The Summer Solstice is a special day in the yogi calendar; it is also the International Day of Yoga!
At the Prana Vashya Yoga™ Studio (Leicester) we will celebrate the Summer Solstice today with our salute to the 108 Salutation Practice. This energizing practice includes intention setting, chanting, and then maintaining breath-to-movement connections while flowing through the postures of each Salutation. Throughout this practice you to sink into a meditative state of mind as you turn your senses inwards.
Venerated by the ancient sages of India, the Sun has 108 different names in Sanskrit including Hraam, Hreem, Hroom, Hraim, Hraha, etc. Today we chanted 6 mantras between sets of Salutations in celebration. Just as the Summer Solstice represents a turning point in the earths cycle of life; yoga, and life, ever changes, evolves, opening-up new opportunities to grow and improve.
Why 108? This is a sacred number venerated in many ancient scriptures and traditions. There are 108 nada or energy channels throughout your body according to yogic theory. There are 108 prayer beads in a Buddhist mala. There are 108 acupuncture / pressure points throughout your body according to Chinese medicine. There are 108 letters in Sanskrit. The distance between the Earth and the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Sun. The distance between the Earth and Moon is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.
Damian Cadman-Jones is an authorised teacher of Prana Vashya Yoga™.