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"When you have been
riding and taking lessons for as long as I have finding someone who can help you
make dramatic progress is exiting, and that is exactly what my Yoga lessons with
Alex have done for my riding. ..."
Holistic Horses are excited to
introduce a new course combining experience with Alex Bollag of Yoga steps, one of Canada's
leading yoga teachers to bring you a cutting edge yoga program for riders that
is effective, enjoyable and informative.
With over 35 years teaching
experience between them Lisa Venables & Alex Bollag have devised a
program whereby you will be educated in yoga taking the mind body relationship
between you and your horse to new levels. Starting with the hips and seat
we progress through the world of contact, flexibility, balance and flow.
A must for any level of rider
working in any discipline from horsemanship skills to dressage, showjumping,
eventing and racing.
We won't just leave you with some yoga
look at the benefits of each 6 week
For each 6 week module you will
E-mail or phone consultation prior to
starting to assess your needs
Weekly worksheets to chart your learning
Group discussion after class to discuss
issues directly related to riding
A recording of all your classes for your
A 'holistic horses' visualisation CD that
you can use before you ride.
Two phone consultations with Lisa Venables
up to 30 minutes (landline) to discuss application to riding and progress
Small groups - maximum 8 people
All of the above in a 6 week course for
***Special Introductory Price for Module
A 6 week course:
Developoing and Understanding Hips and Seat
Find more freedom and flexibility at your hip joint and
develop the foundation steps for the concept of stability
Explore ideas around maintaining “good posture” while riding and
how you can promote a healthy back and spine
Easy Arms & Contact
Find out how you can find more lightness and ease in your arms
All the elements we learn week 1-5 will come together in this
class about Balance and stability
Riding In flow
This class will guide you through a practice containing all
the elements of the course.
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Our guarantee to you ...
To coach you how to move into Yoga poses safely and with ease
valuable information in each class about your body and how it
moves in a way that will be relevant to riding
With the slow,
meditative movements of yoga you will increase your body
awareness in ways that you will be able to apply during the fast
paced activity of riding
To address the
unique physical demands of horse riding
To give you a
Mental discipline and focus that will facilitate your ability to
stay present with your self and your horse
To promote an
inner calm that is invaluable for anyone in contact with horses
To help you reduce
chronic tension while improving your strength, flexibility and
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Alex Bollag has
been studying and teaching Yoga for the past fifteen years. She
has had the pleasure of teaching at Canada’s leading Yoga
studios, teaching around the world as well as creating a ground
breaking Yoga program for Sheena’s Place, a non for profit
organization for eating disorders in Toronto. Her initial Yoga
Teacher training was at “The Yoga Studio” in Toronto and she has
since studied with many master teachers including Restorative
Yoga with Judith Lasater and Therapeutic Yoga with Susi Hately.
She also brings to her classes an in depth knowledge of The
Alexander Technique, Pilates and Laban Movement Theory, which
she studied at Smith College and Yale University. Currently she
is training to be an ITM Alexander Teacher under Dr. Don Weed.
Alex has a sound knowledge of body
mechanics and a unique ability to analyze Yoga poses and
movement. Her classes are engaging, relaxing, fun and full of
relevant information. She is passionate about teaching Yoga
postures in a manner that is safe and accessible for all fitness
levels and body types. She believes in tailoring a Yoga practice
to the needs of the individual and making the practice as easy
and enjoyable as possible.
As a keen rider Alex has a personal knowledge of how the discipline of
Yoga can help riders.
When you have been riding and
taking lessons for as long as I have finding someone who can help you make
dramatic progress is exiting, and that is exactly what my Yoga lessons with Alex
have done for my riding. The combination of the slow, meditative quality of Yoga
and Alex’s astute ability to observe movements helped me become aware of and
learn how to let go of tension while riding. This shift has had a huge and
immediate impact on my riding , even after my first yoga lesson. My horse has
responded to these changes beautifully and actually seems to have become more
flexible as well in response to me. My lessons have become a joy of making
progress again. Thank you!
Patricia Smith, ITM Alexander Teacher
Regular riding student of:
Bea Borelle, Phillipe Karl, Linda Tellington Jones, George Melorei
“Alex is one of the most
talented, thoughtful and thorough yoga teachers I’ve ever met. Her ability to
tailor each class to the needs of individual participants is exceptional, and
her straightforward communication make instructions crystal clear. Alex’s
passion for teaching and positive encouragement make every class a delight to
experience. I always leave class feeling physically and emotionally light and
Leonor Mowry – owner, Village Yoga and Author of “Deepening your Practice: Asana
and Anatomy”. Yoga Instructor.
Alex Bollag is a wonderful yoga teacher. Her quiet, gentle instructions inspire
confidence and her detailed explanations of how the body works and how to work
with my body have enabled me to develop my skills and begin to create balance in
my life. It is amazing that even the most basic and mundane explanations
regarding yoga poses resonate to the spiritual level and I find myself
processing what Alex has taught me throughout the week. Studying yoga with Alex
is one of the best decisions I ever made.
Dr. Diana Brecher, Psychologist
Composed, committed, creative,
compassionate - Alex brings all of these qualities to every task she takes
up. And when she combines these qualities with her sound knowledge of
biomechanics, her deep intelligence and her inner grace, she makes everyone
feel welcome and at ease as she leads them through classes that are lively
and fulfilling, yet challenging and fun.
Dr. Donald Weed, DC. Author “What you think is what you get”. Founder of the
I have worked with Alex for
the past 2 years and have found her be the best yoga instructor that I have
ever worked with. She carefully assesses each client and develops a
personalized routine to maximize your health and improve your well being.
She caters to all types of abilities and wishes. She integrates all types of
movement from Alexander to Pilates with traditional yoga techniques to
improve movements and flexibility.
Dr. Rulan Parekh
Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto
If you are a riding club
organiser or yard owner and would like to organise a clinic at your yard
firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire on dates and price format.
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interest for the
Next Foundation module beginning
Special Introductory Price for the
first module of £150 per student for:
Yoga phone consultation
Riding phone consultation x 2