21 June 2019 - Free Yoga In The Park
Updated: Jun 12, 2019
Because it's International Yoga Day, because it's the Summer Solstice, because it's a Friday...
we're celebrating with 108 Sun Salutations to usher in the day.
The Summer Solstice is traditionally a celebration of the sun's warmth and life giving energy at the time when everything is in full bloom. It's a halfway point in the year when we can take a moment to look back at what has happened and what we've achieved, to look forward to the next half of the year and what we might like to do with it, and to stop and stand still just to appreciate what's here and happening right now.
Sun Salutations are a sequence of yoga poses strung together into a short, flowing sequence. We repeat these to create a period of fluid, mindful movement. Time spent lengthening and strengthening your body with some equally positive side effects for your mind.
Why 108? 108 is a significant and auspicious number in all sorts of traditions and cultures. Most relevantly for this event, the distance between the Sun and Earth is roughly 108 times the Sun’s diameter, whilst the diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance between the Earth and Moon is also around about 108 times the diameter of the Moon, apparently!
This is a challenging task both mentally and physically. There will be a point where you wonder why you came along at all but you'll flow through that to feel energised, focused and grounded. And that's a great way to start a Friday...
This is a challenge but you're stronger than you think you are. There's no requirement to complete them all, we're going to break them up into four sections so you can complete some or all depending on how you feel. The practice is suitable for everyone and you can take as many breaks or mini naps as you would like.
Everyone is welcome, kids included. Bring your friends, families and random strangers from the street, the more the merrier. It's a good idea to bring a mat or a blanket to practice your sun salutations on but it's not mandatory, you can just do your thing on the grass.
This is a free event, maybe just do something nice for someone or give a few quid to charity..
We'll be at Wilton Park from 6.00 am and will start to move at 6.15 am. The plan is to set ourselves up on the little hillock at the back of the Skate Park so we're out of the way and amongst the trees. This might change on the day but we'll be easy to find. We'll update you here or on our Facebook page if so. We should be finished just before 8.00 am to give you time for a shower before work or school etc.
If it rains, we'll head on over to the Yoga Shala.