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Suna Pilates Postural Principles

Exercising in the right posture is the key to making exercise effective and getting the results you want. 

The postural principals that are core to a Suna Pilates workout can seem a little overwhelming in the beginning. Hang in there! It’s amazing how fast you get used to it - and it’s so important because great posture in Pilates gives you an amazing cardio workout, as well as making your abs work harder.

The Suna Pilates Postural Principles


Here are some tips you can use every day:

  • When walking think 'pubic bone to belly button' to activate your core.
  • When sitting at your desk imagine you are a puppet and have a string pulling from the top of your head to the ceiling.
  • When driving sit up straight and make sure you shuffle your butt right to the back of your seat to support your pelvis.

     Four free posture videos from Suna Pilates





    Suna's Big Six

    Here are our top tips on how to get the most out of your exercise! Follow these six pointers from our pilates experts and enjoy optimum results.

    1. It’s all about you.
      Value yourself, value your health and fitness and prioritise time for YOU. 
    2. Focus on feeling good!
      To look good long term, the exercise you do must make you feel good first.
    3. Correct posture.
       For exercise to get results you must work out in the correct posture – it’s essential that you are corrected and adjusted as you exercise.
    4. Keep it fresh.
      Align your exercise to the season with our monthly and seasonal focuses – giving your body the right energy for the right season… and ensuring you never get bored.
    5. Work smarter not harder.
      Doing the right exercises in the right way get results. Be good to yourself and remember you don’t have to thrash your body to get results, just do good exercise in the right way.
    6. Energise not exhaust.
      Focus on breathing - you’ll walk away from every work out feeling both mentally and physically refreshed and energised, not exhausted.


    Susie's Tips for better daily & sports posture


    Top 3 Tips for Golf Posture

    I am often asked for tips on better posture in daily life – so I’ve detailed below my top tips for golf, rowing, running, walking and plain old sitting at a desk. Our very good friend Brendan Telfer has insisted that I post my top 3 tips for a great golf swing! So here you are Brendan!

    1. Initiate movement from your core abdominals – exhale and deflate/compress the lower abdomin just before you swing, stabilizing your torso and giving more power to your movements
    2. Neutral spinal position from pelvis to neck – set up correctly standing then lean forward maintaining lengthened. To find your neutral pelvic position standing, try tilting the pelvis back and forward until the pubic bone and hip bones are parallel on the frontal plane, making the pelvis seem “flat” to the front
    3. Knee tracking – knees need to bend in line with where feet are pointing, obscuring the feet by the knees from a standing position. Don’t let the knees turn inward as the muscles at the back of the legs and glutes won’t be able to function correctly


    Top 3 Tips for Running Posture

    We’ve had lots of runners in the studio recently and the classes they are doing are helping their posture and their running but they asked me for some specific tips to remember while running. So, if you are a runner try these things when you are running they will ensure that you are running in the correct posture ensuring that firstly you get the most out of your run and secondly that you minimise the risk of injuries.

    1. Keep knees “tracking” in line with toes – if feet parallel (toes pointing directly forward) then knees should also point forward especially with bend. Incorrect knee tracking can cause many issues from shin splints to low back pain
    2. Make sure you are placing heel then toe. Feel the pull from heel to toe through the hamstring as the leg moves back. Many runners don’t get the heel down properly which can create issue in the achilles and correct muscle sequencing
    3. Cross crawl – set up the correct "twist" through the torso with your cross crawl patterning. As the left leg steps moves forward so does the right arm (creating twist). Not only beneficial for running ease and style but also for your brain. Many runners find running a great stress release – and this is why!


    Top 3 Tips for Walking Posture

    Walking is such a  great form of exercise – but to get the maximum out of it make sure you think of these tips while you are walking.

    1. Heel, toe, heel, toe… connect with the heel first with each step to activate the muscles at the backs of the legs and the glutes (bum)
    2. Think "pubic bone tilting up slightly toward bellybutton" – for most people this will pull the pelvis into a neutral alignment and get the low abs working while you walk
    3. Open chest – keep the chest open and the shoulders gently pulling downward. This will keep you using the abdominals and relax the often overused neck muscles


    Top 3 Tips for Sitting / Work Posture

    So many of us spend a lot of time sitting and leaning forward at computers – make sure you follow these tips for good posture.

    1. Sit with a neutral pelvic position – this is where the pubic bone and hip bones at the front of your pelvis are vertical when sitting. The tendency for most when sitting is to “slouch” back to a rounded back position where the hip bones are back from the pubic bone on your frontal plane
    2. Keep your chest "open" – commonly when sitting at a computer or studying we end up craning our necks forward toward our work which rolls the shoulders forward and puts a lot of pressure through the neck, shoulders and upper back.
    3. Keep both feet hip distance apart on the floor – crossing your legs will skew your pelvis causing tension up the spine. Adhere to these postural tips for sitting and you can work your core abdominals instead of overworking your low back while sitting


    Top 3 Tips for Rowing Posture

    Rowing can hurt your back – so make sure you think about the following things if venturing into a boat!

    1. Keep low abs active – pulling belly button to spine will protect the low back and stabilize the body allowing the mobilizing muscles more energy and strength
    2. Be aware of the shoulder girdle stabilizers and shoulder positioning – think “chest open” (keeping shoulder blades flat on back) and “shoulders down or arm pits to hips”. Keeping the shoulder girdle stabilizers active will give the arms more power and reduce the incidence of shoulder injury