Join our Fundraising 108 Sun Salutation and support your Yoga Center. With summer around the corner, it is time to challenge our bodies, find your inner strength and power up the Sivananda Chicago Center. There is a mysterious power when we practice in a group, and the momentum the supports the completion of the the practice. This is not a competition, especially with yourself. You can practice at your pace and take breaks in between when needed.
The Sun Salutation originated as a series of twelve prostrations to the Sun, 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.
On this day we take the time and effort to show our gratitude reverence to the Sun, the main source of Prana or life force on Earth.
It will be broken down into 3 segments of 18 rounds each, (54 complete rounds or 108 sun salutations) a piece of cake! We will start with a short session of pranayama and conclude with a long and restorative final relaxation. Saraswati, Siva and Radha will be co-teaching.
What is a sun salutation?
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.
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!