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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Are you attending the Spring Equinox (Yoga Mala) on Saturday, March 24th?

Reasons why you should come do 108 Sun Salutations with me. Maybe you got the email already or saw the Facebook post, but if you didn't, let me fill you in. The Spring Equinox is fast approaching, the eve of spring. 108 Sun Salutations to welcome spring. So far when I have brought this up to my students, friends and family I have been greeted with faces of disbelief and abject horror. "Why on earth would you do that?” they ask me. "Why 108?" Well, in ancient yogi times 108 was considered to be the number of wholeness of existence. It is the average distance of the sun and the moon to earth (multiplication is involved here and I am no math whiz, so I'm going to trust the info given to me on this one). 108 is also the number of 'Upanishads' (ancient Indian texts). 108 is the number of beads on a mala (and a catholic rosary) so essentially, if a person completes 108 Sun Salutations that person becomes the mala. Now that you have the reason for the number let me tell you why you should come and give it a go with me. 1. Sources tell me that training for this is not necessary. It isn't like running a 5K. I am putting a lot of trust into those sources. I'm letting go of any fear that I can't do this. I know I can, and I know you can too. 2. We are breaking those 108 Sun Salutes into 4 sets of 27 with a break between each set to drink water, rest and use the facilities. 3. Yogis around the world are doing this on the same day, how cool is that! 4. What else are you going to do to welcome spring? Clean your house? This is a great excuse to procrastinate cleaning. This is spring cleaning of the body, mind and soul. 5. Impress your friends and family. Ok, granted that is not a very yogic reason but I couldn't resist.  6. Practicing Sun Salutations is very meditative. We connect each pose in the vinyasa to our breath. Meditation has been proven very effective in reducing stress. If you are not someone who can sit still to meditate this might just be the ticket for you. 7. Think of the physical workout involved. What a great way to kickstart a healthy spring. 8. Completing this as part of a group has its benefits; a sense of community. I will do the counting so you won't lose your place, we will support each other when it starts to feel like it will not end, and we will all celebrate together when we finish. 9. It is a valid reason to escape your kids for an afternoon. 10. It is a challenge. Challenging yourself is an important way to grow as an individual. The sense of accomplishment after a real challenge is a blissful thing. It’s on Saturday March 24th, 11am-1:30pm. $15 per person and all proceeds will be donated to CVIC-Community Violence Intervention Center. So, come salute the sun and welcome in spring. Be part of the global mala on March 24th. Now, who's with me?

1 comment:

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