Welcome, Spring!

In yoga tradition, each change in season is celebrated by doing 108 Sun Salutations. (This gives you three months to recover, ha ha!) This was the first time since I’ve been doing yoga that our class has actually tried this, and it was pretty cool!

Here’s a link to what the Sun Salutation looks like. It’s a collection of several poses all joined together. You go through the set, and that’s 1. Repeat 107 more times. (Our teacher did 4 sets of 27, with some stretching stuff in between which helped.) Sun Salutation A

Here’s some background information I found on the Web to explain:

The 108 salutation practice is named Mala, representing the 108 mala beads (prayer beads). There are many reasons for the Hindu and Buddhist belief in the sacredness of the number 108.

  • There are 108 Upanishads, which are part of the oldest scriptural texts of Hinduism. They primarily focus on philosophy, meditation, and the nature of God.
  • There are 108 names for Hindu deities.
  • The distance between the earth and sun is 108 times the diameter of the sun, therefore, the number 108 is taken to represent the “distance” from the devotee to the divine.
  • Some say there are 108 feelings: 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and 36 related to the future.

Some people believe that doing 108 Sun Salutations is a way of breaking out of the darkness that accumulated from the long winter. It’s a way of “spring cleaning,” your body and your mind.

All I know is my arms were quivering at the end, and today my shoulders/deltoids are sore! At first I was a little intimidated by the sheer number we were going to do, then actually pretty proud of myself that I could hang in there. At first it was just warming up, then getting into, then getting pooped, then rallying for the last set. Lots of thoughts and emotions come out during the whole session and overall, it was very gratifying.

My poor toe

This is just about the dumbest thing that’s happened to me, but apparently a couple of months ago, I injured my toe and didn’t know it. Then it started hurting, so I went to the doctor because it looked infected. He said I had “traumatized” it – how in the hell do you traumatize a toe and not know it?! Round of antibiotics #1. Didn’t work. Round of antibiotics #2. Didn’t work. Went to my regular doctor and she said there’s not a lot to do for it except a home remedy like soaking it in bleach water. This whole time ever since round #1, it hasn’t hurt, just felt weird. Then the nail started lifting off the nail bed (euw!) and now that I started doing this bleach water soak thing, it hurts!

This sucks. And it’s stupid. It’s my middle toe, for god’s sake. I have the choice of a) waiting it out until the nail comes off on its own, or b) having her numb it up and take the nail off.

THIS IS TOTALLY GROSS! (I mean it doesn’t look nasty, just the *choices* are gross.) And what’s really annoying is now it will interfere with my yoga! Humph. Guess I’ll have to do a lot of stuff like this:

Hit the goal – 5 months early!

Last August, I set the goal of getting rid of one thing a day for a year. Just stuff I don’t need, forgot I had, whatever. Well, today I went through the bathroom – all the soap, medicine, travel size stuff, first aid supplies – holy crap!

Old total: 312

New total: 369

Here’s to a more Spartan way of living! I don’t need all that crap! 🙂