A friend of my moms/of mine (it’s cool how as you grow up, you can share friends with your mom), Mary, (check her out – she’s the author of an incredible book about a Buddhist monk and his story of happiness – it’s stuffed full of tweetable lines and life lessons), posted on Facebook a few weeks ago that she was sore from her yoga class that included 108 sun salutations. WHAT?!
108 sun salutations. Who does 108 sun salutations? Turns out, a lot of yogis. I read Mary’s facebook post and wondered about both the significance of 108 sun salutations in her yoga class that morning, as well as if I could do it myself. I did a little research and learned a lot of cool stuff about the yoga world that I didn’t know, like the significance of opening our hearts to the new seasons, and letting our inner light shine. Real awesome stuff.
I am a marathoner. 26.2 miles in one stretch. It’s one of my favorite things to do, actually. So, I assumed that I would also love the challenge of 108 sun salutations. That is how marathon running started for me. I ran my first marathon because I wanted to see if I could do it. I ran my second because I was proud of myself for doing it once and wanted to see if I could do it again… and now I’m hooked.
So, I read Mary’s post again and wondered to myself, “Am I strong enough to do 108 sun salutations?? Then we took off for Lake Tahoe and I missed the summer solstice, on June 21.
In the yoga studio of our hotel, a few days late, at 5:30AM I got up to attempt my 108 sun salutations. I kept count on a piece of hotel paper with tally marks. It took me over 2 1/2 hours. But I did it! I learned a lot too, as I always do with these sorts of things.
I was more sore than I’ve ever been post marathon – my legs especially. I hobbled around for days and days and found it excruciating to lift my arms to wash my hair. It was awesome. You can do anything that you set your mind to, and I love experiences like this one, that remind me of that on the days when I’m not feeling to sure of myself.
Join me next time! There are different variations of the sun salutations that you can try. The next time I’ll be taking the 108 sun salutation challenge will be to welcome the season of autumn, on September 23. (I got that from this chart – I have no idea how accurate it is and am open to other resources if anyone knows of any.) I plan to do this to welcome all of the seasons, as the seasons-change is one of my favorite things about the midwest.