• Gita Matlock

Why yoga & meditation with horses?

"Yoga means union. Etymologically, it is connected to the English word yoke. Yoga means union with God, or, union of the little, ego-self with the divine Self, the infinite Spirit," explains the great yoga master Paramhansa Yogananda. To achieve this union there are many practices, beliefs, paths, and means. All are meant to align the individual's thoughts, feelings, and body with their highest truth. They are intended to create a direct experience of the Divine within.

For me, yoga and meditation are as essential as sleep, food, air, love, and brushing my teeth. I was born into a spiritual community, raised by yogis, and always resonated with it...frankly, it's just in my DNA. Even so, it was the horse that accelerated my yoga practice by leaps and bounds.

The horse is uniquely attuned to the alignment Yogananda talks about. They sense when it is present and when it is not. When they find us lacking, many horses support us to get closer to it. Our hearts entrain with theirs, they offer reiki-like energy releases throughout our bodies, they bring us deeply into presence, they show us how we truly feel/think/believe.

This is the case with my horses. Time and again, I watch as clients experience profound healing with this herd. Grief, anxiety, depression, fear, paralyzing indecision, these frightening feelings find empowered resolution through the reflection, discovery, and healing of Self, guided by horses. That's how we came up with the name; it simply captures what happens in this work.

So why bring yoga and meditation into this work with horses? Or, conversely, why bring horses into our practice of yoga and meditation? To put it simply: because it makes perfect sense.

My herd wants to help you find alignment with your true Self. The practices of yoga and meditation are meant to do the same. By bringing the two together, we can harness the power of both to accelerate our journey toward ultimate union. It's really a no brainer if you ask me.

"My heart feels very open and calm. It often can take a while in my meditation practice to get to that place, but with the horses, I felt I could enter that space almost right away." - Student

Come and see for yourself. Be curious, be open, bring your whole self. What comes when you do is entirely yours.

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