108 Sun Salutations (and then I puke)

Surya Namaskar, the Sun Salutation, is a series of 12 (yoga) postures performed in a single, graceful flow. Each movement is coordinated with the breath. Inhale as you extend or stretch, and exhale as you fold or contract. The Sun Salutation builds strength and increases flexibility.

On Saturday, the Mid-Missouri Show-Me Yoga Center holds a semi-annual event during which we attempt to complete this series of postures 108 times. I’ve never done more than 5 or 10 so this should be interesting.

One of the instructors has asked me to bring a video camera to capture some of this so, between working the camera and doing the postures, it’s likely I won’t get my 108 this time but I’ll be ready in 6 months.

UPDATE: Thanks to Matt for point us to this info on the significance of “108”:

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.

3 thoughts on “108 Sun Salutations (and then I puke)

  1. I looked at that Tiny Dancer gif. She’s much more interesting than the stick yogi doing sun salutes. k

  2. Another point to ponder on Smays.com.
    Mayor L has his apostrophe police. There’s the Missour-ee vs. Missour-uh debate. I’d like to add to it hyphen vs. no-hyphen construction of Show Me, as in “Show Me Yoga Center.”
    Even though the legislature wants me to hypenate Show-Me on the license plates, I think they’re wrong. (Just to see if the Mayor is reading this I’ll say “I think their wrong.” Missing apostrophe, etc.)
    Where I stand:
    Show Me
    With the Mayor

  3. Uncle Steve! I actually tried to do some yoga yesterday as part of my workout and I must say, it really did get me all loose and relaxed! I did downward dog, warrior, and handstand( ok the last one was more fail than success) but it was a jolly good bit of fun!:D

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