The marma points turn the wheels of the 7 chakras and as they do so reflect their energies. The chakras are energy fields which are located at different points along the spine. There are said to be 108 energy lines running through the 7 Chakras in the body and they converge at the heart chakra. One line connects us to Sushumna and the crown chakra, where we become enlightened and achieve self-realisation.
Still working with the body; it is believed that if you can take just 108 breaths in a day you will be able to achieve enlightenment. As the average person takes about 12,000 breaths a day, you will need to undertake a strong Pranayama practice to work on increasing the length of your inhales and exhales in order to achieve enlightenment and that magic number of just 108 breaths a day.
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The 108 Sun Salutation that we do occasionally, whilst being challenging and bringing the sun’s energy into our bodies, also remind us of more interesting facts about the number 108. The number 108 connects the sun, moon and earth. Hatha yoga is a practice of the sun (ha) and the moon (tha) and so represents both the opposing forces of masculine and feminine energies and also the dualism of this balance between the two. It is therefore very significant that this balance between the two is also focused and based around the number 108. The distance between the earth and the sun is approximately 108 times the sun’s diameter. The diameter of the sun is about 108 times the earth’s diameter. And the distance between the earth and the moon is 108 times the moon’s diameter. So the practice of Hatha Yoga is greatly influenced by the number 108, where so much significance is given to the sun and the moon and to the balance of the earth and the celestial realm.
This beautifully demonstrates that the microcosm, which is us, perfectly mirrors the macrocosm, the solar system. We could say that there are 108 steps between the ordinary human awareness and the divine light at the centre of our being.
When we practise yoga we are deeply interconnected with all of nature. Using a mala is a more symbolic way of connecting ourselves with the cosmic cycles governing our universe.
In Vedic astrology there are 12 zodiac signs and 9 planets, and 12 times 9 is 108 so we come back to the number of all existence. Each planet and each sign play an important part in our lives and come into play at various different times throughout the year and have an impact on how we think and how we feel.