Meditation and Journaling

7 week course

Meditation & Journaling 

Join me for this fabulous course in how to make the most of your meditations and understand the reasoning of journaling. How and why and what wisdoms are within it and demystifying everything around  it. 

We will go into journaling, unpacking any myths and creating a sense of safety around journaling and self permissions and limitations.

You will Be given set meditations to try, and unpack them. No rights or wrong here, just understanding different perspectives to open new ways of thinking and evolving.

Helping find clarity on your thoughts and insights in a safe supportive way

Why is this course something I should invest in ?

This combination is very powerful to helping you understand you in a more in-depth way. In a supportive group you have a chance to listen and or share if you are comfortable, this will help you to understand and start to see how we are all related and connected and how you will start to see your own innate wisdoms evolve and show up more readily and freely.

The power is you! This is a facilitated session to help with inner growth to help you find more ease, joy and peace in your life, and as a by product help you connect to others and improve relationships and give you the confidence to find your own voice.

I would love to see you on this course.

This will also be very valuable if you join the ABC Wellbeing Program which will be launched in 2021

Investment 7 week course £105

course includes

weekly Live Journaling and Meditation Sessions

Private Facebook page

where you are sent meditations for practice and review

a place to connect and share with others, if you choose.

recorded classes for evening relaxation and morning practice

BONUS Q&A live insight session with Peter Dawson

What do I need ?

YOU

a journal, book, notepad and pen,

a quiet place to be without distractions, somewhere to sit or lie down,

zoom, Facebook

and a compassionate curiosity

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Meditation & Journaling

105.00 £

please contact me for more details, or to make payment above and to connect to links

I look forward to meeting you, the real you

Sue xx

November Term

November Term, an enriched program of Mind, Body, Soul with its influences being about embodiment, feeling, sensing, awakening, somatic and interoception.

Interoception– defined as the internal state of the body. It encompasses the brain’s process of integrating signals relayed from the body allowing for nuanced representation of the physiological state of the body. Why is this important? For maintaining homeostatis in the body and potentially facilitating self awareness. Misrepresentations of internal states, disconnection, have been suggested to underlie anxiety and depression.

When you can experience your body, everything can fall into place from movement itself, clarity of thought, personal relationships, releasing tensions emotional and physical. This topic alone can send me off into a whole realm of topics and discussions hence why I am opening up the ABC to Wellbeing Program to help you create, experience and understand it in an embodied sense. This course will be so valuable and life changing and even enabling you to get even more joy, peace, ease and flow out of everyday life, work, relationships to self and others, including seeing more depth into our monthly programs. So please register your interest, maybe even receive the ABC Wellbeing program for a gift for YOU or a loved one, friend for Christmas!

Anyway, back to November, 😊, the nights are drawing in, so being mindful of the season, and circadian rhythms the evening sessions will be gentle or strength based but with both you will be winding down early and having 15 minutes of relaxation/meditation to settle energies and the parasympathetic nervous system into a rested state, perfect to release the days stress and prepare the body and mind for goodnights sleep. Remember to follow this through with switching off gadgets well before bedtime, choosing your lights for your house to be soft and warm not harsh lights as this messes up the circadian rhythm , eat earlier in the evening, avoid stress provoking situations, news and TV will also help.

Thursday Barre is back! use a table, worktop, window ledge or even a wall. A whole body standing push, pull, arc and curl for the most beautiful sensory stretch session , In my opinion.😊

Please share the program so others can join us and benefit and feel the best they can be, everyday !

Have a wonderful day

much love Sue 🌟🙏🏼🤍

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November Term

November Term fee, please follow up with email to show payment if you are new. Thank you

50.00 £

Meditation – take a moment

How are you today? 

I mean, really, how are you?

Do you ever stop to ask yourself this question? 

Do you stop enough to actually listen and find the true answer, the deeper answer?

With stress and anxiety on the rise, with all the uncertainties that are being presented to us, it is more important than ever to take a moment to find space, calm, peace and to restore energy and find balance. 

If you are too busy to meditate, then I suggest to you that you need to meditate more! 

Take a moment away from the business, the worry, the stress, the constant chatter in your mind, the lists of to do’s and join me with this relaxation meditation I have wrote on Insight timer, 

Embodying Relaxation 

10 minutes to just stop and be, stop doing, and just be, be present, be still, be YOU.

How is your sleep?

If you struggle getting to sleep it becomes a viscious cycle to catch up on feeling ok to be able tackle the day. 

You may like this meditation to help you drift off, a soft voice inviting you to relax, let go, melt into your cosy bed with a delicious piece of music to lull you to drift off.

Drift beautifully into deep sleep.

I hope they help you, I would love to know how you get on. 

Please share to anyone you think may like this.

Sue xxx

INSIGHT TIMER!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!

I am very excited, I mean REALLY EXCITED,

I am now a meditation teacher on insight timer, the fabulous meditation app.

My first release is a new meditation called “Dear Heart

This is a self compassion meditation, using layers of loving mantra, the voice of the feminine and masculine parts of ourselves and the frequency of the heart crystal bowl.

I would love you to take a few moments for yourself and listen. Using headphones is the best way to fully appreciate this meditation.  

Please follow me, rate and review this session as I’d love your feedback.  

Feel free to share this with your friends and family as we can all benefit from greater self compassion.

Thank you 🙏 

With much love

Sue

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SGPILATES Workshops ON ZOOM

 

NOW BEING LIVE STREAMED INTO YOUR HOME VIA ZOOM

3 workshops

Healthy Hips and Back,

Breathe Better,

The Psoas, your true core and emotional muscle 

learn, move, embody, breathe

 

Healthy Hip and Back Workshop May 9th 2020

Your pelvis, your root, have you ever given it any thought?

No? maybe that is the problem.

Come and explore why knowing and embodying the pelvis and it’s rhythms can have profound effects on the health of your hips, back, knees, pelvic floor and even hamstrings, hip flexors and shoulders.

If you are curious, if you want to move with more ease, flexibility, and feel good in your body this is a workshop you will want to be part of!

Whether you are a Pilates or Yoga devotee, dancer, sports person, gym bunny or ANYONE who wants to experience what feeling good in your body REALLY feels like, or wants to release tension, improve movement and flexibility, and increase strength, this workshop is for you.

Understand the biomechanics and how visualisation and imagery effects your function.

Get to know the design of your pelvis, what it looks like, the function of the hip joint, the rhythms of the bones for healthy hips and spine, and learn bio hacks to better movement.

Additionally participate in a healthy hip class, self massage, and finish with a ROOT meditation.

This workshop is informative, yet fun and relaxed.

Please wear clothes appropriate for moving easily.

Come, listen, learn, embody and move! Be curious, I look forward to taking you on a journey.

Sue Dawson, Franklin Method Educator, Garuda and Pilates Teacher/Therapist, BodyWorker, Meditation Teacher

We will use movement, touch, proprioception and visual props.

Email me to book now and secure your place.

Where?

LIVE STREAMING TO YOUR OWN HOME

Saturday 9 May

10.00am – 1.00pm

Investment £45 Healthy Hips Workshop]

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Breathe Better Workshop  May 19th 12:00-14:00 £30

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Breathe Better Workshop SGPILATES

 

 

the Psoas, (hip flexors) your true core, your emotional centre.

Poor posture will upset the complex psoas amongst many things, and can affect your breathing, and can be the cause of your bad back, inflexible or tight hips.

A tight core can restrict the diaphragm and the lungs and disrupt coherency. Fluid movement is what we want to encourage to establish a healthy core.

The Psoas -an embodiment and mindful movement workshop. An holistic approach to relax and condition your Psoas. Explore where the Psoas resides, what is it anyway? Why it is something you should know about, and why knowing and embodying it can help improve its function. Its relationship and health benefits to breath, hip, back, kidneys and the pelvic floor and it’s emotional links. 

Enjoy discovering the location and function of the Psoas and illiacus, efficient movement and training and release. Explore the emotional psoas. Finishing with a meditation to fully absorb and embody an holistic workshop. This workshop is perfect to do after the healthy hip workshop to deepen your understanding, but is an individual workshop.

Who is this workshop is for?

Anyone who wants to learn more about their body, embodying its movement, those who want to release tight hips or back tightness, and feel more open, physically and mentally.

We will be using props, dynamic imagery, the use of balls and bands, we will touch on the pelvic floor and breathing ready for the next workshop “Just Breathe” and “the Pelvic Floor, being resilient.”

please note each workshop is a stand alone workshop in their own right but very powerful when linked together

Where?

PENDING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Saturday July 4th

10-1pm

Investment

One workshop £45

✨BOOK ALL three workshops FOR a real depth of learning ✨

Keep an eye out for the next dates and workshops

If you have a venue and would like to host one then please get in touch.

Peace and love, and freedom of movement to you

Sue xx

 

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!)

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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

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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