COLUMBIA, MD, September 3, 2012 - Yogis in the Columbia, MD, area are uniting in a global effort to support the United Nations’ International Day of Peace (Sept, 21) through a series of 108 sun salutations.
Awaken Wellness, based in Columbia, Md., is bringing yogis from all over the area to practice the 108 salutations on Sept. 23rd from 3-7 p.m.
The actual salutations involve basic yoga positions, bows and stretches. The idea is to praise the light within each person. The number 108 is a ritual number and relates to the amount of beads on the Mala necklace. Mala necklaces are prayer beads used in many religious cultures, notably the ‘liberation religions’ of the East. The number 108 is said to be a sacred number in Hinduism that also represents 108 holy places in India.
To yogis, the practice of sun salutations is a moving meditation creating peace and oneness within a person, which is ultimately transferred to others. The idea is to praise the light within each person.
Famed yoga teacher Shiva Rea is credited with founding the 108 Salutations Day, which is now in its seventh year.
The Awaken Wellness event is just one of an estimated 10,000 yoga events taking place around the world from Tel Aviv to Perth, Australia in conjunction with the U.N. Day of Peace.
It is hoped that the combined salutations of this many yogis will create an energy wave around the world that will help shift the way people think about others and contribute to global peace.
The event at Awaken Wellness is free but donations are welcome and proceeds will be donated to two local causes.
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