Yoga at the Village Master Class Series*

Yoga Mala: 108 Sun Salutations
A Monthly Practice

with Lindsey Jones, RYT-200

(on the second to last Friday of every month):
January 18th
February 15th
March 22nd
April 19th
May 24th
June 21st

7:30 pm
Workshop Fee: Donations Graciously Accepted

Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) is a fundamental sequence in many Hatha yoga traditions and an important aid in overall health. This series of asanas massages and detoxifies the internal organs, promotes cardiovascular and respiratory function, boosts the immune system, all the while strengthening muscles and improving flexibility. Additionally, the fluid and meditative movement through the asanas promotes a deepened connection between the mind, body, and breath. The traditional Mala practices Surya Namaskar 108 consecutive times.

So why do we practice 108 times?

The number 108 is considered a sacred number with many important meanings:

-          There are 108 prayer beads on an eastern rosary for 108 repetitions of a mantra

-          There are 54 sounds in the Sanskrit alphabet, each with a masculine and feminine aspect (2 x 54 = 108)

-          The distance between the earth and sun is 108 times the diameter of the sun, and the distance between the earth and moon is 108 times the diameter of the moon

-          There are 108 Upanishads, which are part of the oldest scriptural texts of Hinduism; there are 108 Hindu deities and 108 names for Buddha

-          Some say there are 108 feelings: 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and 36 related to the future

-          The individual numbers 1, 0, and 8 represent one thing, nothing, and everything (infinity). 108 represents the ultimate reality of the universe as being simultaneously oneemptiness, and infinite

Some believe that practicing 108 Sun Salutations is a way of breaking out of the darkness that accumulates during the long, dark winter. It is a source of internal light and energy that will keep us going until spring!

Great for all ages and abilities! There is no pressure to do all 108, but that is the goal. Bring a mat and water, and try to come on an empty stomach.

Lindsey began practicing yoga out of curiosity.  She continues to practice because she loves the challenge and the bonus of self-discovery. After witnessing first hand, how a dedicated practice can transform the body, mind, and soul, she realized the need to share this gift of yoga with others. While her practice is mostly in Bikram yoga, Lindsey completed her Hatha yoga teacher training at Yoga at the Village to expand her options, through this training, became registered with Yoga Alliance.

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