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.




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