108 Sun Salute Workshop

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This workshop is designed to put you in touch with your inner self.

Stress is our body’s response to living out of alignment with our inner self. Stress is a sign of not being present: we either live in a projected future or an interpreted past. In “now” (most of the time) we have no physical danger, therefore, no reason to make any stress reaction.
 
By this physical practice, we first allow our mind to get in touch with our physical body, which stimulates our mental & emotional bodies.
 
Any physical practice has the potential to bring us back to the present moment – leaving in past any fear, doubt, indecision. Leaving behind any worry or anxiety.
 
Why? Because in nowadays most of the problems and stresses we experience are mental stress. NOW is the solution & answer.
 
Mindfulness is being aware of both desires – staying in comfort & getting out of it. And with this awareness, we can make a conscious choice according to our desired outcome – according to the intention set at the beginning of the practice.
 
In a more practical sense as we do the practice of sun salutation at some point our movements become almost automatic and require very little of our mental energy. And it can be challenging to keep attention to physical form.
 
As we practice and try to put our attention to our breathing, we discover how calm or busy is our mind. How easy it is to keep us concentrated and practice with intention of self-love? How easy it is to return back from losing attention?
 
Failing is an important part of the practice that makes us stronger and gives opportunity to become more gentle to ourselves.
 
As we keep our attention to our breath we stimulate our nervous system into waves of contraction and relaxation. We relax our bodies. Through this relaxation and calming of our body, our mind may follow. If we let it we become more clear-minded and energized. We might even discover how much energy we spend in different worries… by observing how much more energy there is once we interrupt the unconscious stream of habitual thoughts.
 

The workshop is designed with sustainability in mind.

We want to warm up. We want to start gently and prepare ourselves for the physical part of the practice.
 
We want to enjoy the journey and take breaks in-between to give us time to self-reflect, instead of rushing through the ritual mindlessly. L
 
We want to cool down to release any physical stress and tension accumulated through the repetitive motion of sun salutation.
 
We want to give us time to self-reflect at the end of the practice and integrate our lessons learned.
 
We take these extra steps to ensure both the best experience during the practice and afterward.
 

Whether you consider joining in or doing it on your own – I believe this video will help you to enjoy the practice even more. So I encourage you to take 5min to watch it.

You will benefit from this ritual even if you are able to complete only part of it. Yes, you don’t need to make it to the magic number 108. Even 10 sun salutes will make you feel empowered. However, if you feel up to a challenge, we will split up those 108 into 4 sets of 27 salutes, giving you time to assess your physical and mental state.

Also, I recommend watching this tutorial about Ujjayi breathing. Practicing ujjayi breath while doing the ritual will greatly increase your benefits of calming down your body and letting it rest and recover already during the practice:

Intro

Every year we have 4 reasons. And at the start of each of them, there is a great tradition of doing 108 Sun Salutations to celebrate the change in season and change in life. It’s like a worthy milestone to stop for a while and reassess life! It is not only an energizing, rejuvenating, and cleansing ritual. It is also a celebration to express our gratitude for providing us with light, warmth, and energy.  

We all know about 4 seasons and each one of them has been celebrated since ancient days.

So how is it relevant today? Well, principles have not changed. We all are still here just because of the light and warmth the Sun is providing us. Without Sun there would be no life (as we know it) here on Earth – no you, no me, no fruits, no plants no animals. Nothing.

Would you agree that this deserves at least a bit of gratitude and appreciation from time to time? Imagine bringing a birthday present to your child. And instead of appreciation you get at best ignored or even mocked: “Is that it? What else you got for me?”. Not a nice thing to do, is it? And now imagine we have a similar relationship with the sun.

There are 2 solstices – marking the beginning of the summer and the winter accordingly. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year when Sun reaches the highest point in the sky. And the winter solstice is the shortest day and the lowest point.

And there are 2 equinoxes: spring and autumn when night and day are the most equal length to each other of the year. 

 

108 Sun Salutes

108 Sun Salutes is a wonderful practice to learn to sync your breath with your movement. It also opens your mind to new possibilities and tests your willpower and energizes you in the process.  

Sanscrit’s name for sun salutation is “Surya Namaskar”. Where “Namaskar” means “I bow my head with complete gratitude and offer myself to you wholeheartedly without being biased and partial”. And the word “Surya” means “the one who expands and illuminates the world”.

Beautiful, right?

Physical benefits of the practice include:

  • Tones muscles and improves flexibility
  • Great cardio training and hormonal balance
  • Improves digestion and promotes weight loss
  • Increases energy and awareness levels
  • Enables Better Absorption of Nutrients
  • Reduces moods swings and brings more emotional stability
  • Improves Your Skin’s Glow
  • Strengthening body
  • Improving flexibility
  • Burning fat
  • Improving blood circulation
  • Improving the function of internal organs
  • Improving muscle tone
  • Improving posture
  • Building mental focus
  • Helping relax
  • Relaxing the mind
 
And now multiply it by 108. ? Awesome, right?
 

Why 108?

Whether you believe in the ancient wisdom of this traditional number or are skeptical about it, 108 is a big enough number to make it challenging, however small enough so it is accessible for most attendees.

 

About the event

Place

Online – A Zoom Call.
In-Person: Near Adeje in Tenerife, contact for details.
 

Time

Mar 19, 2022
  • 8 AM EST
  • 1 PM (GMT/UTC/Canary/London time)
  • 18:30 AM in India
 

Agenda

5min – Preparation and introduction
15min – Warmup
1.5h – Start of salutation. 4 rounds of 27 salutes.
15min – Finishing, stretching, relax
 
Attendance

Online, In Person