Celebrate the Winter Solstice with 108 Sun Salutations!

Celebrate the Solstice with 108 Sun Salutations!

We will honor the change in the seasons with a practice of 108 Sun salutes. This is a long recognized yogic tradition. 

The change we witness in nature is also the change happening in our bodies.

Preparing for the winter hibernation involves cleansing, releasing and  removing anything that may be left over from fall.

The 108 Sun Salutes will be our final storm intended to whisk away any leaves still remaining and prepare our complete selves; body, mind and spirit for the winter season.

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Why 108? The number 108 has long been considered a sacred number in 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.

The number 108 is considered sacred by several Eastern religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism , connected yoga and dharma based practices. The individual digits 108, 1. 0, & 8 represent one thing, nothing and everything ( infinity ), representing the belief of the ultimate reality of the universe as being ( paradoxically ) simultaneously one , emptiness , and infinite .

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.

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