Yoga and healing with horses
Combining the beautiful, transformative powers of yoga and the gentle, healing energy of horses
Remember our beautiful programme of Yoga & Healing with Horses? Well we have news!
Jo Corfield and the Hopethruhorses herd have relocated to an amazing 70 acre patch of forest and valley land in South-East Wales and are becoming a voluntary, community organisation.
Light Yoga Space is super excited to be working towards more future collaborations of yoga and equine therapy retreats with this herd of beautiful beings, and Janice is becoming a trustee for the new 'Preserve the Herd Community Organisation'
The herd consists of a combination of balanced, well adjusted horses and those who arrived with their own traumas and in need of healing. Some of them have been with Hopethruhorses since birth knowing only freedom, love and kindness. Others have been damaged by human ignorance and cruelty and have come to find emotional peace in the calming company of the psychologically healthy members of the herd
This mix of the naturally healed and those in need of healing has created a herd that has found harmony and equilibrium through working together for the greater good of the whole group. This has a powerful healing effect on the humans who have had the privilege and honour of knowing them and working with them therapeutically
Hopethruhorses for the people
Through gentle, therapeutic practices such as yoga with the horses, and equine therapy, the Preserve the Herd Organisation aims to bring people and horses together in a way that promotes physical and mental health, healing and well-being whilst educating on the nature and sentience of horses in their natural environment. We aim to interact with the horses in a mutually beneficial way
Hopethruhorses for the horses
We aim to be the guardians for life of this gentle, bonded herd keeping them safe, healthy and together with plenty of acreage for them to run freely and live naturally. We do not ride the horses or have them work for us in any way, they are embraced as equals. All human interactions with the horses are with awareness and respect for their sentience and their ability to choose whether they want to engage with us or not
In August 2017 we ran a beautiful 1-day mini yoga retreat with the herd.
You can read more about the programme below. We hope to do more work with the horses once the herd is established in their new home
Light Yoga Space in partnership with Hopethruhorses
Hopethruhorses is an established Equine Involvement Therapy facility in Garsington, Oxfordshire, founded and run by experienced equine therapist Jo Corfield.
NO RIDING INVOLVED
This is about working with the horses on an emotional and energetic level to overcome the fears that entrap us, for personal transformation and healing. Think the healing potential of swimming with dolphins, only in a luscious field in the English countryside meditating and connecting with equine energy and a gentle herd of therapy horses
Jo set up and runs Hopethruhorses entirely on her own and has a deeply beautiful, intimate and trusting relationship with each member of her herd of 19 beloved horses. She knows each horse inside out and her story, and theirs, are utterly inspirational. You can find out more about Jo and working with horses in this therapeutic way by exploring her website
The yoga will be led by Janice Kate Fisher proprietor of Light Yoga Space. We will practice 2x classical Hatha yoga sessions led in the beautiful and authentic Sivananda tradition. We will practice in the field with the horses, weather permitting.
Janice has been studying Sivananda classical hatha yoga for over 20 years and has been teaching for 15. She is passionate about supporting herself and others on the journey towards a healthy body, a healthy body-image, mental health, well-being and self-acceptance. She very much believes that every-'body' can benefit from the transformative power of yoga. She is dedicated to Sivananda yoga and believes wholeheartedly in it as a practical force for good in the world.
You can find out more about Janice and about Sivananda yoga by exploring our website here
Note there might be some changes to this proposed schedule.
10:00 a.m. arrival time
10:15 a.m. Opening circle
10:30. Yoga session 1 in the pen
11:30. Talk and intro from Jo, health and safety, horse body language, trust, about equine therapy, about herd behaviour,
Introductions to some of the individual horses going round the
horses as a group, meeting them and hearing their
stories and learning about their behaviour
12:30. Packed lunch in the pen
1:30. Guided exercises with the horses plus free time with the herd, which will include 10-15 minute
one-to- one’s with Jo and individual horses
3:30. Yoga session 2 in the field, with breathing and
meditation with the horses
5:30. Closing circle
6:00. Departure time
Please not all activities are weather dependent. If the day is rainy we will have gazebo style covering for both yoga sessions. You will need to bring warm and waterproof clothing
Yoga and healing with horses. What a fun, funny, sweet experience. I wish every yoga class I taught had sunshine and horses in them. For the record. This is NOT NOT NOT yoga ON horses. We are doing yoga on the ground and the horses are being horses engaging or not engaging by their choice alone. Very different practice. #equinetherapy #yoga #yogaandhorses #horses #sivanandayoga #sunsalutations #standingforwardbend #theplough #halasana #trikonasana #shavasana #lightyogaspace
Jo and I had a little play yesterday with a camera and some yoga and the horses and Meg the enthusiastic black lab who thought every yoga pose was an invitation for sloppy kisses. Don't worry we won't be practicing that close to the horses but these pictures were really to demonstrate how gentle these guys are. I felt totally safe in a headstand right next to them. Also don't be put off by poses like the headstand we will have a gentle introductory practice and beginners are very welcome. Follow the link in my bio to learn more about our yoga and healing with horses taster day retreat this Saturday 12th August there are still spaces left and you are very welcome to come @hopethruhorses_uk #equinetherapy #yogahorses #horsesofinstagram #horses #sivanandayoga #yogawithanimals #yogawithhorses #yoga Wearing my @triple_threads #nevergiveuponfreedom t. #veganfortheanimals #vegan #thisiswhatayogilookslike #bodypositive
I'm running a yoga and healing with horses taster day on Saturday 12th August along with Jo Corfield @hopethruhorses_uk . There will be no riding involved, just gentle therapeutic connections. If you'd' like to join us you are very welcome, you can find out more by visiting my yoga studio website http://www.lightyogaspace.co.uk/yoga-retreat-with-horses/ #equinetherapy #yoga #sivanandayoga