October Studio & Yoga Studio

How can we be in October timetable already!!! The concept of time is so different as the years go by and with all the last few years of uncertainty. What is certain though is that I am always here for you running soul gratifying classes so we can sense greater peace in our bodies, mind and soul.

Session titles are merely a guide and are far much rich and layered than the title.

Online Studio – Yoga Studio- Face to face- Pop ups- Retreats/Workshops

OCTOBER 1-28, NO CLASS OCTOBER 11TH.

Monday

9:30am Power Hour – integral practices using body weight, weights, bands for resistance or repetition to amp up your session

Wednesday

8:00am Pilates & Props

these may be bands, cushions, belts, hoops, blocks, chairs etc bring what you have.

7:00pm Move, unwind and relax

an integral session to move, strengthen and then unwind from the day with a relaxation sessional the end, bring your blankets, eye masks

Thursday

9:30am Pilates

Working through the repertoire and variations, optional use of props to help or challenge can be used

Friday

9:00am Garuda

except to move in all directions, roll around, play twister!, be challenged, open ,close, arc and curl

10:45 Restore, Rejuvenate & Reset

this is the most gentle of all the session, whether you are tired, stressed, wanting to nurture, have an injury, or just love the balance. Please bring cushions, blankets, eye masks, this session can be very varied, with use of gentle movement, self massage, meditation and sometimes gongs or crystal bowls. leaving you relaxed and calm with ease of mind, body, soul.

Monthly pass or pay as you go.

YOGA STUDIO

Tuesday

7:00am Flow

The whole body, mind and soul will be moved through an asana practice, using bricks and yoga strap, breath awareness and savasana

Thursday

7:00am Calm

Slower, gentle session, restoratives, breath awareness, meditation, move gently into asanas, use of props- bricks, yoga strap, and end in savasana.

pay as you go or Yoga Monthly pass

please enquire for investment fees, and monthly passes and bonuses.

in all sessions you are reminded to go within, to feel, listen, be curious and be respectful to your own architecture and emotional wellbeing. Every time we show up on the mat, we are a different combination of feelings, wellness, mental, emotional and physical ability, so moving with that guidance is paramount for your best experience and outcome.

Online Studio – pay as go, monthly pass, monthly premium,

Yoga Studio- pay as go, monthly pass, monthly premium,

Ananda Passfull studio pass for both online Studio and Yoga Studio

Face to face sessions

Tuesday Mortehoe 9:30am & 7:00pm

Pop up monthly sessions coming soon for Movement(Pilates/Yoga/Garuda) & Gong & SoundBaths

Retreats and Workshops

please keep a look out on the website, instagram and Facebook for dates and details

Much love,

with resonance

Sue xxx

please note

term dates October 1st- 1-28th

October 11th NO CLASS its birthday time off treat!

April, well hello there!!

Spring and Easter is right here and I feel like how did that happen?

The sun has been kind and have enjoyed the odd break to feel a little of the sun rays on my face in-between my schedules. Restrictions are being lifted and people are starting to appear in the streets and beaches.

How do you feel about that?

Does it fill you with apprehension or joy?

Life has changed, people are choosing new ways to approach things and we are all still finding our feet.

I know lots of things have changed for me, and it is partly scary and partly exciting, as what will unfold.

I have no idea and I can only go with the flow and see what reveals itself, as they say one door has to shut for another to open, and whether that’s instant or slow and takes time I shall endeavour to know it will all be ok!

April term is all ready to go, with Pilates, Garuda, Franklin Method and Power Hour on the payment plan and Meditation and Yoga are available as pay as you go or a course, please enquire.

May is being worked on with hopefully some early morning Yoga slotted in to start your day the right way before work or a day entertains the children, grandchildren or yourselves.

May Coastal Retreat is FULLY BOOKED and hopefully will go ahead, 4 had to be cancelled over the last 12 months so I am excited for this to go ahead, to share time and space with beautiful people.

I shall be planning another for October/November in North Devon if you would like to be notified please get in touch.

SoundBaths are being scheduled along the way with different flavours and themes. on line aswell as in life realtime, yayyyy so excited to share these with you.

Private sessions available in live in my Woolacombe Studio, online and also monthly in Bristol starting soon.

So everyone, lets keeping hoping and being positive that we can move forward, we can see loved ones again, we can a coffee time, dinner, and even cuddles in the near future.

love to all

Sue x

Valentine Retreat

I am so excited to share this event and to be able to work with my lovely friend Juliette.

We would love you to join us on our first, of hopefully many events. This will be on zoom, staying safe through these challenging times, so what better than gift yourself some YOU time for Valentines!❤️

We will be offering a beautiful morning of

Pilates, Garuda, Nutrition, Sound Meditation with love and giggles in the mix!😊

09:15 am Meet, connect, say hello

09:30- Pilates Mat – Juliette

A Pilates mat session with Juliette  to start the morning and wake up those bodies. Taking a contemporary approach to her movement, Juliette will lead you through 45 minutes of Pilates moves on your mat.

10:15 comfort break

10:30 Garuda Flow – Sue

Sue’s Garuda sequence of full spinal articulations to nourish discs and move all the joints of the spine. Fascial flow to create spaces in the tissues creating a more flexible and harmonious strong body. 

11:15 Comfort break and grab a drink, get comfy for your talk

11:30 Nutritional Nuggets– Juliette

Your nutritional session will be half an hour discussion, what really  is healthy eating? Myth busting the nonsense around not eating carbs. Juliette is very passionate about this topic, and believes toast gets a bad deal!! Bring a pen and notepad to jot down additional questions for Q&A

12:00 Comfort break, time to get your blankets, eye masks, run upstairs to lie on your bed and get super cosy

12.15 Guided and Sound Meditation– Sue

Join Sue (insight timer meditation teacher) on this Sound Bath of Himalayan Bowls, Crystal Bowls, Chimes & Percussion to help you drift into an altered state of consciousness to complete your wonderful day.

12:45 -13.15 Q&A on any subject (nutrition, exercise, wellbeing, advice) tea/coffee/cocoa and chance to share our experiences.

Please note these sessions are not suitable for anyone with sound epilepsy or in pregnancy.

we can’t wait to share the day with you! love Sue & Juliette

contact me sgpilatesuk@icloud.com

investment

£35 pp

Josephine Bush-SHE DID IT!!!!

Josephine Bush-congratulations!!!

She did it!!!

 

Josephine Bush, is the first British Woman to complete the Amundsen  Expedition in Norways Hardangervidda, known as the hardest ski race in the world!

100 km in only 50 hours and 55 mins pulling a 40kg pulk.

We are so proud of you!

This is what she had to say,

“It’s a funny thing setting your sights on something, working towards it and then achieving it. There is a moment of quiet reflection always on the achievement. This event was gruelling and challenging in so many ways – the physical and mental demands are huge. You have to prepare well and not cut corners. Your body is your greatest asset so you work with it to push it forward beyond what you think it can do. Working with Sue Dawson was the string to my bow. I was physically fit – I had endurance ingrained in my muscles and cardio fitness. What I lacked though was solid core strength and stability. The meticulous nature of her Pilates training attuned me to my bodies imbalances. It helped me understand at a deep level how I was moving and enabled me to connect with small changes that made a huge difference. Such changes matter when you are pulling a 40kg pulk day and night over 100km. I finished the race with literally no aches or pains in the legs or back, something I had, prior to meeting Sue, contended with in training. So Pilates works. I’m proof!

And as to that end of race, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, as you realise that the real joy is the journey to get there. What you learn, who you meet and where that takes you.”

I love the last part, so profound and humbling!! it is always the journey!! and recognising that, is the key to happiness 🙌🏼⭐️

Thank you Josephine, its been a real pleasure working with you.

She has raised over 7k there is still time to donate to these worth while charities,

The Pilgrim Bandits and South West Childrens Hospice. –donate here

An Evening with Josephine

if you are interested in coming to meet Josephine, hear her story, her drive, what inspires her and so much more, we are arranging this to help raise money for her charities so da please get in touch so we can send you details as soon as they are scheduled.

sgpilatesuk@icloud.com

last Josephine  and SGPilates Blogs

Josephine-knowing how to help your body recover through a challenge

Josephine and Pilates Training

Josephine Bush PT session-balancing the systems

Inspirational Lady to be the first British Woman to…

 

 

 

MY WEEK, 6 DAYS AT THE GARUDA STUDIOS, MY PASSION…

Six full days of training from 9am to 6.30 pm at the Garuda Studios in London.
I feel amazing, I have spiralled and twisted, lengthened and undulated, hung upside down, pushed, pulled , flexed, extended on springs, straps, poles, paddles, bands and bricks.
I have trained with other instructors, coaches like myself from all over the world; Switzerland, Sweden, Korea, France , Brazil, Spain , Italy and Denmark.
What an enriching experience. A bonding of energies through movement. Our common ground.
Taking time to work on my own body for hours is such a privilege and a great reminder of how much my body loves to move. It’s something I have always done, from a young child to young adult learning martial arts, gymnastics, dance and athletics
Cycling around Europe in my early twenties. And then training To be a fitness coach from 1990. Competing In aerobic competitions just before I had my 2 beautiful babies, 23 years ago now! I still love teaching even now 28 years later.
I am so passionate about what I do, I am so passionate about helping others whether it is simply trying to be able to walk with ease after injury, be able to turn over in bed easier, to get rid of back or hip pain, to be able to reach up to the top kitchen cupboard, or whether it’s an athlete trying to gain more body awareness, more flexibility, more strength or balance, to be able to work well,so they get less injuries, to beat their personal goals and improve their PB’s. To a mother who just needs a break from the home and gain some ‘me time’. From the office worker who just wants to be able to be less stiff, or an insomniac to sleep better.
Movement should be a joy, a celebration, something that makes you feel alive and centred and connected back to your authentic self. A time to return home to the centre of your being. To escape the external pressures, a release of pent up frustration, pressures, rules.
Doesn’t that sound so amazing?! Is that your experience?
A reminder of the me time that is so important to our well being on so many levels and yet sometimes we got lost in doing stuff for everyone else we forgot about ourselves.
For me, that is true, sure I train and move everyday but I need that quality switch off time, where I go in my studio and shut out the world and just listen and honour my own bodies needs more. Yes more! I meditate daily several times a day if I can, sometimes for only short periods and sometimes hours but lets see if we can all make sure we stop and listen to what our bodies really need, not what we think we need, or what we have been told we should do or not do. To really stop, feel the response of what the body is really needing, more sleep? More flow? Better nutrition, meditation, family time, more space, less work, less online time. Get connected to the earth, grounding, barefoot outside. I was fortunate enough to rent a room for bodywork many many years ago with an inspiring man who taught me so much about earthing the self, he was so ahead of his time. Always so interesting, so thank you to him.

So guys, let make it our reality. Dance, sing, move and take time out.
Have a wonderful week 💕🧘🏻‍♀️GARUDA B HANG

Josephine-knowing how to help your body recover through a challenge

Our last week together before Josephine leaves for Norway.

Josephine’s challenge is to be the first British Woman to complete the Amundsen Expedition, known as the hardest ski race in the world! And I have the pleasure of training her over the last 2 months of prep to help her. We have been working on true core strength and resilience.

Todays 90 minute session we worked on techniques to help ⭐️rejuvenate, relax and restore⭐️.  One of my favourite sessions that I teach.

As a professional bodyworker I showed Josephine how to release tight muscles and tension by using her hands, body weight and also spiky balls (something I have promoted to all my clients, over the last 20 plus years, whether this is in Pilates sessions, restore or one-to-ones) for massage and acupressure points and through breathe and imagery. We discussed and practiced meditation and breath, and the relation between a tight psoas (hip flexor)  breath, stress, back stiffness, less resilient core and pelvic function. I showed Josephine bones and props to  help her have a clear mental imagery to help her improve the function of the psoas and diaphragm link when she practised her release conditioning exercises. and breath work.

Having her mind focused is so important she has to think clearly under such stress in order to survive the conditions and succeed in her challenge.  This is no ordinary race.  Josephine has a time pressure (it’s an endurance race), but also has to navigate in extremely dangerous situations, whilst cold, in the dark and with little or no rest.   She is in unknown territory, on her own, competing in an extreme physical test of her strength, endurance and determination to survive and succeed clarity and focus is not just needed it is essential.  So how do you maintain that clarity and focus under such pressure?

So practising Meditation and rhythmic breathing will help keep the pre frontal cortex optimally working for performance,  quick thinking, decision making, something that is impaired when stressed. Practicing these skills is equally important in both the rest and recuperation phase as well as the exertion phase. This is why  as part of your trying for such an extreme endurance event it is critical to learn how to rest and recuperate properly and effectively. This is an area, in my experience where most athletes and most of us in general, could increase there performance of many levels by focusing on these areas. After all muscle is built and healing takes place when the body is in a rested state.

Josephine, I send you off with so much love, energy and the best of all my knowledge and wish you success and ease! I cannot wait for your return to gear all about it!!

If you would like to hear more, please contact me and we will let you know when we arrange

⭐️An evening with Josephine⭐️

a fund raising event to hear her story, an event you really must attend and see what inspires this amazing, lovely and humble lady!!!

contact me here sgpilatesuk@icloud.com

support Josephine and Donate here

josephine relax

 

 

 

 

Josephine and Pilates Training

With only a couple of weeks left until the hardest ski race in the world, Josephine is working hard dragging tyres around the hills of Wrington, Cleeve and Redhill prepping her for pulling the 40kg pulk around Norway’s Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau.

Josephine’s challenge is to be the first British Woman to complete the Amundsen expedition, known as the hardest ski race in the world! And I have the pleasure of training her over the last 2 months of prep to help her. We have been working on true core strength and resilience.

Strength comes from balancing all systems. Over the last two months, when I was introduced to Josephine, I have watched her move and how she moves, listened to her challenges and created plan of what would really help her the most. We are working on being flexible, resilient, balanced, using functional movement patterns, anatomy trains, facial slings, dynamic neuro cognitive imagery and somatics, integrating Pilates, Franklin Method, Bodywork and Garuda.

Josephine will be needing her body to be working efficiently so she can maximise her performance and endurance. She needs her body to move smoothly and well and not be in a tension state that just causes the body to be under more stress, not a good place to be if you want to be efficient or need to able to repair itself.  Moving well, For example tight hip flexors need to be conditioned to be more fluid which will then release tightness in the back and dysfunctional hip patterning. This is crucial to her when her core needs to be balanced and functioning well for walking and pulling the pulk. A tight psoas (hip flexor) will also impair breathing, not something anyone wants let alone when you will be challenged aerobically, under extreme stress and cold weather conditions! We mobilised her spine in all ranges, paramount for spinal health and disc health.

She is raising money for two wonderful charities: The South West Children’s Hospice and The Pilgrim bandits.

This is the link to her fund raising page:

Please support this awesome inspiring lady on this enormous challenge
Thank you 💕

look out for the next session, we have only one more until the big event!

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