Equestrian Fitness & Physio
Inner Thighs, Hamstrings, Lower back hurting? Muscles aching or feeling stiff the day after a ride? An intelligent personal yoga regime maybe just what you need for greater mobility and increased comfort for yourself and your Horse.
As a rider and yoga instructor I have developed Yoga programs specifically for Horse riding.
Yoga for horse riding focuses on preparing and conditioning the body for the sport you enjoy. During the classes you will be guided through and gain an understanding of the postures which will enable you to practice by yourself.
These programs can be tailored for a wide range of fitness levels, whatever your fitness level, you will find longer periods in the saddle a great deal more comfortable.Yoga helps in creating a dynamic connection between body parts, this not only increases strength but also fluidity, the strong and soft aspects that are so important in riding.
Balance is an essential key to riding. Our horse feels every move we make when riding and mounted, and will naturally react to shifts in weight and movement however subtle. Simple Yoga postures teach physical and spatial awareness and how to recognize these imbalances enabling one to correct them before we get on the horse.
Being in tune with our body and riding a horse we can clearly feel where and how our weight is shifting and understand what our horse is feeling, this is not only therapy for you, its also indirectly, therapy for your horse.
Inner thighs, hamstrings, lower back hurting? muscles aching or feeling stiff the day after a ride? Yoga stretches may be just what you need for improved flexibility both on and off your horse.
- Provides for extra flexibility in the hip joints relieving pressure on the knees.
- Stretches the relevant muscles for riding, resulting in greater comfort.
- Increased strength in lower back, extending riding time.
- Decreases possibility of injury and can relieve back pain.
- Noticeable improvement of your sitting trot, resulting in a taller and quieter position.
- Builds body awareness and independent use of each part of your body.
- Going with your horse’s motion.
- Deep rythmic breathing, even during uncomfortable or difficult experiences.