Today is the Spring Equinox, which means that winter is officially over and spring finally begins. This season has long been recognized as the time for renewal and rebirth. It is a wonderful time to declutter personal spaces, revisit your current goals and clear space for progression.
About the Spring Equinox
The Spring (Vernal) Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is the day when the Sun crosses over the celestial equator, an imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator. During this day, the Sun shines directly on the Earth’s equator, resulting in a day that is almost equal in length to it’s night.
Equinox is often translated as “equal night.”
What the Spring Equinox Can Mean for You
The unique balance of day and night during the Spring Equinox is particularly meaningful to some. It is viewed as the perfect time for a person to check in with the equanimity of their own being, the balance of mind and body.
Many yoga practitioners find it fruitful to evaluate and reset or “self-cleanse” through the practice of 108 Sun Salutations, which are often broken down into either 9 rounds of 12 Sun Salutations or 12 rounds of 9 Sun Salutations. This steady and repetitive sequence is the perfect opportunity to clear your mind and focus on what you want to accomplish in the new season.
There is a lot of conversation regarding the value of using the number 108 as it has many meanings:
- The diameter of the sun is 108-times larger than that of the Earth
- The (average) distance from the Earth to the Moon is about 108-times larger than the diameter of the moon
- The (average) distance from the Earth to the Sun is about 108-times larger than the diameter of the Sun
- Traditional Malas (strings of prayer beads) are made of 108 beads.
- There are 108 pithas (sacred sites throughout India)
- There are 108 marma points (sacred places of the body)
No matter your preferred explanation for count of 108 Sun Salutations, the practice allows us to reflect on our lives, process obstacles or troublesome thoughts and ultimately to move closer to a state of equanimity. We encourage you to try it this Spring Equinox!
Clear Your Mind. Clean Your Studio
After you clear and declutter your mind, don’t forget to clean your studio floors! At Zebra Athletics, we recommend that yoga tiles be cleaned after every class using a safe and effective cleaning solution. An additional, more deep clean using a professional scrubber can also be done. For more information on professional scrubbers and how to keep your studio clean, contact the Zebra team today.