or sign-up using the Mind/Body Connect app on your mobile device. Advanced sign-up is required. Cancellation policy applies. Enrollment is open up to 30 days in advance for each of these classes:

This program was created to help us serve more clients, and to provide an economical complement to private/duet sessions. This allows our clients to have more access to the equipment more often, for less $$. Please help us by supporting it!

Welcome Back Carla & Laura!

Carla's Power Yoga returns to the Saturday morning 8:00 a.m. time slot this month, and Laura will return to her 6:00 p.m. Monday evening vinyasa class, starting January 12! We welcomed little Lucia Hurt back at Thanksgiving, and Laura gave birth to the handsome and healthy 8 lb 6 oz Oliver Burgin on Dec 15! Both of these new moms were kept quite busy during December! We have missed them both during their maternity leave, and welcome them back with excitement in the new year!

Studio Etiquette Tip #5: Stow Your Stuff

Please do not bring purses and belongings into the studio rooms. If you are concerned about the safety of your belongings, we offer lockers with locks in the hallway by the bathroom. We also offer hooks and cubbies in the front lobby.

Synergy To Go! (on your Mobile Device)

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… Remember 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.

Coming Soon....

Detox Workshop with Laura; A 2-hour Restorative Yoga session with Petti; Special Guest Teacher events, and more!