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Riding with Chi

Runtime 2 1/2 hrs

2-Disc DVD  $31.95

Video on Demand starting at $9.95

Your Pathway to Energy Mastery

A best-seller for many years the information and exercise in Riding with Chi is timeless. This version
released in November 2017 reformats the exercises and adds an additional qi gong routine.
This program helps riders of any discipline pursue the classical vision of riding with lightness to the aids.  It articulates the flow of energy within the rider’s position which enhances the physical and emotional connection to the horse—on the ground and in the saddle. With this understanding, riders can improve their awareness of breath, relaxation, alignment, visualization, and balance—all the components of chi, or positive energy flow. This is how horses communicate.

The Chinese character chi represents the life-process or energy flow that sustains all living things. In Chinese culture, the practice of Tai Chi and Qi Gong (chee kung) evolved, in part, as a way of enhancing the flow of chi within the human body. In Riding with Chi, the elements of efficient energy flow—low breathing, relaxation, spinal alignment, and balance—are discussed and demonstrated in terms of these exercises and their application to the rider’s position (Disc 1).

Disc 2 teaches several short, easy-to-follow Tai Chi–style and Qi Gong routines. You

will learn to relieve facial tension, lower and increase your breath, relax and supple your body, and achieve a stable and balanced position while in motion, as on a horse. Once you learn to feel energy flow within your own body, you will feel it within your horse as well, opening a pathway for extraordinary communication between horse and rider.

Over time, energy mastery will bring grace and sophistication to your riding position as it becomes apparent how a fusion between relaxation and energy flow forms the foundation for balance in motion—for both horse and rider.

Riding with Chi is for riders of all levels and any discipline. 

Three experts have come together to bring you this unique program:

  • Patricia Norcia owns a dressage training facility in Connecticut and has taught breathing exercises at major universities.

  • US- and Asian-trained David Ritchie owns and operates a school for Tai Chi Ch’uan and Qi Gong instruction in Connecticut.

  • Mark Russell, author of Lessons in Lightness, owns a training facility in Tennessee and gives clinics across the country.

Riding with Chi is a Mouse Hole Farm Production © 2009, 2017 Original soundtrack by Carlos Gonzalez.

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