Charity 108 Sun Salutations Challenge In aid of Yoga Gives Back & Africa Yoga Project
June 2020 - 9am to 11am
Our community challenge on the 20th June, Solstice Day where we ask everyone, family, friends and anyone who has never tried a challenge like this before to come together and enjoy a traditional practice of 108 Sun Salutations reserved for the change of the seasons i.e. Summer Solstice. You don’t have to do all 108 SS, just as many as you can manage, maybe with a break in between...? We would love to see all your faces and meet up again in this INTERACTIVE class with 9 of our teachers who have offered to host 12 rounds each!
This is going to be EPIC!
Lots of you will know that we have, since inception of Ebb&Flow, developed ways to raise money for a charity called Yoga Gives Back. Julee, our Creative Director and Jill, our co-founder are both Ambassadors for this charity and last year Julee visited various parts of India to see where over £6k that we have raised as a community is being used.
This year our team has decided to split the proceeds of this charity class between Yoga Gives Back and the Africa Yoga Project. Both charities have a common theme, working to empower and improving the lives of adults and children less fortunate than ourselves, whether it’s helping to send a child to school, paying for their university education, purchasing mosquito nets to reduce malaria deaths, providing safe water to drink, or giving shoes to bare feet.
What do you need to do?
Buy your place on this special yoga challenge by clicking here and donating as much as you can (min. £5). All funds will go 100% to charity and will be split 50:50.
The Significance of 108
The number’s significance is open to interpretation. But 108 has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga. Traditionally, malas, or garlands of prayer beads, come as a string of 108 beads (plus one for the “guru bead,” around which the other 108 beads turn like the planets around the sun). A mala is used for counting as you repeat a mantra—much like the Catholic rosary.
Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence. This number also connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth: The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. Such phenomena have given rise to many examples of ritual significance.
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.