What is a Yoga Mala? A Yoga Mala consists of 9 sets of 12 Sun Salutations, totaling 108. (Yoga Mala beads are often used to keep count.) These yoga celebrations are practiced for a variety of reasons, particularly to welcome a new season. At The Twisted Monkey we will honor all four: Fall Equinox, Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, and Summer Solstice. Each Yoga Mala Event will last approximately 1 1/2 – 2 hours. See schedule below.
What is Sun Salutation A? The classical Surya Namaskar series is commonly used in Vinyasa style yoga and usually consists of twelve Hatha asanas (poses) linked together by breath, though several different versions may exist. At our studio you will typically encounter the following sequence:
- Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
- Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute)
- Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold)
- Ardha Uttanasana (Half Forward Fold) then back to
- Uttanasana with option to jump back to Plank or Step into Anjayenasana (Low Lunge) and then step to High Plank
- Chaturanga Dandasana (Low Plank) or Knees-Chest-Chin modification
- Urdva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog) or option to modify with Bhujangasana (Cobra)
- Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)
- Jump or option to step to Low Lunge with step to Halfway lift
- Upward Salute
- Samasthiti (Hands at Heart) or Tadasana
Why 108 and do I have to do them all? The number 108 is a sacred number in Hinduism, Buddhism, numerology, and much more, for many different reasons:
- There are 108 prayer beads on a Yoga Mala (eastern rosary) for 108 repetitions of a mantra
- There are 54 sounds in the Sanskrit (language of yoga) alphabet, each with a masculine and feminine aspect (2 x 54 = 108)
- The distance between the earth and sun is 108 times the diameter of the sun, and the distance between the earth and moon is 108 times the diameter of the moon
- There are 108 Upanishads, which are part of the oldest scriptural texts of Hinduism
- There are 108 Hindu deities and 108 names for Buddha
- It is said that there are 108 feelings: 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and 36 related to the future
- The individual numbers 1, 0, and 8 represent: one thing, nothing, and everything (infinity).
During our Yoga Mala Celebration we will break after each set of 12 sun salutes for a short savasana (resting pose). We encourage you to take as many breaks as needed throughout class, as well as any pose modifications you may need. You are not obligated to complete the entire class, but it’s always fun to try! So save the date, bring your mat and water and a smile…
Yoga Mala Schedule
All classes will take place at the studio.
Cost is $15 per person, cash only at the door.
To register: Click Here
($5 of your proceeds will benefit an environmental cause.)
|Winter Solstice||Wed., Dec. 21, 2016||6pm (warm yoga)|
|Spring Equinox||Mon., March 20, 2017||TBD|
|Summer Solstice||Wed., June 21, 2017||TBD|