Why 108?

10707013_924351350912559_1751746405_nEver done 108 sun salutations during a yoga class? Or wondered why there are traditionally 108 beads on a mala?The number 108 is auspicious and spiritually significant in many traditions. Here’s a few reasons why the number is so magical…

Heart Chakra: Chakras are the intersections of energy lines in the body, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. One of them, sushumna leads to the crown chakra, and is said to be the path to self-realization.

Upanishads: It is believed that there are 108 Upanishads, texts of wisdom from the ancient sages.

Desires: There are said to 108 earthly desires.

Time: Some say there are 108 feelings, 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and the 36 related to the future.

Planets and Houses: In astrology, there are 12 houses and 9 planets. 12 times 9 equals 108.

Goddess names: There are said to be 108 Indian goddess names.

Sun and Earth: The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.

Sanskrit alphabet: There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet. Each has masculine and feminine, shiva and shakti. 54 times 2 is 108.

Chemistry: Interestingly, there are about 115 elements known on the periodic table of the elements. Most of those, around or higher than the number 100 only exist in the laboratory, and some for only thousandths of a second. The number that naturally exist on Earth is around 100.

Astrology: There are 12 constellations, and 9 arc segments called namshas or chandrakalas. 9 times 12 equals 108. Chandra is moon, and kalas are the divisions within a whole.

Breath: Tantra estimates the average number of breaths per day at 21,600, of which 10,800 are solar energy, and 10,800 are lunar energy. Multiplying 108 by 100 is 10,800. Multiplying 2 x 10,800 equals 21,600.

 

7 Magical Ways to Make the Most of the Last of Summer

tumblr_n8zm3lrclm1st5lhmo1_1280If you are like me, summer is flying past quicker then you ever imagined it would. Which is especially true here where I live in Saskatchewan and all across North America. The Goddess of winter held on a little tighter then many of us would have liked…but that doesn’t make the sun shine any duller today! It’s time for and I to finally get serious about our summer-lovin’ routine…and have fun doing it!

Today I invite you to evoke your whimsical curiosity and free-spirited sense of adventure to make the most of the warm weather we have been blessed with. Here’s 7 magical things to do this summer to get the most out of every single moment!

1. Design a delicious Summer morning RITUAL – including a refreshing berry-infused tea with honey, a morning walk to clear your mind and morning journaling. Free write about a fairy tale you would love to live out and then set out to LIVE it.

2. Make a date with DESTINY Schedule to do 3 things you have been planning to do for years, but haven’t done just yet. Take lots of pictures of yourself creating this magic, so you can look back with excitement and gratitude of the wonderful experience you had. 

3. Become your own HEALER.  Forget the diet and start to nourish yourself lovingly everyday. Skip the processed snacks and eat lots of bright, beautiful foods – bonus for creating a whimsical new real-foods recipe to share with friends! Smoothies – cocktails – dips – make it taste DIVINE!

4. Try something RADICALLY new – seriously, jump out of a plane, try stand up paddle boarding (SUP), start a book club or even experiment with moving meditation. Vanish your self-doubt like a magician with intentional actions that build your confidence and transform your beliefs about yourself.

5. Embody delightful CURIOSITY in everything you do. In Buddhism its called the Beginners Mind. In your Yoga practice, you are always a beginner. Let that be the most beautiful place to be. You will never have it all figured out…so you might as well see life as an adventure along the way!

6. Step into the MYSTERY of the unknown. Take an adventure into your own experience through your yoga practice, journalling or even a solo-escape. 24 hours. Just you, and you. Breath life into the part of yourself that you’ve hidden away and do what your heart calls you to do. Maybe she wants to write. Maybe she wants to dance. Explore that.

7.  Be a CATALYST for beautiful change. Spread the magic by inspiring the people around you to smile more authentically, laugh more joyfully and love more deeply. You already to this every day when you smile at strangers, listen to a friend without judgment or rub your puppy on her tummy. Do this more often and see your own happiness expand outwards!

Amber Chalus_Media_Photo-2Amber Chalus is a Free-Spirited Explorer, Certified Health Coach and Professional Yoga Teacher. She currently lives in Nipawin, Saskatchewan with her charming British husband and adorable rescue dog, Indi. Her mission is to help and inspire women to nurture their physical and spiritual health through yoga, holistic nutrition and radical self love. She believes that every woman deserves to feel connected to her body, radiate with confidence and live the life of her dreams – naturally! You are invited to join her growing community of spirited women and join her Free 30 Day Wildly Nourished Challenge at amberchalus.com/nourished 

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5 Things my Grandmother Taught Me About Etiquette that were Really Lessons on Mindfulness

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy grandmother was a wise, understated woman of modest height and build, with a beautiful smile and warm nature. She was the quintessential lady with no air about her. Able to make those around her feel at ease, my grandmother had a way of comforting others by her questions, her words or even presence.

As a long time yoga practitioner and meditator I like to think that I bring mindfulness both to the mat and to my life. I learned early on from living in New York that it’s easier to move yourself than to ask someone else to move and paying attention to one’s surroundings is not just a daily practice, but a moment by moment practice. I always figured it was all of my yogic training and part of being a city dweller.  But lately, I’m finding myself looking at others in both in yoga class and outside and as my grandmothers words ring so loudly in my head, it’s almost as if I have to hold my mouth to stop them from coming out. I’m not sure if it’s age, or just that mindfulness and etiquette are one in the same.

Here are five examples of how my wise grandmother was a really Buddhist all along…

1. ”Not everyone was born with good taste or a sense of humor”
I LOVED when my grandmother said this. I would see someone in a crazy outfit or chew gum like a cow, and I would make a face or a comment to her. My grandma would turn to me, not even crack a smile; she would just touch my hand gently and say, “not everyone was born with good taste and a sense of humor” and move on.

Why this is mindfulness? Love everyone equally for who they are and what they have to offer. In short, Lora, who put you on this earth to judge others?

2. Never put bottles, cans or take out containers on the table
To this day I cringe when I see a bottle on the table. I can’t do it. I just cant! When I see others, do it my inner OCD monster emerges and takes control of the situation.

Why this is actually mindfulness? If we take the time to set a table properly, even if it is taken out, it makes us feel more connected and present with the food we are eating and who we are eating with. We also honor the food that we have in front of us.

3. Always take a plate even if it’s just one cookie.
My brothers and I would so often grab a cookie or something from the fridge, and my grandmother would hand us a plate and a napkin. Of course, we would say “but it’s just one” and she didn’t care.

Why this is mindfulness? Walking and eating is one of the most mindless American things we can do. Not only does it not look good, but there is no way the body can register what you are eating. Taking a plate and sitting down to eat helps the body realize when it is satisfied.

4. Sit down and send a thank you note, before you go to bed.
Who wants to write a thank you note at all let alone before you go to bed! My grandmother was not militant about this, she merely “suggested” I do this.

Why is this mindfulness? Being grateful for what you receive when you receive it and acknowledging it not only presences you to the gift, but makes room for more.

5. Dear, uncross your arms and stand up straight.
Hunching is not only poor posture, but is rude body language to send out to the world and not  a good look for anyone

Why is this mindfulness? Body language and posture is not only how you present yourself to the world, but its how you speak to yourself. Shoulders rolled back gently with your arms to the side is like saying, ‘yes” to the world and “yes” to new opportunities. Crossed arms are quite the opposite.

699539573_wZeAT-XL-960x420As a Nutritional muse, author and speaker, Lora has devoted her life to helping women find a pleasurable path to a balanced lifestyle.

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