Suryanamaskara. How many?
I have been curious about trying 108 Suryanamaskara. We find this number many times and is sacred in Yogic and Hindu culture. The sun and the moon to the earth is 108 times their respective diameters. If you buy Japamala to chant Mantra, you will find 108 beads on it. That’s why on Youtube is easy to find mantra songs repeated 108 times!
Usually for the spring equinox is a good practice to do 108 Suryanamaskara. I couldn’t do it that day and I have chosen this morning to try 54 times all in one time.
First of all I set myself with just some very tight pants. I started at 11 am with empty stomach (my breakfastwas at 6.00 am). I decide to don’t have any device around so I could enjoy this sequence without getting distracted. The Suryanamaskara that I have practiced was the ”B” from Ashtanga Yoga. I practice 54 times included both leg per time.
What’s the feeling like?
When I started I didn’t know for how long I was going to do practice. But I could feel that for the whole time, I never had a slowdown in my practice. The first 15 times more or less wasn’t much focus and my body wasn’t really flowing. Some pain started in both wrists, but after a while was gone. My breath was good and my body wasn’t feeling much of being tired neither strong.
The practice kept going and after the 15 Suryanamaskara (more or less, not sure about it) I started to sweat just from my belly and chest, and minutes later also from my head and face, the legs will be also sweaty almost at the end of the practice. This sweat made me feel so much heat coming out from the body. I have worked out in these days outside in my backyard at 3pm under the sun and this much of heat coming out from my body wasn’t there at all.
From this 15 times till the 50 I got the right flow and from down dog to warrior pose I was always coming up nicely and proudly without loose even just little of balance. The last 4 Suryanamaskara where kind of countdown in my head, so my mind got bit distracted (that’s why we and most of all I, need to do more pranayama and mantra).
The first thought after I finish my Sequence was a very natural smile and deep happiness and connection with my body and myself. I didn’t feel tired at all and I have practiced for 45 minutes straight without any rest. My body heat become high and after 10 minutes that I finished my practice, I went to shower with very cold water in order to get the right heat. For one minute I also felt that the water in my hand was very cold but in my back, chest and belly was super hot.
I suggest you Yogi to try once and next week I want to try to do 108 Suryanamaskara. To me is something that done every two week give us a nice effect on our skin. All the toxic that we have from our feelings it comes out and make us feel better and cleaner.
Let me know if you gonna try and share your experience!