Yoga for Equestrians…and Yoga Tune-Up® Balls for their Horses!


My equestrian student Lindsay came to yoga for the first time with what she termed a “bum” right hip. She’d fallen off her horse onto that hip at age 13. Fortunately no bones were broken.  Yet, in the years since her accident, Lindsay’s hip feels sore, weak and vulnerable while riding.

She also experiences quite a bit of hip discomfort on long flights, sitting for extended class sessions, or while driving.

Lindsay assumed that someday she’d “have to have a hip replacement and already felt as if her body was old.”

Lindsay described to me the coordinated movement a rider and their horse requires. She taught me how crucial a balanced seat on the horse can be to the quality of the ride, and the sensitive response of the 1000 pound horse to her posture on the horse.

Essentially, while riding her beloved horse Magic, she told me, “When I’m not balanced, Magic is not balanced!”

Through yoga class,  Lindsay increased awareness of her posture, hip muscles, core muscles, and poised alignment.

This is a hip and hamstring focused yoga pose Lindsay practiced. Notice the block under sacrum. The variation of leg stretch allows the  right hip to extend further and assists in making room in the hip flexors. The leg with strapped food is in flexion; joint closed.

Over the course of the semester with regular practice in class and at home, Lindsay reported that her hip is not bothering her anymore.  Additionally, Lindsay has enjoyed Yoga Tune Up® therapy ball massage, not only for her own self-care, but for Magic, her wonderful horse (see the pictures below)!

 

Lindsey massaging horse

Lindsay uses Yoga Tune Up® therapy ball to massage her horse

Lindsay and Magic

Lindsay & Magic

Do YOU want to learn more ways to practice self-care with the Yoga Tune-Up® balls as well as Yin Yoga?

Check out my upcoming workshop: “Tonic for the Tissues: Yin, Roll and Relax”! 

 

A version of this article originally appeared on YogaTuneUp.com.

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  1. mohana says:

    If you are pregnant also you wanted to relax as well fit you can opt for the prenatal yoga. These yoga during the pregnancy will help you to prepare yourself for the labor as well as baby health