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Book Review: Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the Common Body

Book Review: Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the Common Body
NW Horse Source

Meditations and Strategies for Deeper Understanding and Enhanced Communication

by Paula Jose-Jones

 

February 2018For years horse trainers and equine experts have sought new ways to tap into that which remains elusive: the ability to use the human body and our often-neglected power of intent to explain to the horse what we want, as well as receive and understand his answer. From the Feldenkrais Method®, Alexander Technique, and yoga to Tai Chi, Aikido, and other martial arts, various areas of study seemingly unrelated to horses and riding provide new insight for achieving a soft, fluid connection with our equine partners.

Now in this fascinating book, dancer and choreographer Paula Josa-Jones examines this age-old conundrum from a whole new angle, combining her two greatest passions: movement and horses. Through stories, strategies, and over 65 meditations and gentle exercises, Josa-Jones shows us how we can develop greater somatic awareness away from the horse, as well as how being with the horse can help this consciousness continue to evolve. The result is a closer, more intuitive connection with our horses. We are more trustworthy, more comfortable in our own skin, and better prepared to act with balance, sensitivity, and kindness in all our relationships.

Purchase from the author, Trafalgar Square Books or Amazon, as well as other book stores. $29.95

 

Originally Published February 2018 Issue

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