Heart to the Sky

Well, I ride Morris really well in the walk.

The trot… we’re working on it.

I’m not sure why, but it’s almost like I get on a horse I don’t know very well, and forget everything. I don’t know what that is. But when exhorted to rise from my hips rather than my legs — which I do perfectly naturally on Amigo and Rebel — it was like it was new information.

If the mind forgets, then at least the muscles remember, and as soon as I was told to do everything [that I already know how to do], I did them, and things got better.

In the exhortation — elbows in, hands down, rise from the hip, etc — also came the recommendation: heart to the sky.

I lifted my heart to the sky. It not only helped my posture, but it made me feel good all over. Lighter. More open. More confident.

Heart to the sky. I think I’ll walk down the road that way.

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4 Replies to “Heart to the Sky”

  1. That’s a lovely way of putting it . . . I just bought Suzanne Von Dietze’s “Balance in Movement – How To Achieve the Perfect Seat” which is AWESOME, so much so I’m buying a copy for my coach / centre. Obviously it’s all about seat and balance and core strength etc, all that good Physical Therapy stuff I’m working on – but the bit that pertains to your “heart to the sky” is the direction “thorax up and out”, to open up ribs / diaphragm as well as aligning shoulder position; the more usual “shoulders back” bellow from one’s coach can lead to the lower back hollowing which weakens pelvic core and thus seat / position / balance etc etc. But I like the heart to the sky analogy MUCH better. Easier to explain / project without having to get into anatomy and physiology. (“Balance In Movt” is GREAT for all that too so would be a good fit in your library perhaps? Any rec’s for MY library gratefully accepted – oh I already have your first book and # 2 on order so they don’t count roflmfao)

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