If you live in Houston, it’s probably felt like summer since April. Nevertheless, the true summer solstice is Wednesday, June 21st, and we’re planning to celebrate it with a wholelotta sun salutations. 108 to be exact. Why 108, you ask?
I asked the same thing when I first heard this was considered a sacred number in yoga and that traditional mala necklaces have 108 beads. It turns out, there are an overwhelming number of interpretations, meanings, and explanations regarding the magic of the number 108. I’ve summarized just 3 of the ones that made the most sense to me, but this article in the Elephant Journal offers many more if you’re interested.
- The diameter of the Sun multiplied by 108 equals the distance between Sun and Earth, and the diameter of the Moon multiplied by 108 equals the distance between Earth and Moon. The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth.
- According to yogic tradition, there are 108 pithas, or sacred sites, throughout India, and there are also 108 Upanishads and 108 marma points, or sacred places of the body.
- Each digit has a special meaning:
1 = God or higher Truth
0 = emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice,
8 = infinity or eternity
Join us for a fun ans sweaty good time next Wednesday at 7:15pm!