Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the Common Body

Meditations and Strategies for Deeper Understanding and Enhanced Communication

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Our Horses, Ourselves

BETWEEN 60 AND 80 PERCENT of human communication is nonverbal, spoken in the physical languages of movement and touch. But while we are in effect talking all the time, we often lack a clear vocabulary and syntax of the body. And it is here that our relationship with horses (and humans) can become complicated, even to the point of breaking down. Communication between human and horse relies almost entirely on the nonverbal - if we don't know what we are saying or how we are saying it, we cannot possibly expect to form the kind of trusting and consistent partnership that is integral to recreational and competitive equestrian pursuits.

For years horse trainers and equine experts have sought new ways to tap into that which for many 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 in and understand his answer. From the Feldenkrais Method®, Alexander Technique, and yoga, to Tai Chi, Aikido, and other martial arts, we have used various areas of study seemingly unrelated to horses and riding to gain new insight as to how to achieve a soft, uid 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. By helping us develop greater somatic awareness - consciousness of breath, integrated and coherent movement, and the understanding of movements and touch as potent channels of communication - she opens unexplored doors to the true partnership with horses we seek.

Through stories, strategies, and over 65 meditations and gentle exercises, Josa-Jones shows us both how to develop this awareness away from the horse, as well as how being with the horse can help this consciousness continue to evolve.What we nd in these pages not only brings us a closer, more intuitive connection with our horses, it helps us become more trustworthy, more comfortable in our own skin, and better prepared to act with balance, sensitivity, and kindness in all our relationships.

READINGS AND BOOK SIGNINGS

  • September 23, 2017
    1 pm
    Northeast Millerton Library and Oblong Books
    75 Main Street
    Millerton, New York 12546
    518-789-3340

  • September 30, 2017
    2-3 pm
    House of Books
    10 N Main St.
    Kent, CT
    (860) 927-4104

  • October 6, 2017
    6 pm
    Equis Art Gallery and Oblong Books
    15 West Market Street
    Red Hook, New York 12571
    845-758-9432

  • October 7, 2017
    4 pm
    Battenkill Books
    15 East Main St.
    Cambridge, NY 12816
    (518) 677-2515

  • October 21, 2017
    7 pm
    Scoville Memorial Library
    38 Main Street
    Salisbury, CT 06068
    860.435.2838