MIDDLESEX, Vt. - Horseback riding and yoga are two activities you wouldn’t normally think go together. But a local yoga instructor is combining her love for both into a unique activity, yoga with horses.
Chrissy Lefavour owns Grateful Yoga in Montpelier, Vermont. Yoga is just one of two passions of hers. She’s been horseback riding at Pease Farm in Middlesex since she was eight years old.
“Yoga was actually the thing that brought me back to horseback riding,” Lefavour said.
Four years ago, she decided to combine her two loves.
“It seems very natural once you start to do it, yoga is about unity and harmony and horses are herd animals, they’re the same way,” Lefavour said.
Lefavour now teaches yoga with horses at summer camps, and one-on-one sessions. She says you don’t have to have any experience to enjoy yoga with horses.
“What we do with people who have little horse experience is we start on the ground. The first step is greeting your horse and he’ll greet you too,” Lefavour said.
Pease Farm also runs a horse therapy program for students with disabilities called Vermont Horse-Assisted Therapy (VHAT). The non-profit organization aims at providing safe and fun therapeutic riding experiences for both children and adults facing physical, emotional or economic challenges. Lefavour often teaches yoga on horses to participants.
VHAT offers lessons, groups, and teen programs. They also offer a one of kind Vermont group program for children with autism.
For a full list of what VHAT offers click here.
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