Equestrian Tai Chi for Instructors
An online course for Instructors to learn Equestrian Tai Chi, and to learn how to teach it to their clients.
Here is what you will learn in the Equestrian Tai Chi for Instructors Level 1.
You'll learn Equestrian Chi Gung Exercises and the First part of The Equestrian Tai Chi Form.
The Equestrian Tai Chi Form is a sequence of movements performed in a flowing manner, while the Equestrian Chi Gung Exercises are single movements, that are repeated multiple times, they are generally symmetrical and are easy to learn. You will learn The Equestrian Tai Chi Form both on the right side and the left sides. The training videos are shown in mirror image to make it easier for you to follow along with them.
As well as this there is Weekly Training in the Challenge Forum where you will receive a new alignment or internal connection to practice each week, or a new focus on practicing a particular exercise.
As well as this you will be given a weekly exercise to practice in the walk on horseback. This is to reflect on your practice and to begin to see how you can bring your practice of Equestrian Tai Chi and its associated exercises into your riding.
What is required to become a Certified Equestrian Tai Chi Instructor Level 1?
Ideally, you will already be a qualified riding instructor, or be interested in teaching riding in some way.
To be eligible for certification you will need to send videos of yourself practicing Equestrian Tai Chi on horseback.
Six videos should be sent in, but depending on how you get on, you may be asked to review parts of your practice, and send in a further video. This is all part of learning and training and it is to help you! It is ideal to send in a video every two weeks! Once I receive your video, we can arrange a Zoom call, where I'll offer feedback on your video and suggestions to help you. You can also ask questions in the call.
If at the end of your videos series, you demonstrate that you have practiced sufficiently to have enough skill and a good understanding of Equestrian Tai Chi, you will be Certified By Distance as an Equestrian Tai Chi Instructor Level 1, and will receive a Certificate to indicate this. This certificate will remain valid for two years, after which you will be required to submit another video of yourself practicing, in order to keep your certification up to date. It will be required to re-certify every two years.
An important part of the training is attending the weekly Challenges in our online Forum.
To help learn the material in the course, you’re given a weekly Challenge with just a few new things to learn each week about your alignments and internal connections, so it is step by step. This is as well as learning the actual Equestrian Tai Chi exercises. Then you’re asked to write a short description of your practice in the Forum on three separate days!
For the Written Work for the course, you'll be asked to answer a short open book Questionnaire and to give 3 lessons to a student and write up a Lesson Plan and Review for them.
The time it would take to take part in this course each week is about an hour four or five times a week. This will give you time to watch the videos, learn the exercises and practice them on horseback and write about your practice in the challenge Forum! There might seem like a lot of things to learn, but all of the videos and lessons are short.
Here is what you will learn as you progress through the Modules –
- When you join the course, you will have all the Equestrian Chi Gung Exercises and Equestrian Tai Chi Movements that we'll be learning in the course, but each week we learn them bit by bit and then you can send a video of yourself practicing these, every second week. You'll have two private Zoom calls with me where I'll offer feedback and suggestions for your practice.
- You'll learn about your Internal Alignments that make it possible for your Chi to flow smoothly.
- You'll learn how we breathe in Equestrian Tai Chi.
- Weekly training in the Challenge Forum where you'll be invited to write a log of your practice 3 times a week.
- You'll continue learning the Equestrian Chi Gung Exercises and Equestrian Tai Chi Movements, and you can send a video of yourself practicing these, every second week. Again this month, you'll have two private Zoom calls with me where I'll offer feedback and suggestions for your practice and where you can ask questions.
- You'll learn about your Internal Connections and how to feel for real in your body, how we're connected internally inside.
- You'll learn how to breathe to different parts of your body, that will help to deepen your awareness of your internal energy/Chi.
- Again, weekly training in the Challenge Forum where you'll be invited to write a log of your practice 3 times a week.
- Again in Month 3, you'll continue learning the Equestrian Chi Gung Exercises and Equestrian Tai Chi Movements, and you can send a video of yourself practicing these, every second week. Again this month, you'll have two private Zoom calls with me where I'll offer feedback and suggestions for your practice and where you can ask questions!
- You'll begin to learn about Chi flow and to feel it for real in your body. (This is further developed in Level 2) You'll also learn how we can unintentionally block Chi flow in our body and how to know if your head is the correct alignment for Chi flow.
- You'll continue to learn how to breathe to different parts of your body, that will help to deepen your awareness of your internal energy/Chi.
- Again, weekly training in the Challenge Forum where you'll be invited to write a log of your practice 3 times a week.
- You'll be asked to prepare and give a short Equestrian Tai Chi lesson to a friend or family member and to write a review of it.
Lisa Scott in Co. Durham, United Kingdom is a Certified Equestrian Tai Chi Instructor
Giving directional aids through your energy syncs with the horse so beautifully ...
I Joined Equestrian Tai Chi in March 2016 after looking at options to add to my current instructor Qualifications!
I was given lots of material by the founder Jenny Pim in the benefits to both horse and rider in Tai Chi and decided to start the instructors Certification course.
Having never done Tai Chi or anything similar before I wasn't sure how I would pick it up.
I need not have been concerned the modules are easy to follow with both written and video tuition on how to perform both the Equestrian Chi Gung and Equestrian Tai Chi. It's a full step by step guide of what to do!
The horses really look forward to the break within the lesson to practice and I've witnessed for myself with several horses how calm, relaxed and generally happier they seem.
I am so pleased I decided to do the course and am thoroughly enjoying every moment of it. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this course. It most certainly has a place in the equine world!
Jenny has been amazing and has been available for any questions I have, and has given me very thorough and positive feedback in my video analysis.
I’m now teaching my own clients and they've found it easy to follow too. Both they and I are very much enjoying the practice and I have noticed a big difference in my clients confidence and positivity when riding!
I've been participating in the weekly challenges for Chi Connected riding which vary week by week with new fun challenges, one of the latest being the riders energy through turns/corners. Giving directional aids through your energy syncs with the horse so beautifully and allows us to focus without effort giving very small subtle aids just by being aware, it has helped enormously with symmetry issues for both horse and rider. The connection you feel with your horse when you practice is amazing, I look forward every Week to my practice to further improve my riding and deepen the connection with the horses I ride and care for.
Claire Oestreich in Pennsylvania, United States is a Certified Equestrian Tai Chi Instructor
Hi! My name is Claire Oestreich, and I'm from Southeastern Pennsylvania. I am a life-long lover of horses and happy to be around them in whatever way was possible.
I started my journey of learning with the Delaware County 4-H horse club, where I began riding at the age of 10. I quickly found that I wanted my career path to involve horses, and I took many opportunities in my college years at Lake Erie College to pursue this dream, such as riding in both English and Western disciplines. In my time there, I found that my true passion was in teaching therapeutic riding.
I became a Registered Level PATH Instructor in 2012, now transitioned to the CTRI, and soon after began my career with Special Equestrians in Warrington, PA. With the plan of expanding our center's programs, I came across Equestrian Tai-Chi. With my background in martial arts (over 20 years of training in Tae Kwon Do), I was eager to participate in something that combined my two passions. As I went through my training and practice, I was so pleased to find that the horses were enjoying the sessions as much as I was!
I am excited to continue this journey of learning with the horses, and I look forward to working with those who are interested in joining me!
I thoroughly enjoyed my training for Equestrian Tai-Chi with Jenny! She was able to answer all of my questions easily and in a timely fashion. She was very hands on throughout the course, something that I hadn't been expecting in the online format. All of the material was well paced and walked me through the steps to feeling comfortable and confident in myself and in my practice of tai-chi, which I had no previous experience in! Looking forward to continuing my training with Jenny in the near future!
Liz Horner in Yorkshire, United Kingdom is a Certified Instructor
Funny I always thought it was due to the weight change that guides the horse round – but this has again given me a new insight!!
Today I had a brilliant session on Bronte, using everything that we have been doing. I started with some reins moving round the arena in all directions & practising slowing down too. By the end I had a go with no reins & no leg aids as such – totally in control & what I found really amazing was Bronte came in on a smaller circle(with her head bent to the inside) – it really felt so connected even without reins.
I have always done this exercise but the horse would have the head often pointing out so really fantastic that this can make such a difference!!
Beth Lauren Parrish in Georgia, United States is a Certified Instructor
The Equestrian Tai Chi Instructor Certification Course far surpassed my expectations. As an instructor for over 20 years, I’m always grateful to find more modalities to incorporate with my lessons, which help my students and horses connect in more profound ways, physically and energetically.
Learning Equestrian Tai Chi has certainly created a beautiful flow for my students and they get instant biofeedback from feeling their horses relax and enjoy the rides more!
When I practice for my rides, I’ve found that I am more present, relaxed, and aware of how my energy can assist my pony throughout our dance.
The course itself is thoughtfully presented. The videos and audios are easy to follow along, enhanced by Jenny’s calm and beautiful voice.
The weekly challenges set you up for success, as you feel more motivated to put into practice what you’re learning right away. This helps you feel like you’re constantly having little wins, as you slowly and steadily learn the different movements and theory behind them.
I especially loved the private Zoom meetings to be sure I was on the right track.Being able to have this certification opens more exciting power tools to play with for my students in person and remotely.
Thank you so much for creating this course, Jenny! I look forward to many more wonderful lessons and continuing on to learn more from you as well.
May the horse be with you. Always.
-Beth Lauren Parrish with Inspired Riding
This is everything that is included with
Equestrian Tai Chi for Instructors Level 1 - Certification Course
The course is fully available online. You will have your own username and password to log in and out, whenever you want.
The Course Includes –
- Safety Protocols For Your Practice.
- Important Principles for learning and practicing Equestrian Tai Chi.
- Videos of 6 Equestrian Chi Gung Exercises with audio and written instruction.
- Videos of 11 movements of The Equestrian Tai Chi Form performed on the right side.
- Videos of 11 movements of The Equestrian Tai Chi Form performed on the left side. (3 videos are used to teach each movement.)
- The videos include audio instruction, and there is also written instruction for Equestrian Tai Chi.
- Safety Protocols For Teaching.
- Guidelines of how to teach the important Principles for Equestrian Tai Chi.
- Guidelines for creating Equestrian Tai Chi lessons.
- 12 Weekly Lesson Plans, to guide you through your first 3 months teaching.
- Weekly training in the Challenge Forum where you will receive a new alignment or internal connection to practice each week, or a new focus on practicing a particular exercise.
- Six private Zoom Calls with me, where I offer feedback on your practice and suggestions to help you.
I offer a Conditional 30 Day Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee.
If you decide Equestrian Tai Chi for Riding Instructors is not for you, that is not problem at all, just send me a video of yourself practicing the movements in Module 1 on horseback, within the 30 day period and I will happily refund your money.