I’m on a mission to do 108 sun salutes, 108 times, to help raise money for families affected by addiction and violence.
The next one is on June 21 at 10 am. Here’s the poster:
Those of you who have been before know how much fun it is. Those of you who haven’t been, here is some more information.
What’s a sun salute?
It’s a yoga thing. You move through a series of nine postures using your breath as a guide. Inhale, you do one posture. Exhale, you do the next posture. Until you finish. And then you start again. Of course there are a million videos on a YouTube. Here’s a really good one.
It’s not that hard
You might be thinking that 108 sun salutes is too hard. It’s not. In fact, it’s surprisingly easy. It takes about an hour and fifteen minutes and the time flies right by. If you can do one sun salute, then you can do 108 sun salutes.
How 108 sun salutes is different
You don’t hold down dog for five breaths in 108 sun salutes. Instead, you hold down dog for one exhale and then you move to the next posture. This makes it easier to do 108 sun salutes.
One other thing. You break the 108 sun salutes into “sets”. At the end of each “set” you hold down dog for five breaths. This is a good way to keep count and it helps you get into the flow.
- Step the feet to the front and back of the mat
- Child’s pose or bent-knee down dog instead of full downward facing dog
- Cobra pose instead of upward facing dog
- Bent knees or knees-chest-forehead to the floor instead of four-limbed-staff pose
It’s OK to take a break whenever you feel tired or at a loss for breath. You can rest in child’s pose or by standing at the front of your mat and rejoin when you are ready.
New to yoga?
Don’t worry. 108 sun salutes is safe and fun for beginners. I’m an experienced yoga teacher with a daily home practice. I work with highly qualified teachers who encourage you to work within your limits, breathe, and do what feels good.
According to yogic tradition, 108 sun salutes are held on the solar equinox and solstices, as a way to embrace the changing season. The numbers “1”, “0”, and “8” refer to one thing, nothing, and everything. And the Tibetan mala, or rosary, has 108 beads. Learn more here.
108 sun salutes is a special event. It makes for a fantastic local fundraiser. It’s a fun way to build community and make connections.
108 sun salutes is a very cool meditative experience. It takes mental strength and focus to overcome inertia and lose yourself in movement. It’s also a really good workout. It strengthens your hamstrings, shoulders, chest, and triceps.
Just show up on the day of the event, June 21 at 10 am in Central Park with cash, cheque or currently needed item for the Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!