LIVING ON BOARD RIDGEE DIDGE

I’m living back on board our catamaran, Ridgee Didge, with my husband, Terry. It’s been about 4 years since we last lived on board, and I’ve really missed it.

Ridgee Didge
Sailing Ridgee Didge under spinnaker

We untied the lines to our city life on 19th July, 2016, looking for new sailing adventures. Although it was a little sad leaving Brisbane, the lifestyle, freedom and the unknown are what entice us. We are fairly self sufficient on the boat. We have gas cooking, and we make our own water from the sea by running our reverse osmosis watermaker. The ship run’s off battery power recharged by the sun and wind generators, but can also run of 240 volt. We have gas cooking, a twin tub washing machine, a great bed, fantastic entertainment areas and a decent bathroom.

I’m writing this as we sit in Darwin harbour on 30th August, 2016. The trip so far has been very relaxed, with great sailing weather. We’ve met up with some friends along the way and have made plenty of new ones.  Sailing is a very social lifestyle.  We’ve also seen plenty of life in the ocean, including whales, dolphins, turtles, dugong, a sea snake and a huge manta ray.

EXERCISING ONBOARD RIDGEE DIDGE

Personal fitness has always been a high priority for me. When we last lived and travelled on Ridgee Didge I was full on into heavy aerobics and weight lifting. I used to alternate between skipping on the cabin top and step exercises at the helm station, followed by weightlifting and floor exercises. My routine lasted for an hour every second day, with the occasional meditation thrown in for good measure. But gradually, instead of feeling full of energy, I often felt tired and run down, and would often get sick. I couldn’t understand it.

Exercise time - Skipping on Ridgee Didge
Skipping on Ridgee Didge
Exercise time - step ups on Ridgee Didge
Step exercises on Ridgee Didge

Realising that I needed to find some other way to keep fit I eventually rediscovered yoga.  Since rediscovering yoga my whole outlook on life, and personal fitness, changed. I feel like I’ve been reborn. It’s a fantastic feeling. I’ve successfully adapted yoga to life on the boat. I’m so lucky to have yoga in my life

Terry is also very thankful that I started practicing yoga, because now he doesn’t have to listen to me skipping on the cabin top!

YOGA ONBOARD RIDGEE DIDGE

I’ve found that yoga has been really good for improving my balance, stability and strength, which has really helped me on the boat. I find that I’m gripping the deck better with my feet, so I’m less likely to slip, and I’m able to pull on ropes with less effort. I’m so much stronger now than I used to be.

Some of my favorite yoga poses to do on Ridgee Didge are Warrior II and the headstand. These help me to focus, while building strength and balance.

Yoga Warrior 2 on Ridgee Didge
Warrior II on Ridgee Didge
Yoga Headstand on Ridgee Didge
Headstand on Ridgee Didge

I’m really looking forward to spreading the word of yoga to different parts of the world while we travel on Ridge Didge.  I’m also looking forward to meeting fellow yogis and learning more myself.

In future posts I will share more yoga poses that can be done in a confined space.

Look out for my post on the ‘Circle of Joy’ where I share a series of my favorite yoga poses that help keep my spine supple and healthy while travelling.  This series is really good for loosening up and relieving lower back pain.

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Namaste

PRACTISING YOGA WHILE TRAVELLING ON BOARD RIDGEE DIDGE
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