Why are we doing 108 Sun Salutations? Isn’t that a little crazy?
Well, maybe it is. But running a marathon is pretty crazy too or working an 18 hour day for that matter can be seen as just a little nutty.
Reflections has its own motivations for taking on this challenge. Our first inspiration is in honor of Global Mala which was started by Shiva Rea 2007. Her goal is bring the global yoga community together from every continent, school and approach to form a “mala around the earth”. Which I think is a very cool idea.
By the way, if you are wondering about the significance of 108 there are a few thoughts here: This number connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth: The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. And there are also 108 Upanishads and 108 marma points, or sacred places of the body. Some mathematician view 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence.
But that isn’t why we are coming together to do 108 Sun Salutations. Our real inspiration is to build a community. By bring people together to do something, maybe a little crazy, but with a good an pure intention we believe will create more good karma.
When I did this in the past, even before Global Mala, I found it brought about some pretty surprising and positive things. It helped me to foster a strong feeling of devotion to myself and to those I was practicing with. I felt I was providing a service to others as I was part of something that was striving to create a positive vibration as a collective and that kept me connected to the group mission. Last but certainly not least it gave be discipline and belief in myself. I didn’t think I could do it and when I finished I felt strong, positive and part of something bigger than me.
Come and join us build a day of community, devotion, selfless service and a little good self esteem! Or at least come for the sweet treats at the end and to cheer the others on!
How To Prepare
The night before:
- Make sure you are well hydrated and stay away from heavy foods like meat.
- Do get a good night sleep
The day of
- Where light clothes
- Bring water
- A mala, if that helps you stay focused
- Perhaps two mats if you have tender knees
- A small towel if you tend to sweat
- Remember you get to move at your own pace and can rest when you need to.
Look forward to seeing you on Saturday!