What is the Yoga of Equine Wisdom™?
One day I began sitting in a chair or sometimes on the ground near my horse as he went about his horsey day. When asked why I was doing this, I said, ‘so we can hang out together, and get to know each other better.’ I started to realize I wanted him to really know I considered him my friend. Honest and open friendship is about equality in relationship. I started to wonder, ‘Did he really want to do what I wanted to do all the time? Maybe I could start paying more attention to what he wanted to do.’ Out in the pasture; he would wander and graze and I would amble along with him then I would move away to a different place and he would move companionably after me. It soon became a joyful way of spending time together, encased in a easy dance of reciprocal movements.
As I sat with him this way, my mind would roam and journey to all the parts of my life that made me happy. Being with a horse this way, invited me to feel joy and openness in a way previously unexperienced. These simple meditation sessions naturally led me to think about my yoga practice and love for it. I began to realize that although we were not touching, my horse and I were practicing yoga – and even partner yoga . . . it was all trust, silence, mirrored movements and intimacy.
In my time away from my horse, I recollected the feelings I felt spending that time with him and I wondered more about life, yoga, what it really all means, how it relates to being in relationship with horses and the ways I have come to know them as the sentient healer beings they are.
Yoga can be defined as ‘union’.
It can be a path one takes to move from the unknown into the known. This can be simply knowledge of the yoga asanas and it can also mean coming into relationship with the depths of one’s self and beyond. Inside of this definition of yoga, we can easily acknowledge that sitting with a horse, in silent communion, is in fact, yoga. As simple and complex as any asana practice could possibly be, to find silence, mutual respect and intuitive understandings of one self and with another; especially one of a different species. I will say this practice offers a more profound sense of peace and gratification for the act of living as any I have known.
Since these first revelations, I have continued to evolve my relationship with my horse in the spirit of companionship that naturally arises from spending time. I have created practices and experiences that include both yoga and partner yoga, not the aerial acrobatics sometimes seen, (although I have practiced full bow pose on the solid base of my horse’s powerful back), but various reciprocal movements that you might say seem dance-like, that highlight principles such as intimacy, touch, compassion, union and community. All of which are fundamental to that which make us ‘human’.
Equine Wisdom is the horse’s innate ability to not only be in each moment but to live there.
Whether in the last of the wild spaces on earth or on a yoga mat; when a person steps into the presence of a horse, that person cannot help but to become more in tune and in touch with and consciously aware of the vast wildernesses inside herself or himself. Yoga happens.
The Yoga of Equine Wisdom™ not only illumines the dissolution of both past and future into the only reality we have, which is the Present moment; it illustrates what it would mean for you, if YOU endeavored to live there, right now, too.
“I was only six weeks old when my mother strapped me to her back in a blue back pack and took me for a ride on her horse for the first time. I was a child who dreamed of ponies, collected horse pictures and dozens and dozens of toy horses.
For my fifth birthday, I received a wild and wily Shetland pony named Teddy. I am told the two of us would gallop off into the woods, and that sometimes, one of us would return without the other!
But no one worried, knowing that true love governed our relationship. He was my first horse teacher and partner, and he taught me lessons about respect, timing and patience that still resonate in my bones.
It has been through the countless untold hours spent with these amazing beings that I have realized all the ways they have shaped me into the woman I am today. In relationship with them, I continue to grow and learn and have found that indeed a ‘Horse Whisperer’ can truly only be a ‘Horse Listener’.
As a return gift to these sentient beings, in collaboration with them, I have pioneered a new system of yoga in their honor called the Yoga of Equine Wisdom™.” ~ Christin
The Power of Presence
The Power of Presence is a the realization that every ounce of potential and possibility of the entire infinite universe is contained inside of every single moment. This is the place I aspire to live from each day. This is the feeling I feel every time I step onto my yoga mat and find myself in sync with the naturalness inside of myself. This is where and what I am when my horse chooses to come walk with me instead of eat grass. This is the potency that beats my heart when I am practicing partner yoga from a place of real vulnerability and willingness to see myself.
This is the moment where life happens no matter what you are doing. And the moments never end.
Unless otherwise noted or requested, workshops are held at Harmony Ranch in Van Vleck, Texas, an hour and 15 minutes south on HWY 59, at my family home. Please see the photo gallery below.
- Fascinated with Horses ~ This gentle workshop in the country will guide you safely and peacefully through a day of creatively designed exercises and practices with others and horses. You will be nurtured both spiritually, emotionally, and physically. A beautiful sit down lunch is included. Expect to leave revived and refreshed with a new perspective of who horses are and what they add to our experience as humans.
Perfect for friends and family or employers and employees too. Email me or phone 713.855.1150 for more information. Please note that any program can be tailored into a personalized one on one or two overnight mini getaway.
Unless otherwise noted or requested, retreats are held at Harmony Ranch in Van Vleck, Texas, an hour and 15 minutes south on HWY 59, at my family home. Please see the photo gallery below.
- The Odyssey Retreat ~ Come into communion with horses and partner yoga as the gateway to self-discovery. In this 4 day all inclusive residential retreat, you will explore the internal landscapes of the soul through conscious connection with horses, others, and yourself.
“The Odyssey Retreat is truly the Hero’s Journey in every sense of Joseph Campbell’s descriptions. That’s what you are doing – creating heroes!” ~ Susan Peebler | Geophysicist – Santa Barbara, CA
“The space that Christin has created by combining her areas of love and amazing inherent talent is truly one of the best arenas of growth I’ve found in a long time. So much learning, so much light shown on those areas I had not been able to “see” until then,…and with a huge amount of safety, sacredness, and delight! This is a win win! I can only encourage everyone to step into the circle!” ~ Deborah Starrett | Certified Advanced Rolfer – Houston, TX
- The WREN (Welcomed Return to Embodying Nature) Retreat ~ This retreat is an all inclusive one day and night experience that incorporates practices to reconnect you to the Earth, conscious time spent with horses, noble silence, nourishing food, and an easy sunrise on the front porch; all supported by gentle yoga and partner yoga.
Interested? Let me hear from you! Email me or phone 713.855.1150 for more information. Please note that any program can be tailored into a personalized one on one or two overnight mini getaway.
Unless otherwise noted or requested, private lessons are held at Harmony Ranch in Van Vleck, Texas, an hour and 15 minutes south on HWY 59, at my family home. Please see the photo gallery below.
- Private and Semi-Private Lessons ~ I am available for private and semi private sessions, in whole or half day segments.
- Centaur Sessions: Riding From the Ground Up ~ Are you open to a new perspective? Christin’s unique take on riding will start you from the ground and progress you to the saddle in a way that cultivates a two-way conversation between you and your horse rather than the traditional way of ‘monologue’ riding. I will gladly come to your location. For all ages.
- Introduction to Horses ~ Are you interested in horses but not sure exactly where to start? Are you a little scared but drawn to them anyway? Need some personal guidance on how to be with horses? Are you the parent of a horse crazy child and need to know a little bit about the journey your child is embarking on? Let me safely introduce you to these amazing beings.
- One to One: Chiron Communications ~ What messages and/or limiting beliefs are you wrestling and struggling with? Are you ready for a one on one experience between yourself and a 1000 pound emotional genius? Spend an hour, spend the day. Your life and you are worth it. Come experience the revelations and peace you can find in the presence of a horse.
Email me or phone 713.855.1150 for more information.
“Impeccable, personable, compassionate, practical and intelligent would describe the working experience I had with Christin and her horses.
Socks, the dark beautiful horse I chose to work with, was clear about who he is and what our relationship would be. He reflected my state of being with absolute clarity. My initial experience of being deeply seen by all of the horses in the barn opened me in unpredictable ways. Throughout our session he reflected my ease and trust, and was freely expressive of his support and affection and had a great willingness to show it.
Christin skillfully instructed me in ways to be with horses that I had not previously considered. Seldom can you find such clear reflections of your inner self, without the typical alterations, as when working with other humans. When interacting with humans, political correctness, misunderstanding and uncertainty can mutate and alter relationships and their meaning. Open and clear would describe the communication I experienced with Socks. As horses are non-verbal, speaking language cannot cloud the meaning of what is being exchanged with a horse, and all communications are given and received on their own merit with absolute honesty. When directed by Christin, the container created for the experience is so free and safe, that you can simply relax into being who you really are, and then have that reflected back to you by the horse.
Christin is discerning and perceptive after a lifetime of being with horses, the decades of practice, study and teaching of yoga and partner yoga and all the ways that living an authentic life have shaped her. Her empathic and intuitive nature allows her to decipher the interactions that inevitably unfold with the horses. With great clarity, she offers these interpretations to you in a digestible and practical form so that you can incorporate the experience into your life when you leave.
The interactions were far from my scientific and analytical interpretation. Personable and empathic openings in a truly safe environment without language is a rare find. This experience of being with oneself and with horses in the way that Christin offers, is a true gift to give to yourself.” ~ Robert Boustany | Pralaya Yoga System Founder
Don’t see what suits your needs? Email me or phone 713.855.1150 and let’s create something together. Please note that any program can be tailored into a personalized one on one or two overnight mini getaway.
Harmony Ranch in Van Vleck, TX
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