Synergy Yoga and Pilates is YOUR LOCAL Wellness Studio. Established in 2012, Synergy provides a range of experiences for our local Adelaide Community and beyond. Business owner and Manager Monique Leverington has over 7 years experience as a teacher and 1400 hours of Yoga, Pilates and Mindfulness accredited training hours. This studio is one of the few in Adelaide that specialises in Yin/Vinyasa/Restorative/Pilates/Teacher Training/Mindfulness (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)/Retreats and host of popular International and National Teacher Trainers. All instructors are highly skilled and qualified, senior teachers who have a range of qualifications in yoga/yin/vinyasa/hatha/restorative/mindfulness/pilates/barre and PT. Yoga and Pilates offer many physical and mental benefits. Providing overall strength, flexibility, mobility, hydration, core tone, emotional and mental health and well being.

Yoga is an ancient  physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline which originated in India. There is a broad variety of schools, practices and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism. Pilates movement and poses were introduced by Joseph Pilates, many of the poses that were originally performed by Joseph Pilates target key core areas and aimed to target bad posture, inefficient breathing. Pilates was a gymnast and body builder, as he began to devise his own system known as “Contrology”, he also studied yoga movement and movement  of animals hence we can see many similarities across the original Pilates method in Yoga movement. He later developed specific core exercises that would go on to become known as “Pilates”. Training dancers and performing artists in the USA.

What are the known benefits of movement and yoga?


The origins of Yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India’s ascetic circles, which are also credited with the early sramana movements.


Many studies have tried to determine the effectiveness of yoga as a complementary intervention for cancer, schizophrenia, asthma, and heart disease. The results of these studies have been mixed and inconclusive, with cancer studies suggesting none to unclear effectiveness, and others suggesting yoga may reduce risk factors and aid in a patient’s psychological healing process.


Yoga came to the attention of an educated western public in the mid-19th century along with other topics of Indian philosophy. In the context of this budding interest, N. C. Paul published his Treatise on Yoga Philosophy in 1851. According to Jacobsen, “Yoga has five principal meanings:

  • Yoga as a disciplined method for attaining a goal
  • Yoga as techniques of controlling the body and the mind
  • Yoga as a name of one of the schools or systems of philosophy (darśana)
  •  Yoga in connection with other words, such as “hatha-, mantra-, and laya-,” referring to traditions specialising in particular techniques of yoga
  • Yoga as the goal of Yoga practice
  1. Yoga as a disciplined method for attaining a goal;
  2.  Yoga as techniques of controlling the body and the mind;
  3. Yoga as a name of one of the schools or systems of philosophy (darśana);
  4.  Yoga in connection with other words, such as “hatha-, mantra-, and laya-,” referring to traditions specialising in particular techniques of yoga;
  5.  Yoga  to YUJ or unite connection with mind/body is the goal of Yoga practice

Various forms of Yoga Movement (Asana – when prounounced sounds like AH-SA-NAH) At Synergy we teach the following styles of movement

Yoga – A traditional Yoga class where we meet breath, body, mind and create a balanced practice that focuses on flexibility of body and mind, strength and stability, balance and essence. This class is for beginners to those who have a practice. All welcome. Modifications provided. All levels – RE-NEW

Warm Flow Vinyasa – This vinyasa class is all about building strength, stability, balance and harmony. A heart-warming practice flowing and paced from one breath to one pose, enhancing breath awareness, body and mind connection. Salute the Sun with us and Re-Invigorate your soul. RE-INVIGORATE – Not suitable for those who have never practiced yoga previously (fast paced)

Mindful Yin Yoga  – is a long, slow, deep, cool practice that provides you with grounded poses held typically for 2-5 minutes at a time. This allows us to stay and sort out any issues with our tissues, soak and marinade our connective tissues, joints,myo-fascial body bringing awareness to sensations in body and connecting mind to body. Mindfulness and Meditation is scattered throughout this delicious practice to enhance the benefits of slowing down the sympathetic nervous system. To take you from fight or flight to read and digest.
RE-JUVENATING. All levels. Pregnancy OK as long as no contraindications.

Yoga Therapy A therapeutic and mindful class, great for all levels beginners/pregnancy/or those wishing to increase flexibility of mind and body, enhancing mobility, reducing stress, engaging in meditation and mindful movement practices. Focus is on mind, body connection through breath, ease and stability. This class includes practices such as Yin Yoga, Roll and Release Yoga, Gentle flow, and Restorative Yoga/ All levels – RE-STORE

Dynamic Core Flow (45 and 60mins) ALL ABOUT THE CORE, This 45 or 60 minute class is all about building strength. A fusion class that blends Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Barre & Pilates based principles. Be prepared to work in this class and to come away feeling energised. Butts and Tums, legs and arms. A whole body workout infused with some High Intensity to help you shred and build strength. RE-CHARGE
All levels-High intensity. Providing modifications for those just starting out.

Yin and Yang A Beautifully balanced class between the Yin and the Yang, beginning with a vigorous and joyful flowing practice and finishing with long, slow, deeper held poses of You connecting mind,body and soul. This one ticks all the boxes if you’re not sure how you’re feeling and what you need. Movement and Stillness a potent mix. All bases covered.
RE-INVIGORATING-All levels welcome.

Yoga Fundamentals (Building solid foundations 10 x week term for beginners and those wishing to refine their practice). This wonderful 10 week Term courses provide those that are new to yoga with the fundamentals of yoga practices. Week by week you will learn the foundations of the principles of yoga, breathwork, focus (gaze), functions of your anatomy (we are all different), essence of the practice, integration of breath, body and mind and yoga philosophies. This practice is known to be 1000’s of year old. We would like to give it the credit it deserves and honor its foundations with you so that you may get to know your body through your movement and practice with confidence and ease. This course is also suitable for those already practicing yoga but want to immerse themselves and deepen their own personal practice.

Mindfulness and Meditation (mindfulness based stress reduction 8 week program)Mindfulness is a spiritual or psychological faculty that according to the teachings of Buddha. Mindfulness invites us to become aware of the reality of things, the present moment, you may have heard is a focus of this reality, so that we may gain clarity over the nature of reality and our thoughts. Since before the time of Buddha man has been curious about our mind/body connection. So it continues, into the 21st century with Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity being a focus of many research based studies to better understand the workings of the mind. Research and science has been able to measure and prove that meditation and present moment awareness practices, have a direct impact on our health and wellbeing. If we are to re-learn how to connect to present moment experiences we are better able to increase the connection and workings of this part of our brain known as the pre-frontal cortex and its response. Living in a ‘fast’ paced world means we are constantly struggling with the “fight or flight” response that is inherently part of our brain system. This means our “response’ system goes offline and our “reactive” system in Online. Over time if there is less time for Rest and Digest we begin to feel as though we are constantly on edge or some may even begin to feel Anxious and restless, less able to cope, rushed, reactive and frankly just exhausted all the time?
Does this sound familiar?
This 8 week course has been designed by world experts such as Jon Kabat Zinn in line with Evidence Based Research and ancient old teachings to assist each of us to “live” more in the present. Cope with the busy-ness of our daily lives and practice with awareness. Research has shown that a minimum of 8 weeks of regular practice begins to change the way our brain wires and fires and the overall activity of our brain. This is quite remarkable. Hence, the 8 week course will assist you in bringing to light your own formal and informal practices to enhance life long skills and tools for stress reduction, health and well being.

I look forward to this very special journey with you.

Monique Leverington has spent lasat 4 years studying in Australia and Overseas to qualifiy as a mindfulness/meditation teacher. Enhancing her own dailiy practice and connection with mindfulness through yoga and meditation practices. Completeing 200 hr International qualification that is endorsed by Yoga Alliance UK, Bangor University and University of Massachesetts Medicine as Gold Standards. Monique also has a background in Behavioural Sciences, Mental health, Addictions, Cognitive Behavioural counselling and Adult Education. Qualifiying in Social Sciences, Addictions and Health Promotion, as well as a Post Graduate degree in Adult Education.

This is a certified course, run over a 8 week duration. 2.5 hours per week with a 1 day silent retreat during week 7. Total of 27 hours contact time.
Each week we will discover a little more about ourselves, building on our understanding of mindfulness, mind, body and formal, informal practices. Workshops include didactic group work, meditations, gentle yoga movement, open forum discussions and exercises.
By the end of the course you will have covered and explored the following topics:
Session 1 – What is mindfulness
Session 2 – Gathering the scattered mind – senses
Session 3 – What is stress? – becoming aware of our patterns and habits
Session 4 – Coping with Stress – practicing Mindfulness and our responses
Session 5 – Mindfulness of Thougts – where am I now? Thoughts are not facts
Session 6 – Mindfulness of Emotions – cultivating compassion
Session 7 – Cultivating Compassion – How can I best take care of myself
Session 8 – Creating a mindful life – One breath at a time

The course is offered each Thurs evening from 6-8:30 pm for 8 week duration – Session 7 we will also include a 1 day workshop/retreat (date to be advised)
You will be provided with a course manual, podcasts, weekly workshops and guidance, 1 day retreat which includes refreshments (you will need to bring your own lunch)

***Prerequisites – Introduction to Mindfulness for stress and anxiety” – With Monique
IMPORTANT – Mindfulness is not always suitable for everyone. Depending on the circumstances, if currently working with a mental health professional or Dr it is necessary to ensure you have a chat and gain clearance from your professional prior to attending the course. Please discuss with Monique prior to enrolling/registering if there are any concerns or clarifications.


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