Charity YogaThon and fourth birthday of Whitespace Studio

Charity YogaThon and fourth birthday of Whitespace Studio

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…

Charity YogaThon and third birthday of Whitespace Studio

Charity YogaThon and third birthday of Whitespace Studio

In November 2013, following the previous year’s eventWhitespace Studio in Milton Keynes hosted its second Charity YogaThon with 108 sun salutations. The event raised just over £1,000 for Yoga Gives Back and celebrated the third anniversary of the studio opening. This year I led the whole practice as well as keeping track of the progress to 108. Hopefully we didn’t do too many extra!

The full gallery is on Facebook…

Yoga Stops Traffick 2013

Yoga Stops Traffick 2013

Each year, Yoga Stops Traffick is a worldwide yoga event to raise awareness about human trafficking, bringing together thousands of people all over the world. In 2013 it fell on Saturday 9 March, right in the middle of my teacher training with John Scott, so we decided to mark the occasion with 108 sun salutations. YST raised over £30,000 for the Indian organization Odanadi Seva Trust, to give survivors of human trafficking the chance of a better future.

Charity YogaThon and second birthday of Whitespace Studio

Charity YogaThon and second birthday of Whitespace Studio

In November 2012, Whitespace Studio in Milton Keynes hosted its first Charity YogaThon with 108 sun salutations to raise money and to celebrate the second anniversary of the studio opening. For almost everyone in the room it was their first ever 108. I still remember the first time I did a 108 practice! And with it being a true community event many different yoga teachers each ‘led’ a section of the 108, each in their own way.

The entire 108 practice is compressed into just three and a half minutes in this video! I’m leading the section from about 1:25 to 1:37, and then I also led the Ashtanga finishing sequence after the practice (starting around 2:18.

Charity 108 at Stillpoint Yoga London

Charity 108 at Stillpoint Yoga London

On Friday 24 September 2010, I took part in a 108 sun salutation practice hosted by Stillpoint Yoga London to raise funds for The Red Cross in aid of the floods in Pakistan.

The full gallery is on Facebook…

And Andy Gill has a gallery from this event on Facebook too…