Yoga for Horsemanship with Helen Gilbertson

Yoga is a full body, mind and breath discipline. just as in yoga, when riding or training we need to be supple to release muscles to create freedom of movement.

 

“If riding is the only time when you are asking your body

to perform certain positions and movements, then you will find it harder to succeed.

 

Yoga provides postures that make you aware of your muscles and skeleton and how to control the mechanisms of movement.” (Dressage Today)

 

 

 

 

This course is for beginners and more advanced students. It is suitable for non-riders as well.

Beginners to yoga will learn a sequence of yoga postures which you can take home and practice regularly. In addition, more advanced yoga students will be able to advance their practice under the guidance of an excellent teacher. If there are particular equestrian exercises which you struggle with,

 

Helen will be able to look at your posture and advise you of additional exercises you can do to help you become more balanced.

 

 

 

"Helen is an amazing teacher.. she makes everything so clear and will help correct little movements to get the most out of each pose. I never feel self conscious or worried about getting anything wrong with Helen!" - Susannah Wilson, UK



Daily Programe

Arrival Day

      18.00 Welcome and Introductory Session

      20.00 Dinner

Tuition Days

7.30-9.00           Breakfast

9.00-10.30         Morning Practice. Guided through a simple morning practice which you can learn and use at home. The focus will be on combining breath with stretching to awaken the body and release tension.

10.30-12.00       Coffee break and relaxation time.

12.00-13.00       Focus on Core: Horsemanship requires you to have a good stable core. This session will focus on exercises which will help you to engage your core correctly and use it effectively.

13.30-17.00       Lunch and siesta

17.00-18.30       Evening Practice. Develop a practice to help you to relax and unwind in the early evening. This will help you to manage stress and become calmer and more focused.

18.30-20.00       Relaxation/Dinner preparation

Departure Day

7.30-9.00           Breakfast

9.00-10.30         Morning Practise

           10.30-12.00      Coffee break and depart.

 

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

  • Comfortable clothing for yoga practice
  • Notebook and pen
  • Water bottle
  • Sun-tan and Insect Creams
  • Swim-suit
  • Towels and Bedding Provided



 May Course

Arrival 10th May 

Tuition Days 11th, 12th May

Departure 13th May

 

October Course

Arrival 4th October

Tuition Days 5th, 6th October

Departure 7th October

 

Price Includes:

  • 2 FULL days tuition
  • Use of Centre, horses and facilities
  • 3 nights accommodation in a shared room (max 3 per room).
  • All meals, including unlimited wine with evening meals.
  • Full use of our pretty villa, with garden and solar-heated pool.
  • Transfers from Granada Airport and Loja Bus Station (Express Coach from Malaga)

Not Included: Flights, travel costs etc to the Centre (except transfers from Granada Airport and Loja bus station), Compulsory Travel Insurance covering horse-based activities (required).

 

444 Euros



About Helen

 

Helen is a lifetime equestrian and now is developing a career as an exhibition rider with Galloping Acrobatics. She has been a long-term friend of Connection Training and worked there for three years. She then went on to travel and eventually, following her growing passion for yoga, went to Bali to train with Zuna Yoga, which teaches a balance between traditional teaching and modern scientific studies on healthy movement.

 

Helen teaches under the name of “Yoga Bella”, as she was known to her family as “Bella”. She made the decision to take Yoga Teacher training after discovering how much practicing Yoga had benefited her over the years


 

Helen shares a Hatha Vinyasa style of Yoga in which you will practice moving with your breath, using the breath to support and enable you into certain postures yet also into relaxation through the body to calming the mind. This is exactly what we need for horsemanship.

 

 

“The physical side of Yoga got me interested in the beginning. I wanted to be stronger and more flexible. Yoga enabled me to develop my body, without injuring it, like I had done in the past. I discovered pretty quickly there is so much more to be gained; I became hooked and inspired to share it!”

 


Transfer information for courses held at Cortijo de Segura

 

From Malaga Airport:

 

ALSA bus company runs buses from Malaga Airport and Malaga Bus Station:

You can buy tickets on line: it’s best to book in advance to be certain of a seat.

www.alsa.com   -   then search for buses from Malaga to Loja.

There is also an ALSA ticket office directly outside Malaga airport arrivals. (Be aware that not all buses leave from and terminate at the airport – there are more frequent buses from the bus station).

We will meet you at Loja by arrangement. Please confirm your arrival time with us.

 

Our preferred pick up time is 16:00 at Loja and we would ask you to organise your travel accordingly. We can arrange alternative pick up times but - as you may appreciate – courses are busy and staff and transport availability limited.

 

Similarly, for drop off for your return flight from Malaga, the first bus leaves Loja at 8:40 (arriving Malaga Airport at 10:30) so you will need to arrange your flights to suit. Check ALSA website for all journeys – times subject to change.

 

Should you wish to travel from Malaga Airport to Malaga Bus Station, there is a regular shuttle bus that leaves from directly outside arrivals (3 euro). Frequency – approx. 15-20mins -  leaves from a blue stand (autobus aeropuerto).

 

Similarly, at Malaga Bus station the airport bus leaves from blue stand at right angles to main bus stands. There is a left luggage facility at Malaga Bus Station.

 

Transfers from Granada Airport.

Granada is the nearest airport to Cacin and is 40 minutes by car. We can meet your flight.

You should book flights to ensure arrival in Granada between 15:00 and 18:00 on the start date for the course.

We will accommodate alternative pickups by arrangement if this proves difficult.

 

Car Rental

 

Both airports have car rental. We can put you in touch with other course participants - with their permission – so you can co-ordinate car hire share if you wish.



"Best learning experience ever!" - Jan Wilkinson, UK