Join our Fundraising 108 Sun Salutation Challenge and support your Yoga Center. With summer around the corner, it is time to challenge our bodies and power up the Sivananda Chicago Center.
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center Chicago is undergoing several projects of rebuilding, remodeling and reviving the original building at 1246 W. Bryn Mawr. The major renovation is complete, but there are still several additional projects underway. Help us give the center the TLC it deserves, as it supports our yoga practice and spiritual growth.
Together, we can do it!
What is a sun salutation?
In Hindu mythology, the Sun God is worshipped as a symbol of health and immortal life. The Sun Salutation originated as a series of prostrations to the sun. It is a series of twelve positions coordinated with the breath performed as one continuous exercise to stretch and warm up the entire body. It is designed to prepare the body for the Asanas (postures) practice.
Find out more (https://www.sivananda.org/teachings/asana/sun-salutation.html) and watch a demonstration (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPjvfqKiijA).
108 is considered a sacred number by several Eastern traditions, including Hinduism and yoga. Which is why for instance malas come as a string of 108 beads. A mala is used for counting as you repeat a mantra.
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.