It’s the hidden world of Horse Yoga revealed. We don’t ride horses, we live in NYC! But doggone it if this doesn’t have us wanting to kick our spurs and saddle up. We see you rolling your eyes. More animal yoga? Hasn’t Doga seen enough? Yes, but this time we are completely mesmerized by the beauty of this animal meets human yoganess trend.
What is Horse Yoga? From what we gather (again, live in a concrete jungle) it’s People+Horses doing yoga together, AND separately, yoga stretching specifically to increase mobility and improve the posture of our fine equine friends.
“Horses have an amazing ability to detect energy. Their fields are much larger than ours,” says Kerry Borcherding, a Yoga with Horses teacher from Star Peak Stables in Golden, CO, who is also a equine-assisted psychotherapist.
“Horses allow people to feel good in their true nature, instead of having to be someone else.”
“It almost seems like magic at times. They hold up a mirror and reflect back to us ourselves,” Borcherding says.
And the horses? They love it!
As one horse feels the relaxing energy of the rider, her mouth flops open and her lower lip hangs relaxed. Some horses look like they’re falling asleep standing up.
Curious? We dug up a few videos from the interwebs demonstrating the practice, and we have to admit it’s completely captivating. What do Equine Yogis wear to yoga class? Horseshoes! wacka wacka.
Equiyoga – with Dona Holleman
And finally, yoga for horses with April. “Do all your yogas and you’ll have your horse for a really long time.” Truth, sister.
CowGirl Yoga – Yoga and Horseback Riding Retreats.
Whoa-Ga! – use asanas while riding to control the horse’s gait and direction.