2012 Whole Foods Market Yoga Marathon to benefit Louie's Kids
EVENT DATE: Oct 06, 2012
DEADLINE TO GIVE: Oct 06, 2012
FUNDRAISER SET UP DEADLINE: Oct 05, 2012
Join us in Marion Square from noon to 3pm for an afternoon of sun salutations and downward dogs to raise funds for our special programs. Start practicing your poses and share with all of your friends! The person who raises the most money will win a special prize! Don't do yoga? Consider donating to a friend's team or personal participation...
Call 843-724-9267 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Never been to the event before? Each participant registers as a fundraiser and does just that – raises funds on our behalf! The registrant shares the event with their friends, family, coworkers and colleagues to raise money for Louie’s Kids and joins us on marathon day to do 108 sun salutations to celebrate our cause and our kids.
At the event, we will have nine yoga callers join us in leading the marathon. Each instructor calls 12 sun salutations as they would lead a regular class, to total 108 poses. We also have a kid marathon going on at the same time the adults are practicing their poses, so please bring them, too.
With this event each year, we strive to inspire community awareness and celebrate the connection that yoga brings to the vibrant, regional community – bringing us together to achieve a happy, balanced and useful life. This event also will serve to motivate an important group of children and their families. Not a seasoned yogi, it's okay - come along for the fun and exercise, and to see 250 people doing yoga in the park!
Afterwards, we will have vendors, snacks and refreshments in the Whole Foods Village for participants and gift bags for those folks that have registered for the event, massages, hula hooping, etc. It is so fun to see 250 adult and kid yogis at one time in Marion Square! We hope you can join us!
Why 108 Sun Salutations?
The number’s significance is open to interpretation. But 108 has long been considered a sacred number in yoga. Traditionally, malas, or garlands of prayer beads, come as a string of 108 beads (plus one for the “guru bead,” around which the other 108 beads turn like the planets around the sun). A mala is used for counting as you repeat a mantra—much like the Catholic rosary.
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. Such phenomena have given rise to many examples of ritual significance.
According to yogic tradition, there are 108 pithas, or sacred sites, throughout India. And there are also 108 Upanishads and 108 marma points, or sacred places of the body.