EQUUS YOGA Education

Equus Yoga is proud to present their offerings to your Collegial Competitive School Riding program or to your Professional or Amateur Riding Plan. The practice of Yoga and Mindfulness are one of the greatest tools to prepare the rider for competition and to be responsible for what they bring to their rides; in Mind and Body.   Yoga brings strength and flexibility to the proper muscle groups that support the Equestrian.  Yoga has been proven to lower blood pressure, decreases anxiety, aid in digestion, which  allows the energy in the body to move clean and clear, therefore providing a cleaner line of communication to the Equine partner.  The practice of yoga brings balance and harmony to the body.

Mindfulness and using the Equus as a tool to bring awareness to the energy in one's body is one of the greatest gifts the horse can bring to us.  Join us for our special programming to help you the rider or handler be more mindful and aware of what you bring to working with your horse.  

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The MAT for Equestrians

Having a bad day?  Anxious? Irritated?  Do you even know you are feeling these things?  Are you achey, creaky, in pain?  Does your back hurt?  Do you have tight hips?  Can you sustain and have the strengthen for a full event and support your horse in this?

Before you mount up, be accountable to what energy you bring to your rides.  Your horse feels everything that you are feeling.  Pre-domestication, they survived by instinct and the intention of their predator.    Your breath could mean life or death to them.  They know before you are even near them what you are feeling.  The horse is a direct reflection of your emotions and imbalances in your body.  Is your horse always off to the left?  Perhaps the imbalance lies within your body.  If there is a weakness in your body your horse will feel it. This usually translates to the horse being 'off'.  If you are weak in mind, your horse will find your edge and test you.   Your horse needs you to be their calm, soft and powerful leader.   

Equus Yoga offers a practice in mindfulness, body mechanics and alignment through the practice of yoga and Buddhism.   Both practices  have greatly proven to benefit both horse and rider by bringing unity and clearer communication which directly effects performance.  

Monthly class 1.5 hours

Collegiate Clinics/Clinics for the professional  or amateur, at your school or barn:  1.5-2 hours-depending on needs and requests

Monica’s class helped me connect with the energetic and subtle aspects of my yoga practice that instill connection, and awareness in my riding. I felt like I was given useful adjustments that I will carry forward into my practice. Because I ride many different horses, I appreciated her notion of “plugging in” to your mount through the lower half of your body, and taking a moment to hold space and empathetically experience the animal underneath you.
— D. Bak Competitor for Collegiate Equestrian Team, Teacher, Yogi
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 HORSEBACK for Equestrians

This practice allows the rider to deepen their connection to their equine partner by practicing postures on Horseback.  This is not acrobatics on horseback.  This practice begins with a short warm up on the ground, to relax the rider and become accountable to the energy that they bring to their mount.    Riders then mount and connect to their horse via breath and movement.  Each posture and breath deepens the equine/rider connection.  Meditation with movement and body awareness allows the partners to unify and deepens the performance level.  Time is allotted to work one on one as well as group work.  

Privates or Group/10 participants maximum per group.   1.5-2 Hour clinic (depending on number of participants) 

Combination Package; taylor to the needs of your Riders.  Begin your day on the mat for an hour practice.  Then mount up and bring the benefits of your practice directly to your horse!  Schedule a fun morning at your barn, reconnect to your body and horse with depth and awareness.  Contact for more information

 

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Horses, Hiking and Meditation

A guided hike with your equine companions, along fields and woods to a meditation sit spot.   There participants will have a guided meditation, time for journal entries and free association writing, including but not limited to vision board work, intention and goal setting, personal work.  

1. 30 mins

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Horses, Creativity and Healing:  

Enjoy learning about new artistic techniques, inspired by the sights of the beautiful horses around you.  Participants are led through a lesson, meditation with horses, journalling optional and then have time to create a piece of art work to take home.  Allow this to be expressive, cathartic, for the amateur, professional or emerging artist in you, or someone who just enjoys both horses and creativity.  

2.5 hour workshop.  

Private Sessions:  Your barn   

Allow Monica to be with you and your horse to help you see what holds the two of you back from furthering your progression together.  Mindful body work, gentle yoga, instruction, coaching, teaching, tools to help you progress.  1 hour sessions

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Yoga for ALL 

Monica specializes in meeting the needs of her students.   She specializes in bringing consciouness into the body and practice.  Her depth of knowledge in the body through body mechanics,  postural alignment; studies in multi disciplines including Shamanism, Energy healing, multiple certifications in Yoga for Immunity, and Physical Therapy bring depth to her tool basket as an educator.    Whether it is through a Hatha based practice, a Vigorous Asana or somewhere in between; her teaching is Alignment based to meet the needs of her students.  Whether it is a gentle class with modifications for students who have injuries or due to age related limitations, or a practice dedicated for the experienced Yogi.  Monica can taylor a private practice for you, your wedding party, weekend guests, childs classroom, or just a 'tune up' class for you.  Guided Meditations also available upon request.  

Privates available.

Class schedule on contact page.  

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Energy Healing with Belle

Allow Belle to be your mirror and to guide you to a place of relaxation and freedom to express yourself.  Allow inhibitions to surface so that we may release them from holding you back, so that you may be the fullest expression of yourself.  

1 hour

 

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MINDFULNESS-GENTLE YOGA workshop:

Allow the benefits of Mindfulness and Gentle Yoga bring awareness to the Body and Mind so that we may be responsible for the Energy that we bring to working around and handling horses.   

Enjoy time in lecture, demonstration and participation to help bring depth to your body awareness.  Our previously wild Mustang Belle will be part of the presentation and will participate.  Learn tools to help relieve your body of tension and any inhibitions or fears that you may have had when working with certain horses.  When we as handlers are aware of the energy in our body and thoughts in our mind, we are able to be ‘calm and assertive’ and our the impact with those we work with is monumental and increases the safety and wellbeing of all.   Horses are a mirror of us.  If we are nervous, irritated, tentative, the horse knows all of this before you do. 1.5-2 hour workshop