This morning I participated in the 4th annual Seacoast Yoga Mala. A Yoga Mala is a 2-3 hour practice of 108 Sun Salutations designed to encourage as many people to participate in a collective ritual by bringing together a variety of yoga styles. Here is an example of a Sun Salutation.
The Seacoast Yoga Mala was a fundraiser for (H)EAT heat-eat, and between the fee for the class and donations, it raised over $11,000 that will go directly back into the local community for meals and heating fuel for needy families. A very worthy cause!
The Yoga Mala was led by 12 teachers from the various studios throughout the seacoast, from the spiritual to the more athletic styles. Each teacher lead us in 9 sun salutations from their style (for a total of 108). Luckily, they also encouraged us to rest whenever we felt the need.
While 3 hours of 108 sun salutations sounded impossible, it really wasn’t. I don’t know if it was the energy generated by so many yogis in the room, the motivation to do something for those in need, or the variety of the practice due to the many styles but I was able to get through the class with a minimal amount of resting. It was a great experience and I look forward to participating again next year.