In the past few years, goat yoga has exploded in popularity across the country. Fans love being able to get exercise while spending time with the cute animals. Now, a new version of the trend is hitting the Lone Star State.
Horse yoga mixes the beloved blend of exercise and meditation with riding. The horse acts as a sort of partner in the exercises as the participant does simple stretches while seated in its saddle or while standing nearby.
Sound interesting? Well, now you have a few chances to try it out for yourself. According to Austin360, Healing with Horses Ranch in Manor, Texas will hold a horse yoga class on May 28. For a donation of just $10, you can spend your evening relaxing with the ranch’s majestic residents.
If you’re craving a more intense horse yoga experience, you can also sign up for a four-week session at Bear Creek Stables, just south of Austin. According to the Daily Texan, participants will gather on Sundays to learn a series of stretching and breathing exercises.
So why horses? The connections forged between these gentle giants and humans often bring a sense of purpose and relaxation. Therapy horses are often used to help veterans cope with post-war stressors and psychological issues.