Yoga Mala - 108 Sun Salutations Welcoming the New Year
Yoga Mala Practice
108 Sun Salutations
Thurs. Dec. 31st, 9 am
Shakti Yoga Key West
1114 White St
Key West, Fl
Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskara is a dynamic asana
sequence of 12 postures performed as on continuous flow.
Sri Pattabhi Jois called 108 sun salutations a yoga mala, after the garland of prayer beads. There are 108 beads on every strand. Each completed sequence becomes a bead of the mala. Therefore, every mala calls for 108 sun salutations.
Regardless of the meaning of 108 it is important to remember that a yoga mala is a form of meditation and full attention. There are many reasons that have been given for the meaning of 108:
***108 energy lines join to form the heart chakra.
***With 54 letters in the sanskrit alphabet each has masculine and feminine (Shiva and Shakti), equals 108.
***1 stands for higher truth
0 for emptiness
8 for infinity
***The chain of 108 links is held together by 107 joints, the number or marmas, or weak spots, in the body according to the Ayurvedic way.