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Yoga Challenge

sun salutation

The sun salutation is the most famous yoga series in yoga, which are performed one after the other, usually to the rhythm of the breath.  

A real yoga thon, a challenge, a challenge!!! Lose your corona kilos and make as many sun salutations as you want. The great thing is that you perform the sun salutations on your towel or mat and no one knows how many you did. The performance of 108 sun salutations is challenging. It's not a problem if you do less.  You are encouraged to listen to your body, make your own adjustments, and rest when you need to.  

There are times when we feel spiritually sluggish and disconnected, this can be an opportunity to pick up and revitalize your yoga practice. It is mainly the sentiment and intention behind the action that makes the practice so much fun. Transforming the everyday into the extraordinary.


intention / sankalpa

Making 108 sun salutations is an excellent opportunity to reinforce your intentions. In every sun salutation you make, you repeat your intention. But repeating alone is not enough. During the practice of the sun salutations you enter a flow in which your mind calms down. This is the most fertile ground for sankalpa practice. A sankalpa practice is based on the idea that you have radical permission to be yourself and follow your heart.


Traditionally, we perform the sun salutation 108 times when the seasons change. By doing 108 sun salutations, we salute the sun that gives us life energy. 108 Is a symbolic number in many cultures and religions, and in ancient yoga texts. Ancient yogis believed that we can attune ourselves to the rhythm of creation by completing exercises of this sacred number in rounds. 108 Seems to be a mysterious number that connects the ancient world to the modern world and also connects the physical realm to the metaphysical realm. The number 108 is sacred in mathematics, geometry, astrology, numerology and in many world religions and spiritual traditions.


A few examples: - In yoga, the number 108 refers to spiritual completion. That is why malas used for japa (silent repetition of a mantra) are composed of 108 beads. - Pranayama cycles are often repeated in 108 cycles. - Sun Salutations are traditionally performed 108 times at the change of season. - The numbers 1, 0 and 8 represent one thing, nothing and everything (infinity), representing the belief that the ultimate reality of the universe is one, empty and infinite at the same time.  - Sanskrit Alphabet: There are 54 letters in Sanskrit alphabet. Each has male and female, shiva and shakti. 54 times 2 is 108. - Time: Some say there are 108 feelings, 36 of which are related to the past, 36 related to the present and 36 related to the future. - Astrology: There are 12 zodiac signs and 9 arc segments called namshas or chandrakalas. 9 times 12 equals 108. Chandra is moon and kalas are the divisions within a whole. - Planets and Houses: In astrology there are 12 houses and 9 planets. 12 times 9 equals 108. - Sun and Earth: The diameter of the sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. - Moon and Earth: The average distance from the moon to the earth is 108 times the diameter of the moon.  



Practicing 108 Sun Salutations brings together some very powerful yoga practices. Bhakti - devotion, Seva - Selfless service, Tapas - effort, warmth, discipline, diligence, and Ishvara Pranidhana - surrender.


* Bhakti - Offering your hard work and efforts can feel liberating. You are no longer attached to the fruits of your labor, instead of identifying with your achievement or achievement, you put one foot in front of the other, do your best, invest fully and let go of any attachment to the result . It is the motivation behind the act that makes it transformational. It is the enjoyment and enjoyment of the act itself rather than being a means to an end. We stay in the moment and let each moment come and go with inhalation and exhalation.  


* seva  - is selfless service. Traditionally, this takes the form of voluntarily devoting time and energy to other beings, for example volunteering in a soup kitchen. Your actions are free of selfish motivation, in other words, you expect nothing in return.  


* Tapas  - Completing 108 Sun Salutations is undeniably a Tapasic exercise as it requires a burning desire and strong willpower. In this context, however, the 'Will' refers to Own will (capital W). It is the synergy of hard work and intention that makes the practice spiritual and Tapasian.

*  Is hvara Pranidhana - Surrender. Ultimately, this guideline invites us to give up our ego, open our hearts and accept the higher purpose of our being. We know it as being 'in the flow' or 'in the zone'.  


Live music
It will be a very special experience, with live music by Wim Dictus and Hubert Aanraadt who literally and figuratively let us “float” to their music! An experience you don't want to miss.

Yoga and Breathing
This exercise will help you memorize the sun salutation so that you can perform it at home (or wherever you are). Sun Salutations are a series of postures that follow one another. They help make the body more powerful and flexible and the flow of energy helps you to be in balance. This is also the ultimate way to  to learn  synchronize your breathing with your movements, this improves your yoga practice and  As a result, you will breathe very well during the yoga practice and that you will feel very good.

By repeating this series of movements, you get into a wonderful flow, a meditation in motion; the movements seem to come naturally. You can do them at your own pace, or in the joint flow.

Version: 2 variants
We start with a short meditation, setting an intention after which we start performing calm, meditative sun salutations together. By doing the sun salutations together we help each other to stay in the flow.
We finish with some stretches and a well-deserved shavasana.

Do you want to be well prepared? Then come and follow yoga classes at 'You are the Buddha'. We practice the sun salutation and together we look at how you can adapt it to your level.


All levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced.  


Gladly  Register online and bring your own stuff (mat etc.) for hygiene reasons. You can register by registering via the class schedule .  

- Bring your own mat or towel, if you want to borrow a mat please indicate in advance
- We follow the corona protocol
- Beginners and advanced are welcome
- Location: Breda center, Valkenberg Park, near the T-huis
- Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

- Register via the online  class schedule
- Preparation? Come to the classes of 'You are the Buddha'

108 Zonnegroeten: Service
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