Bow Riding!

Love watching the dolphins bow riding!

On our way to Georgetown in South Carolina, dolphins come visit us and our sailboat Summer Wind.

As Summer Wind move along the water the dolphins bow riding on the waves created by the boat. The dolphins are propelled forward by the waves and they twist and turns and swim upside down as they glide through the water.

I belive bow riding is something dolphins enjoy doing and do for fun, just like when people go body surfing.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

There is always something to be thankful for. Sometimes it`s easier to focus on what we don´t have, rather than what we do have. It´s important to take time out and remember all of the things to be thankful for that many of us take for granted.

After visit New York City the sailing boat “Summer Wind” have a long leg ahead to go.

Do we have enough food and water? Have we taken enough precautions with the wind and water? Do we have all the equipment we need? How to handle the boat alone at night when the rest of the crew sleep?

After more than 600nm at sea “Summer Wind” is now visiting Beaufort in North Carolina. Well, done so far!

Ståle has got his first tuna fish, I have sailed the night shift by my own, we have had cold days and nights. The trip so far has given us many new experiences and impressions.

We have seen a lot of sunsets and sunrise. Each one is unique and a beautiful reminder of where it is that we´re living.

Tomorrow it´s time to move on to Georgtown, South Carolina.

Take a Break

Turn inside, breath, feel the heart and just let it all go.

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Download music, take a break:

  1. “Breathe” by Elephant Revival, Break in the Clouds.

Moves:

Child pose is a nice forward fold. This pose is a great tension release for the pelvis and lumbar spine and a calming pose.

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Sit on your heels, allowing the belly and chest to round forward onto the thighs. Let the forehead rest toward or on the floor. Close the eyes. Find your breath and rest for a while.

Alternatives/options:

  • Rest your arms down by your sides, and let the palms face down, or stack them like a pillow under your forehead.
  • Support the lower back and the pressure on the knees by resting on a bolster.
  • If the neck, shoulders or knees are too sensitive is to do Apanasana. From a seated position, lay down on the floor/mat. Rest on your back and hugging the knees.

Stay in pose for 1-3 minutes.

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A Little Life

I´m really looking forward to welcome “Summer Wind” as a Norwegian registered yacht and start the journey sailing south. Hopefully, in a couple of days we are sailing from Long Iland, westward to NYC and then further south to Atlantic City, Annapolis, Washington, Norfolk, Jacksonville, Florida and Bahamas.

Main while, it´s time for a visit to the main street in Sag Harbor and the local bookstore Harbor Books. It´s nothing like a stroll in a gem of a bookshop after a lunch at LP Burger. The novel ” A Little Life” by Tanya Yanagihara was chosen, looking forward to read it!

 

 

Breath & Enjoy!

Take some minutes to clean your head and release.

Breath is a life force and the breath is a gift to softening the body, and when practice pranayama (breath) correctly, the mind is automatically stilled.

The Full Complete Breath is a grate tool for us to connect enhances the mind-body connection. As a little child, we breathed full, complete breaths, so we can all find our way back there again. The Full Complete Breath consists of four components; inhalation, pause, exhalation, pause. The diaphragm lowers as we inhale, so the lungs can expand. The intercostals (muscles in between the ribs) expand and lift the ribcage, and the entire circumference of the abdomen expands. On exhale the abdomen relaxes, the belly draws in, and the diaphragm releases back up into the chest as a second set of intercostal muscles contracts and returns the rib cage to its starting position.

Begin by sitting on the floor/mat with equal weight in both sitting bones. Slightly elevated on a cushion or rolled up blanket, lengthening your spine and placing your head back on top of your shoulders. Your feet are placed in front of each other (in front of the pelvis), your knees are spread wide and resting down on the floor. Place your hands palms down on your thighs or towards your knees. Close your eyes, allow all your muscles in your face to relax, and your tongue to float freely.

Alternatives/options:

You can place a cushion or pillow under your sitting bones, to prevent pressing the weight back into the buttocks, which presses on the sciatic notch and can cause or aggravate sciatica.

You can place pillows under the thighs for added support if you have a tight groin or sensitive knees.

Get the attention towards the breath and remember that we don´t use our body to get into a pose, but we use the pose to get into our body.

Seated pranayama for 3-5 minutes.

Enjoy and notice how different you feel.

 

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The Journey

Life is a journey and there is a beautiful strength that comes from the Simplicity of Being, and when we remain humble and receptive life unfolds in a beautiful way.

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I often get the question – why do you practice yoga?

Yoga is for me as life, a journey and a way to better health and well-being during the trip. I practice yoga and meditation regularly, ensuring that the practice will be safe and effective, to create a deeper understanding of balance, joy and stability. While I nourish my need for sweating, focus, discipline and determination during my Asthanga practice, I have discovered a way to nurture the more energetic and spiritual side of my nature through Yin yoga and meditation.

When practicing yoga in everyday life, the body becomes softer, the heart feels more open and I feel stronger and more motivated. I find peace through the strength of my yoga practice and I give room for change to happen.

Yoga is far more than physical exercises on the mat and there are many ways to apply what we learn about ourselves on the yoga mat, and transfer it into the everyday life.

Yoga challenges me both physically and in the mind, and is for me patience, concentration, exercise and again training. When I’m in yoga, I sometimes get a beautiful stillness even in motion. I feel more comfortable and it feels like the body I live in and my senses get better space. I am more conscious, awake and present in what is now and my ability to focus increases.

Yoga is a wonderful resource, yoga opens doors of understanding we might not even have known were closed. It offers us a way to leave behind, and return to our true selves, where healing takes place. Therefore, when embracing the practice with mindfulness and an open heart, I love to experience the effect, step by step.

The practice of yoga is like watching a tree grow, it will take years and in the early stages it needs care and attention. I know there is a long way to move, but……

As a human we have a large capacity stored in us and yoga helps us better understand that potential.