Triumph of Light over Darkness


In honor of the winter solstice, I participated in 108 sun salutations tonight. This event was hosted by Santosha yoga in Libertyville And was a very successful event.
One of my teachers called this the marathon of yoga. Although I was sweating by the end, and it felt like a great workout, I did not feel spent quite the way i do at the end of a marathon. Of course the sense of accomplishment after a marathon is beyond words. The feeling that I get at the end of each and everyone of my marathons Is a feeling of ecstasy and Emotional fulfillment. Many people ask why I run, and really that is the reason.
Two and a half hours of practicing yoga Although I’m not being quite a marathon, Is still a great workout Physically and emotionally.
So you May ask, why 108 eight sun salutations? The answer is that there are 108 beads on a Mala. A Japa mala or mala (Sanskrit:माला; mālā), meaning garland is a set of beads commonly used by Hindus and Buddhists, usually made from 108 beads. Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity. This practice is known in Sanskrit as japa. The number 108 is considered sacred in many Eastern religions and traditions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and connected yoga and dharma based practices. The individual numbers 1, 0, and 8 represent one thing, nothing, and everything (infinity). 108 represents the ultimate reality of the universe as being (seemingly paradoxically) simultaneously one, emptiness, and infinite. Source
So, having participated in this practice I felt energized and ready for celebrating the victory of light over darkness – set to take place on the solstice. Please look to reading about the meditations that can be practiced on and for the solstice.
I am so glad to have discovered yoga! It really is a life changing practice.


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