Last year we regaled you with the sweaty tale of our first New Years Day 108 Sun Salutations, and, oh yes, it was sweaty. This year we rang in 2012 with yet another one hundred eight rounds of saluting ye old sun, but this time there was a shift. 2012′s sweatiness was less about the bodily challenge of doing over a hundred cycles of what we normally do 5-10 times a practice, and was more about the process. *cue gong*
As with anything, the first time has the thrill of newness, the excitement and anticipation that comes with well, the first time. No longer a 108 Surya Namavirgin, having a reference point the second time around allowed for a deeper experience, where the question evolved from “can I survive this?” to “what can I do with this?”
Yes, as in, “I’m here, I know I can accomplish this physically whether I finish or not,” but what else can we learn and take with us from this otherwise perceived insane undertaking? How can we take this experience and make a difference great or small, in ourselves, our thoughts, our words and our actions? Note 1: Now just because we’re asking the question doesn’t mean we’ll always get answers right away, but it doesn’t hurt to query. In fact, it’s all about the query.
Whether or not you’ve got blisters on your toes from 108 Salutes (note 2: they hurt just as much the second time!), as we kick off another #365yoga days we invite you to join us in leaving behind the doubts of can I? and embrace the power of I’m already doing it, what now?
If 2011 was the year of the protestor we declare 2012 the year of the Doer.
If you’re of the curious ‘why 108?’ crowd, there are few reasons:
- 108 beads on a mala. The number holds significance (as does 9: 8+1=9) in the Hindu tradition.
- Sanskrit alphabet: There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet. Each has masculine and feminine, shiva and shakti. 54 times 2 is 108.
- Time: Some say there are 108 feelings, with 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and 36 related to the future.
- Astrology: There are 12 constellations, and 9 arc segments called namshas or chandrakalas. 9 times 12 equals 108. Chandra is moon, and kalas are the divisions within a whole.
- Planets and Houses: In astrology, there are 12 houses and 9 planets. 12 times 9 equals 108.
- Sun and Earth: The diameter of the sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth.
- Moon and Earth: The average distance of the Moon from the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.
Also, a few more little known facts:
- 108 seconds is the time it takes for a yogi to scan the room and decide who the ‘hotties’ are.
- Yogis should wash their mats after 108 uses, at least. ew.
- It takes 108 tries to even start to understand the mechanics of bakasana.