108 Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar)

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108 Sun Salutations Series-001What’s it all about?

What’s this 108 Sun Salutations all about?
It’s a powerful experience that will stretch you and leave your yoga practice changed.
Along with being an incredible way to detox, physically and mentally, it’s a memorable gesture to mark the end of winter and the arrival of spring.
I believe we can all truly benefit in celebrating this change together.

Who’s it for?

This experience will stretch and expand you to the core and is good for anyone who’s looking to fulfill what we see as our personal mission statement:

Bring peace to mind, through a connection with the body so that they can flow through life with greater ease.

This has a lot of meaning to us as we believe in 3 key things at Mind Body Flow Yoga.

  1. Doing something that we find inspiring
  2. Doing something that inspires others
  3. Doing something that helps other people inspire others

You can only do this by believing in yourself, accepting the fact that you are worthy of the challenge in front of you and with your best effort taking it one asana at a time to its natural outcome. We believe that you can do the 108 Sun Salutations and I personally look forward to seeing your tired smile after it’s all said and done.

The Significance of the 108

Now, the number 108 has a lot meaning for different people.  According to 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.

Rea, Shiva. “Q&A: What’s So Sacred About the Number 108?” Yoga Journal. Yoga Journal, 13 Nov. 2007. Web. 1 Dec. 2016.
For myself though it’s as good a number as any. We need it to be an even number and you’ll see why shortly.  I honestly would have been fine if it was 100 Sun Salutations, but I definitely appreciate the additional 8. It gives us a little something extra to reach for and enjoy.

Mind Body Flow Yoga’s 108 Sun Salutations

Mind Body Flow Yoga’s 108 Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) will be made up of Sun Salutation A and 54 Sun Salutations B. Here’s a walkthrough of the Sun Salutation A and B series. This is the typical format. How we get you started, keep you going, and looking good while you do so, and party afterward will be all us. 🙂

Benefits of 108 Sun Salutations

When you complete your personal 108 Surya Namaskar you will mentally feel

  1. More focused
  2. More disciplined
  3. More resilient
  4. More committed to your yoga and to your own betterment

You as well will physically feel

  1. Much stronger
  2. More capable
  3. More fluid
  4. And better connected to your mind.

In general, you will better appreciate what you are able to do, and how much further you can over reach your own expectations. This series will challenge your mind as your body continuously moves and flows through the asanas.
It’s a rich way to elevate your yoga practice and honestly boost your own mental and physical capacity.
Believing in your inner brilliance, which we strive to show is in you here at Mind Body Flow Yoga, isn’t enough for real personal change off the mat.
For yoga to change your life you need to push your boundaries and prove to yourself that you can do more than what you give yourself credit for. This changes belief to knowledge.
Knowing for a fact that you can do more and be more.
This to me is the value of 108 Sun Salutations.

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