108 Sun Salutations, December 21st 7-8.45

The winter solstice brings the darkest day of the year. We will gather together in the morning to do 108 sun salutations together in a candle light with the rising sun, accompanied by recorded chanting.

Why 108?

The significance of number 108 is open to interpretation and there is a wide range of different perspectives to the matter. However, it has long been considered a sacred number for example in Indian and yogic traditions.

  • Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence.  The individual numbers 1, 0, and 8 represent one thing, nothing, and everything (infinity).
  • 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.
  • 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.

Why 108 Sun Salutations?

Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation) is as rich in symbolic overtones as it is in physical benefits.

  • Our primary source of light is the sun. In ancient traditions it has seen as both the physical and spiritual heart of our world and the creator of all life itself. The practice of Sun Salutations  honors that life giving force of sun. Furthermore, it can be seen as a practice that honors the inner light and wisdom that radiates from within.
  • The practice of 108 sun salutations is a mala – a moving mantra – a meditation in honor of the change of season and in honor of our changing selves.
  • Typically this ritual can be performed 4 times a year, with the start of each season to acknowledge the changing world around us.

Join us for this special morning! It will be meditative, magical and sweaty.  Please note: 108 is not mandatory, and if you feel you’ve done enough you can just rest and join in again when you’re ready.

”Do your practice and all is coming.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

”Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” ― Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

"Astanga yoga is 99 percent practice, one percent theory." ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

”Everyone can practice Astanga yoga. Except lazy people.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois

"Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is." ― Bhagavad Gita

“The mind is restless and difficult to restrain, but it is subdued by practice.” ― Bhagavad Gita

“Asana practise is for 2 hours. Yoga practise is for 24 hours.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois

”When the mind is quiet, the asana is correct.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

”This is not a gym, you are not here to work out. You are here to bring peace to yourself, to know who you are.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois

”With practice anything is possible.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois

“The mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it.” ― Bhagavad Gita