Equestrian Tai Chi
A little bit about me …
My name is Jenny Pim.
I can help you to learn:-
- Equestrian Tai Chi, so that you can harmonize with the energy of your horse and both benefit from your practice together.
- To connect with your energy, so that you are completely sure of it, it will not be just a vague imagined feeling.
- You may think this is a new fad, or something that has been thrown together quickly with no thought or structure, but nothing could be further from the truth.
I’m a certified Tai Chi Instructor registered with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.
I began practicing Tai Chi on horseback by chance really, many years ago (2005).
I had a busy life, with three children, breeding Connemara Ponies and teaching Tai Chi, so to save time, I would prepare for my evening Tai Chi class when I was out riding.
I’ll never forget the very time time that I practiced on horseback. I felt as if I was suspended somewhere between Heaven and Earth. The feeling of practicing Tai Chi when you are sitting on a horse, is very different to the feeling you get, from practicing regular Tai Chi on the ground.
The ponies that I practiced on would become very relaxed, they would lower their heads and lick and chew. But I also realised they were benefitting in other ways as well. They became calmer, and more settled overall, and we made a much deeper connection.
When I would go out to the yard or field, their eyes would be looking for me. I felt that our relationship had changed, and that now we had something very special and exclusive between us.
I felt that they looked to me as someone who could provide stability for them and that I was someone they could rely on. But I also felt that they looked at me with new eyes – as someone who could meet them on an energetic level, that they could relate to.
Over the years, I developed The Equestrian Tai Chi Form. It includes the energy flows of the regular Tai Chi Form, so that it has the benefits of regular Tai Chi. (When you see people practicing Tai Chi, they are actually practicing a sequence of movements in slow motion, known as The Form.)
Tai Chi and Equestrianism are natural partners:-
- There is even a Horse Stance in regular Tai Chi. If you are sitting on your horse and your horse is taken away, you will be in the Horse Stance of Tai Chi.
- Another similarity to Equestrianism is that Tai Chi is always practiced with the knees slightly bent.
- The back is always straight in Tai Chi, it does not always have to be erect. Again this is similar to Equestrianism (think the Jumping Position).
Equestrian Tai Chi is completely designed for practice on horseback, you can of course practice it on the ground beside your horse as well. Practicing Equestrian Tai Chi, while you are actually on your horse, allows your energies to mingle and merge, and for your horse to be fully engaged in it.
You may be thinking now, that you have to be special in some way for this to work ….. that it may not work for you
This is something that I know is true:-
- You are special.
- You are unique, with your own special energy.
- You have an inherent ability to work with energy and to connect with it, if you are shown how.
One of the things that surprised me the most when I began teaching Equestrian Tai Chi, was how horses were affected by the actions of their riders, even from the very first day that the rider practiced.
I would look at the rider practicing the movements, I could see them thinking out the movements as they went along, and I would watch the horse’s head at the same time. I could see it twitching and relaxing, and the horse making tiny movements with his lips, so I knew he was being affected. Horses would show more obvious signs of relaxing as well, dropping their heads and resting a hind leg.
I have been teaching professionally now since 2002.
Unlike many Tai Chi teachers, who let people become aware of their energy by chance, or never help them become aware of it at all, I focus on helping people recognise their energy from the very beginning. I have developed a system for doing this.
One of the reasons that I need people to know about their energy from the very beginning, is that I often have a mixed class which includes new people and people who have been with me for years. So I need the new people to learn quickly, so that we can all move on together as a class.
I learned from the people that I have taught, how to become quicker and quicker, at helping people to connect with their energy.
For some of the exercises, it is actually easier to feel your energy on horseback. When I realised this I brought things from my Equestrian Tai Chi teaching, into my regular teaching, and vice versa.
The main part of the online course Equestrian Tai Chi - Connect is learning Equestrian Tai Chi, you will also learn how to connect with your energy, including your internal energy.
Here’s what you'll learn –
Equestrian Tai Chi
Equestrian Tai Chi balances your energy. It improves your flexibility and feel, and improves your posture and balance. Equestrian Tai Chi develops awareness of balance and posture. It helps riders to be in the correct balanced and straight alignment of their bodies. If riders are aware of when they are straight and balanced themselves, it makes it easier for them to tell if your horse is straight.
Practicing Equestrian Tai Chi helps people to recognise and to correct one sidedness. Because Equestrian Tai Chi is practiced on both the right and the left sides equally, people quickly notice, if one side is easier to practice on than another. Regular practice of Equestrian Tai Chi helps to make both sides equally balanced, supple and coordinated.
Equestrian Tai Chi improves suppleness and removes stiffness in the rider’s body. It’s movements gently build muscle tone, and reduce stiffness in the joints, allowing the rider to absorb the horse’s movement.
Equestrian Tai Chi relaxes and promotes the smooth flow of energy through the hips and the pelvic area. When the hips are relaxed it makes it easier for the rider to be carried by the movement of the horse.
Equestrian Tai Chi helps to ease pain, and to remove energy blockages from old injuries a rider may have. It guides the energy gently though these areas, bringing energy and healing. If one part of the body doesn’t move because of stiffness, then another area automatically has to compensate, this upsets the natural harmony of the body. Equestrian Tai Chi promotes the even flow of energy throughout the body.
Equestrian Tai Chi improves coordination and helps give riders the ability to separate different muscle groups from each other, so they can perform aids precisely, without involving unnecessary movement in other body parts.
Equestrian Tai Chi opens and develops the energy pathways in your body. The movements of the sequence of The Equestrian Tai Chi Form are learned step by step, as you move through the Modules. The whole sequence takes just under three minutes to perform on each side. This means, that it takes 3 minutes to practice the sequence of The Form the right, and it takes another 3 minutes to practice the sequence of The Form on the left.
The Form has 21 movements and 3 videos are used to teach each movement:-
- A quick view video.
- A video in slow motion with audio instruction.
- A video showing the place of the movement in the Equestrian Tai Chi sequence.
This may sound like a lot, but it’s not really, because some of the videos are very short, some are even just a few seconds long.
As you develop your Equestrian Tai Chi practice, day by day, you will find that your energy will become more balanced, and that your horse will start to benefit from your practice as well. Your horse will be able to feel the beautiful flow of energy, that the movements create in you, as you perform them. Your connection will deepen further with your horse, as your practice allows you to meet each other at an energetic level.
This is what people are saying ...
Tuned into my awareness and can see how our energies flow together
“I loved the pacing of the material and the three interrelated components, my own energy, breathing and then mounted Tai Chi.
It really helped me slow down and tune my awareness to myself and my horse and see how our energies can flow together, or become disconnected.
My horse is a very sensitive thoroughbred and he has become very relaxed and soft. I’m still applying all I learned in our daily interactions and rides, and always will, it’s such an important part of how we relate to our horses.
And Jenny herself was great, providing excellent feedback and advice.”
Equestrain Tai Chi calms me grounds me
“Equestrian Tai Chi strikes a chord with me. It calms and grounds me. I love it.
I found the online delivery really suits me. I have 3 kids who keep me on the go, so finding time to get a class is nearly impossible.
I use any waiting around time to practice any new moves. I watch the videos, sometimes several times to get it right. I love the step-by-step building up of knowledge and skills. It provides a good solid foundation, with explanations of principles, breathing and posture.
It builds gradually so that it always feels worthwhile and never daunting. Fitting it into my life is easy.”
When Sidney and I found each other, he had obviously been handled very roughly and had lots of issues and dramas going on.
I have been practicing the Tai Chi exercises and found that Sidney responds beautifully to the energy, he shows the classic signs of lowering his head and lots of chewing and sometimes yawning.
It has also relaxed me and helped me to increase my focus and awareness in a positive way.
I have been doing this next to him, before working him in hand, and also on his back before a ridden session, and am so pleased to see that he is noticeably more relaxed and displaying less fear and anxiety.
Thank you Jenny for opening this new pathway for us.”
Karen Moon BHSAI
This is everything that is included with
Equestrian Tai Chi - Connect …
The course is fully available online. Once you join the course, you get immediate access to all the four modules. You will have your own username and password to log in and out, whenever you want.
The Course Includes –
- Safety Protocols For Practice.
- Important Principles for learning and practicing Equestrian Tai Chi.
- Information about your Tantien.
- 4 Equestrian Chi Gung exercises with instructions for learning how to connect with your energy using these exercises.
- Guidelines for practicing Taoist Breathing.
- 11 Taoist Breathing Exercises to help you connect with your energy when you're riding, these are not to be confused with using breathing for aids when riding, but they are to wake your body up and make it feel alive inside when you ride.
- Videos of 21 movements of The Equestrian Tai Chi Form performed on the right side.
- Videos of 21 movements of The Equestrian Tai Chi Form performed on the left side. (3 videos are used to teach each movement, so 120 videos for Equestrian Tai Chi in all.)
- The videos include audio instruction, and there is also written instruction for Equestrian Tai Chi.
The first bonus is Free Equestrian Tai Chi Appraisal.
You can send videos of yourself, performing The Equestrian Tai Chi Form for appraisal after each module, or once you have completed all the modules. You will receive feedback on your progress. This is purely optional, but it is available for you, if you want it.
The second bonus is 2 private live calls.
I'm offering two private online, but live lessons, just for you to help you connect with your internal energy. This will be after you've learned the material in the course and it's to help you consolidate what you know.
The third bonus is private connection with me on Facebook.
I will set up a private place for you to connect with me once you join the course. This will be a place for you to ask questions, to discuss your progress, and let me know how you are getting on. Again, this is purely optional, but it is available for you if you want it. This is also the place where you would upload the videos of yourself practicing to get feedback.
I offer a 30 Day Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee
If you decide Equestrian Tai Chi - Connect, is not for you, that is not problem at all, just send me an email at email@example.com within 30 Days, and I will happily refund your money.
I hope that by now, you have a good understanding about the course, and what it could mean for you and your horse, if you were to learn the material in it.
You will learn to connect with a part of yourself, that you may, or may not have met yet, and a daily practice for you and your horse to enjoy together for as long as you want.