Whoa-Ga Horseback Yoga:
Exercises for Balancing Horse and Rider
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1. On the Ball Exercises for building muscle memory and balance in the rider.
2. Ground Exercises for connection the horse mentally and clear, two-way communication.
3. In-the-Saddle Exercises for balancing the horse-rider combination.
When we ride, we gain 1,000 pounds and 40 inches; that's a lot more to balance.
These exercises are equitation based for getting the horse to engage the hindquarters
for balancing at all gaits.
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Unlike any other sport, riding is a combination of static and supportive positions in the saddle to help the horse balance himself and the load. When we ride, we raise the horse's center of gravity ; making it even more important to disperse our weight correctly. These positions and weight placements are taught in Whoa-ga's Yoga Program, then transferred to the saddle.
Whoa-Ga! begins with the rider's self awareness, starting with the physical; body awareness of intricate balance points and specifically supportive muscle, joined with an understanding of the horse-rider connection, or biomechanics. Whoa-Ga! has created a series of asanas or poses correlated to riding for all disciplines. We have sought to build a program that will best prepare riders to work with natural horse instinct and the ‘rules of thumb’ that apply to all disciplines. Having trained horses in several disciplines, we've chosen poses that would most universally lend themselves to improve the balance and coordination of both rider and horse.
Whoa-Ga! is a combination of age old wisdoms combined to form a new school of thinking. Primarily, it’s a series of exercises developed by Clinician/Trainer Cathy Reynolds over several decades. She was the first person in history to use yoga's supportive poses on the horse with the intricate moves of equitation in both mounted and dismounted lessons. Whoa-Ga! is defined as "Horseback Yoga". Today, Cathy teaches clinics and seminars around the U.S. and has published several videos providing extensive free content, including exercises, training and support for becoming a balanced rider, as well as a growing journal of instructional articles. We offer continuing education for therapeutic instructors, discounts for groups and non-profit program, teams and Law Enforcement. And, we have created Horseback Yoga, the first of its kind on Earth!
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