Welcome Summer with 108 Sun Salutations
Accompany Michelle Cassidy and the EOL family as we salute to the new season!
When: 6 – 7.30pm, Saturday 1st December 2018
Reserve by calling 07 5526 6600 or popping into the studio
What are the Sun Salutations?
Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) is a dynamic asana sequence performed to honour the sun. You’ve almost certainly practiced them in your regular Vinyasa yoga practice, as they are often used in the beginning of class to warm up and throughout to realign the body and centre the mind.
The asanas included in the Surya Namaskar A sequence are:
- Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
- Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute)
- Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)
- Plank Pose
- Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose)
- Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog Pose)
- Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose)
Why the number 108?
The number’s significance is open to interpretation. But 108 has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism and 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—much like the Catholic rosary.
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.