Balimo stands for "Balance in Motion". Judy Westlake will be offering a clinic based on the teachings of Eckart Meyners and his unique exercise program, which teaches riders how to balance their muscles by strengthening the weak ones and loosening the strong, tight ones and helps to improve coordination, while "unblocking" tension in the body, which inhibits its free movement. All of these benefits will improve overall balance and will facilitate both body control and awareness in the saddle. This will allow for clearer, more precise communication with your horse.
Meyners believes that form follows function, and that each rider is a unique individual in body and mind. He provides exercises that enable the rider to effectively move in harmony with their horse by unlocking points of resistance. To achieve this, he integrates the concepts of biomechanics, yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, and more.
Judy first met Eckart Meyners in Germany in November 2002 at the International Academy of Equestrian Studies in Warendorf. She was fascinated by the progress the riders made in a short amount of time using Meyners' exercises. She continued to participate in training sessions with Meyners in Dallas, Texas, Atlanta, Georgia and twice at Johnson and Wales University in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. She also spent a week in Germany at the German Riding School in 2007. Judy has been teaching Balimo exercises since she graduated from the US Balimo Program in April 2006. Most recently, she has taught clinics for Lendon Gray's Florida Winter Intensive Training (WIT) program.
In clinics, Judy will be conducting a general exercise class off the horse, introducing people to a variety of movements that can improve general fitness and coordination. Then in the mounted lessons, Judy will work to uncover each rider’s own strengths and weaknesses; she will then design an exercise program that will balance the riders own muscle groups.
The focus during the sessions is to create “balance in motion”- by identifying and removing blockages, riders will integrate this with the correct training techniques, thus improving their performance.
This clinic will also be of great benefit for auditors. Auditors can actively participate in unmounted exercises and thus gain a greater self-awareness of their own bodies. Most auditors experience immediate results and are able to carry those feelings into their next ride.
Eckart Meyners developed a 6-Point Program, which is the foundation of exercises designed for riders to develop their athletic needs related to balanced muscles.
Meyners is now a retired professor of Sports Physiology and Movement at the Sports University in Lüneburg, Germany. He has worked with the German FN (National Equestrian Federation) for twenty-five years, and has been instrumental in developing the progress of equestrian instruction, methodology, and rider training in Germany. His latest book, Rider Fitness: Body and Brain, is now available in English. He has also authored other books in English: Fit for Riding: Exercises for Riders and Vaulters, Effective Teaching and Riding: Exploring Balance and Motion, and Program for Better Riding (Books 1-5). In addition, Meyners has two DVDs available: Movement Awareness for Riders and Balimo™ Exercise Program for Riders, as well as numerous books and articles, written in German, on the development of the rider’s seat and instructor education.
Email Judy directly to set up dates and ask about pricing.