Mindful Yoga and Natural Horsemanship
Integration Certification for Yoga Teachers, Equine Therapist, Barn Owners or Managers, Equestrians


Location: 730 Pete Thomas Rd
Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312

Fee: $850
Jim Thomas (919) 428-3209* We can also travel to you!

**If you are a veteran with a disability rating of 20% or higher you may be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) Training through the Veteran Administration.**
($100 discount if VA)
($150 non-refundable deposit)
Maximum 10 students
12 Continuing Education Hours with Yoga Alliance
Attention! We do not offer refunds for our program. We will reschedule you for training up to one time if circumstances keep you from the training. 


Why Yoga and Horses?

Yoga is meant to connect mind body using breath work. The poses allow us to release stuff we have physically hoarded into our bodies. They allow us to let go of emotional baggage also. So for example, when we say “don’t worry about it, I am over it” and then it resurfaces 3 years later, then we have not let it go, then somewhere we have stored it in our bodies. Our neck and shoulders, our jaw if we grind our teeth, or hips…. In order to connect with the horses we have to first connect with ourself and that is what Mindful Yoga and Natural Horsemanship Integration Certification will allow us to do. The horses allow us to take it one step further. They don’t judge, they simply reflect what we are feeling. If we are anxious, they will let us know. We need to be grounded and calm when working side by side with these majestic beings. So we will begin with yoga, breath work and poses, where I will show you how to cope with everyday stresses and how to read your mindbody. We will then connect with the selected horses and understand them and what they bring up for us. It is quite an experience. It is not about getting on a horse and riding it is about the connection within the stillness.  We will look at injuries and learn which poses will be best for each student.  Some people suffer from depression or anxiety, asthma, high blood pressure or have had physical injuries such as mine. I have a neck injury that happened back in 96. Jim and I are looking forward to reintroducing horse enthusiasts to themselves and guide each one in sacred manner of connection, living, and learning.

What you will learn –

  • Horse & Human Counter Parts with a better understanding of Anatomy, Bones, Muscles, & Organs
  • Safety Protocols for Humans working with Horses
  • Understanding the Mind of the Horse; Predator vs Prey
  • Correlating Chakra & Pressure Points of Human and Horse
  • Mindful Breathing Techniques to guide and shift your energy with your horse
  • Self Study on the ground and on your selected horse based on your what you are going through physically and emotionally
  • How to communicate clearly and effectively in the context of a trans-species relationship
  • How to re-connect with your true nature
  • Yoga postures appropriate while on the horse and next to the horse
  • Mindful Dismount and Mindful Horse Handling
  • How to Lead from your Heart using Natural Horsemanship Understanding
  • How to organize a workshop or class for Barn Owners, Certified Yoga Instructors or Therapist working with Horses
  • How to Awaken your Senses and Learn How Horses use theirs
  • How to guide a class through Mindful Breathing, Yoga Postures, and Awareness of the Present Moment
  • How to allow natural selection of horse and human integration
  • Understanding Injuries and How horse human connection can assist daily life

What you will take from the experience – 

  • Self Assurance & Self Reflection
  • A Deeper connection with Horses and Animals
  • Truth & Acknowledgement of the Authentic Self
  • How to live in the Present through Releasing Control
  • MindBody, Breath, and Energy transitions
  • Understanding Nature and her creations as fellow beings and not objects
  • Moving with Love and Fear
  • Contentment
  • How to Quiet the Chattering Mind
Certificate of Completion  –  Certificate of completion may be obtained if you would like to attend the program but are not a certified yoga instructor. If you are a: certified equine therapist, riding instructor, horse trainer, barn owner, horse enthusiast, equine massage therapist, veterinarian, or planning on obtaining your yoga teacher training in the near future.  

 lead from the heart


Claudia aka Windhorse

Claudia aka Windhorse received her certification with EquineOM in November 2016 and has been guiding Windhorse Retreats since Spring 2016 and has been eager to bring a training like this to the Piedmont Triangle.

In July of 2016 Claudia completed Thomas Berry’s Program of the InnerLife of the Child which focused on co-existing with Mother Earth and her creatures as a union and not as separate entities.

She is also a certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist thru EquissageNC and has been an accredited Yoga Alliance School since 2009

Read Claudia’s Story below and bio here.


Jim Thomas

Jim’s training philosophy is results-driven. We produce soft, willing partners. At the Bar T, we take the role of the leader—provide clear signals, add consistency, patience and the understanding that the horse should look to his owner for direction.

“My goal is for you to understand why your horse acts as it does, and what role you must play to gain his trust,” Jim says. “Horses are much like children. Provide the proper environment and they will be yours forever. All things accomplished with a horse are through trust.”

He is a firm believers in groundwork. Regardless of the training level of the horse upon arrival at the Bar T, we will spend a substantial amount of time from the ground before we ever approach the horse with a saddle. Good groundwork is a solid foundation. Just like you wouldn’t put the framework of a house directly on the ground, we wouldn’t dream of moving forward without a foundation.


Claudia’s Story

Having suffered from a horse fall on the neck in 1996,  I lost my cervical curve in my spine, but have brought it back 5 degrees with yoga and mindfulness and plan on helping to realign it more. I was nervous about getting back on a horse, even though I loved them and they were a part of my spirit. in 2003 I asked my chiropractor Beth w/ Sunshine Chiropractic in Ft. Lauderdale who had the best spine, bc at the age of 23 I had the spine of a 45 year young. She quickly said yoga teachers. That was one reason I got back into yoga. I never looked back. When I opened up the studio in 2009 I decided to guide in the teaching of Hatha Yoga and to focus on injuries, mental, physical, emotional. And I absolutely love it.
In 2009 I met Melanie with Friendship Stables reintroduced me to horses. I was even planning on leasing a horse named Alex. Shortly after I was expecting Victoria and I put it off for awhile. When Victoria was 2 I reconnected with Melanie and Victoria and my mom had a chance to see me ride bareback at Melanie’s location. Melanie is a very supportive and encouraging teacher. I am so grateful. As a new momma my time seemed full and I decided to put connecting with a horse on hold. In February of 2016 I we decided to mix yoga and horses for the season of Spring. I have learned so much and plan on learning more. I am also grateful for the Season of Spring. In Chinese Medicine, Spring is the emotion of moving forward and it is passion that allows the weeds to pop through cement. Spring was the beginning of moving forward with my passion of horses and yoga. Summer is the emotion of growth and I am looking forward to the next journey of growing and combining these 2 worlds all around the triangle. Mental, Physical, Spiritual, & Emotional connections between yoga and horses. My goal is to cater to injuries as I do  in the yoga studio here in Raleigh but alongside selective horses in group settings. I love being able to bring the breath to people that love horses, love yoga, and most of all love learning about themselves and healing from injuries, physical, mental, emotional.
I so look forward to meeting you.