108 To End Hate
Sunday, October 21st
9 AM-11 AM
108 Sun Salutations
On October 21st, we will do a donation-based practice of 108 sun salutations with the intention of spreading peace and ending violence.*
*All proceeds will go towards supporting Women’s Support Services
We will begin at 9AM and we predict, with room for water breaks and child’s pose rests, that the practice will take around 2 hours.
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).
Sun Salutations are a sequence of yoga poses strung together in a consistent movement, typically found in Vinyasa-style yoga. In Sanskrit, Sun Salutations are referred to as “Surya Namaskar” and were traditionally practiced to usher in the new day, hence the name.
108 sun salutations are an ancient ritual traditionally practiced around the time of solstices as a means of letting go of the season passing and welcoming the new season. We have chosen to do this practice in October as it is domestic violence awareness month. Our hope is to be a part of a culture of change; a culture where love doesn’t hurt and victims are heard and believed.
Details of the Event
We will begin at 9AM, but you may join us at any time. Donations are encouraged and a pledge system is a great option of how to do so. For example, pledge to do 50 sun salutations, donate $50. However, you are welcome to participate and do as many or as few as you like, and donate whatever is comfortable for you. This practice is an energetic one, so you should feel no monetary pressure.
When you arrive, please sign in in the apothecary (located at the top of the stairs) before heading into the studio. The studio will be set up with rows of mats that you are welcome to use, as well as space for your own - or you can lay your mat on top of studio mat.. There will be some counting machines available, but again counting is not required. If you have a means of counting you prefer to use, please feel free to bring it with you.
At 9AM, Katie will orient you to the practice and get you started. From there, it will be self led. However, if you’re unfamiliar, you can watch the room and follow along with the instructor until you form your own flow style and pace. Always listen to your body. Never push yourself to a point of pain. Rest when needed or stop when needed. Light refreshments will be available in the apothecary at the top of the stairs.
When you finish your practice, please spray and wipe down your mat - then leave it out as you found it.
If you arrive after 9AM, you are still most welcome to join us. We just ask that you try to be stealthy when you enter the room.
What is the significance of 108?
The number 108 appears in ancient, sacred texts. For example, there are 108 Upanishads and 108 Tantras
In numerology, 108 equals 9, which symbolizes universal love, eternity and awakening
In Ayurveda, there are 108 sacred points on the body
In astronomy, the distance between the Sun and Earth is roughly 108 times the Sun’s diameter
Mala prayer beads have 108 beads, which are used to count during meditation
Why do people practice 108 Sun Salutations?
It is believed that the fire (internal heat) that you build during this practice is cleansing, detoxifying, and gets you more in touch with yourself. There are many benefits to practicing 108 Sun Salutations.
Sun Salutations heat the body and activate Prana, or upward energy. You’ve probably heard in yoga class that the active parts of class (like a Vinyasa flow) help create and move energy and stuck emotions. The slower parts of class (like hip openers and reclined poses) help release energy and emotions that no longer serve you.
During 108 Sun Salutations, you will at some point think, “Why did I sign up for this?” If you keep going, you will find a state of ease, and even a sense of flow. You will surrender to the process, acknowledge what arises emotionally, and then let it go. When you finish, you will feel lighter and find meaning in this ancient ritual.