Join in the challenging, yet rewarding ritual of doing 108 Sun Salutations on the Summer Solstice. The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, by completing 108 Sun Salutations we invoke the power of the sun to keep our composure and grace. We also celebrate our connection to the earth and her rhythms as we flow rhythmically to the sound of our inhales and exhales. Alissa Kepas will lead us through this yoga experience.
What is the significance of 108?
The number 108 is sacred and significant in many ways, appearing in many disciplines from astronomy to yoga:
The number 108 appears in ancient yogic texts. There are 108 Upanishads and 108 Tantras.
In Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, there are 108 sacred points on the body.
In astronomy, the distance between the Sun and Earth is roughly 108 times the Sun’s diameter. Mala bead necklaces traditionally have 108 beads. These beads are used to count in meditation.
When do people practice 108 Sun Salutations?
Traditionally, practicing 108 Sun Salutations is reserved for the change of the seasons: Winter & Summer Solstice Spring & Fall Equinox
Why do people practice 108 Sun Salutations?
It is believed that the fire (internal heat) that you build during this practice is cleansing, detoxifying, and gets you more in touch with yourself. There are many physical and internal benefits to practicing 108 Sun Salutations.
Sun Salutations heat the body and activate Prana, or upward energy.
During 108 Sun Salutations, you will at some point think, “Why did I sign up for this?” If you keep going, you will find a state of ease, and even a sense of flow. You will surrender to the process, acknowledge what arises emotionally, and then let it go. When you finish, you will feel lighter and find your own personal meaning in this ancient ritual.