I went to Bali for six months to continue my studies of yoga and meditation. I had first grown an interest in the art of yoga while living in India for two years and the more I rode horses the more I realized how relative the two were and complimentary they were together. In horse riding, as in Yoga, you must master the art of controlling your breathing and your body so as to allow your mind a free and clear space to become zen-like. Many of us ride horses for the calming state is has on our mind and heart and soul and the two couldn’t be more alike!
I also realized how badly by body, after years of injuring myself with my various equestrian jobs, needed therapy. Yoga helped to lengthen my muscles, relax the tightness I had developed over the years in the saddle and allowed me to become a better rider! I developed my core muscles and balance, I opened my hips and enabled them to move more freely and I mastered my breathing with affected my horses greatly! They became more soft and calm and I myself found more energy and patience to deal with the more challenging equines. Yoga and meditation has helped my ability to communicate with horses in so many ways, helped my body pains and stiffness to melt away and has opened many doors for me. You could say it brought me back to life!
I am a firm believer in keeping a regular yoga practice alongside your equestrian regime and that is why I have created a course for horse riders! Most yoga teachers don’t know the muscles we use as riders, which are very specific to us, and so I have developed several sequences all to help HORSE RIDERS, COACHES, TRAINERS AND STUDENTS! I give yoga classes both out of the saddle and in the saddle and focus mostly on body pain and rider injuries as well as breathing techniques and meditation practices to help calm your mind and channel your energy. Working with horses is mostly about our energy and body language–that’s how horses in the wild communicate with one another after all! If your interested in a yoga horse riding clinic please contact me HERE.
I am also organizing a group trip to Bali to experience a yoga and horse riding retreat, however there is limited space available so make sure to check out my website www.kryskolumbustravels.com and find out how to reserve your place! I also give clinics and private lessons / workshops about Yoga for Horse Riders. The program is called Yoga whispering and an online course is being built soon!