Summer Solstice: 108 Sun Salutations


Sun Salutation video bundle: info and preparations video; 108 sun salutations video



Welcome to this Summer Solstice video bundle that I created in 2021 at a live outdoor Solstice event in Halifax, UK.

What’s it all about?
At the time of Summer Solstice, which this year is on 21st June, we are honouring the Sun in all its life giving energy glory!
This auspicious day the marks the half-way point in the year, the height of summer and the earth’s longest day and shortest night. Solstice means ‘standing of the sun’, a time when we can connect, honour and be at one with this great turning point in the earth’s yearly cycle. If you appreciate the Suns vital role in your life and in the interconnectedness of all things around you as well as within you, then this is a special day in the year, and maybe something you’d like to honour through a yoga practice.

Honouring the Summer Solstice with Sun Salutations
You can of course honour the Solstice in any way you would like. However there is a very beautiful silent moving meditation that I do annually, which I am sharing with you here, which is the Sun Salutation practice, combining body, mind and breath with Sun energy.
The Sun Salutations are repetitively completed and we enjoy up to 108 rounds – this is physically and mentally challenging, whilst hugely rewarding. This practice is for everyone, because you do the amount of repetitions that feel good and then bathe in the united energy of the Solstice when you’re ready to rest.

Why 108 – what’s the significance of this number?
The number 108 has long been considered a sacred number in yoga. Here’s a few points to ponder…

  • Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture 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
  • Mala or prayer beads, come as a string of 108 beads
  • There are 108 pithas, or sacred sites, throughout India
  • There are 108 Upanishads
  • There are 108 marma points, or sacred places on the body

The counting of the Salutation rounds is a question I often get asked…

We have a system for that don’t worry! (breath and a sign of relief!)
You’ll need 27 little stones of some sort. I use crystals, but you can use anything you have to hand be it little pebbles, boiled sweets! Whatever you choose, you’ll need 27 of them. You’ll need 27, because 27 x 4 = 108! We will do 4 rounds of 27 salutations, with rests after each 27. The rest is for as long as you’d like, 10seconds, 1minute, you deicide.

How does the recording work?
When you purchase this practice you’re purchasing an ‘Intro and preparations’ video which is super useful to have before doing the practice itself. And then you get the full Sun Salutation practice video which will be me silently completing all 108 rounds of salutations. It can be helpful to have this kind of structure and connection of the video whilst also having the opportunity to go inwards and complete the salutations at your own pace and in your own time. It’s a longer session at around 2hrs and it’s 3GB so it’s going to need around 15-20mins to download to be able to follow it. Get this bit done in advance and have it ready for the day you’d like to practice with it.
Other practicalities:

  • Expect the practice to take anything between 1hr – 2hrs depending on your pace
  • Think about a light breakfast so that nothing is weighing heavy on your tummy
  • Have plenty of water to hand, and a towel
  • Practice on a mat or directly on the ground, your choice

This is a great practice to honour and celebrate the  Summer Solstice.
Follow the link below to take you to the recording.
Much love Adele x


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