New Years Day 108 Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar)
*No need to stress, the movemnets are paced and you can take breaks:)
108 Sun Salutations is a powerful experience that will stretch you and leave your yoga practice changed. Along with being an incredible way to detox, physically and mentally, it’s a memorable gesture to mark the closing of one year and the start of a new year.
Why 108? - Here, Shiva Rea tells Yoga Journal magazine about 108 from her expertise.
"The number’s significance is open to interpretation. But 108 has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga. Traditionally, malas, or garlands of prayer beads, come as a string of 108 beads (plus one for the “guru bead,” around which the other 108 beads turn like the planets around the sun). A mala is used for counting as you repeat a mantra—much like the Catholic rosary.
Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence. This number also connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth: The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. Such phenomena have given rise to many examples of ritual significance.
According to yogic tradition, there are 108 pithas, or sacred sites, throughout India. And there are also 108 Upanishads and 108 marma points, or sacred places of the body."
If you are interested in elevating your practice, challenging yourself both mentally and physically, register for our 108 Sun Salutations!
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Friday, Jan. 1, 2016
Lead by Shelby Autrey