by Mercury Roberts
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Traveling to Antarctica for two weeks in February with my wife changed my life.

It is a vast, alive, quiet and beautiful place.
It is the MOST powerful and otherworldly place I have ever been to.

Pictures don’t come close to conveying the experience. Words fall short of describing the feeling of deep presence.

Slow, Still, Silent Presence – all around me and inside me.

I look forward to bringing the healing of my experience to my teaching and my practice at the Yoga Loft.

I have been doing Kaiut Yoga for two years now. I have healed restrictions and discomfort in my thoracic spine that was broken in a car accident twenty years ago. The practice has profound value for me as I explore the frontiers of my body mind. I LOVE experiencing the internal structures of my joints, muscles, bones, fascia and nervous system. Using the body to heal my mind and leverage more presence.

In Antarctica, I LOVED experiencing solitude, silence and stillness. The beauty and vastness overwhelmed my mind and erased my normal operating system.

I like frontiers both on the inside and the outside.

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My most profound moments:

Being in the presence of whales. Seeing Humpbacks surface from 75 feet away and having a Minke swim under our Zodiac raft.

The almost daily collecting of ice berg bits from the ocean and drinking 10,000 year old glacial water over glacier ice cubes.

Taking a “Polar Plunge” into the Southern Ocean. This occurred at an abandoned whaling station in the caldera of an active volcano that last erupted in 1969.

Teaching a ‘PolarParka’ Kaiut Yoga class on the aft deck of the ship on a sunny day in Marguerite Bay inside the Antarctic Circle.

Mind Expanding Antarctica Facts:

IT IS COLD.

The coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth was minus 128.56 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 89.2 degrees Celsius), registered on July 21, 1983, at Antarctica’s Vostok station.

It’s seriously dry

The Dry Valleys of Antarctica are the driest place on Earth, with low humidity and almost no snow or ice cover.

There’s a lot of wind

On average, Antarctica is the windiest continent. Winds in some places of the continent can reach 200 mph (320 km/h).

It’s a big place
Antarctica is the fifth largest continent.

THERE IS a LOT of ICE

The Antarctic Ice Sheet is the largest single mass of ice on Earth.

Antarctica is an icy land

Ninety-nine percent of Antarctica is covered by ice.

It stores a lot of fresh water

Antarctica is home to about 70 percent of the planet’s fresh water, and 90 percent of the planet’s freshwater ice.

IT IS OCCUPIED YEAR ROUND

There is a year-round presence of researchers on Antarctica, peaking at more than 4,000 in the prime summer research season and falling to around 1,000 in the winter season.

The ice is thick

The average thickness of Antarctic ice is about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers).

ANTARCTICA IS BIG

Including its islands and attached floating plains of ice, Antarctica has an area of about 5.4 million square miles (14 million square kilometers), about one-and-a-half times the size of the United States.

The Ross Ice Shelf is the largest

The largest of Antarctica’s ice shelves (floating tongues of ice) is the Ross Ice Shelf, which measures some 197,000 square miles (510,680 square kilometers), or 3.7 percent of the total area of Antarctica.

There are buried mountains

Antarctica’s Gamburtsev Mountains are a range of steep peaks that rise to 9,000 feet (3,000 meters) and stretch 750 miles (1,200 kilometers) across the interior of the continent — and are completely buried under up to 15,750 feet (4,800 m) ice.

 

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A moon's view of Antarctica