Thank you Laura Sussman for the awesome write up in the Sac Bee.
Goal setting can be a wonderful thing, helping us create the lives we want. However, feeling like we always have to be “doing better” can leave us exhausted. We wind up glued our phones, while logging our workouts and baking a cake from scratch.
Consider putting your ambition on hold. That itself can be your most important resolution.
Recently, I tested the concept of doing less by simply turning off my phone. I read books with real pages, rather than electronic ones. If I got inspired to write a story, I jotted down the idea and let it be. I let my ambition take a breather. As expected, when I came back to earth, I was more focused and less irate.
Thanks to Autumn Payne at Sac Bee for joining us at McKinley Park during the Fourth of July weekend!
Both nature and yoga are proven to reduce stress and encourage connection. What better than to combine the two?
How fortunate we are that we have just what we need to relieve the increasing stress that we all face: nature. Studies show that even the most minimal connection—such as a view of a tree—can have the tremendous impact of calming the mind and relaxing the body. In fact, people who live in built-up, urban areas are shown to cope with life better when trees or grass are planted outside their apartment buildings.
Being in nature is good for our health and spending more time outdoors is something everyone could benefit from. Research shows that children with ADHD see their symptoms reduce after playing or reading in green outdoor settings. Additional research found that muscle tension, pain, increased heart rate, and higher blood pressure—all symptoms of stress—fade or decrease with exposure to nature.
1. Mountain Pose, Hands At Heart — Tadasana, Anjali Mudra
Stand with your feet together or hip-width apart. Press your prayer hands at chest. Rest your thumbs at your heart.
2. Upward Salute — Urdhva Hastasana
INHALE: Sweep your arms overhead. Look up. Maybe there is a slight arch in your back.
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It’s finally here! What and incredible line up of amazing yogis we have for you at our upcoming 108 Sun Salutations Challenge on Sept. 26th!
Check out the 15 superstars who are donating their time to lead us through this epic class:
Aaron Pappas (Divinemettacine.com)
Andrew Peabody (Yoga Shala)
Anne Marie Kramer (Zuda Yoga Midtown)
Blake Mason (Akasha Yoga)
Emily McGill (Leap Yoga)
Emily Taggart (Asha Yoga)
Jessica Micheletti (JessicaMicheletti.com)
Jodi Dillon (Zuda Yoga Roseville)
Karen Wilkinson (Solfire)
Laura Francis (LoloYoga.com)
Laura Murray (Fit House)
Sophie Levy(Padme Yoga Center)
Summer Ward (SeasonsOfSummer.com)
Taylor Rynicki (Lululemon Arden Fair)
Zach Stahlecker (Yoga Moves Us)
Remember to get there early , bring a yoga mat, towel and water bottle and the spirit of community and giving!
We are happy to announce the Sun & Soil Juice Company will be slinging samples at The 108 Sun Salutation Challenge on September 26th!
Sun & Soil Juice Company
1912 P street, Sacramento CA 95811
Sun & Soil’s mission is to build strong relationships with our community and local farms by creating healthy, organic juices and smoothies. We will receive the freshest produce daily to ensure that the quality and flavor of our products is outstanding. We will also reduce our carbon footprint with a glass bottle exchange program rather than the typical plastic / styrofoam options. Our plan includes delivery to local businesses and events. Sacramento is perfectly positioned in the middle of many California farms. This offers an amazing resource for us to utilize organic produce from the area to create our drinks.
Below are just a few reasons that 108 is such an auspicious number in both the yogic community and beyond!
For starters, there are 108 beads on a mala.
Did you know that the larger bead on a mala is called the meru bead? It is not a part of the 108 and is not a part of a sequence of the other beads. It marks the start and finish of the mala.
Harshad in sanskrit means “great joy”. 108 is a Harshad number which is an integer divisible by the sum of its digits.
There are 108 lines of energy that meet in our chest to form the heart chakra.
There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet. Each letter has masculine (Shiva) and feminine (Shakti) version. 54×2=108.
The Vedics say that between pranayama (breath control) and meditation one can reduce the number of breaths to only 108 breaths per day. If one can successfully accomplish that enlightenment will come.
There are 108 Upanishads. Upanishads are Vedic texts that contain the wisdom of the ancient sages.
In Buddhism, it is good luck to carve 108 small Buddhas on a walnut.
Some Buddhists celebrate the new year by ringing a bell 108 times. (Now that’s really “ringing in a new year!”)
1, 0, and 8: it is said that 1 symbolizes God or higher Truth, 0 for emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice, and 8 represents infinity or eternity.
There are 108 names for Shiva.
There are 108 names for Buddha.
Traditionally the numbers 9 and 12 have been thought to have spiritual significance. They seem to have significance in math too!
In a pentagon, the angle formed by two adjacent lines equals 108 degrees.
Register for Yoga Moves Us “108 Sun Salutation Challenge”!
Yoga Moves Us Challenge: 108 Sun Salutations
Join us for the very first YOGA MOVES US 108 Sun Salutation Challenge. A collection of local teachers and owners from various studios and organizations will come together to teach one epic class of 108 sun salutations.
On September 26, 2015 we will flow through 108 Sun Salutations on the North steps of the Capitol. Arrive at 8:30am to reserve your spot and register!
The purpose of this event is to raise awareness around Yoga Moves Us, the new non profit organization that is supporting our Yoga In The Parks program. 100% of the donations we raise on this day will go directly to YMU to support and grow our Yoga In The Parks program.
Our mission is to build healthier, stronger communities by sharing yoga that is accessible to all and by supporting those who are dedicated to inspire others through yoga.
We are grateful for your support in helping to maintain our programs. It truly is amazing to bring together hundreds of yogis/yoginis for a very special morning of connection and service.
Bring a yoga mat, water bottle, and the spirit of community and giving!