I first came to Vinyasa Dressage looking for a fun way to get a couple of lessons in for my therapeutic riding certification requirement. I have known Suzanne and Jill for many years but never as yoga teachers and dressage instructors. Vinyasa Dressage is unlike any other lesson program I have tried. supportive, safe, amazing all come to mind. Supportive in all ways but probably mostly because of the concept of starting each lesson with yoga, tuning instructor and rider together and finding those places in your body that need strengthening, stretching, relaxing, breathing! This work with yoga then seamlessly continues into the riding lesson. Safe because the instructors have a great sense of how to encourage you as a rider without pushing you to a point you feel unsafe, and because of wonderful lesson horses. Amazing—the new farm location is breathtakingly beautiful. The covered arena with lots of open windows looks out onto the farm and surroundings. The combination of yoga and dressage allows growth in many areas which combine to heighten your experience as a rider and horse lover. I leave each lesson feeling renewed and strengthened.This is a great program for riders of all ages and levels of experience!
Icon, my Arabian gelding, came into my life with a successful show horse/breeding stallion history. My attempts to turn him into a trail horse in his late teens certainly had some challenges, as this was a whole new world to him. I eventually sought out lessons to help me understand the language that he knew and to forge a better connection with him. Vinyasa Dressage has been the perfect solution! Through pre-ride yoga, relating poses to riding positions, mindfulness training, and expert observations, Suzanne connects the dots for us as I learn to communicate with my special guy. Icon and I continue to improve our partnership and deepen our trust in each other through this work.
As we got in the car Penny said, “ mama, can I come here every day to ride?” She is not overly expressive with words but feels deeply especially when it comes to animals... sign us up for a package! Your approach in teaching, your way with Zeus and the farm are all beautiful... we feel grateful.