The catch word of “mindfulness” has been floating around a lot in recent years, but I still come across many athletes who haven’t been introduced to the basics of mindfulness. Being mindful isn’t necessarily a exercise you can do three sets of ten a day and expect immediate change from, but similar to how I … Continue reading Mindfulness 101
Alignment is one of the core things I work with my clients on. Whether it’s in the saddle with their horse, or on the ground in various contexts- stacking our joints efficiently is a big part in effectively moving, performing and living a healthy life. One thing we often forget about when it comes to … Continue reading The Psychosomatics of Alignment
Equestrians have a culture of pushing through pain. Though, what many fail to realize- pain is generally not a beneficial thing to push through in terms of longevity in our health and performance. If we are in pain and negatively stressed- we’re more likely to experience burnout, injuries, illnesses, and lower adherence to exercise programs. … Continue reading Are you working too hard?
The theme lately has been INTENTION. Figuring out what you want, using visualization and kinesthetic awareness to get it communicated to your horse. Something we don't often hear about is habitual movement patterns, or holding patterns. We humans store A LOT in our physical tissues. Issues and tissues go together long before Kleenex made that … Continue reading Holding Patterns and Your Performance
"Tuck your ribs" "Suck in your tummy" "Squeeze your abs" "..belly button to spine" You've probably heard one, if not all of those, at some point in your fitness endeavours. Whether it's yoga, physiotherapy, pilates, a bootcamp, or just from a trainer or article... those are all common ways for people to describe core "activation". … Continue reading Are you doing it wrong?
As WEF comes to an end and those of us living in the Arctic head into our competitive season, kicked off ceremoniously as always by the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair and Spring Classics in Alberta, it's time we talked about avoiding that mid-competition burn out. Riders are unique in many ways, one of them being … Continue reading Five Must-Dos for Surviving Marathon Competitions (*OD-ing on lattes isn’t one of them)
We’ve all had the experience of setting a goal and then getting side tracked, only to have to set the same goal again a period of time later- or never really commit to the brilliant idea we had. One of the most important things I stress with coaching clients is the power of finding the … Continue reading Finding Your Why