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Train Your Seat combines anatomical embodiment and imagery to improve awareness, train the mind-body connection, and produce efficient movement.

With our approach, equestrians become more aware of not only their own movement, but also the movement of their horse. Consequently, the connection between horse and rider becomes more clear and precise.

The key is the use of imagery.

 

Why Train With Imagery?


The greatest tool that we have to use is the power of our mind. The Franklin Method systematically teaches you how to gain control of your thinking.

Your mind is always available for you to use at any moment. It is the quickest and easiest way to affect your body and movement.

Using imagery directs your attention
and creates a clear focus.


You are also effectively embodying the functional relationship between bones, joints, muscles, fascia and organs.

When you embody something it means that you have a physical experience or insight around it.

As you create a more anatomically correct embodiment, your movement quality will improve.

With more coordinated movement you’ll experience improved strength, flexibility and posture naturally in your riding.

If you are able to produce more efficient and coordinated movement, your horse will be able to do the same.

The result of this is a rider and horse that look balanced easeful in their movement.

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Alysen Starko-Bowes


Alysen is the founder of Train Your Seat, Level 3 Franklin Method Educator, and Franklin Method Faculty Member.
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Alysen grew up riding at her grandparents farm where she developed her love for horses. She graduated with a BA from the University of Alberta and has a movement background in dance and pilates.

Alysen got her start in the horse world while working with a professional dressage rider. Since then, she’s been working extensively with equestrians from several disciplines on improving their mind-body coordination both in and out of the saddle using imagery, embodiment and rider biomechanics.

 

In 2017, she partnered with Franklin Method founder Eric Franklin to create the first official Franklin Method online course for equestrians called “Train Your Seat”.

Alysen has found consistently that the application of the Franklin Method within riding has created lasting positive change in the minds and bodies of riders. With better body organization and more efficient movement, the connection between horse and rider becomes clearer and more precise.

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