Friday, December 23, 2016

Yoga on the icebreaker

Finding time to practice yoga again is the best thing I could have done for myself during this cruise (and overall in life). This is probably one thing that kept me sane during last week, when there was a a lot of internal and external stress on my shoulders. Big thanks to my teacher, Volga, who designed a manageable program for me. I try to follow this program every morning - to start off my day, set a positive intonation, wake up all my muscles and go on.

I have been practicing over the last few days over the 6-8 m swell. I have to find the most comfortable position, usually perpendicular to the rocking motion. This means that I need to align myself along or across the cabin, depending on the direction of the swell in relation to the ship's course. It is not hard to figure out, just something one never things about on steady land surfaces. I wonder how many other people ever practiced yoga in such high swell.

Inside our cabin. The door to the right leads to our private toilet and shower. I was sitting on the couch (!) As I took this picture. There are two (!) windows behind me.

Luckily, I have a really nice cabin, I am sharing with my friend and colleague Jenny. We have a decent amount of closet space and a nice set up to make it feel home-y: a coffee machine, a kettle, water filter to make ship's water drinkable. We bought a decent amount of fresh fruits and vegetables in Cape Town - so oversleeping breakfast or staying up late at night is a risk we can afford to take :). Jenny also bought us both nice pillows as a Christmas present, so we have been enjoying luxury bedding as well. Actually a nice pillow sound about right at this time of the night. We have another rocky day ahead of us.

Till later,


  1. Hi Masha, are 6-8m swells typical for this time of year? How much longer will you be at sea?

  2. Hey Masha - you must have great balance! I've posted a link to your blog on my facebook page. I love the updates, and your grandpa's journal entries are awesome! :-) Have fun, and take care!

  3. Маша, привет! Какую йогу практикуешь?

  4. I am proud to be a part of Yoga on Icebreaker experience ))
    Your "yoga studio" looks great too ))
    So looking forward for your blog updates !!!
    Happy holydays :)