Charity Yoga Event: 108 Sun Salutations

Orleans Yoga is hosting it’s first 108 Sun Salutation Challenge.   Traditionally this ritual is done at the turning of each season or done for celebration or coming together to support a cause or purpose. We are doing 108 Sun Salutations to RAISE Funds and/or Food for the Orleans /Cumberland Food Bank.

  • Food, Music, Silent Auction, Money raised will go towards: Orleans-Cumberland Food Bank
  • WHEN: Saturday, September 28th
  • WHERE: Orleans Yoga  260 Centrum Blvd in the Town Square between  D’arcy  Magee’s and  Sawa Sushi  — if raining in the Yoga Center Suite 202A
  • COST:  you are encouraged to collect pledges and donations from local businesses, friends, family members and colleagues,or offer a service for the silent auction.

(To donate a paypal account is not required)


  • 9:15-10:30 – Yoga Class (free to donors)
  • 10:30-1:00 pm – Registration, Sign in,  Pledge drop off, and  Silent Auction
  • 11:00-2:00 pm – 108 Sun Salutations Asana practice (See schedule of yoga teachers below)
  • Refreshments, Sawa Sushi food and silent  Auction final bidding
  • 2:30 – Silent Auction Closes – items claimed and paid for by 3:00 pm

Schedule of OYS certified yoga teachers:

11:00 -11:15am – Sophie Marcoux
11:15 -11:30am – Paul White
11:30 -11:45am – Jenny Samson
11:45- 12:00am – Rukhsana Mirza
12:00 – 12:15PM – Reese Adeney
12:15 -12:30pm – Maddy Mulock
12:30 -12:45pm – Chantal Ouellette
12:45 – 1:00pm – Jessica Thornhill
1:00 – 1:15pm – Marie France Gauvreau
1:15 -1:30pm – Vivian  Chartrand
1:30 – 1:45pm – Angela Kendrick
1:45 – 2:00pm – Derek Kendrick

The number 108 has many different significant meanings in many cultures:

  • 108 is the number of “Upanishads” comprising Indian philosophy’s “Vedic texts”.
  • 108 is the number of names for Shiva (a really important Hindu god).
  • 108 is the number of names for Buddha.
  • 108 is the Chinese number representing “man”.
  • 108 is the number of beads on a Catholic rosary.
  • 108 is the number of beads on a Tibetan “mala” (prayer beads, analogous to a rosary).
  • 108 is twice the number 54, which is the number of letters in the Sanskrit alphabet, one set of masculine (shiva) and one set of feminine (shakti).
  • 108 is twelve times the number 9, which is the number of vinyasas (movements linked to breath) in a Sun Salutation
  • 108 is the number of Sutras in the Yoga Sutras
  • 108 connects the sun, moon and earth as the average distance  of the sun and moon to earth is 108 times their respective diameters
  • (more below)…..





Karma Yoga is the Yoga of Action.
It is the path chosen primarily by those of an outgoing nature.
It purifies the heart by teaching you to act selflessly, without thought of gain or reward .


Sun salutations, or Surya Namaskara, are a series of 12 basic yoga postures that flow together in coordination with the breath. Most forms of yoga include some variation of this sequence in their practices, thus making them a common ground for practitioners of different styles.

In the same way that the postures flow together in sequence, the Yogathon participants practicing them will flow together for part of  or  3 consecutive hours.  Experienced teachers and practitioners will be available to teach anyone who is interested how to do sun salutations in an appropriate way for their experience and fitness levels.

108.   GOOD REASONS to participate:

108.  You would’ve breathed at least 1,080 breaths by the time you’re done (doing only Sun As).  Imagine the high.
107.  108 sun salutations = at least 108 push ups!  Can you say toned triceps?
106.  It stretches your hamstrings.
105.  It lengthens your spine.
104.  It flexes your spine.
103.  It focuses your mind.
102.  It increases your breathing capacity.
101.  It’s grounding.
100. It invites stillness.
99.  It strengthens your core.
98.  It strengthens your shoulders and upper body.
97.  It’s the foundation of any vinyasa yoga class.  You’ll be a master of them by the time you’re done because repetition increases competence.
96.  Inversions… downdog brings blood flow back to the head and face which could mean less wrinkles.
95.  Energizes your cardiovascular system.
94.  It’s serves as a mediation in motion.
93.  You’ll get to bask in the energy of the group’s vibration.
92.  It’s builds internal heat… burn baby burn away what ever bogs you down.
91.  Every round is an opportunity to experience devotion.
90.  You stand with attention.
89.  Sun Salutations “bestow upon us the good fortune of having only good thoughts, of hearing and speaking only good words, and of attaining a sound and strong body, so that we may have a long life and, one day, achieve oneness with God.” – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
88.  The Sun represents the 3rd eye center and sun salutations can stimulate and balance out the 7 chakra centers.
87.  To bow and salute with gratitude to the Sun for giving us a new day filled with life-giving light and sustenance.
86.  It’s like a challenging and karmic marathon.
85.  It’s a personal accomplishment.
84.  It’s a opportunity to devote your practice to something bigger than yourself.
83.  You get to test out the saying “doing the same thing over and over again is the definition of insanity.”  Is it true for this case?
82.  You can verify if feelings are really fleeting.  Believe me, you’ll feel all ranges of emotions during the challenge.
81.  You’ll learn that when you’re not attached to results, the process gets easier and is actually fun.
80.  It’s cleansing.
79.  It’s gratifying.
78.  It’s challenging and who doesn’t like to be challenged.
77.  Some people run to find a cure for cancer and we salute the Sun for all sorts of reasons.  You don’t really need a reason but this time we’re honoring all the moms out there.
76.  It’s a great reason to get a bunch of yogis and like-minded people together to celebrate something.
75.  All of your muscles will be stretched and toned.
74.  You’ll have the best savasana of your whole entire yoga life ever.
73.  108 is a very auspicious number.
72.  Surrender to the process and bow with humility.
71.  It’s a great way to get to know your fellow yogis in your yoga community.
70.  It is said that humans have 108 sins, desires, delusions, and lies. For each sun salute you do, one sin is peeled away. After completion you feel pure and at peace.
69.  Develop discipline.
68.  Some say there are 108 feelings: 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and 36 related to the future.
67.  It improves blood circulation throughout the entire body.
66.  It can change your life.  That’s the truth… I’ve met people who swore their life was transformed after doing their first 108 challenge.
65.  It’s an act of commitment and focus.
64.  It’s a lovely way to honor life and the world we live in.
63.  Oh, come on.. if the sun can rise 365 days a year, year after year, you can do 108 rounds.
62.  You get bragging rights.
61.  To say “boo-ya” to those who doubted you and for you to doubt your own doubts.
60.   By aligning many people around  a mission, intention, focus, and breath, it is a great reminder of how we are connected and one.
59.  It truly is one breath at a time, one movement at at time, one round at a time.
58.  At the end of it all, you might just be able to touch your toes.
57.  Enlightenment may be waiting for you at the end.
56.  To tell your mind to shut the F*%$ up.
55.  It can become your personal practice while you’re away from your community studio.
54.  It symbolizes the strength and perseverance that we’ve always had within ourselves to accomplish goals and dreams.
53.  Take the above 54 reasons and multiply by 2 = 108 more reasons.  🙂



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