Spring is here — time for 108 Suryanamaskaras

It’s the Vernal Equinox today — sometime midmorning or into the early afternoon, depending where you are in the U.S.

As we’ve posted about a few times, that means an opportunity for a mala asana practice — 108 sun salutes. You can probably take your pick how to run it: Start with the traditional 5 As and Bs and then go back to all As. Or throw in a few B+s, if you want. Some of the wackiest, I’ve heard tell, go with 27 As, 27 Bs, 27 backbends and then 27 handstands.

Whatever floats your navasana. (I guess 27 navasanas would work, too).

Tim Miller mentions the tie between spring and cleaning in his blog post this week, citing the two Yoga Sutras on Saucha:

This is the time to “enlighten” oneself, to let go of the dross of winter and recapture a sense of freshness and rejuvenation. It is a natural time for cleansing. Patanjali devotes two sutras to the topic of Saucha, or cleanliness—II. 40 Sauchat svanga jugupsa parair asamsargah—“Through cleanliness, one develops a distaste for one’s body and for physical contact with others.” I don’t know about you, but when I read this sutra, the so-called benefits of saucha sound more like punishments.

Tim also re-tells a story that I think Robert Moses and Eddie Stern mentioned in January at their moksha weekend workshop. (Side note: They also noted that a lot of the stories that include challenges for the enlightened involve beautiful women.) The point? You’ll have to check out Tim’s blog to find out where our beauty lies.

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