Finding Mindfulness & Wellness in Autumn

What is mindfulness - and how does Pilates help us stay mindful?

Mindfulness is being present, being all in on the task at hand, it is being focused on the now!  Breathing is a major focus at Suna as it connects mind and body…. You are focused on controlling your breath, so you are being mindful. Concentrating on the correct inhale and exhale leaves no room for busy inner chatter. This is one of the main reasons that Pilates is a mindful exercise.

At Suna, we have a focus - and it is you! 

We help by adjusting you throughout your Pilates workouts so that you are working the correct way for fast results that feel amazing. We tell you where you should be feeling every movement and what you need to do to feel it there. Knowing that your Instructor is focused on each person in the class also helps keep you mindful and present... if your mind wanders and you lose focus your Instructor will notice, and bring you back to the present.

Every class has a different focus - so you can’t just go through the motions, you need to be present to ensure you are exercising correctly.  While you are being conscious about what we are guiding you to do, you are focusing on the task at hand and being present, which is true mindfulness. 

What other exercise involves doing the most beneficial, functional movement there is? Where all you need to do is to move your body and feel it working and breathe…

Imagine doing that 3-5 times each week and not only feeling calm, present, energised and amazing - but getting strong, toned and building a balanced, functional body all at the same time. 

The darker days of Autumn bring new challenges

Don’t underestimate the feeling you get when the weather changes! In Autumn we often start to feel like we have less energy and our moods change.   The feeling you have is real, so you need to learn how to get the most out of the season, and take care of your body the correct way, to ensure you have enough energy stored for winter.  At Suna, we are doing what is best for your body each season – when our bodies work in alignment with nature we do better. 

Breathe well, exercise well, be well

If this resonates with you, “Breathe well” is our focus for Autumn - so now is the perfect time to start Pilates! Start your mindful journey while building a strong, toned, functional body; and prioritise your beautiful self.

Correct breathing is essential in autumn as our bodies face the stress of coming out of summer and the challenges of winter depression. Colder air naturally constricts, and we can experience problems breathing well. 

"The breath connects the mind and body, so correct breathing while exercising with perfect posture delivers better, faster, more lasting results." 

Using breathing techniques while moving trains the autonomic nervous system and empowers us to move beyond the all too common state of 'fight or flight', hyperactivity and adrenal fatigue when the sympathetic nervous system is engaged, to the parasympathetic 'rest and digest' nervous system which lets us feel calm, conserve energy and sleep better. 

Stretching and bending our bodies means we move the rib cage - inhaling with flexion and exhaling with extension. This breathing and the natural rib cage movement help balance the autonomic system, moving us from anxiety to anticipation, re-balancing our tendency to switch into flight or fight in the face of daily stresses.

Breathe your way into mindful exercise

Breathing correctly and moving correctly require thought, taking us into a state of mindful exercise where we can simply be present in our bodies. Ideally your body is in a state of controlled exertion while your mind is calm and focused on the present moment.

"When we breathe correctly and focus on postural perfection, our minds are still and we are present in each moment – this is mindful exercise at its best."
  

Suna's blend of traditional Pilates with modern techniques and focus on correct posture and correct breathing is the ideal mindful exercise. It requires a strong mind-body connection and the intensity of this clears your busy mind, leaving you mentally refreshed and physically recharged. We’ll make sure you 'Work the body and rest the mind!'

Recognise what your breath is telling you

When you find it hard to breathe correctly while doing an exercise this is an alert that the part of your body you are working needs attention and repair.

 

Embrace the changes that autumn brings - and breathe!

Prioritise you - and everyone wins

We hear all too often that life is busy and that there isn’t enough time to do things that are beneficial for wellbeing - but how are you going to be of benefit to your loved ones if you haven’t taken care of YOU!

We have all been around people who deplete our energy when they aren’t feeling good in themselves or they are stressed, and you may feel yourself doing this to your loved ones too. It isn’t selfish to prioritise your wellbeing, it’s essential for your mind and body, and the happiness of those you care about. This is why mindfulness is important. 

We live in a world that is a constant rush and when we do have downtime, we sit on the couch and look at social media or watch TV, thinking that we are unwinding, but this is not how you calm yourself.  It is purely a distraction from real life.