Studio News / December 1, 2012

108 – WHAT’S IN A NUMBER?

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108 - blog imageYou may have come across the number 108 in more ways than just our 108 Sun Salutations event earlier this year to mark the change in season in line with a long established tradition performed by yogis and yoginis all around the world. The number 108 is considered sacred in many Eastern religions and traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and is also found in yoga and dharma based practices. So, what’s in a number? Why is the number 108 so special? And why do we need to take time to acknowledge change whether it is in the greater environment around us or in our own lives?

In the Vedic age, the era in which the most ancient Hindu scriptures were composed, renowned mathematicians regarded 108 as the number of the wholeness of existence with the 1 standing for God or higher Truth, 0 for emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice, and 8 standing for infinity or eternity, representing the ultimate reality of the universe. The number 108 is connected to much more:

…and so we could go on (scroll down to the bottom of the blog to read more!). This leaves us no doubt, the number 108 has something special about it!

As Autumn bids us farewell taking with her the laced leaves from the trees that clothe her and Winter makes herself known to us with her icy breath at our nostrils, we invite you to mark the change of seasons and our environment and whatever change is occurring in your personal lives, in whatever way is sacred to you. Perhaps you will embark on your own 108 sun salutations? Perhaps you are already participating in our 30 day pre-Christmas challenge? Or perhaps you will choose simply to take 108 minutes in nature to observe Winter’s arrival? Sometimes we resist change due to a fear of the unknown – we would rather hang on to the old, despite the fact it may not being serving us any longer, for fear of what change may look like. The ancient texts that have given us Yoga as we know it today, ask us to trust the Universe, the Universe within and the Universe that makes up the greater whole and to remember that we all make up a human mala chain – every bead serves a purpose in the whole.

For now we leave you with some more interesting facts and trivia about the number 108 and invite you to share with us any that particularly resonate with you or let us know of any others that you may know of: