Why do we do 108 Sun Salutations on April 18?

It’s the 108th day of the year and to celebrate, many yogis around the world are doing 108 Sun Salutations.

This tradition is usually practiced during the change of the seasons — the winter and summer solstices (a time of celebration), and the spring and fall equinoxes (a time for new beginnings).

The number 108 is sacred and significant in many ways — from astronomy to yoga.

In numerology, 108 equals 9, which symbolizes universal love, eternity and awakening.

In Ayurveda, there are 108 sacred points on the body.

In astronomy, the distance between the sun and earth is roughly 108 times the sun’s diameter.

In the ancient, sacred texts, there are 108 Upanishads and 108 Tantras.

Mala bead necklaces have 108 beads, which are used during meditation.

Practicing 108 Sun Salutations is definitely not an easy thing to do — but that’s the point…to move and activate your energy, your prana, up to the sky.

It’s also about surrendering to the process, acknowledging difficulties — both physically and emotionally — and then letting go.

Pretty cool, huh?

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