Q: What is Synergy?
A. Synergy (pronounced SIN-ur-jee) comes from Greek “sunergia”, meaning “cooperation”, and sunergos, meaning “working together.” Synergy means the working together of many parts, so that the effects of the whole are greater than the sum of the efforts of the individual parts.
Synergy is a mind/body studio—a creative and collaborative space focused on helping individuals chart their personal paths to wellness and wholeness. It’s a safe, non-judgmental environment created specifically for mind/body discipline, with well-trained professionals providing instruction on an individual and group basis. Our mission is to provide high-quality mind/body programming in the Upper Cumberland region and to help create peace in our community. We serve clients of all levels, from beginners, to those recovering from illness or injury, to accomplished practitioners. We offer a diverse weekly class schedule, featuring yoga, Pilates, therapeutic-style movement, meditation and even a mind/body approach to strength training. We offer workshops, enrollment classes, and special events with guest teachers. Private and duet sessions are available by appointment. Semi-private sessions are available for Pilates. We also offer our 3100+ feet of studio space as a venue for community events. Come and experience Synergy!
Q: What is the difference between yoga and pilates?
A. Yoga is a series of static “poses” that flow together one after the other. Different poses concentrate on different areas of the body and their primary purpose may be to build flexibility, strength or balance. In yoga, it’s common to stay in a single pose for 5 full breaths or longer. Pilates, marries eastern and western fitness techniques. Many of the exercises are based on yoga postures and exercises consist of a small number of slow, controlled repetitions, therefore your body is continually moving.
Q: I am not a flexible person, so can I do yoga?
A. Yes! Most people don’t come to yoga classes because they are already flexible. A basic premise of yoga is that each student remain “in the moment,” which means that you are working at your own level. Each person is listening to their own body, and denying the urge to compare or compete.
Q: Can Pilates or yoga benefit me, even if I am already very fit? What about my spouse, who is a couch potato?
A: Yes! Anybody of an fitness level can benefit from yoga and Pilates. Athletes will benefit from the mind-body control learned through both of these disciplines, as well as the core strength gained from PIlates practice. Additionally, the flexibility gained from yoga acts as an injury preventer in any sport or repetitive motion. As for beginners, there are at least 3 versions of every yoga pose, and you simply need to learn the appropriate modification for your level of ability at any given time.
Q: Can I bring my children to classes at the studio? Do you offer child care?
A: Unfortunately, we are unable to offer child care. The minimum appropriate age for children to participate in classes is 12 years old, except for special instances, which would be designated in the course description (i.e. Mommy & Me, or Kid’s Yoga). All of our programming is primarily designed for adults and the environment of a mind/body studio is intended to be tranquil and free from distractions. Therefore all students should be of an age that they can fully focus and participate for the entire length of the class.
Q: I am recovering from a recent back injury and have heard that Pilates is beneficial. Is this true?
A: Yes! Pilates is renowned with physical therapists for its rehabilitative benefits. In fact, the Pilates method originated as a rehabilitative method of sorts. Pilates helps to develop spinal flexibility and core strength. The development of a strong “powerhouse” can protect your back and may also prevent future injuries.