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All Synergy instructors teach exclusively at our studio. They are required to hold a current certification in a mind/body discipline from a nationally accredited organization, a current CPR certification, current professional liability insurance, and a minimum of 100 hours of teaching in their chosen discipline.

Petti Groth, ERYT-500, PMA-CPT

Since 2007, Petti has been a full-time mind/body teacher, and the proprietor of Synergy Studio in Cookeville, Tennessee.

Petti is a fully credentialed & certified teacher in Yoga and Pilates,* and is a Certified Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher. “These disciplines have given me a non-threatening and non-competitive way to maintain health and balance in my mind, body and spirit. It is a great gift to have discovered these precious ‘life tools,’ and I want to share that with other people."

Rather than following the traditional approach of identifying clients’ imperfections or weaknesses, and setting goals to "fix" them, Petti takes a holistic mind-body approach. She states, “The key is starting with gratitude. All of our challenges are simply an opportunity to grow, and all of our desires for change are God-given. They spur us onto the path to our best self.” Petti helps her clients place the emphasis on their journey, rather than the destination.

As a result of a personal injury that created severe chronic pain, and prevented her from practicing the forms of movement she so passionately loves, Petti began to question what was next for her as a teacher. A meditator for more than a decade, she began to cling to her morning “quiet time” as a lifeline. Led to explore further in her personal practice, and to have a credential that allowed her to share mindfulness and meditation with her clients, she enrolled in a 200-hour Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher training program under the direction of Sarah McLean. In  2014, she graduated from the McLean Meditation Institute of Sedona. “Meditation has been a great gift to me, and I am excited about teaching these techniques to my students. I’ve come full circle,” says Groth. “Meditation is an integral part of mind/body practice; it makes our physical practices—and our entire life—fuller and richer. It’s a wonderful tool for cultivating acceptance and peace."

Petti is currently teaching meditation, mindfulness, and therapeutic movement sessions at Synergy. She is accepting a limited number of private clients and duets, with physician or therapist referral. Petti is also available for retreats, special events, and on-site employee training. Please e-mail or phone the studio for pricing and details.

In 2014, Petti received ERYT-500 (Experienced RYT) status from the Yoga Alliance. In 2012, she graduated from the 500-hour program at Yoga Teachers School of Excellence in Jackson, Tennessee. Additionally, she has studied with many popular yoga teachers in the last decade, including Cyndi Lee, Jill Miller, K. Lea Gifford, Doug Swenson, Elise Browning Miller, Baxter Bell M.D., Mary Paffard, Carrie Gaynor, Chase Bossart and Rebecca Dennis. Petti also had the privilege of attending the first ever Yoga Alliance Professional Development conference in 2011, where she had the opportunity to study with many gifted teachers including Devarshi Steven Hartman of the Kripalu School, Siddhi Ellinghoven, Dr. David Frawley, Rhadeya Michael Plasha, and Lilias Folan.

Petti completed a Pilates studio apprenticeship program in 2007, accruing over 1000 hours of Pilates teacher training.  This work was under the direction of PMA certified mentor and teacher trainer, Susan Butkus. Since 2007, Petti has held a Certified Pilates Teacher status with the Pilates Method Alliance®* and she regularly attends their conferences to study with popular Pilates teachers from many lineages. She is also a graduate of the Pilates Excel program, a secondary education program for experienced Pilates trainers and studio owners, and has completed a Pilates-specific cadaver anatomy lab, under the instruction of Dr. Rebecca Love at the naturopathic medical school of Bastyr University in Washington. She has the privilege of hosting and studying with Ruth Alpert, master Pilates teacher and creator of the BodEase method, once a year. Petti has also completed two Thomas Myers' Anatomy Trains courses: Body Reading, and Myofascial Meridians for Movement Therapists.

Petti also serves on the faculty of a Yoga Alliance accredited Yoga Teacher Training program in Nashville, TN and also a Pilates Method Alliance endorsed comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training program in Bowling Green, KY.

*PMA-CPT (Certified Pilates Teacher) - The Pilates Method Alliance® is the certifying organization for Pilates Teachers worldwide, assuring professional standards for education, safety, and teaching in the Pilates industry.For more information:

*ERYT-500 - Yoga Alliance® is the national education and support organization for yoga in the United States, working in the public interest to ensure that there is a thorough understanding of the benefits of yoga, that registered teachers of yoga value its history and traditions, and that the public can be confident of the quality and consistency of instruction.