Why do 108 Sun Salutations? There are many good reasons to do a long series of repeated sun salutes! Most are personal and individual…. The repeated series is a powerful experience that will stretch you physically, mentally and emotionally. It may even change you and your yoga practice! The rhythm of the sun salutes challenges you to move forward and explore as you enter the New Year! It signifies change, transition and growth….. releasing and letting go of old stagnant energy, that which no longer serves us and shifting into awareness and clarity! The repetition gives one the time to symbolically let go of the old and begin a new! The practice is what you make it to be. It can be a dedication to someone or something, a moving meditation on a particular intention or a physical milestone! This repeated practice has the benefits of detoxification, both physically and mentally, and provides an opportunity to expand and grow!
Why 108? The number 108 has scores of meanings for different people, cultures and disciplines throughout the world. Some reasons are: 1.) The chakras are the intersections of energy lines, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to the heart chakra. 2.) The ancient Indians were excellent mathematicians and 108 may be the product of a precise mathematical operation (e.g. 1 per 1 x 2 per 2 x 3 power 3 = 108) which was thought to have special numerological significance. 3.) There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet. Each has a masculine and feminine. 54 times 2 is 108.
Do you have to do all of them? We hope that you will feel inspired to do them all (with modifications), but we understand it will possibly be a challenge! Our teachers will lead you through modification options. Remember…. this is your practice and 10 sun salutes may be as valuable and meaningful as 108 to you. We want you to listen to your body! We estimate that this will take us approximately 2 hours!
Anything else to know? Yes, bring a water bottle! Bring willingness to the process! You may not feel like transitioning into the New Year, but trust there is something on your mat for you! Enjoy a refreshment after class! Sign up early! Space is limited to 30!