March 21 marks the Spring Equinox – this occasion is honored by a mala practice!The mala practice, consisting of 108 Sun Salutations, comes from the name of Hindu prayer beads which have 108 beads on a traditional strand. The significance of 108 runs deeper than that:
- The original Sanskrit alphabet had 54 sounds (54×2 = 108)
- There are 108 Upanishads in Hindu Scripture (focusing primarily on meditation & philosophy)
- The distance between earth and the sun or the distance between the earth and the moon is 108x the diameter of the respective sphere (108 representing the distance between us and the divine)
- Some mathematicians believe the number 108 represents the wholeness of existence
The practice represents a spring cleansing and honors the increasing power of the sun! Breaking the 108 into 3 sets of 36 allows you to dedicate each to an intention for your past, present and future. I love doing a mala practice at the change of each season to rededicate myself to my passions and let go of any frustrations that might be holding me back.
Tonight I’m headed to Nourishing Storm’s celebration of the Spring Equinox & talking a 108 class from the inspiring Kristin Ritter! I am particularly excited for this evening’s class as I am bringing a special friend. The younger brother of a close childhood friend has expressed an interest in the wellness world (he just completed his 200hr teacher training!) and we’re meeting before class to chat. I get a bit giddy when I experience the power of the ripple effect first hand – spreading my passion and knowledge about the ever growing wellness community brings a sense of joy and pride I can’t put into words.
This weekend take time to honor spring and tune into the amazing power of Mother Nature!