November with SGP

Autumn is here and its definitely got a nip in the air!!!!

The desire for a hot chocolate and cream, curl up on the sofa and snuggle down with the husband and the dog is definitely calling!

The mornings seem harder to get up in the dark, but I do love the Yoga at 7am starting slow and easy to building up and seeing the sky lighten by the end and being ready to start the day feeling good in my body and my mind. So its totally worth it.

October 29-31st SGP Coastal Retreat- there is still currently one private ensuite room available,

Any way here is November timetable for you guys, I hope to see you in the zoom room and if not your comments on the recordings so I know you are there.

next year watch out for more live sessions here there and everywhere.especially Backwell/Bristol/Somerset

November 2nd-26th

no class Friday 19th Garuda and Reset will be slotted in on Monday 29th

Monday

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

Tuesday

*7:00am Yoga Flow- easy start and building up gently into more of a flow

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

*7:00am Yoga Calm- focus on breath, restoratives and gentle steady practice

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.

Packages

Pilates Studio , Yoga Studio and Ananda Bliss Studio or pay as you go

November 19th

I am up for one to one sessions so please contact me for details

November 20th Autumn Reset Day retreat in Shipham, Somerset sold out in a few hours (waiting list is open)

but there will be more dates and I will see if there is anywhere I can come teach on the Friday so please let me know if you are keen for this.

LIVE in person classes

Tuesday 9:30am and 7:00pm Mortehoe

November/Decemebr

Yoga Soundbath date tbc Broomhill Estate Muddiford

November 19th one to ones Backwell area

November 20th Autumn Reset Day Retreat

December 6th 7:00pm SoundBath , the Yoga Barn

one to ones please enquire

thank you, for payment details please enquire

have a wonderful weekend

Sue xx

July Timetable SGP On Line Studio

How did we get to July already?

Time is flying by so quickly, which is a reminder for me to stop and pause for a bit, soak up & breathe in this moment, open my eyes and absorb and saviour all of it before it just flashes on by.

How about you?

Are you busy?

Do you pause?

What do you do to really soak in the day?

July, ☀️☀️☀️ here you come and we are ready for you with open arms, please be kind.

This is the live ZOOM on line studio program, would love to welcome you if you have not been part of the program yet, and of course thank you to all my lovely community for sharing your time with me on this journey of wellness for mind, body, soul.

Payment Options

Pay as you go sessions.

Pilates On Line Studio Monthly Bundle

Yoga Bundle 2 classes each week

Yoga Bundle Monthly Bundle

please message me for details

NEW FOR SEPTEMBER

bB

Beginners Course in Pilates and Wellbeing

please enquire to be on the waiting list.

sgpilatesuk@icloud.com

July Program

All sessions are based around alignment, finding ease and grace, breath and embodiment.

integral sessions to create a beautiful session for you to enjoy and feel good.

NEW CLASSES MORTEHOE/WOOLACOMBE

NEW CLASSES MORTEHOE/WOOLACOMBE

New In Person Classes

Classes starting back this Tuesday in the cute Mortehoe Village Hall, backing right onto the national trust land in the sweet village Mortehoe, neighbouring Woolacombe.

These sessions are all alignment and embodiment focused, meditative mindful movement allows you to find a deep connection, freeing up your mind and body of the bindings we create through habits, unhelpful thought patterning, bad dynamic posture patterns, so join me in freeing your patterns to find ease and strength.

Tuesdays

9:30 Flow. this class will be all about moving fluidly, brining the best of Pilates, Yoga & Garuda and Franklin Method to find space, connection, strength and flow. Suitable for intermediate to advanced clients.

11:00 Calm a class for those who want time, a slower controlled pace with time to focus on alignment and connection, suitable for those with injuries, beginners, and those who like a slower pace for all levels,

7:00 Move & Chill an evening session to unwind from your day, move, strengthen and lengthen and free up tensions of the day plus a relaxation, savasana to prepare your wind down for the evening.

Spaces are limited due to Covid rules and spacing so please book & prepay in advance if possible. Thank you 🙏

I am also still running the

ONLINE STUDIO where you can join me LIVE on Zoom, for Pilates, Yoga, Garuda, Reset.

Mondays to Fridays 7:00am – 9:00pm please enquire.

Yoga Bundle

Studio Bundle

Meditation & Journaling

Private 1/1 and 1/2 Studio Sessions held in Woolacombe and on Zoom

SoundBaths are pop up so keep your eyes peeled for dates

Have a wonderful day ❤️🙏🏼

Sue xxx

SG Pilates Retreats

What a fabulous weekend was had by us all on the SG Pilates Coastal Retreat, we were blessed with amazing sunshine on the North Devon and perfect sea state and wind conditions for paddleboarding as an additional treat.

We started our mornings with an early start with Qi Gong cleansing and strengthening the organs routine on the headlands with the perfect view. The energy created was just amazing. We closed each evening with a meditation. Sessions were Pilates, Garuda and Barre plus a Franklin Method Workshop about the Pelvis and Psoas. The weekend was a perfect balance of moving, mindfulness and play!

Every bite of our food was just super delicious thanks to our wonderful chef Stacey Fae Jones and her husband Will, the Gin Master!

So thank you to everyone that came, with their amazing energy, laughs and love and to everyone that were involved along the way, Stacey and Will Jones, Lucia Mcauliffe for the exceptional bodywork she provided, Darren  Sturgess, the man of musical talent and his handpan session, and of course my  wonderful husband for helping with the behind the scenes lugging equipment and listening to me checking over and over again I had everything in place! (for the many months in preparation and on the weekend!)

SGP me and LUcSGP paddleboardSGP grouppaddleboardbeachSGP Jump joy

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 Bush PT session-balancing the systems

 

Josephine, as you may of read in my previous blog, has a huge challenge ahead of her.  She 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.

In order to pull the pulk effectively and without injury, it is imperative for her to be balanced in strength and resilience in her left and right sides.  In her training sessions in my studio, we tackle this with lots of unilateral work as well as bilateral movement to see where she needs most help and also working with the felt response, somatics.

“If you can’t feel it you can’t change it!!”

The split pedals on the Pilates Chair is great for unilateral work.

Working the systems and looking for weaknesses and strengths and re-balancing and educating the self through movement and waking up parts of the body that are not performing as it should.

Working with the myofascial slings -(for full information on slings check out Anatomy Trains, Tom Myers. Anyone who works with the body will know this work)

SO WHY IS THIS important?

with the body being balanced and aligned there will be less chance of injury, pain, discomfort, less tension, and the body will be more economical, efficient, faster, stronger and also giving more balance. Everything needed for everyday life let alone pulling a 40kg pulk on uneven surfaces through thick snow with no idea whats underneath.

Take a look at the time-lapse video (below) of our latest training session below, I am guiding Josephine with verbal and tactile cueing to create this balance.  It is definitely harder than it looks! Josephine will vouch for that!!

If you  are interested in moving well and really getting a good balance and flow to your body for whatever reason, improve your posture, reduce pain, reduce injury, better sports, athletic performance you really can not beat a one-to-one session with an integrated advanced Pilates Professional so they can use their trained eye and skill to help you.

Josephine 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 help to motivate Josephine further with this enormous challenge by supporting the causes above.
Thank you 💕

 

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 💕

 

Green “Summer Cool Breeze” Juice by SGPilates

For a delicious green, creamy and fresh juice you may want to try this one out.

I often just throw together what ingredients I have and mix the flavours of what I love and this little combo works a refreshing tasty treat!!!

this will serve 2

all ingredients are organic for a super healthy and tasty juice

you will need a juicer and a blender

2 apples (I tend to use Braeburn)

1 pear

2 big handfuls each of spinach and kale

1 parsnip

chunk of ginger

1 small carrot

couple of stems of broccoli

1 whole lime

juice all the above and then blend contents with

1 avocado

1 banana

pour into two wine glasses and top with chilli seeds for a tasty crunch, it really does work well.

let me know what you think when you try it, it really is one of my favourites.

and go ahead, be creative!

play and mix up your ingredients and see what delicious varieties you can come up with.

enjoy

Sue xx