What can I say? We have too much fun at Symphony Dressage! We all did the stretches designed for riders' Movement Awareness in the DVD by Eckart Meyners. Rolling the hips and pelvis on the yoga ball, stretching on the coolers in the arena, and more. The riders showed a marked improvement after each stretching sequence! Thank you riders, Jennifer Stetter-Nunes, Angelica Rodman- Apodaca, and Jessica Gill! Video coming soon!
As a special note: This is a very supportive team, so the riders didn't feel as though they were being critiqued. It was truly an opportunity for each of us to learn from each other without the fear of being "judged."
After riding, the whole group did some stretching exercises led by Chemaine. They started with some self-massage of the neck and shoulders followed by stretching the pelvis by sitting on a low wall and letting one hip hang freely. The demo riders then remounted and the group looked for improvement in their riding.
All three riders immediately felt the effects of having stretched first. Some felt that the improvement was due to simple body awareness and others felt the effect was directly related to the stretches. It was easy to see the improvement in each rider just by watching.
We also laid on our backs and rolled our lower bodies to the right (or left) while keeping our shoulders flat. This is a favorite stretch of mine, so it was really easy!
Oh yeah ... and then I rode - more on that later this week!