Inspirational Lady to be the first British Woman to…

Josephine Bush

Josephine is taking on the enormous challenge of being the first British woman to complete the Amundsen Expedition, the hardest ski race in the world.

She will be pulling a 40kg pulk across the Hardangervidda in Norway on skis for 100km.

She will be facing all sorts of cold weather conditions as well as self navigating and supporting herself on the race.

She has been training for a year for this event.

You may have seen her pulling a tyre around the hills of Wrington, North Somerset.

The physical requirements of the challenge mean that she must have great balance, core strength and equal strength left and right side.

I have the absolute pleasure of working with Josephine to prepare her for this unique challenge.
I am training her to strengthen her body whilst making sure she has the right balance of ALL systems to support her, training her in somatics, teaching her techniques to support her mind and body through any situation or injury, creating a resilience that she will truly need in these tough conditions.

Follow her journey here with me in the studio, and how she gets on in Norway.

I will also be interviewing Josephine and she can tell you about her challenges, her fears, her drive, dedication and passion. And how Pilates is helping.

She is raising money for two wonderful charities:

The South West Children’s Hospice and The Pilgrim bandits.

Here is the link to her fund raising page:
https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Josephine.Bush1

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

 

So what does practice do within our brains to make us better at things?

 Mastering any physical skill, takes practice. Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal being improvement. Allowing us to perform with more ease, speed and confifidence.

So what does practice do within our brains to make us better at things? Find out here….

Another “must watch” from the brilliant TED-Ed

https://youtu.be/f2O6mQkFiiw

smile😁

When you next take a look in the mirror or catch a glance of yourself, try smiling and saying something nice about yourself!!! As if you have just seen a long lost friend for the first time. Have the same enthusiasm of being delighted to see yourself!!

Smile, the energy that radiates your being when you smile is outstanding. The warmth that emanates will encompass those around you. How can you not smile back at someone smiling at you? The same as if you smile at yourself, how will that make you feel?? Try it and see!! Inside you is a person that just wants to be loved, right? When you find love for yourself then you will truly move towards finding inner peace. You have no need to feel validated by anyone or by anything.

have a wonderful smiley happy day 💕😁

How Stress Affects The Brain

I urge you all to watch this wonderful, clear and informative and beautifully made Ted-ex video clip explaining what happens when you are stressed.

Controlling your emotions can help you reduce the cortisol in the body, and good news Pilates and especially combined with the Mindful and Meditation class are perfect for this!

Reducing stress helps you to improve memory and improve brain function, amongst many things.

Take a look and let me know what you think.

ted-ex is definitely  worth exploring, they have amazing short clips and talks from some very cool and inspiring people.

how stress affects the brain

How Stress Affects The Brain

I urge you all to watch this wonderful, clear and informative and beautifully made Ted-ex video clip explaining what happens when you are stressed.

Controlling your emotions can help you reduce the cortisol in the body, and good news Pilates and especially combined with the Mindful and Meditation class are perfect for this!

Reducing stress helps you to improve memory and improve brain function, amongst many things.

Take a look and let me know what you think.

ted-ex is definitely  worth exploring, they have amazing short clips and talks from some very cool and inspiring people.

how stress affects the brain

So, what makes YOU happy? 

Happiness, is it a frame of mind?

An object? Money?
Having the latest new tech, designer clothes?

Or the perfect body? (Which by the way, doesn’t exist!)

Even someone who you consider pretty damn close to the ideal body, sees flaws in themselves.

So how can we be happy?

Happiness is a skill, it is a lifelong practice.

Have you ever noticed that you could look at yourself in the mirror and think hey, I’m looking good today, then moments later you totally just see yourself  in a completely different light. You haven’t changed but your view, your mind, has!!!

How we think and the way we feel changes all the time so everything we see also has a different value.

So knowing that, if we retrain how we think and feel can we then get the output we want, or at least closer to it?  In my opinion, yes we can!!

So let’s start to put this into practice. Every cell of your being needs to jump on board for real success.  It is not enough to think alone,  you must waken your body to feel it too.

Live it, breathe it as if it were already here.

 

How ? 

Appreciation and gratitude for you.

You are amazing aren’t you? Yes, yes, YES!

Naturally most of us are geared to finding something negative to focus on, its part of our ancient brain hard wiring, so when we notice we are doing this trey to switch it up and focus on the positive stuff, think about what makes you unique?

What are your qualities? Maybe you are kind or caring?  Fun, passionate or creative? Humble or calm or wild and crazy? Maybe you have amazing hair or the cutest nose or dimple? A voice that makes others want to listen to you forever.

Take a moment to sit peacefully and just think of things you can say make you uniquely you. See if you can increase the amount of positive attributions each practice.

Your amazing body. Show gratitude to your body for working, for being amazing! Feel blessed for the gift of life, movement, sight, speech, digestion and the ability to just even think about this.  Be thankful and appreciate what your body does for you. No matter what is going on or what you are going through, what does your body do for you? How it copes with daily tasks. These are just simple things we often take for granted, but these are our blessings. What other amazing things can you do?

 

The way you think 

The brain is like a recording device, if all you have recorded time and again is negativity, unkind words, frustration because you can’t do something, then guess what? That’s what you will keep on getting.

It’s time to change that recording, time to take back charge of how you want to feel? How you want to show up to those around you and the world. Lets create that.

Imagine you already have that, create the feeling inside you as if you already have it, what does it feel like? What does it look like. Really feel it, meditate and focus on that.

Start creating the future and the neural pathways and the energy around you that brings you that much closer to it .

So one of the previous blogs was “how to stay on track for being successful “This is applicable to staying on track to achieving anything and try put it into daily practice with the above suggestions and see what happens. Notice any change in your wellbeing, your mood, health and happiness.

Extend your practice and try to Journal your thoughts, desires and goals and write a list of things you love doing, that make you feel alive and make your eyes light up and make sure you do a least one thing on your list that invigorates you and lights up your soul.

Who are the people that make you smile, make you feel loved, motivate you, inspire you? Surround yourself with these people. Good mood is infectious!!!

Lovely people may you bring love, kindness, gratitude and appreciation to yourself . Maybe these little wisdoms will help lead you onto a path towards happiness. It all starts with you. Try it and let me know how you get on.

Good luck

You can do it. 💕

Sue xx

5 tips to keep you on track for success

It’s that time of year again where we digest all that’s gone before, analyse where we are now and make plans or have ideas of where we want to go or what we want to be.

So, let’s take stock, notice what we would like to achieve from 2017;

Better health? Emotional stability? To be stronger? Healthier? Take time out for you and to find peace and tranquillity? Better job? Better relationships?

Whatever it is,

maybe these tips will help to keep you on track

1/ Make a realistic plan.

It’s ok to have a long-term end result goal but it’s important to have bite size piece goals. They are the realistic goals you can achieve short term.

2/ Get friends or family on board to help you.

Ask them not to try to tempt you to deviate from these goals.

3/ Journal your progress.

Note each time you take a workout, said no to a piece of cake, note your emotional triggers. This is a good one, as soon as you notice them arise you will know there is a danger point and you can then try to address this by getting ‘busy’, drinking more water if you feel hungry, or another form of distraction. Maybe doing 3 press ups or a round of 5 coherent breaths will help to distract your mind.

Remember the ‘stressed????’ blog I wrote before Christmas? Take a breath!!!!

(Here is a link to that blog if you haven’t read it or want to access it again. https://sgpilates.co.uk/2016/12/21/stressed/ )

4/ Be kind to yourself.

If you go off track that’s because you are human!!! Just be aware and notice, then take the next bite size piece to get you back on track rather than beat yourself up and give yourself a hard time. If you fall off it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the journey, as in the words of Taylor Swift “shake it off” and just take the next small step forward.

5/ Monitor and record data.

Make lists you can tick off so you can see your progress. This will feel like a reward for each tick you create off your list. The brain loves endorphin releases, that are created by each small win.

There are some great apps out there to help keep you on track.

Personally, 3 of my favourite apps are; headspace which I love for meditation. Also, fitness pal, to keep me on track of what I eat and how much exercise I am doing or not doing!! Plus, water balance app to make sure I am drinking enough throughout the day. Link them all through the Apple HealthKit to give you one easy place to track your progress.

Just remember to love who you are, honour the person you are and the struggles you have got through. You have the ability to change the way you think to help you, whether it is to lose weight, go to the gym, start a Pilates class.

Try something new, the brain likes to get excited and learn!

Good luck in 2017

May you always be happy and may you always be healthy

Sue 💕