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.
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 is happy to be a part of Free Day Of Yoga (FDOY) on Monday September 7, 2015.
We have our good friend Dennis Stevense lined up to teach at McKinley Park. If you have not yet experienced Yoga In The Park, or just want to celebrate Labor Day outdoors, this will be an amazing class.
When: Monday, September 7th, 9:00a-10:15a
Where: McKinley Park (near the Rose Garden)
Who: This is an all-levels vinyassa style class. Everyone is welcome
What to bring: Bring a mat and some water. (Limited supply of mats will be available to borrow.)
You can learn more about this event at: http://www.sacramentofreedayofyoga.com
We are broadening our connection! We are excited to announce the launch of Yoga In The Park in Roseville CA.
Maidu Park is the home of our latest Yoga In The Park project. The beautiful expansive lawn will serve as our canvas of multi-colored mats that will be lining up for free yoga.
We are honored to have the amazing Anne Marie Kramer out to kick off our first practice out there.
Meet up between the library and the community center. Practice starts at 9:00 sharp. Bring a mat, some water, and a friend!