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Monday, March 7, 2011

108 Sun Salutations: Spring Equinox, Saturday, March 19

Join us on Saturday, March 19 from 11 a.m-1 pm for a special practice to celebrate the change of seasons: 108 Sun Salutations. Spring is a time of renewal, growth and rejuvenation as you let go of the old and embrace the new.

We'll move through Surya Namaskar A 108 times, modifying the sequence and resting according to the needs of our individual bodies. It is a powerful moving meditation and very inspirational.

Significance of the number 108....
But 108 has long been considered a sacred number 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.

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.

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