Local yoga practitioners recently performed Sun Salutations 108 on the coast in Music Square in Qingdao. The event was organized by 7 Yoga Shala. The name references their location at 7 Aomen Lu and also the 7 different loops in the body that are stimulated through yoga practice. 7 Yoga Shala offers courses in yin, Ashtanga, Lyenger, yoga for pregnant women, hot yoga, Pranayama, basic yoga and more.
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In some yoga circles, it is traditional to perform 108 “Sun Salutations” upon the change of seasons, that is, on the first day of summer (the Summer Solstice), the first day of winter (the Winter Solstice), the first day of spring and the first day of autumn (the Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes). This is most often done in large groups, and often as an “offering”, such as an offering of peace or unity (see, for example, The Global Mala Project, which facilitates collective yoga-based events that are based on 108 rounds of, in most cases, Sun Salutations).
If you don’t practice yoga (yet!), or if you don’t watch ABC’s Lost (which has titillated yogically-inclined viewers by sprinkling references to the number 108 throughout the series), then you might be wondering: “why 108? ”
In fact, the number 108 carries spiritual significance throughout a wide swathe of cultures:
- 108 is the number of “Upanishads” comprising Indian philosophy’s “Vedic texts”.
- 108 is the number of names for Shiva (a really important Hindu god).
- 108 is the number of names for Buddha.
- 108 is the Chinese number representing “man”.
- 108 is the number of beads on a Catholic rosary.
- 108 is the number of beads on a Tibetan “mala” (prayer beads, analagous to a rosary).
- 108 is twice the number “54”, which is the number of sounds in Sanskrit (sacred Indian langauge).
- 108 is six times the number “18”, which is a Jewish good luck number.
- 108 is twelve times the number 9, which is the number of vinyasas (movements linked to breath) in a Sun Salutation.