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.
A sense of wholeness
"Peak Performance" Is defined as: performance of a task at the optimum level of an individual's physical abilities, mental capabilities or both. - APA dictionary of psychology
If you want to be more confident in the saddle, present with your equine partner all with less aches and pains this may be the practice for you. They recommend trying it 3 times to see if you like it and you may notice a difference right away. Many of my students notice a lot less tension in their rides, and something I notice is the body language of horses around me when I have been practicing a lot; they feel calmer in my presence and it makes working with rescue horses A LOT easier!
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