Learn How to do Horse Yoga, a Marriage of Heart and Soul

Learn How to do Horse Yoga, a Marriage of Heart and Soul

by Ariana
By Angela Nunez Yoga is a practice to quiet the mind and horses are a mirror for the soul, so the union of yoga and horses is beneficial for the mind and soul. Horse yoga is a great way to build more trust in your relationship with your horse. Practicing yoga with your horse, if done correctly can also feel good for your horse as you give him a massage while practicing various poses. An important part of yoga is also pranayama, or breathing exercises. Many of the breathing exercises in yoga help to relax the mind and body, so by harnessing the breathing exercises you also have a tool to help keep your horse relaxed, even in typically stressful situations such as trailering, competing or encountering a scary object out on trail. Breathe into your abdomen when practicing horse yoga and breathe slowly and deeply. This will help keep you and your horse calm as you practice. Let's Get Started: When practicing horse yoga always wear a helmet. No matter how calm your horse is, something can always happen that may spook him, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Take precautions by practicing in a calm, quiet environment and making sure your horse is in a relaxed state of mind before you begin. You can help your horse relax by doing a bit of groundwork with him before you get on, helping him focus on you instead of whatever else may be going on around him. I recommend using a bareback pad for additional comfort for you and your horse. One of my favorite Bareback Pads is the Best Friend Bareback Pad, which you can find here for 15% off use the promo code "LoveTheRide" Poses: Begin with seated poses, becoming accustomed to the feel of your horse’s back and seeing how your horse feels about standing still. You can ask a friend to hold your horse if he doesn’t want to stand still, but always remain aware of how your horse is feeling as you practice. If he is fidgeting a lot, tossing his head or trying to walk off, these may be signs that he is in discomfort or pain. Once you’re sure your horse feels good and is relaxed, begin with the poses in the video below. These poses will help you become more aware of your breath, build shoulder, core strength and flexibility as well as improve your balance. These poses also give your horse a chance to get used to you moving around on his back without asking him to have any sort of response other than staying relaxed. Have fun, be safe and don’t take it too seriously. Horse yoga is meant to be fun and light-hearted for you and your horse.

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