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Why 108 Yoga Road?

Updated: Sep 27, 2022

image of girl holding mala beads around neck
Unsplash image by Amelia Bartlett

We get asked all the time: “Why ‘108' Yoga Road?”

It is also sometimes confusing for the postie when we get mail with two addresses (or maybe when we don’t get it, since it’s disappeared en route to the fictional 108 Yoga Road.)

108 Yoga Road is our way of symbolizing the journey that is yoga. A nod to those that went before. A destination that might be anywhere with no fixed point. We are here to help you find your way, literally, helping you get to class or deeper into your postures with the Feelix Yoga strap, and figuratively too.

The number 108 is sacred in Yoga, revered for thousands of years (in other spiritual traditions too). You’ll find it in obvious places, and not-so-obvious places. There are 108 beads on the meditation Mala beads, for example (Pictured). Even sun salutations are often completed in 9 rounds of the 12 postures, which of course equals 108. (We pretend to be good at maths as well as Yoga.) Or for the super keen, completed 108 times on occasions such as International Yoga Day.

There is said to be 108 energy channels (nadiis) in the human body leading to the Heart Chakra, one of them leads to the Crown Chakra, and so is the pathway to self-realisation.

So, there is the goal. 108 represents completion of the ultimate goal of our journey – the journey to ourselves. It represents unity and wholeness. We are all one.

It’s a journey individually, and collectively to a different way to do things. One that respects the planet and each other. We hope you'll join us.

If you're curious to learn more about the many ways 108 appears in so many cultures head to the Himalayan Yoga Institute (also the source for this blog post).

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