‘Whoa-Ga!’ is the only horseback yoga program that teaches riding using yoga techniques. Stretches are done on a yoga ball and then applied to the horse in a mounted lesson. ‘Whoa-Ga!’ is about applying the biomechanics of a horse to help create balance for the rider and horse.
Cathy Reynolds is the author of the book, “Whoa-Ga! Horseback Yoga”. She said that it’s a practice which supports balance and muscle memory to control the horse.
“Whoa-Ga! prepares the body for riding in forward and deep seat disciplines. Yoga and riding have a lot of parallels. In yoga you are taught to support your body. In horse back riding, you are balancing a half ton horse,” Reynolds said.
Lisa Massimini owns Angel’s Grove Ranch in Bush, LA. Angel’s Grove Ranch is a horse rescue and therapeutic riding facility. Massimini believes ‘Whoa-Ga!’ is great for the body.
“The whole horseback combined with exercise. I don’t think you can find a better program than that,” Massimini said.
In yoga, it’s traditional to say ‘namaste’. In ‘Whoa-Ga!’ you say, ‘namst-HAY’ or ‘namast-NEIGH’.
Reynolds is currently working on her second book with a video to go along with it.
For more information: whoaga.com