Yoga on horseback is one thing – see how it really is

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Yoga is fat and all, but imagine doing it on top of a horse.

If you think, ‘What?’ be sure that yoga on horseback is really one thing (as it is goat yoga and puppy yoga, ICYMI). Think of it as a blend of the two wellness modalities of yoga and equine therapy (also called hanging out with horses), put together to create a truly supernatural mind-body experience. And Ella Dove, our director of creative development, tries it out in Well + Good’s latest episode of What Wellnessa series in which we examine all the most accessible wellness treatments.

During a visit to Shakti Ranch in Malibu, California, Dove is bent right on top of Sophie, a (very cute) horse. “Horses have this really beautiful way of energetically showing someone’s inner psyche,” says Natalie Riggs, equine therapist at the ranch. So of course – horses are grounding creatures, but Dove actually has to practice yoga on the horse’s back … which requires a lot of balance (ahem: this goes out to anyone who has ever fallen in a wooden position). This means that Dove has to use every single muscle in her body to help balance so she does not go ker-plunk on the ground in the middle of the yoga position.

Once Dove has gone through some simple breathing exercises and spinal twists, she comes across some impressive downward dog and camel positions, all with Sophie as her dutiful #yogabuddy. How does she cope with the hour-long training? Is Dove still friends with Sophie at the end of sesh? Is yoga on horseback strange or worth it? Find out everything in the video above and stay tuned to our next section for more wellness information.

For more What Wellness, find out the truth behind acupuncture-adjacent ear seeds. And this is what biohacking fitness looks like, AKA getting a full week of fitness training within a 40-minute sesh (really).

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