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.
18.00 Welcome and Introductory Session
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
9.00-10.30 Morning Practise
10.30-12.00 Coffee break and depart.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Arrival 10th May
Tuition Days 11th, 12th May
Departure 13th May
Arrival 4th October
Tuition Days 5th, 6th October
Departure 7th October
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).
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!”
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.
- 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.
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.