108 Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar)? What? As a yogi (yoga practitioner) you may hear about the 108 Sun Salutations practice done on various times of the year, like during the vernal/spring and autumnal equinox. But in fact, 108 Sun Salutations can be done at times when we feel spiritually sluggish and disconnected or to contribute to bringing the seed of peace world-wide by the powerful effect of meditation in action. A New Year is the best opportunity to put this in practice by uniting, purifying & transforming a day to day practice to extraordinary and mindful practice.
The 108 number has many important and symbolic meanings in diverse traditions around the Globe.
Some of them are mathematical, while others have religious and spiritual context, and the ancient tradition of yoga is no exception.
Here few a few examples:
- A Japa mala (or Mala) refers to prayer beads customarily used in both Buddhism and Hinduism. Recitations of prayers, mantras and chants are counted bead by bead on Malas. Buddhist malas traditionally have 108 beads, said to signify the 108 human passions that Avalokiteshvara assumed when ‘telling the beads’.
- In mathematics: 1 to 1st power = 1; 2 to 2nd power = 4 (2×2); 3 to 3rd power = 27 (3x3x3). 1x4x27 = 108
- 108 is a Harshad number, which is an integer divisible by the sum of its digits (Harshad is a Sanskrit word that means “great joy”). Yes, it’s 12 for the mental math enthusiasts among you.
- There are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to and from Anahata, the heart chakra.
- There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet. Each has masculine and feminine, shiva and shakti. 54 times 2 is 108.
- In astrology, there are 12 houses and 9 planets. 12 times 9 equals 108.The diameter of the sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth.
108 Sun Salute and Yoga Mala
There are many approaches to practice a Yoga Mala, 108 Sun Salutations, and some practitioners will go through all without a break. Some approaches take small breaks between sets of 27 repetitions for water and natural foods.
A Yoga Mala is a minimum of 3 hours with time to introduce the mala and time for a long savasana and the addition of meditation and kirtan.
Regardless of the approach you take for the 108 Yoga Mala, it is important to offer and count the mantras with sincerity, devotion, feeling, and full attention.
New Year’s 108 Sun Salutations dedication with Hanaq Prana Yoga
The dedication will be divided in 5 parts and sessions.
- Round One: Dedications for Personal Transformation and Realization. This round is for all of one’s prayers for your personal activation, healing, fertilization, and manifestation of the potency of one’s life. Self-realization and actualization.
- Round Two: Dedications for Family, Friends and Precious Jewels (anyone you have unresolved conflict with)
- Round Three: Dedications for the World – The Bodhisattva round where we pray for what we care about, and are active in transforming from war, global warming, children with AIDS, and to your local needs. A very powerful round.
- Round Four: Dedications to the Source – The conversation between you and God, the praise, gratitude and joy.
- Last Round: Shavasana, Meditation, Chanting.
Registered members can also follow online training program where we help you build up your strength and stamina for completing 108 Sun Salutations this 1st of the year 2017.
To find out more about the 108 challenge program please visit the 108 dedication page.