Deafhood Yoga International Day

Deafhood Yoga International Day

Sunday June 21st, 2020 @ Noon EST

Introduction and Intentions:

India celebrates seasonal changes through Yoga by doing the classical Hatha style of 108 Sun Salutations followed up with communities gathering feasting vegetarian/vegan food. For a long time, Rajarajeshwari has been wanting to do this with our Deaf Yoga communities. Now our world has connected more, online. Meaning what? There are more Deaf Yoginis and Yogis, Deaf Yoga Teachers and Allies online, worldwide. Here Kindred Spirits, gather together.

 

Although Yoga is a 10,000 year old ancient philosophy, International Yoga Day didn’t begin until 2014. On December 11, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga, proposed by Indian’s Prime Minister. Currently, 84 countries/nations join this event, every year. 

International Day of Yoga is observed to spread awareness about the importance and effects of Yoga on the whole health of humanity. The word 'yoga' is derived from Sanskrit which means ‘to join or to unite’. June 21st is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance in many parts of the world, yourself, and nature. 

 

It is no coincidence that the date was chosen to celebrate in tandem with the Summer Solstice, giving us ample opportunity to do Yoga. This reflects a time of renewal in our energy and in ourselves. Summer Solstice is a time to celebrate the light of consciousness within ourselves and within each and every person, and to reflect upon the potential for consciousness to awaken.

The practice of 108 Sun Salutations is an ancient tradition with a deeply spiritual meaning. 

This practice is linked to the Hindu belief that 108 = a sacred number. 

  • 108 names = Hindu deities

  • 108 sacred points on the body = Marma points

  • 108 sacred sites in India = Pithas

  • 108 Upanishads = Hindu spiritual texts

  • 108 times the sun’s diameter is the distance between earth and the sun

 

The last one teaches us that the 108 Sun Salutations practice is typically practiced on the two equinoxes and two solstices, celebrating the change of the seasons.

108 has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga. Traditionally, malas, or garlands of prayer beads, are on a string of 108 beads. This includes one for the guru bead, around which the other 108 beads turn like the planets around the sun. A mala necklace is used for counting to support us with the repetition of our mantra.  

Renowned mathematicians of the Vedic culture viewed 108 = number of the wholeness of existence.

This is a sweet divine blissful time to host and welcome YOU, worldwide, to join Deafhood Yoga to celebrate our mind, body, and soul through 108 Sun Salutations. 

 

We will meet again to celebrate the seasonal changes throughout the year. 

Fall (September): Autumnal Equinox

Winter (December): Winter Solstice

Spring (March): Spring Cycle

Summer (June): Summer Solstice


 

Purpose:

To complete 108 Sun Salutations in one session, in a safe and empowering way.

To complete the challenge of 108 Sun Salutations can make us feel more focused, disciplined and resilient. By doing the preparation training gets us ready.

What to expect:

Gradually build ourselves up to 108 Sun Salutations and then back down again, with this four week preparation plan. We practice the classic Hatha style of Sun Salutation and give options of doing either the Asanas from Blossom 1 (Hatha) or Blossom 2 (Ashtanga) that we have already learned. Savasana is required in order for our body to rest, repair, and recover. 

*Please note that you need current access to your Blossom 1: 5 Petals of Life or/and Blossom 2: 8 Limbs of Yoga asanas practice to join this online event.

 

For every body:

The practice of 108 Sun Salutations is, indeed, physically intense. It is not for complete yoga beginners unless you are already fit and have good upper body strength from other activities/sports.

 

Caution:

Sun Salutations should not be done all of a sudden, on one day. Gradually strength needs to be developed, we slowly build it. We increase from 12, 24, 36+ rounds and more. Always listen to your body, whenever your body feels tired, take a break. Do Not Over Do. This is not for show off. This is an opportunity to build inner strength and understanding one’s capabilities. 

Event​ Schedule

Sunday June 21st, 2020 @ Noon - 4pm EST

3 weeks before event

  • Watch 108 Sun Salutations overview video to prepare for this physically demanding event

  • 108 Sun Salutations Prep is a suggested guide to prepare you prior the event

  • Schedule and details will be provided to the registered participants

 

Noon: Welcome​

  • 108 Sun Salutations overview

  • Introductions

  • Q & A session

  • Prep time

  • The Before Group Picture

12:30pm: 108 Sun Salutations

  • This is not a race, go on your pace. Take breaks as needed.

3:30pm: Wrap up

  • Review

  • Feedback

  • The After Group Picture

108 Sun Salutations Event​ Information

Online Event

  • Zoom link will be provided

  • Recorded videos

  • Deafhood Yoga MN online platform and app

  • Networking with other colleagues

Schedule

  • Sunday June 21st, 2020 

  • Noon - 4pm EST

  • Log in 15 mins prior [11:45am EST]

Rates

  • $108 includes...

    • Preparation Program

    • Deafhood Yoga MN platform

    • Interactive discussions

    • Deafhood Yoga MN App

    • Recordings

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