Virginia resident and yoga enthusiast Angie Nunez is a self-proclaimed “yoga horse girl,” and she’s living up to the name. Take a look at these awesome photos.
In a phone conversation with Life Daily, Angie told us about the way she practices yoga while posing on the back of Snowy, her 10-year-old Appaloosa.
Angie has been riding horses her entire life, but it wasn’t until nine years ago that she found a passion for yoga too. As she slowly progressed with both, Nunez started thinking about ways to combine the progression of her pursuits.
Then an idea sprang forward when a friend told her about a photography contest. It was in Richmond Hill, Georgia and they were seeking local artists who were willing to try something creative and daring.
Inspired by her surroundings and a pony named Sugar Maple, Angie took camel pose on the back of the pony. They ended up winning the photography contest, which Angie said also won her a free class at Awakening Yoga Studio.
This was the winning photo that started it all:
After the initial contest, Angie didn’t think about horseback yoga for a long time. She moved to Middleburg, Virginia, took up a job on a horse farm, and put the idea on the backburner. But horseback yoga wasn’t an easy idea to shake.
Soon, she found herself inspired again and back on the horse. This time it was on the grandson of Sugar Maple, a horse named Snowy. She began with simple seated poses, but has slowly been progressing down more complex paths.
Angie emphasizes that the most important part of practicing is the relationship with her horse, Snowy, and keeping him happy.
People who may be quick to criticize Angie should know she’s been working with horses most of her life and she works on the relationship with Snowy above all else. Snowy ordinarily stays still and will act as a support for Angie as she poses. If he becomes uncomfortable, he shifts his weight and lets her know what doesn’t feel good.
About the poses themselves, Angie says it feels like a massage for the horse. Snowy feels pressure, but nothing that would be painful.
Angie says that her journey of both yoga and horseback riding has taught her love and respect. She also says her goal is to be a voice for the horses. “Horses go through a lot of abuse because of people who use them for competition,” she said. Angie wants people to be more aware that just because a horse can work itself to the bone, doesn’t mean the rider should work it that hard.
This yoga horse girl is an inspiration. Angie isn’t afraid to think outside the box and test the boundaries and it’s people like her who are slowly making this world a more creative space. If you believe in the power of inspiration, then please SHARE this awesome article to inspire a creative soul in your life.
[Featured Image Credit: Angie Nunez]