Suitable for groups of 4-8. Contact Jessie to Schedule a Workshop at Your Barn
At first glance, yoga on horseback may seem like an unlikely merging of opposites. However, we see that the core principles of yoga ~ breathing, physical balance, awareness, union ~ are the very qualities that make an equine-rider partnership great. Yoga combines mindfulness with breath and a myriad of other subtle practices in hopes to achieve Union (of body-mind-soul). Horseback riding, when done well, truly unites horse and rider through its own subtle techniques. Both yoga and riding are a practice–not to be mastered overnight, and with diligence and awareness, can bestow the greatest gifts we humans can ask for.
~Jessie Tierney, Certified & Registered Yoga Teacher
The meaning of Yoga is Union.
Horseback Yoga™ teaches you how to unite with your equine partner in a meaningful way, through calming your mind, conscious breathing, heightening awareness, and gently opening tight spaces in the body. Through conscious awareness, this approach deeply enhances your connection to and communication with the horses you love, it’s applicable to all disciplines, and it’s a lot of fun!
Come ready to awaken your inner playfulness and discover a new “language” for communicating with your horse: the language of the body.
Horseback Yoga Workshops are 3 hours long.
Minimum 4 participants; max 8.
Optional Extension: Add Hoofbeat Attunement with Matney Cook for an all-day Experience. 6 hours total.
Participants meet for a one-hour yoga class (the horses stand by at first), moving through some basic yoga postures, tuning into our awareness, and learning how to breathe.
Next, horses and riders meet in the arena with the horse haltered/bridled (no saddles!). We begin on the ground next to our horses, discussing the language we use to communicate with our horses, then establishing a connection through breath. Then, we move into some connection exercises and gentile stretching of our equine partners, with an emphasis on proper body mechanics for both horse and human. Stretching alongside our horses, we practice bringing the connection we made with our physical body to our connection with our horse.
Once we have established a foundation, we’ll mount up and continue to breathe deeply and practice yoga on horseback for one hour.
Jessie teaches with a strong emphasis on safety.
No previous yoga experience necessary; horse and rider must be comfortable bareback (mounting stool will be provided).
Jessie is as passionate about using a gentile, heartfelt approach to horsemanship as she is about the benefits of yoga. An equestrian of 20+ years, Jessie draws from a strong foundation in Saddleseat training and Western natural horsemanship. She studies Shambhava yoga, is a Certified Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance, and currently integrates yoga into her work in physical therapy.
Jessie believes that yoga helps us to do everything more gracefully, and she loves helping people discover firsthand how yoga balances horses and their riders for a better system of communication with deeper, more meaningful connection.
Jessie frequently partners with Matney Cook of Hoofbeat Attunement to offer a full-day workshop: the first half of the day is Horseback Yoga, followed by lunch, then an afternoon of Hoofbeat Attunement, a natural horsemanship clinic. Contact Jessie to inquire about setting up a Horseback Yoga ~ Hoofbeat Attunement workshop at your location or signing up for an upcoming workshop.
Contact Jessie to bring Horseback Yoga™ to your barn or facility.
TESTIMONIALS & PRIOR WORKSHOPS
“I slept better than I have in a long time, and I’m still feeling the effects of yesterday’s horse yoga! I really didn’t know what to expect and I’m so glad that I went. The positive energy and supportive environment made it easy to let go and be fully present in each moment. It’s so special to be able to experience that with a horse, especially one that I didn’t know. Thanks again, Matney & Jessie!”
~Julie Lewis-Schot, Horseback Yoga ~ Hoofbeat Attunement Workshop participant
“Your clinic was perfect and well orchestrated with your educational and creative talents. Great job and thanks.”
~S. H., Workshop Participant
“Oh my goodness did I just witness something fun and enlightening, and healthy!”
~T. C., Horseback Yoga™ at Horse Harmonics ~ Alchemy of Attunement Auditor
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Prior Workshop dates and details can be found here.