Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook

six degrees of freedom and the drunken sailor

Posted in drunken sailor, movement of a ship, sailor yoga, six degrees of movement by bowsprite on 2010/06/27

These are hard for anyone to remember; just follow the drunken sailors and sing along…

Heaving moving up and down (linear, along y-axis):

Swaying moving left and right (linear, along x-axis):

Surging moving forward and backward (linear, fore and aft):

Pitching tilting forward and backward (rotational, along y-axis about the center point):


Yawing turning left and right (rotational, change heading side to side):

Rolling tilting side to side (rotational, about horizontal fore and aft center line):

Long days at sea is the best place to engage in disciplined practices of body movement:

But do not start with this. It reads: “This version of the posture requires considerable strength in the neck, shoulders, and back, requiring years of practice to achieve. It should not be attempted without supervision.”

These experienced practitioners show us examples of forward pitch and backward pitch.
(Apologies: sources unknown)

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  1. tugster said, on 2010/06/27 at 17:45

    bowsprite–these drawings are the PURRRRfect cocktails for the lazy hazy dazy haze of summer. i feel cooled and refreshed looking at them. can i ask the bartender for a few more . . . eh garcon . . . ou plutot . . . fille . . . svp

  2. Marx said, on 2010/06/27 at 17:54

    Beyond Herge, this.

    • bowsprite said, on 2010/06/27 at 22:14

      bLaspheMous, Marc!! Hergé is in the Pantheon!! along with Edward Lear, Grandville (& others…)

  3. Soundbounder said, on 2010/06/27 at 17:57

    When I saw the title, I assumed there would be pictures and paintings of me.

    • bowsprite said, on 2010/06/27 at 18:06

      names have been changed to protect the guilty

      merci, danke, grazie . . . to all my drinking buddies (and future ones)…

  4. Vladimir Brezina said, on 2010/06/27 at 19:03

    In the spirit of this post, many more degrees of freedom can be seen, for example, here: http://yougottobekidding.wordpress.com/2009/09/08/research-confirms-that-drinking-gives-you-the-same-benefits-yoga-does/ :-)

    • bowsprite said, on 2010/06/27 at 22:16

      From a friend, JB: “HAHAHAHA
      i bet you can get a fifth of scotch cheaper than a yoga mat too.”

  5. SeaBart said, on 2010/06/28 at 01:27

    So that’s how it looks to a bystander when I have been to the pub!

    Thanks Christina, it’s a good laugh!

  6. Maritime Monday 220 said, on 2010/06/28 at 13:23

    [...] BOWSPRITE – follow the drunken sailors and sing along… » [...]

  7. Michael said, on 2010/06/28 at 15:20

    Mr. Iyengar’s use of the blanket under his head makes all the difference. Also keeping the ankles level whilst breathing properly. Sarvangasana vs Drunkenasana.

  8. Bonnie said, on 2010/06/28 at 15:23

    OMG. Brilliant. Link time. Needed something to amuse the non-tri-state readers!

  9. Mage Bailey said, on 2010/06/29 at 11:55

    Oh wonderful and beauteous descriptions of the Queen Mary in action pre-stabilizers. I am yours forever after these.

  10. Buck said, on 2010/06/29 at 12:25

    Glorious!
    Funny AND informative – a combination that is all too rare these days.

    Well done!!

  11. Manuel said, on 2010/06/30 at 20:51

    I have done that asana. Several times. I guess can do yoga.

  12. Capt. Mike said, on 2010/07/01 at 12:38

    Actually all of these movments (in moderation of course) are welcome on BIANKA when I’m making iced green tea on board. Too much movement in any direction may cause the glass container to fall and break. Making it hazardous for those of us currently living a barefoot existence on board.

  13. naveganteglenan said, on 2010/07/01 at 14:04

    Hola bowsprite. Great acuarelas :-)

    I love those 6 degrees of freedom!

  14. billcanoe said, on 2010/07/01 at 17:34

    Having spent some time in the forward torpedo room of a snorkeling diesel sub in the North Atlantic during a violent storm, I’m certain there are other “degrees of freedom” to be accounted for. Of course, once the third or fourth degree is achieved, there is also the accompanying smell to be dealt with….

  15. AnnieR said, on 2010/07/06 at 19:02

    These drawings are wonderful. They really capture the movement of both the ships and the sailors. I’m glad I’m not looking at them while at sea or they may make me feel queasy.

    Finally, each drawing clearly demonstrates the meaning of the word it’s depicting.

    As for the final photo, I can see that the man is feeling no pain!

  16. padded cycling shorts said, on 2010/08/16 at 09:37

    The illustrations are brilliant. The picture of the man falling backwards of the chair is hilarious! I’m glad my yoga lessons are not similar to the Asanas with props!

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