Aligning the spine, sitting straight without tension
When a riding instructor tells you to “Sit straight” then you often see that the muscles of the rider will get tensed. See if you cen let your body the centre so you can align your spine from relaxation.
Close your eyes so you can feel more.
Put one hand on your stomach and the other on your lower back. Make your back several times SLOWLY concave and convex, search the extremes. Then make the movement smaller and smaller until you find yourself in the center and your pelvis is straight between your hands.
Then do the same with your upper body and shoulders, make sure you keep your pelvis in the position you already found. Put one hand on your sternum and round your upper body and shoulders forward. Then pull your shoulder blades together, feel where it creates tension. Go back and forth between both those positions, do it slowly so you feel what is happening in your body. Then make the movement smaller again until your chest is positioned straight above your pelvis.
Finally you put your head on top of the spine, that is now in alignment, ribcage on top of your pelvis. Move your head slowly and gently forward, let your chin hang on your chest. Then move your head slowly back and then slowly forward again. Make the movement smaller, so small that you almost can not see it anymore. You will feel that your head is in a small ‘bowl’ and wants to rest in it after each small movement.
Do this exercise regularly on a chair so that your body remembers your new found straight position and can build a new cell memory how it feels to sit in alignment. Then do it on your horse (make sure someone is holding your horse).
If you have a physical problem, always consult a therapist before doing the exercises. Never cross a treshold of pain. Lucie Klaassen can not be held liable for any damage resulting from any inaccuracies and / or omissions in this publication.