Stress relief is a very important part of the sport. Unlike many other sports we need to take care of a living animal, and ourselves. Without mentioning the 9,000 other pressures put on Equestrians.
I'm not here to rant about the stressful parts ( I have many other articles around the expectations put on Equestrians)... However, I am here to talk about one way that significantly helps me and my students.
First of all, what is Yoga Nidra?
I am going to explain this "wrong" to keep it simple. If you want the scientific definition you can find it here: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/what-is-yoga-nidra/
Yoga Nidra is a way to meditate where you don't even notice you are doing it, you are lying down the whole time and almost listening to a story while getting a TON of health benefits.
How can it help you as an Equestrian?
When done with a certain intention in mind it helps create a space in your subconscious mind. Similar to hypnosis but without someone else controlling it. So if you want to feel calmer in the saddle your intention could be "Relaxed" "Calm" "Confident" or many other wonderful intentions.
Even without a certain intention in mind Yoga Nidra still is a very powerful practice for the mind and body.