No Talking, Just Music ✨ This Yoga Pilates Fusion Workout is not only for Equestrians but for everyone who wants to work their core, balance and lower body! Read more to find out how these poses can help to improve your riding ♡
How do I know that this will help you? I used to ride a lot, mainly dressage with a bit of jumping every now and then, for more than 15 years. Based on this experience, I created this Yogalates sequence - but to be honest, most Yoga & Pilates classes will help you to feel stronger & improve your riding skills, so check out my other videos ;)
About the Yoga Poses
Twist & Stretch Warm Up
- Stretches and strengthens the entire core and improves the mobility of the upper body as well as your posture. Important to move freely with your horse.
- A good warm up for the spine and good for your posture. Helps to connect to your breath.
- Great to improve core strength, stability and balance - all very important to ride safely.
Down Dog - Walk out Legs
- Lengthens the hamstring which can get a bit tight if you're riding a lot. Strengthens the shoulders, arms and wrists.
- Your core, hips, legs and upper body are working in this pose.
High Lunge - Knee Forward + Up
- This mini Yoga flow challenges your balance while strengthening and stretching your entire body. You're using your core to stabilize, your lower body to bring the knee forward. It's a great to to build focus and also awareness of your own body, which is essential if you're riding.
- This pose opens your hip while challenging your balance and focus. It helps to improve ankle mobility too!
- Another pose for balance and concentration, working the entire lower body and your core. This one-legged squat will also help you to stay calm during challenging situations.
Warrior Flow (Peaceful Warrior to Side Angle)
- This mini flow strengthens your legs, inner thighs and your pelvic floor while opening the hips so you can move them freely with your horse.
- Triangle pose can help to reduce stiffness from your neck, shoulders and knees. It's a great pose to strengthen your calves, hamstrings and ankles while giving you a nice lengthening sensation.
- This Yogi Squat is a great way to strengthen your knees and legs, keeps your hips strong and opens your chest and shoulders (another great pose for good posture!).
- Bridge Pose strengthens your back, shoulders and lower body and can help to reduce stress and anxiety (which is essential if you want a stress-free ride).
Alternating Toe Taps
- Great for your lower abs, gentle engagement of your leg muscles and feeling confident.
- Happy Baby stretches your muscles, opens the chest and hips and can help to relieve lower back pain.
- Improves flexibility of the spine, hips and shoulders, releases tension and calms the mind.
- Savasana helps you to connect to your breath and calms the nervous system, allowing you to relax completely. Being able to relax and breath deeply will do wonders if your horse tends to be nervous.