*SUMMER SOLSTICE, June 21st, 2014 *108 SUN SALUTATIONS *
Join the Finger Lakes Yoga Alliance and yoga teachers from around the region in a 108 Sun Salutations event to welcome the Summer Solstice and support the Ithaca Health Alliance. Students will be guided through the sun salutes by certified yoga teachers and music by DJ Solar Lion. Traditionally, 108 Sun Salutation events follow Suriya Namaskar A only, however variations and modifications may be offered. Taking rest as needed is encouraged and expected. The Sun Salutes will be followed by some cooling counter poses, and a long Sivasana (corpse pose). The Sun Salutes take approximately 1 ½ hours to complete.
Date and Time: Saturday, June 21st, 9:30am (rain date June 22nd or June 28th).
Donation: Donate with cash or check at the event or online via PayPal – click button @ right and enter an amount from below:
• Asana (posture), suggested $15,
• Pranayama (breath) $25,
• Ahimsa (non-violence) $35,
• Dharana (concentration) $50,
• Dhyana (meditation) $75,
• Samadhi (ecstasy) $108.
Location: DeWitt Park, Ithaca.
Bring a mat (or practice on the grass), water bottle, props if desired. Snacks and refreshments will be available thanks to GreenStar Oasis.
Partnering Organizations and Sponsors:
• Finger Lakes Yoga Alliance
• Ithaca Health Alliance – Facilitates access to health care for all, with a focus on the needs of the uninsured.
• Anna’s Movement Arts – will provide kid’s yoga during the event
• Ithaca Downtown Alliance – A not-for-profit organization charged with the revitalization, development, promotion, and management of downtown Ithaca.
• Greenstar Oasis
Participating Yoga Teachers: Atrid Jirka (Sunrise Studio), Diane Fine (Fine Spirit), Liz Falk (Mighty Yoga, Blackbird Studio), Zainab Zakari (Mighty Yoga, Blackbird Studio), Gina Newlin (Mighty Yoga, Green Lotus Yoga), Anna Goehner (Anna’s Movement Arts), Indrani Singh, Hilary Davis, Jessica Sands, Steven Wicker.
FOR UPDATES: Stay tuned here and via the FLYA Facebook Group.
Why 108? There are many reasons that 108 is considered sacred in different traditions. The diameter of the sun is 108 x’s the diameter of the Earth. Buddhist have 108 beads representing human passions. There are 108 sacred sites in India. There are 108 sacred places of the body. There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet – each has a masculine (shiva) and feminine (shakti). There are 108 feelings – 36 past, 36 present, 36 future. 1 = higher truth, 0 = emptiness or completeness, 8 = infinity or eternity. Read more>>>
FYI: Basic Sun Salutation video>>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMV4Nq6jpu0