1 – Lowering your breath into your abdomen (5:16)
James explains breathing ‘into the abdomen’ which lowers the centre of gravity of the rider which is mirrored in the horse. James gives techniques to lower the riders’ breath and explains how to make this an unconscious habit.
2 – Awareness of your seat bones (4:52)
James explains the importance of the sit bones and teaches how to gain awareness of them, the key to controlling the weight aid. He explains the importance of the weight aid and how the riders weight in the sit bones affects the receiving of the horses power.
3 – Balancing sit bones with breath (6:23)
James takes the rider through a technique to engage the creative mind in order to gain heightened awareness of the sit bones. James explains how to find out if your weight is even on both sit bones and how to correct any imbalance with the breath. The rider is also taught how an awareness of the movement of the sit bones leads to knowing where the horses hind feet are at all times, essential to perfect timing of the aids.