108 to celebrate

summertime sun

My birthday is coming up soon and I’m going to try to do 108 sun salutationsto celebrate another year of life and blessings; cleanse the body, mind, and soul a bit. I’m predicting it will take 2-3 hours, it usually takes me 1-2 minutes per sun salutation.  The number 108 has significance in many cultures and for many reasons.  The fact that it is connected to a bunch of nerdy math facts as well as yoga, well, I just can’t resist.  I’m excited to give this a try.  If you’re interested in joining me for part of this celebration, hit me up!

  • 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 which are said to converge at the heart center (chakra).
  • 108 is a Harshad number, which is an integer divisible by the sum of its digits (Harshad is from Sanskrit and means “great joy”).
  • 108 is twice the number “54”, which is the number of sounds in Sanskrit.
  • Some say that 1 stands for God or higher Truth, 0 stands for wholeness in spiritual practice, and 8 stands for infinity or eternity.
  • 108 has numerological significance in that 1^1 x 2^2 x 3^3 = 1 x 4 x 27 = 108.
  • The angle formed by two adjacent lines in a pentagon equals 108 degrees.
  • The diameter of the sun is approximately 108 times the diameter of the earth.
  • The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.
  • The distance of the Moon from the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.
  • “One feels great. 108 is a journey.” -Shiva Rae
  • “One represents union, zero represents the void and eight is infinity ” -Ben Thomas

sources: Yoga Journal,
Yoga For Peace Santa Cruz

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