Equine-imity – Stress Reduction In the Company of Horses

July 11, 2019|4:00pm

Do you wonder what it means to be “healthy as a horse?” This 4-week course uses the horse-human relationship to enhance our ability to breathe deeply and relax, to self-regulate our emotions, and to apply other stress relief techniques.

Horses help us develop these skills through their magnificent strength, grace, and reading of body language. They teach us to use all our senses plus breath and movement to release stress, heal, and invigorate the body. Using techniques from mindfulness meditation, tai chi, qigong, yoga, Reiki, and nature-based therapy, you will learn to ground, center, and relax by touching and breathing with horses. The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi cites medical studies showing the value of tai chi and qigong on long-term stress reduction and improvement in cognitive function. Horse-assisted somatic or “of the body” learning, in combination with daily practices offered in class, will help you establish a lasting and healthy integration of your physical movements and senses with your intellect, emotions, and intuition. The course includes 4 class sessions plus 1 individual private session. No horse experience needed.

Instructor: Beverley Kane, MD, is a family medicine physician and equine-assisted learning specialist on the faculty of Stanford Medical School. She will be assisted by Robin Murphy, a PATH-certified therapeutic riding instructor, with extensive experience in teaching adults and children.

Class details are subject to change.