YOGA MALA - 108 Sun Salutations for the Summer Solstice
21st June - 5.30 - 7.30pm
Celebrate the Summer Solstice at SOULBOX - for its first Yoga Mala. Yoga Mala is the ancient and traditional practice of 108 Sun Salutations, to welcome the change of season.
Sun Salutations are a sequence of yoga poses strung together in a consistent movement, typically found in Vinyasa-style yoga. Sun Salutations are physically challenging and are an excellent cardiovascular workout. Yet there’s a lot more beyond their physical benefits of toning and strengthening the body.
A mala is a group moving meditation and the energy created is extremely powerful. The Mala will be in 4 sections, each set with new intention. Rest will always be welcome and there are no expectations of you at all. Its an honouring and offering practice.
The Mala will close with deeply healing Savasana followed by post-practice refreshments and replenishing treats.
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, sacred texts. For example, there are 108 Upanishads and 108 Tantras
- In numerology, 108 equals 9, which symbolizes universal love, eternity and awakening
- In Ayurveda, 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 have 108 beads, which are used to count during meditation
When do people practice 108 Sun Salutations?
Traditionally, practicing 108 Sun Salutations is reserved for the change of the seasons
The Summer Solstice is marked as a time of celebration. Many cultures have festivals to celebrate the sun and its life-giving energy. The summer marks a time of everything being in full bloom. Making it a great time to purify and awaken the body.
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 benefits to practicing 108 Sun Salutations.
Sun Salutations heat the body and activate Prana, or upward energy. You’ve probably heard in yoga class that the active parts of class (like a Vinyasa flow) help create and move energy and stuck emotions. The slower parts of class (like hip openers and reclined poses) help release energy and emotions that no longer serve you.
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 meaning in this ancient ritual.
Here are 6 things you will learn or experience when you practice 108 sun salutations:
1. You are stronger than you think
108 sounds like a lot – you may not reach that number the first time. Regardless of the total number, you will be surprised at your strength and how many rounds you can do. Give yourself some credit for what you’ve accomplished, because you are powerful and deserve the recognition!
2. Negative energy does not define you
Negative energy can stay trapped in the body. Sun Salutations activate stuck energy, help you move through it, and ultimately let go of things that no longer serve you. Releasing negative energy is an important step on the path to happiness, and this practice will show you that you have the power to release anything holding you back.
3. You have the power to shift your perspective
If you practice with a positive mantra, like “I am at peace,” then you may see significant changes in your mood and perspective. Focusing on positivity as you practice has the power to transform your entire outlook. Once you accomplish 108 Sun Salutations, you may event notice a boost in your overall confidence!
4. You can find grounding amidst any challenge
The repetition and ritual of 108 Sun Salutations will provide a sense of grounding. Remember that Sun Salutations are named in honor of the cycles of the life. 108 Sun Salutations is definitely challenging, but while you practice them, you will find a sense of grounding and learn how to access it with any challenge you face.
5. You will discover your inner drive
While this will be different for each person, you will see emotions and sensations arise that you never knew existed (or thought were long gone). You may learn what inspires you to flow or even how your dedication can cultivate confidence. Throughout this practice, you will continue to witness your incredible drive.
6. You will have more energy afterwards
You will feel an increase in energy once you complete your Sun Salutations because they generate Prana. Afterward, you may find yourself feeling more energized, more alert, and empowered overall – now that’s a great feeling!
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