Get onboard to support this wonderful charity against human trafficking. On the 10th March we will be doing 108 sun salutations to raise money for them. Watch this space for the Brighton & Hove details. You can do some or all of the sun salutations, the important thing is to join us on the mat however short or long you want your sun salutations to be.
Yoga Stops Traffick
A little bit about it:-
- The traditional number of sun salutations (or surya namaskar) usually undertaken for this kind of event is 108: a sacred number in Hindu, Buddhist and many other belief systems. The average distance of the sun and the moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. There are also said to be 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra; 108 pithas, or sacred sites in India and, in astrological traditions108 also represents the nine planets.
- We recommend that you do however many surya namaskar you can manage comfortably, or in divisions of 108 (54, 27, 13 etc) according to your ability. There are no prizes for the most number of sun salutations!
- Make sure you are comfortable, wear appropriate clothing, stay hydrated and take regular breaks if need be.
- At the Mysore event, the surya namaskar will be led by the Odanadi children, and counted on the podium using a big flip chart. You can count the number of sun salutations this way too, or alternatively by using stones or dried beans as counters.
- To complete the full 108 surya namaskar takes an estimated 2.5 hours. You could save time by reducing the number of breaths in down dog, from five to three.