Yoga Poses To Improve Equestrian Balance & Core Strength
As equestrians, we dedicate a considerable amount of time to working to perfect our riding skills. When it’s not possible to get in the saddle, it is still important to find ways to work on improving balance and core strength: two key elements in horseback riding, no matter the discipline. Continue reading for equestrian yoga poses that are targeted to help you work on your balance and core strength.
To work on improving your balance when not in the saddle, yoga can prove to be extremely beneficial. Yoga has been proven to improve not only balance, but focus, as well. These are two important aspects of horseback riding, and the more practice you can get, the better. Below is a brief list of equestrian yoga poses that can help equestrians fine-tune their balance and core strength.
● Tree: Bring your right foot up and place the sole against your inner left thigh. Bring your pelvis directly centered over your left foot. Press your hands together. Hold the pose for one minute, then reverse the pose with your other foot.
● Upward Facing Dog: Lay on your mat on your stomach. Point your toes and raise yourself up off the floor with your arms, avoiding letting your thighs touch the floor. Drop your hips towards the floor while bringing chest towards the ceiling. The tips of your feet and palms of your hands should be the only things touching the mat.
● Chair: Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Extend your arms in front of you and lower yourself to mimic a sitting position. Hold the position as deeply as you can for a few minutes while breathing deeply.
● Plank: Lay on your mat on your stomach. Raise yourself up with your arms. Tuck your toes beneath you and bring your head and body to form one straight line. Gaze between your hands and breathe deeply for a minute or two.
The list above features just a few yoga poses that have the potential to drastically improve your balance and core strength when riding. There are countless positions that can help you hone your riding skills. Develop a series of poses to help you stay in the best possible shape and improve your riding out of the saddle!