Monday, June 21, 2021


Join us INSIDE THE OAB for Yoga, 108 Sun Salutations, QiGong, Tea, and company

Monday, June 21, 2021 starting at 8:30 AM

We traditionally celebrate the Summer Solstice on June 21 as the ultimate return of light, marking the longest day of the year. 108 Sun Salutations are a way of rejoicing and welcoming the sun, and it’s life-sustaining energy. Sun Salutations are a big “hello” to the Sun.

But why 108? The references to 108 as being auspicious dates back thousands of years. 108 shows up as sacred in geometry, mathematics, numerology, astrology and nature. In many spiritual traditions the number 108 is regarded as a sacred number. 

The 1 stands for the ONE ultimate authority, God, or “highest consciousness.” The 0 stands for the void, emptiness, and conversely completion and wholeness. The 8 stands for infinity, eternity and timelessness.

108 shows up all over as nature’s “secret code”-a universal life-affirming rule governing everything from the spiral pattern of a sunflower to the growth pattern of seed pods in a pine cone, the diamond pattern on a pineapple, and the 1.08 growth rate in each ring of a nautilus shell.

The Sun’s diameter is 108 times that of the Earth. The Earth’s diameter is 108 times that of the moon. 108 is implied in the mathematical dimensions of everything naturally harmonic. The ancients were well aware of the significance of 108, and used its energy-generating power in architectural design and engineering. The Great Pyramid and Stonehenge were built on its proportions. 

In yoga, there are said to be 108 streams of energy (nadiis) emanating from the heart center. There are 108 prayer beads on a “mala,” or yogic rosary.

One Sun Salutation consists of a series of separate poses strung together along the breath. As you may find here today, there are several versions of Sun Salutations. Note that we have moved the celebration INDOORS. Please join us for the joy of it! Hop in and hop out. Flow along with as many or few Salutations as you choose. Have fun! If you get mixed up, make it up! Rest whenever you feel like it. Let’s all join our hearts and minds in a celebration of summer in Leelanau! Hail to the Sun!


All contributions benefit the Leelanau Community Cultural Center (the Old Art Building)