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Yoga is all about the breath. Deep breathing in unison with body movement.
Tension held anywhere from your jaw to your toes interferes with your ability to communicate clearly with your horse. For example, if you hold breath while riding you will tire easily just as shallow breathing can send the message of fear to a horse and result in a nervous horse.
Deep breathing creates movement through the entire body. It helps you focus, improves concentration, reduces fear and helps you (the rider) find your core, your center of gravity.
Horses breathe in unison with their movement. I’m sure everyone reading this has heard a horse at the canter breathing with each stride.
If a rider becomes aware of their breathing they can center themselves, stay focused and calm.
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