the indy 108
before you get your bathing suit, beer and bbq on, come get kick off your independence day with our 5th Annual 108 Sun Salutations practice at 8:00 a.m. on friday.
what is a sun salutation?
sun salutations (surya namaskara) are the warm ups we use in our POWER and FLOW classes. historically, they were performed to honor the sun at the beginning of each day. each of our sun salutations is composed of 8 poses, linked together with breath in a flowing sequence. the salutations build heat in the body and stretch the spine forward and back and prepare the body for the stronger, deeper postures that follow.
108 is a sacred number in many world cultures. in mathematics, it’s an abundant number, a semiperfect number and a tetranacci number; plus, it’s the sum of 9 consecutive #s: 8 + 9 + 10 + 11 + 12 + 13 + 14 + 15 + 16 = 108. in astronomy, the sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth…and, wait for it, there are 108 stitches on a baseball and 108 cards in an Uno deck.
a hindu/buddhist prayer necklace (mala) contains 108 beads or stones where each one can represent a prayer or mantra (the Catholic rosary has 54, or one-half of 108). in yoga practice there is a belief that the soul resides in the heart center at the intersection of 108 energy channels (nadis). it is also believed that when a prayer or mantra is recited 108 times, it travels to these channels which in turn radiate out to all parts of the body.
108 sun salutations is often performed in a practice of offering or service. when we all come together to move as one with a common purpose (this time: helping the hungry families in our community), cool things happen.
how long does it take?
about an hour and fifteen for all the salutations, but plan to be here until about 9:30! since we finish off with some opening and restorative postures and a nice long Savasana. we start at 8 a.m., please be here and on your mat!
will i be able to keep up?
absolutely! it’s a challenging practice for sure: you’ll get a serious sweat on, but it’s also very do-able. we’ll show some different options that will allow you to add/subtract intensity as you need to. you’ll also find that the experience is way more than just a physical practice…curious? just show up!
is there a fee?
…we’re donating our time and will send $5 to Africa Yoga Project for everyone who shows up! you are welcome to throw your own donation into the mix, too! let’s send some BIG, HUGE LOVE all the way around the planet!
the 108 will be our only class on the 4th.
also, 7 p.m. RENEW on Thursday 7/3 is cancelled…all classes are ON for Saturday and Sunday.
never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.