Hartpury to host free online yoga class for horse riders


Hartpury – the largest equine educational institution in the world – is hosting a free yoga class to be shown live on social media and specially designed to support equestrians during the coronavirus lockdown.

Yoga teacher Emily Burgess will lead ‘Facebook Live: Yoga for Equestrians’ going out online on the Hartpury Equine International Events Facebook page and her own Facebook page between 7pm-8pm on Tuesday 7 April.

Aimed at helping riders to stay healthy and active while self-isolating at home, the class will feature exercises that are ideal for riders of all levels of riding ability and for those currently not riding and competing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Widely reported health benefits of yoga include increased muscle strength and tone, weight reduction, improved respiration, energy and vitality, and reduced tension and stress.

Phillip Cheetham, Equine Director at Hartpury, said “We’re really pleased to be hosting, via social media, this special yoga class for equestrians with yoga teacher Emily Burgess.

“It’s important for everyone to look after their physical and mental health during these unprecedented times and, while no doubt our equine students and other horse riders would much prefer to be outside in the fresh air competing, we hope the yoga class on 7 April will go some way to helping.”

Emily Burgess, who is also a study skills tutor and mentor at Hartpury added: “A rider who practices yoga may find themselves uniting a stronger, more supple body with a calmer, more focused mind, which hopefully then goes on to aid a feeling of connection and harmony with the horse and an even more beautiful riding experience.”

Equine students at Hartpury, which offers a range of equine-related diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and PhDs, have access to a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories to support their studies.

The facilities within the Equine Therapy Centre and the Margaret Giffen Centre for Rider Performance enable biomechanical and physiological studies of both horse and rider.

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