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Updated: Oct 12, 2020

If the signal is strong, so is the connection. If the connection lacks, the signal is weak.

How to:

1. From back to basics, lift to a seated pose

2. Anchor seat bones at balance point

3. Engage core

4. Circular breathing while focusing up

Don't do:

1. Roll forward into hip flexors, tight neck

2.Slouch upper body or lower back

3. Bicep grasp the legs with hands

4. Tight, irregular breathing

This fun pose allows us to creatively challenge our balance, posture and core strength. Remember each time we assess and attempt a pose, we are not only talking one part of the body. The glutes support the lower back, the core supports the spine, and the spine supports the posture and the posture supports the arms. Every move has a reason and every reason has a point we are connecting to. Just like the old T.V. antenna's, we send our legs up or our arms up to make a connection to the abdominals. We will remain stabilized as we support from our core and lift with our legs. The longer and stronger we hold, develops more control in our body's use. The more dynamic our movement, like moving our arms, gives us a change to concentrate even harder on keeping our position.

Ride and Apply:

When we ride, core activation and leg isolation is important. The more we can articulate control from the inside out, the better and more clear our cues will be. This allows our body to have a heightened awareness of working with control and executing symmetrically. Sometimes when we correct a movement in a horse, or try to set him up in a frame, we can jerk him around with out intentionally meaning to. But if we are able to sit stable, balanced and wait as we ask in cue with a little pressure climbing to a more concentrated pressure, we are giving the horse more opportunity to respond with his dignity still intact. Our core stabilizes our seat, and mobilizes our feet, and aids control for our arms.

Try it:

If you have a mirror to do this near to evaluate that your lower back and squash blossom does not retaliate against you. You want your posture to support you, not impede you. You can try this exercise multiple ways. You can try just to sit balanced with your knees up, feet flat and the squash blossom posture. To elevate the challenge, elevate the arm or legs. If you are lifting the legs, straighten them upwards toward the ceiling and grab the thighs to support them with your hands, while opening your chest with squash blossom. If you are elevating your arms, anchor your feet to the floor at first. Test how fluid and free your arms can be, while maintaining a strong squash posture.

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