Each year Whitespace Studio in Milton Keynes celebrates its birthday, and in November 2014 this was a charity YogaThon with 108 sun salutations followed by a party, charity auction, treatments, and lots of food! The event was in aid of Yoga Gives Back and celebrated the fourth anniversary of the studio opening.

A few people asked me afterwards about the significance of ‘108’. There is really no one specific answer. The number 108 is considered sacred by several Eastern religions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. On a japa mala, or set of mantra counting beads, there are generally 108 beads or some fraction of 108 to help keep count of the repetition of a mantra. There are 108 Upanishads, 108 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet (counting masculine and femine forms), and 108 Vishnu temples mentioned in the works of the Tamil Azhvars. Maybe one day someone will list 108 reasons 108 is significant!

The full gallery of the event is on Facebook…