Join Lauren Taylor and Kerry Cwikla for a power practice to honor the winter solstice marking the shortest day of sunlight in the year and the turning point at which light in the day continues to increase through the new year. Sun Salutations is a memorable and powerful experience that will stretch you and leave your yoga practice changed - it revitalizes the spirit and refreshes the mind. The 108 Sun Salutations will be a vinyasa flow that links our breath with a moving meditation, inhaling to welcome renewal, and exhaling to let go of what no longer serves us.
This class will be energizing, challenging, not heated and usually lasts about 2 hours. All levels of Yogi's are encouraged to attend.
Instructors: Lauren Taylor and Kerry Cwikla will lead you through this celebratory event.
Cost / Donations: Registration is free and all donations are voluntary; we will be collecting toys for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center up until the close of the event and give them to the organization the following day. Cash gifts may also be donated and we will provide to the Center for use as gift cards given to children, which are a big hit. The suggested donation is $15 and all proceeds will be donated to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
Space is limited to 35 people, so we encourage you to Pre-Register to reserve your spot on-line, or in person at the studio front desk, or call the studio at 860-461-0910.
About the Charity for Donation
We are pleased to donate the toys and proceeds of the class to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, a nationally recognized, 187-bed not-for-profit children’s hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the University of Connecticut School of Medicine department of pediatrics. The Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is consistently named among the best in the nation in the annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings.
We especially love the excellence, compassion, and life that they bring to our beautiful Hartford city through the children and youth they serve and through their staff! Connecticut Children’s has 2,200 employees with a medical staff of more than 1,100, practicing in more than 30 specialties.
About the 108 Sun Salutations
The number 108 is quite profound and meaningful in many disciplines and full of symbology.
A Mala refers to prayer beads counted during recitation of prayers, traditionally with 108 beads, said to signify the 108 human passions.
There are 54 letters in the Sanscrit alphabet. Each has a masculine and feminine, shiva and shakti for a total of 2 X 54 = 108.
The number has a special relationship in the sun, moon and earth: The average distance of the sun and the moon to earth is 108 times their respective diameters.
According to yogic tradition, there are 108 sacred places of the body, or 108 energy lines converging to and from the heart.
The practice is rewarding, calming, and invigorating for both mind and body. It is intended to improve the strength and flexibility of your muscles, and clear your mind as you focus on breathing and flow through the sequence.
Will I be able to do 108 if I have not done this before?
A resounding yes! Many who do this for the first time find a rewarding energy that builds as a result of breathing and the meditative flow. The experience will be memorable, stretch you, and boost your mental and physical capacity. Focus on your intention for this class and Lauren and Kerry will lead you through them one at a time (with some breaks). Drink water before, during, and afterward - you will amaze yourself. Listen to your body if you need to rest or stop and the instructors will help guide.
What is a sun-salutation (Surya Namaskar)?