Mention doing 108 sun salutations in one session to most people, even regularly practicing yogis, and their eyes widen as their mind says, “I can’t!”
Yes, you can!
Not only can your average yoga practitioner easily complete 108 sun salutations, but you can also just book your space and turn up on the day and give it a go. It’s such an energizing practice, that at the end of 108, some people feel like they want to do more.
Surya Namaskar, or sun salutation, is a series of 12 yoga postures that energize the solar plexus region. The solar plexus is an important centre in the body and is connected to many energy channels. Sun Salutation benefits are immense and its practice is quite well known throughout the world. Yet doing 108 Sun Salutations continuously can be challenging and requires stamina, physical fitness and above all mental resolve and discipline. It is possible and there are thousands who proved it.
With regular practice, you can easily reach the summit of 108 Surya Namaskars. As soon as you start, you can feel the effects of your practice too – increased energy through the day, better digestion, sharpness and focus. With practice, you can figure out what rhythm suits you best. Doing it fast is like aerobics work out and doing it slow can be meditative.
But remember, yoga is not “exercise”. It doesn’t wear out the body, but energises the mind, body and soul. In fact, the greatest obstacle to completing 108 rounds of sun salutations is not the body but the mind.