Why 108?

There are popular explanations out there, but our favourites are:

“In yoga, the number 108 refers to spiritual completion. It is why malas, or garlands of prayer beads have a string of 108 beads (plus one for the “guru bead,” around which the other 108 beads turn like the planets around the sun). A mala is used for counting as you repeat a mantra—much like the Catholic rosary.”

“Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture also viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence. This number also connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth: The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. Such phenomena have given rise to many examples of Astronomical and ritual significance. According to yogic tradition, there are 108 pithas, or sacred sites in the world and 108 marma points, or sacred places of the body.”

“It is also why pranayama is often completed in cycles of 108, and why sun salutations are performed in 9 rounds of the 12 postures (totalling 108).”