Ocean Life

Leanne’s time on passage from Fiji to New Caledonia, a travelling yogi!

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Dawn wakes & we prepare for our annual migration sailing west from Fiji to the Loyalty Islands New Caledonia to join our Down Under Rally boats at Lifou Island.

Momi Bay Fiji
Sunrise Momi Bay Fiji

Muddy anchor and chain is pulled from the waters of Momi Bay Mainsail hauled with a second reef, headsail unfurled to manage conditions of the day in between coffee & breakfast on the go.

Breakfast Momi Bay
Breakfast on the Go “Gut Health” Style at Momi Bay Fiji

We take off like a horse leaping from the gates as the 18-20 knot winds fills our sails, waves on the beam, seas 1/2 – 1 m lift the port hull and slap underneath as the swell exit from the starboard side.

He we go … 9 – 10 knots we sway from side to side, our bodies having to quickly become accustomed to the boats behaviour.

Songlines
SV Songlines leaving heading towards Malalo Pass Fiji

It doesn’t take long & I am craving salt then sugar after a few hours of forced exercise, my head starts to feel a little like it’s been in a salad spinner.

Vegemite for the salt, hot milo for the sweet appeases the cravings.

First log book entry of many recorded. John & I fall into a comfortable routine as we are safely out the Malalo pass & on our way. We change seats a few times from helm to comfortable chairs, then rest beckons for John & I’m on watch.

Log Book
Log Book entries on passage Fiji to New Caledonia

Sunny skies & waves thump onto the beam & continue to rock us from side to side.We alternate watch & Its my time to rest, no particular pattern we are just in sync with each other. I prepare stir fry chicken for dinner, we eat before the sunsets. Dishes done sees me back on watch.

The deep purple water fades to lighter shades then grey as the cloud cover swallows the sunset. Dashes of red between the clouds appear and just like that it’s dark. We are alone, no visible boats in site, but we know at least 6 are behind us.

The wind has calmed and we are less frantic at sea, rolling through the swells more fluidly.

I hear the engine start, my first thought as I stir from sleep mmm the wind must be light, dozing, I feel a tap John says playfully ding ding. I leave the saloon bed & he falls into the warmth where I had laid.

Green tea at the helm & our passenger the past few hours “a boobie bird” is grooming its feathers, after a pattern of burying its beak into his back feathers. A few squawks, It suddenly takes flight once around the boat & back onboard, a few more attempts to leave, circling, landing, flying low across the ocean swell, and as mysteriously as it arrived it’s gone.

Two boats were visible last night, but not showing on our AIS, the sailboat is still abeam of us this morning & the other which was lit up like a Xmas tree headed in Fiji’s direction.

Someone is hailing us on the radio “Sailboat off our port side do you copy?” Faint at first & he repeats, its “Lettin Go”one of our Down Under Loyalty Rally boats. John answered back, although close by he said our transmission was broken. We eat breakfast and begin another day at sea.

Breakfast at Sea
Gut Health Breakfast this morning

The clouds part blue skies & calm seas open up to a wonderful sunny morning. I lie on the bow in between a short yoga practice. I am surrounded by blue – listening to music & delving into thoughts of my next yoga class, retreat & playlists to suit …how much clarity working with so much beauty & calm conditions.

John on the other hand had an email causing him grief re the New Caledonia Rally – a last minute requests came at a inappropriate time as we are all at sea embarking on the Loyalties. A broken sat phone conversation followed by an email to sort.

I am in heaven, I love the passages, ocean swells & a slow Yoga4Yachties flow to wonderful music I put together the sounds of drums, piano & soulful singing as sunlight dances on the water & we float along the ocean surface – no one insite – no voices, alone, at peace with myself …. this is the true sense of freedom when conditions are perfect nothing at all in the world matters it’s just you & the sea!

Leanne Yoga4Yachties ocean flow
Leanne Practicing her Yoga4Yachties Flow

I spot a shadow of something big in the water & say “Do you have the fishing line out?” John later retrieves the line – what was left of it, tracer & louer gone! No fish tonight!

John chooses a movie called “Cliff Hanger” as we eat freshly cooked prawns & vegetables with mix of quinoa, porcino mushroom & basmati rice yum! I’m sure I had 3 helpings, I am so ravishingly hungry in the ocean.

Dinner on Board
Prawn and Vegetable Dish

Last night I struggled with tiredness during my watch, I grabbed my iPhone & played some lively music to boogie away to keep me awake. I usually don’t do this, but with just John & I onboard our evening watches, 3 hrs on 3hrs off, I needed to stop myself from being sleepy. I listened with one earplug in, so I could hear with the other if the boat noises were calling for attention.

Today I wake to a bucking bronco ride, the seas are choppy Southerly winds gusting to 23 knots true with SOG 8-10 knots with reefed headsail & main.

John should be sleeping but he is adjusting sails to make it more pleasant on board.

The boat settled after some tweaks & I rest behind the helm on a comfy chair, side curtain down to stop any splash from the swells.

Relaxing and pondering
Leanne on watch

After 2 nights on board Futuna island protrudes from the sea, a large table top island standing proud a beam of us. The wind has eased and seas not so confused.

Futuna Island Vanuatu
Futuna Island Vanuatu

I go below to wash my face, turning the tap nothing comes out, no water, what? I did hear the pump running last night like we were getting low on water – I just presumed air in the tank … we were full when leaving Fiji & both of us have showered only once so far. I go below with a torch to check the tanks, bugger port side empty, starboard only a quarter. I turned the pressure pump on at the starboard side and the basin tap start spluttering water … “damn it I must have bumped the tap” which is easy to do as you are thrown side to side, struggling to dress. Luckily conditions are ok & John goes forward to retrieve 3 spare 10 litre jugs of fresh water.

We are in the cockpit enjoying conversation & dinner, the boat starts to gallop “How much wind have we got?” asked John, “21 knots” I reply. I look ahead & a massive black cloud is approaching us, we are quick to reef the main sail & headsail. As predicted, southerly winds gusting to 20-23 knots most of my shift, the boat behaving ok, typical slapping under hull sounds like fire crackers. Songlines creaks & groans a little as it dips & weaves in confused seas, our bodies constantly needing fuel to keep up with the energy we are expelling from being moved side to side & back & forth.

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Cloud formations and Ocean views

Songlines our 48.8 ft Ocean Catamaran is doing its job, a wave takes me by surprise & crashes straight over top of the boat, wow seas are getting a little bigger! Now this isn’t in the brochure, right? But it is part of my life at sea & what I expect will happen on occasions – I don’t hold myself rigid & i’m not scared, just aware, allowing my body to move as the boat moves, keeping a good look out – the headsail flaps, a few turns on the winch handle makes it happy.

I’m off watch & sound asleep, waking suddenly hearing waves crashing more often over the boat – things are falling & clanging together. The boat twists deep turns & a bang sounds under the hull – ear piercing like a whip cracked – 99% of the time everything stays exactly where I leave it on passage but chairs are moving books are falling crockery clanging & banging.

I say in passing as we change over “Its rough as hell out there!” John laughs & says “It’s calm now!”

I sit at the helm and the craziest cloud stares at me illuminated by the moon behind it – it looks like a woven blanket rolled & I can see the pattern through it, stopping at a thick edge – I did say holy shit & stay calm girl, it may be nothing just plenty of wind! Thankfully 😅 it dissipates into nothing – a few burst of 22-25 k – it’s just so cold, wow after little more than bathers for 3 months I’m dressed in warm clothes & shivering, turn me around – I want Fiji weather please!

Morning View
Morning sunlight bursts through the clouds

The moon slowly dips into the ocean in a glowing red farewell, and not long after light illuminates behind me as the sun begins to rise. I turn & watch the cloud formations & witness another forming above it in a fan like cloud with stacking smaller ones not unlike the game “Jenga.”

Red sky in the morning “Sailors take warning”

Red sky in Morning
Fan like cloud, glowing red! “Red Sky in morning Sailor take Warning”

All sorts of clouds surround us.

It’s now 5:36am & the ray marine E120 says 61.98nm to our first way point for our destination Lifou Island. We are relieved, as the thought of another crazy night of this wind & seas – pass. You deal with it because you have no other choice – I signed up for this ride I have to finish, there’s no out at sea. In saying that, I have never felt I could not handle the conditions, I cooked & went about our time on our home each day, I just walked a little funny getting from A to B.

The wind is blustering again to fits of 23.5 k dropping to 16 k.

Our boat speed has been high 8- 9- topping at 11 most of this trip! The engine run for a short few hours only.

Cloudy grey skies & seas build again … I keep hearing a horn barm barm I look around trying to see the ship that fits it – but nothing, I swear I hear it at least another 6 or so times … I mention it to John & he says you would see it if you can hear it… strange sounds at sea imagination or real? John later tells me it’s the wind generator braking to stop when batteries are at full power, problem solved!

A few more hours should see us arrive late afternoon- a very quick trip!

Ray Marine Course
Ray Marine Course showing our destination we are approaching “Lifou Island”

We arrived at Lifou island around 3:30-4.00pm main sail dropped & headsail furled, as we will alter course as the wind will be on our bow – we motor slowly at 4 knots until wind & sea allows us to increase speed.

We arrive at Drueulu bay Lifou Island to the sounds of music & children playing, rooster crowing … a beautiful white sandy foreshore reminds us of Fraser Island Australia. A few of our Loyalty rally boats have arrived from Fiji & Vanuatu, crystal clear blue water below us & a magnificent sunrise to end our voyage !

We are tired but happy!

Sunset at Lifou Island
Our evening reward a beautiful sunset “Drueulu bay Lifou Island”

Retreat Journey in Fiji with Leanne Yoga4Yachties

Gratitude is recognising your deepest sincere thanks and expressing it directly or sending out to the Universe. by Leanne Hembrow

I am Grateful for sharing a wonderful week in Fiji with 9 wonderful adults who have touched my heart in some way during this gathering.

When you bring like minded but different personalities together – life unfolds in ways you can’t predict. Each is on their own journey and I am swept up on the ride to support, guide, listen, share. Each has their own story, why they needed the retreat, some for guidance, others for rest, some for spiritual connection and health.

Yoga being the main focus was embraced with open hearts, and the overwhelming energy I felt from our group at times was humbling. We had intimate classes, opening with a Yoga Nidra Meditation on our night of arrival, unfolded our small group into my larger yachting community classes, added to the balance of the week.

DSC05405Our small community under the balinese style dwelling blended at times in conversation and shared gut loving meals, and parted at times for private space, using the natural surrounds to capture memories by way of art, photography or journaling. I enjoyed witnessing the blending of personalities, conversation and relaxation time.

It was such an honour to have Jay Hoad share his unique musical skills at my sunset yoga class, his didgeridoo energy will not be forgotten by my students as the mystical sounds swept over their relaxed savasana state bodies and later at the Cacao Ceremony, only added to deepen the weeks journey by all who attended.

We had some fun dressing in our Kaftans donated by Mimiand_Kay, it was a little like Christmas as each unwrapped to find their unique spring print & head band.

The week ended way faster than my year long planning, leaving me alone with memories & questions, was it all I imagined? Yes & No, as just like life, you cannot predict outcomes as the universe has lessons & rewards for you always.

As I reflect and read the words of my guests, “Thank you so much for your teachings and calmness and just being you …”Thank you, awesome” … “Wow…lost for words!! This week has been amazing … “I feel so comfortable in my own skin” You are an angel and a beautiful soul” A gift made with parting words “I made this necklace to symbolise how I experienced you: Crystal for Clarity, Pearls for compassion, African bushman beads for ancient wisdom … a tear falls from my eye, words can break your heart wide open, thank you for gifting them to me.

As a teacher I go through my own Journey with all of my guests … I will learn and grow from this experience and look forward to sharing my love of yoga at more retreats in the Future.

Namaste x

Leanne Yoga Retreat
Sunset / Meditation Nature Appreciation photo credit Sue Cotton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching Yoga to Beginners.

http://www.yoga4yachties.com

I have been introducing yoga to sailors cruising the globe for four years now and I love it. I did not only grow as a student but as a teacher and my realisation “light bulb” has switched on—I love to teach beginners!

 

It lights me up seeing the look on their faces and conversations after class, how much they enjoyed it, but most of all, I love their comments. Most common remarks are: “I thought I could never do yoga,” “I feel so light,” “My mood after yoga gets me through the day,” “My back is improving,” “I feel better after just three classes.”

My self practice keeps me focused as I continue my traveling yoga journey and I find room to grow along the way.

Sometimes I have struggled as a teacher. I find more often, not to introduce advanced asanas with my teachings, as I am often not in one place too long and it just isn’t appropriate for my students when they are often new to yoga. I keep it simple with glimpses of advanced progress from me as a teacher.

I find teaching preparations a mindful experience involving quiet time to decide the flow of asanas/postures, music, words to inspire, but the more I teach the more I have learned my preparations are often almost void and my plans quickly shift based on who is at my new location and joining my classes. Quite often one student will change my whole routine planned, but I love that it challenges me as a teacher and helps me grow. After all, this is not my practice but theirs.

Teaching beginners slows the whole class down, allowing transitions to be enjoyed by all students regardless of flexibility.

Prior to teaching beginners, I take a few moments to demonstrate various parts of the vinyasa flow practice, showing hand and feet placement, also the importance of not rounding the spine. I also demonstrate Child’s Pose and Downward Facing Dog to encourage beginners the importance of resting if needed.

I endeavor to teach from a place of compassion and understanding, emotions are clearly shown on beginners faces, some are nervous, they are questioning their capabilities, and some are worried as they do not want to get hurt or look foolish in their eyes. I use words of encouragement, and remind them that I was new to yoga once also, and that although I am teaching them, they in turn will teach me.

I not only slow the practice but my verbal cues, I speak in plain text limiting the ancient yoga language “Sanskrit” to eliminate beginner’s being overwhelmed by not only yoga, but a new language.

I encourage beginners by using humour, for example, take Tree Pose, they start to sway loose focus, I remember my teacher saying this once in a class holding this pose, “If you fall out just take a few people out with you”—the class always laughs, it reminds them to not take themselves so serious. Teaching the second side of Tree Pose, they are more relaxed and manage to hold the pose a little longer, and not be overwhelmed if they loose focus & start to sway!

The mindful practice, meditation, benefits beginners by becoming aware of their breath, and instills the beginning of using their breath as a tool throughout practice, to help steady and focus them, which in turn relaxes the nervous system and centers students prior and after class.

 

By Leanne Hembrow, 200-hr YTT graduate
Check out Leanne’s teacher profile to learn more.  


Happiness ~ Yoga Training ~ Reflection

Emotions, purging, captured voices, warmth, energy, its going to be an epic journey!

Moments of highs and Moments of Low in a blink of the eye! Life is a mystery all wrapped up and thrown at us when we least expect it.

My deepest appreciation & gratitude ; I honour my parents who in death I chose to use their gift of inheritance to become a yoga teacher.

Honour
Love Family

On Mother’s Day this year in closing my class I had an overwhelming experience – an immense feeling of love & sadness all at once – my voice choked … my hands in prayer as I move to the third eye … wet with tears … I miss you mum!

LISTEN  … your body talks to YOU … It has my attention!

Finding my body health through Yoga and Food
Fish Pose (mot-see-AHS-anna) matsya = fish

Can you be so in tuned with your body – you hear what it craves to repair?

I wrote this blog some weeks ago … further research confirms most all of what I love to eat & drink are a problem for me currently … I do not have asthma say the Doctors after numerous test …. but only a few nights ago I woke gasping for breath again …. what changed? “Red Wine” with a friend for her birthday! After further research I have discovered … Fermented food and Red Wine is off limits for me, as I am becoming quite aware of Histamine Intolerance as the root of my problem.

Your body craves attention & when it comes to food – it definitely tells me what I need!  “Usually Vegetables”  something green.

But unfortunately,  #extract Extract Mind Body Green, all those “healthy” foods that are supposed to be great for you can actually make you feel worse. It’s an underlying cause of inflammation and chronic symptoms with Histamine Intolerance

The luxury before allergies I ate most everything, but now I need to think before I eat! Sometimes I forget!

Flu season has heightened my allergic reactions, suffering from Bronchitis & breathing issues unlike asthma ..Alarm bells are ringing … I need to take a good look at my food intake & re-assess.

A few weeks or so ago, I woke feeling fantastic after a month of coughing, wheezing, choking…..I thought I’d turned a corner, early morning I woke, feeling back to square one after a restless night of coughing fits.

What changed I question myself?

I cooled off in the water,  nothing too strenuous, but it was a little fresh when breeze picked up & its Sunday! (The breeze takes my breath away)  My body seems to always crave or has formed bad Sunday eating habit’s / or my one day to relax & eat what I want … rather than make something fresh.

1. Breakfast : Green Tea, Greek Yoghurt mixed berries, chia seeds, green powder, honey 🍯 coffee  (same previous day)

2. Snack : Noodles 🍝 preservatives mmm in spice? ( nothing previous day)
3. Lunch : Large vegetable Spring Roll … soy & sweet chilli  sauce 🌶 mmm soy sauce maybe a problem (previous day cheese quesadilla & cup of beef soup)

4. Snack : Corn Chips – not my usual gluten free! ( previous day gluten free corn chips)

5: Dinner : Spaghetti 🍝 Bolognaise (gluten in pasta mmm ) (previous day chilli con carne, advocado, sour cream burrito)

6: Snack : 1 square coconut milk chocolate 🍫  … I never eat milk chocolate … always dark chocolate…this may have been the culprit!  (Previous day 2 Allens snakes & green tea with mint)

Drinks : Water & Soda water & Lime (acidic mmm)

(Previous day water & apple & carrot juice & green tea /mint)

I was on Antibiotics, Zyrtec Antihistamine, codeine cough medicine, inhaler!

No alcohol!

What my body craves & doesn’t!

Cheese 🧀 (some on occasion my body craves cheese quesadillas & I sometimes enjoy blue cheese & crackers)

Sweets 🍭 ( Dark Chocolate my favourite after dinner )

Red Meat 🍖 (My diet over the past year has introduced a little more as I suffered from fish poisoning / ciguatera last year – limiting my intake to prevent a reaction)

Green apples – my favourite!

My allergic reactions are peanuts, wine, mangoes , chic peas ( as hummus was the cause of my last reaction )

These particular articles rang true for me as the food & accompaniments are what I ate yesterday … but don’t always eat … when traveling on a boat often away from mainland your usual food consumption changes to suit hunger & limiting supplies.

From my research, Milk products, Chocolate, Soy, Gluten are an issue with allergic reactions/asthma & I consumed all of them yesterday hence my coughing /breathing fits that night were seriously increased.

Learning to understand my triggers, choosing food & beverages to suit my body is a recipe for Life! I am paying a lot of attention lately….from my research so far, it appears  choosing to eliminate these fermented foods and drinks for a while and then slowly introducing them one by one … I will learn to assess which are the problem ones.

Hope these links help if you are suffering from Allergies or Histamine Intolerance ! Link to Yoga Poses for Allergies also.

You will find me teaching in Fiji at Musket Cove Resort Tuesday & Thursday 8am sharing the yoga love.

Namaste!
Health Asthma 13 Best & Worst Foods for your Lungs

Water for Health
An apple a day keeps the doctor away – and prevents asthma & beats hiccups!

Soy Allergy

What Are the Health Benefits of Green Tea With Mint?
Gluten Intolerance & Asthma is there a Connection?

https://www.gaiam.com/blogs/discover/yoga-poses-to-fight-seasonal-allergies

 

Hiccup! An involuntary spasm of the diaphragm and respiratory organs, with a sudden closure of the glottis and a characteristic gulping sound.

Have you ever gasped to breathe & your body says “No” not today!
Scary shit .. A big HiCCUP!

I have been struggling with a dry cough, unlike whooping cough which became bronchial & now asthma attack !  I am on all sorts of medication, which I detest … but not breathing sort of shakes you up a bit & right now whatever it takes to rid me of this crazy flu I’m all for it!

Breathing involuntarily I will not take that for granted again!

A little voice in my head keeps saying “A yoga teacher who struggles to breathe – what!”
Stop beating myself up right … yes I’m in my favourite teaching ground Fiji but I will be here for a few months – so a couple of weeks for me is not a worry …  forced me time!

Enjoy Life
Relaxing on the bow … Vitamin D time!

As A yoga teacher the first thing I do is search for a yoga cure,  I found lots of great info ; Yoga Journal had some great  articles for bronchitis & asthma, this particular introduction was all too familiar, interesting read;

by BARBARA BENAGHAUG

Title : Learning to Breath Again: An Asthmatics Guide To Retraining Breathing Patterns

Extract : It’s the middle of the night. Suddenly you’re wide awake, suffocating, gasping for air but unable to catch your breath. The whole world seems to be closing in around your throat and chest. The urgency to breathe that woke you in the first place is rapidly giving way to panic. You’re having an asthma attack.

https://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/asthma-answers

Unlike this description I was in a picture perfect lagoon, eating lunch & an allergic reaction exasperated a coughing fit … closing my airways within a blink of an eye … gasping for breath … trying to calm myself….not working …. fight or flight mode kicked in … ran to the bow of the boat ….. (I took my cup of tea, be cool) … managed to say can’t breathe…..my husband try’s to  calm me tells me to breathe through my nose … can’t get air …. panic attack …. for a moment everything went still … what a beautiful day, a magic location … Is this it? …snap … I don’t think so! ….gasp … burp choke … small breaths through the nose…I’m breathing but seriously shaken!

Open your throat and chest with these yoga poses for asthma to ease breathing.

https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/yoga-by-benefit/asthma

Yoga poses: Contraindicated for asthma. “Contraindication” is a medical term often used in yoga to describe a physical condition that makes a particular pose inadvisable for the practitioner. If you have asthma, honor your body by avoiding or modifying these yoga poses.

https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/contraindications-modifications/asthma-contraindications-modifications

So Yoga4yachties followers I am chilling on the Bow of our catamaran Songlines, getting my Vitamin D on & learning to breathe again! If you suffer from Bronchitis or Asthma … let’s learn to breathe together ….. maybe this article will help you in some way!

Learning from my experiences in life adapting into my classes!

Much love

Namaste!

P.s I have allergic reactions to nuts & mangoes …. this allergic reaction was from Hommus – containing chic peas … did you know ? Extract 

http://www.yorktest.com/blog/chickpea-intolerance-or-allergy-symptoms-and-signs/

30th September 2014

Chickpea Intolerance or Allergy? Symptoms and Signs

Chickpeas, also known as Garbanzo beans, are a pulse with a long history of consumption. Traces date back over 7,000 years leading to them being known as one of the world’s earliest cultivated foods. They are a common ingredients in a great variety of cuisines, especially common in south and east European, Northern African, Middle-Eastern and Asian food. In the UK they are best known as core ingredients in Hummus and Falafel. With a high level of protein and fibre, and low fat content they are a staple in a healthy diet.
However, there are some problems associated with chickpeas. Some people may find themselves allergic or intolerant to these legumes.
Chickpeas contain proteins, similar forms of which are found in soy beans, which may trigger an immune response from the body. For those with allergies, visible and common reactions include:
Skin reactions such as eczema and hives

Nasal congestion and Asthma which may be visible through shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and a feeling of tightness in the chest

Anaphylaxis -in the most extreme cases anaphylaxis – made visible by a drop in blood pressure, facial swelling, increased heart rate and dizziness – may occur

Extract Title hiccup by #wikipedia

Sea. Peace, one with self, nature at its rawest!

Leaving behind New Caledonia 21 June shortest day of the year, where festivals of music 🎶 💃 are entertaining thousands of locals & tourists.

The dawn awakened beautifully, our anchorage surrounded by rich green vegetation spilling with red soil to salty basin below.

Safety procedures complete, we  exited the Havannah pass … steep swells .. troughs open … waves spraying the boat with salty foam. Calmer waters on the other side of pass had us Sailing, Main & Headsail trimmed, we began our voyage slotting into passage mode. Our watches arranged , mine 12 -3….I soak up the sun on the bow before watch.

The day was glorious, great sailing passing Île des Pins (Island of Pines) on our starboard to gain the angle to turn & head for Fiji.

Life onboard began with 2 new crew, an uncertainty of what lies ahead for all us, personalities need to gel & a weather prediction is just that, realistically we are now in the hands of the Weather Gods & Murphy.

Fish on at sunset, sushimi, crumbed fish, crew ideas called out … taste buds tantalised…Skipper took a moment to slow the boat as it was a struggle to reel fish in, pop, lost it! Oh well meat potatoes, beans & jus it is.

Sleep is a must, as midnight sees me back on deck…the auto pilot whirs & disturbs, my belly flips…my subconscious says please don’t be sick … the conditions are great … what’s going on body…many years travelling without feeling the slightest bit ill, but lately it appears more often.

I finally dose listening to soft meditation music, but all too soon I wake again tossing & turning, the alarm bell sounds, time to relieve crew.

The wind has died, the main sail only remains & the port engine is started to continue speed at 5-5.5 kts. Dark clouds surrounded, they look more ominous then they are … they pass with no rain or increase in wind, no necessary adjustments to sails.

I start to take in my 360 deg view!

Green tea & lemon 🍋 to soothe my throat & warm me.

The stars are magic at sea they always send me back to my childhood when I lay on the grass looking up at the twinkling city….It’s a moonless night the dark skies highlights the sparkle of the stars & the brilliance of the Milky Way splayed.

Unlike a fire staring into the flames 🔥 I am mesmerised for hours gazing ..the wind abates more …

Planets & Satelites are often a source of frustration in the tired hours on watches … is it a boat ? You almost convince yourself it is, even though your thought process eliminates all reasoning it’s too high … too bright … you start to think of altering course or calling this imaginary vessel 🚢 & just like that it disappears!  Planet Venus is the culprit this time!

My watch is over sleep beckons again … I lay in the saloon bed … only doze as  I am on call for new crew on watch.

The voyage is ending I spent 4 1/2 days at Sea … no vessels or radio communication the entire passage … only the stars ✨ ocean … a few birds, rainbow 🌈 sunsets to keep me company along with 3 others on board & it always makes me a little sad … how lucky am I to experience nothingness your totally in a world of your own.

Totally In the hands of nature, sometimes it tests you, but I am always in awe & humbled I am travelling in my home on a vast ocean …. & I’m not scared! I love it!

A yoga experience at Sea. Peace, one with self, nature at its rawest!

(photo credit Endles Smiles )

Breath

“Learn how to exhale and the inhale will take care of itself” by Carla Melucci Ardito

Sandy at Grotty Yachty hope you don’t mind me sharing this!

I always cue students to remember to breathe in a yoga class. Sandy attended one of my Down Under Rally Bundaberg classes last year. Half way through class, this voice yells from the back a bit exasperated “How can you not!” a few giggles from the class. My reply, “Some people hold their breath,” “Oh” she says.

Cueing breath helps students relax muscles in the body and they receive more benefits, more flow of oxygen throughout the body, and more release of carbon dioxide, ultimately more benefits from the poses.

Our inhalations bring oxygen into the lungs, which gets absorbed into the blood and carried throughout the body. The oxygen is used or made into the energy we need to break down food, maintain bodily functions and do all physical activity.

It is a given, we breathe without thinking about it, but when we are exercising or concentrating, or in a stressful situation, for instance, your sailing & the weather changes dramatically, your caught off guard, the body tenses & goes on high alert, the breath changes depending on how you manage the situation, when you are taught to control your breath in Yoga it shows up in these types of situations, allowing you to be calmer and more controlled.

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Calm before the Storm

 

Breath…Mind… Body… Control.

It is important however to remember that our inhalations of oxygen are only as good as our exhalations of carbon dioxide.

 

Find a space , roll out your mat … Namaste!

 

 

 

extract's from http://www.scq.ubc.ca/ by Aizita Magaña

 

 

Voice

Fiji is special to me, and has been my spiritual playground for sharing my love of Blissology Inspired Yoga.

My love of yoga has transpired into a passion and a beautiful gift to compliment my life, enrich my soul and share with others.

My voice in life has often been muted with fear, unlike stage fright, sharing what I have inside, only to my closest friends and family. To voice in a public forum or group of people staring at me, was something I would never choose.

“Do one thing every day that Scares You!” Eleanor Rosevelt

This statement always baffled me, but I can now relate to it, and acknowledge to truly grow you need to step outside of your fears, or they will consume you & stifle your time on this Earth.

Yoga has given me my voice, my confidence, my love of self, and strength in body and mind is forever growing with practice.

Family and friends offer strength, unconditional love and acceptance, but your deepest fears and passions have to come from you, belief in yourself. No self doubt. Often outside forces or associations can stifle this, or your perceptions, digging deep to find my voice was the most difficult journey in my life.

I have just spent nine full days, introducing yoga to Nanuya Staff, a familiar playground for which I have shared my yoga love before, but of course, my self doubt crept in a little when offered this opportunity. Do I have enough knowledge and the voice skills to share what I know to commence the staff on their yoga journey?

Having just spent thirty days in Bali assisting my teacher Eoin Finn Blissology, was a huge help in giving me the confidence to accept this retreat. “Nothing to Prove, Everything to Share” a Blissology Mantra. Whilst in Bali I shared with students and journeyed into self yet again, I relived my training in 2013 and walked away feeling confident my knowledge is now cemented deeply, accepting I have the passion and tools to share helped my decision to accept the retreat offer.

I have spent four season in Fiji, and often say its my second home, it just feels so right when we are here. (Sailing now back and forth each season)

My association with most Fijians, they are extremely shy, reserved and private, they have the biggest hearts, magical smiles and their laughter is constant & genuine. They make me giggle like a little child each time I watch and listen to them banter with each other.

I have that personality if someone cries, I cry ~ if someone laughs, I laugh like a child being tickled. Human emotions, something I am very in tune with, I think because I was so quiet for so long, I strengthened my intuition, hearing and observation skills.

My retreat was rewarding, satisfying & life changing.  My students were a joy, who gradually warmed to me, opened their hearts, shared private thoughts, showered me with love and acceptance.

They embraced yoga and found their voices day by day, speaking louder, walking taller, outwardly more confident.

I held nothing back as a teacher, I taught from the heart, shared what my teacher had given me, I was forever available to them to ask anything of me, sharing my private struggles also helped them grow.

I have no reservations they will continue to grow and learn more, and hopefully go onto train to become yoga teachers.

Yoga is such a gift ~ spreading the love and watching it peel back the layers of a person, heart wide open, walk with a purpose, is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life!

I have heard my teacher say this and it is so true ~ “Yoga is more about touching your heart then touching your Toes!”

Vinaka Vaka Levu my new friends, I have a special place in my heart for you always! Sotatale! (A very big thank you ~ until next time)

 

 

 

(Chinese Proverb – Your teacher can open the door, but you must enter by yourself)

 

 

Journey from Bali to Fiji

My Bali Yoga Journey ending on June 2nd, I flew home to Australia to join my husband and home 50ft Catamaran “Songlines.” Our weather window to sail from Australia to New Caledonia, first leg of the passage, was good to go, breathe, a little prep prior to Bali helped with final stock of boat meals, fresh produce and welcoming our new crew.

Feeling so refreshed from Bali my head was swirling a little, and I was freezing, the temperature had changed dramatically from my sweaty Bali days. Over a period of 7 years I have sailed half way around the world, over 30,000 miles, chasing sunshine, so bathers wasn’t going to cut it, dig deep for some warm gear and my fashion sense was non existent and very gray, just keep warm – get me out of here!

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Songlines departing dock from SYC  Southport Gold Coast Australia  photo credit SV Phase 2

I found myself back at sea, my passage routine comes quite easy now, so much a part of my life, with four on board we have 3 hour watches and I scored 6 – 9 am & pm (+ 3 hour sleep on couch call if needed for watcher) the cook gets some perks! Our crew’s first passage was a pleasure trip, and so were they, Kate 24 an accomplished stunt woman with dreams of owning her own boat and living our life and Alexis a Frenchman/Kiwi travel consultant wanting to volunteer for Fiji cyclone relief, a great cook and delegated himself sweeper.

 

 

Endless hours staring at the ocean, the sky, stars, moon, sun rising and setting, in between sleeps, I frequented this saying “Eat Sleep Watch ~ repeat.” We pass each other like ships in the night, boat sounds becoming familiar, treats like whales breaching or birds are our entertainment.

My watches always include some Yoga depending on the ocean conditions, plenty of time for meditation and nature appreciation.

A 10 day stay in New Caledonia and we are ready to set sail again onto Fiji. We loose a crew member, an opportunity to experience a different style & motion in the sea. Now three on board our watches are 4 hours on and I score 2 – 6 am & pm, I encounter a few ships and fishing boats on my watch, but mostly I sit, reflect, admire the full moon, enjoying its beam of light reflecting across the ocean, marvel at my surroundings, completely alone in a vast expanse of water. The moons brightness takes away the spookiness of the alternate a dark night sitting alone on a watch, the creaks and groans of sails and boat sometimes spooks me & I double take thinking I hear the ocean speak.

This passage offers us less wind and calm seas, a silky blue lake like day thrown in the mix, lying on beanbags on the bow, gratitude for my surroundings and my cruising life.

We motor sail into Fiji waters June 27th, 5 days and 4 hours later and are both relieved and excited. Fiji is like a second home to us here I share my love of Yoga with the cruising community on beaches and Islands in between surfing, scurfing, snorkelling & stand up paddling for the next few months. My wardrobe “Bathers” Life’s Good!