The Winter Solstice is celebrated in cultures around the world as a symbol of death and rebirth—a time of new beginnings and fresh starts. Join me for the 2018 Winter Solstice and celebrate the approaching new year with mantra meditation and 108 sun salutations.
The practice of sun salutations allows us to build tapas, internal heat or fire, which is thought to cleanse and detoxify the body and mind. This powerful practice helps activate and move prana—life force or energy in the body and helps to release stagnant energy and emotions. The practice of 108 salutations will help us connect with our innate inner strength as we flow with our breath and surrender to the journey.
We will begin our practice by setting an intention, dedication, or a prayer for healing, followed by mantra meditation. Students are encouraged to bring their own set of mala beads to practice, however it is not absolutely necessary. Following mantra meditation, we will move into our practice of 108 sun salutations.
How to practice
Practice is best on an empty stomach. It is recommended to not eat at least 2 hours before practice. Hydrate well the evening before class and the morning of class.
Students are encouraged to divide the Yoga Mala into nine sets of twelve sun salutations for a total of 9 x 12 = 108 salutations.
Students are invited to try something a little different in each set — perhaps exploring variations of sun salutations or choosing a new intention.
You may choose to hold downward dog for 5 breaths every 6 salutations and 2 breaths for every other.
Students can move at their own pace with rest & meditation breaks permitted as needed.
If you are unable to complete your 108 Salutations, the numbers 27, 36 and 54 are also auspicious numbers and can provide a nice place to stop the practice.