Spring has Sprung – Its time for 108 Sun Salutations Starting This Thursday

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“The Yoga Crew in the Beginning at Lululemon”

That’s right, the Spring Equinox was last week which opens the door to a yogic spring ritual of 108 Sun Salutations. Now we are going to do it over 2 Thursdays, 54 Sun Salutations (A series) each Thursday, at Lululemon in Pasadena starting at 6:30 PM.

I have probably done this ritual 6 times over the last 8 years and I usually have better years when I sweat out the year long junk and build up. From what I understand, and for me, it is spring cleaning for the body, mind and spirit. But why 108? I found a short description of the importance of the number 108 in Yoga Journal by Shiva Rea

“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.”

Now is the time for your Spring cleaning and join me for two consecutive Thursdays, at 6:30 PM at Lululemon in Pasadena doing 54 Sun Salutations (A series) in 6 sets of 9 . Each set we will dedicate and meditate on different intentions. This practice will take about 1.5 hours each Thursday and be part of our Yoga for Runners series. Bring a towel!

I can’t say enough about this practice and how it can help your focus, strength and your ability to deal with a challenge. This is why it is perfect for runners.

Please join us Thursday, March 27, and Thursday, April 10 at Lululemon in Pasadena 6:30 PM

Important note: There will not be a Runner for Yoga class

Namaste,

Steve Mackel, ChiRunning® Instructor, Lululemon Pasadena Ambassador

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