Most dressage riders, myself included, find it difficult to relax and open the hips to achieve the ideal dressage position. Or maybe you ride a really bouncy horse, like my horse Douwe!, that is challenging you to dig deep and perfect your sitting trot. I have been battling tight hips and old injuries for as long as I can remember. I feel like I could write a book about all the different therapies and exercises I have tried to improve flexibility and relieve the discomfort. I also travel a lot, so sitting in the car and then sitting to work on my computer takes a toll on my lower back and hips. I started practicing yoga last year and have noticed a difference when I stick to it. The past few weeks I challenged myself to practice yoga right before I head over to the barn, with the hopes that I would be as loose and open as possible before I rode. Luckily, I live next door to the stables so I can work this into my schedule. I have noticed a difference and it also helps me focus mentally before I ride since my mind can get a little scattered. I prefer the Vinyasa flow yoga but there are other styles depending on your goals. These three videos are my personal favorites that I have played numerous times. Ekhart Yoga, Yoga with Adriene and Do Yoga With Me are excellent yoga channels that I subscribe to. If you find a really good hip opening, lower back relief yoga video please send me the link so I can try it!