Wednesday, September 8, 2010


September 13th - 19th
Free Week of Yoga @ Maho Bay Campground F Pavilion, St John VI
All Donation to go to the Haitian Relief Effort

September 19th
Global Mala Peace Project @ Maho Bay Campground
10am -11:48am, 108 Sun Salutations or Meditation/Mantra @ Maho F Pavilion, St John VI
12pm - 3pm, Potluck and swim @ Francis Bay, St John VI

September 22
Fall Equinox Celebration @ the Catherineberg Sugarmill, St John VI
6pm to 8pm, Drumming, Chanting and Meditation.

For more info call Suki: 340-642-3739 or Jessa: 970-376-2657


ONE WEEK FREE YOGA and TITANS OF YOGA movie world premiere to kick-off National Yoga Month September

When was the last time you felt drained by your stressful day, struggled with weight control or had trouble concentrating?  Bring a little downward dog into your life and you could see drastic improvement.  The ultimate goal of yoga is to develop mind and body free of chronic strain.  Whether you’re looking for a change in lifestyle or simply looking for better stress management, yoga can help. Yoga is one of the oldest known sciences in the world and is widely acknowledged as a highly effective complementary alternative medicine. So, as we all explore ways to take better care of ourselves and even reduce health care costs, it gives us a proven way to do so.
September is official National Yoga Month. Cards worth ONE WEEK FREE YOGA and FREE YOGA CLASSES are available to all who  Get off the couch and onto the yoga mat in the name of better health.
For the first time ever, TITANS OF YOGA - an empowering and inspirational movie and the Official National Yoga Month movie - brings together twenty-five of the most prominent figures in the worlds of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness, from Dr. Dean Ornish, a physician consultant to President Clinton, to Lilias Folan, the “First Lady of Yoga.” As they share their own life experiences from the tragic to the ecstatic, the Titans embark on a journey of self-discovery that touches and inspires.  Their tales of addiction and heartache, depression, an HIV positive diagnosis and a penchant for sex, drugs and rock-and-roll will move you as they share how they overcame these challenges and transformed them into their greatest life victories. Proceeds benefit Yoga-Recess in School to bring yoga-based health education into classrooms. To watch the

National Yoga Month is a grassroots campaign administered by the Yoga Health Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. All funds benefit the national awareness campaign and Yoga-Recessin School to bring yoga-based health and fitness education into classrooms.

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Fall Equinox Celebration

Please join us for a sunset drumming, chant and meditation at the Catherineberg Sugarmill. Bring something to sit upon and candles and flashlights. For more info call Suki: 340-642-3739. 

Wednesday, September 22nd
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Why are there 108 beads on a mala?

"On a mala, or set of mantra counting beads, there are generally 108 beads, or some fraction of that number. The question often arises: Why are there 108 beads on a mala?" 
- Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati   

Below is a collection that helps to explain the question, why 108?
None of these reasons are being promoted here as more of less true than the others. However, you may notice that 108 appears to somewhat like a road map of reality in general, and the human in particular.
Regardless of the meaning of 108, it is important that if a mala is used to count mantras, the mantra be remembered with sincerity, devotion, feeling and full attention.


9 times 12: Both of these numbers have been said to have spiritual significance in many traditions. 9 times 12 is 108. Also, 1 plus 8 equals 9. That 9 times 12 equals 108. 
Powers of 1, 2, and 3 in math: 1 to 1st power=1; 2 to 2nd power=4 (2x2); 3 to 3rd power=27 (3x3x3). 1x4x27=108 
Harshad number: 108 is a Harshad number, which is an integer divisible by the sum of its digits (Harshad is from Sanskrit, and means "great joy") 
Desires: There are said to be 108 earthly desires in mortals. 
Lies: There are said to be 108 lies that humans tell. 
Delusions: There are said to be 108 human delusions or forms of ignorance. 
Heart Chakra: The chakras are the intersections of energy lines, 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. 
Sanskrit alphabet: There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet. Each has masculine and feminine, shiva and shakti. 54 times 2 is 108. 
Pranayama: If one is able to be so calm in meditation as to have only 108 breaths in a day, enlightenment will come. 
Upanishads: Some say there are 108 Upanishads, texts of the wisdom of the ancient sages. 
Sri Yantra: On the Sri Yantra there are marmas where three lines intersect, and there are 54 such intersections. Each intersections has masculine and feminine, shiva and shakti qualities. 54 times 2 equals 108. Thus, there are 108 points that define the Sri Yantra as well as the human body. 
Pentagon: The angle formed by two adjacent lines in a pentagon equals 108 degrees. 
Marmas: Marmas or marmasthanas are like energy intersections called chakras, except have fewer energy lines converging to form them. There are said to be 108 marmas in the subtle body. 
Time: Some say there are 108 feelings, with 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and 36 related to the future. 
8 extra beads: In doing a practice of counting the number of repetitions of the mala, 100 are counted as completed. The remaining are said to cover errors or omissions. The 8 are also said to be an offering to God and Guru. 
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. 
River Ganga: The sacred River Ganga spans a longitude of 12 degrees (79 to 91), and a latitude of 9 degrees (22 to 31). 12 times 9 equals 108. 
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. 
Gopis of Krishna: In the Krishna tradition, there were said to be 108 gopis or maid servants of Krishna. 
1, 0, and 8: Some say that 1 stands for God or higher Truth, 0 stands for emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice, and 8 stands for infinity or eternity. 
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. 
Moon and Earth: The average distance of the Moon from the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Moon. 
Silver and the moon: In astrology, the metal silver is said to represent the moon. The atomic weight of silver is 108. 
Numerical scale: The 1 of 108, and the 8 of 108, when added together equals 9, which is the number of the numerical scale, i.e. 1, 2, 3 ... 10, etc., where 0 is not a number. 
Meditations: Some say there are 108 styles of meditation. 
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. 
Paths to God: Some suggest that there are 108 paths to God. 
Smaller divisions: The number 108 is divided, such as in half, third, quarter, or twelfth, so that some malas have 54, 36, 27, or 9 beads. 
Hinduism: 108 is said to refer to the number of Hindu deities. Some say that each of the deities has 108 names. 
Islam: The number 108 is used in Islam to refer to God. 
Jain: In the Jain religion, 108 are the combined virtues of five categories of holy ones, including 12, 8, 36, 25, and 27 virtues respectively. 
Sikh: The Sikh tradition has a mala of 108 knots tied in a string of wool, rather than beads. 
Buddhism: Some Buddhists carve 108 small Buddhas on a walnut for good luck. Some ring a bell 108 times to celebrate a new year. There are said to be 108 virtues to cultivate and 108 defilements to avoid. 
Chinese: The Chinese Buddhists and Taoists use a 108 bead mala, which is called su-chu, and has three dividing beads, so the mala is divided into three parts of 36 each. Chinese astrology says that there are 108 sacred stars. 
Stages of the soul: Said that Atman, the human soul or center goes through 108 stages on the journey. 
Meru: This is a larger bead, not part of the 108. It is not tied in the sequence of the other beads. It is the quiding bead, the one that marks the beginning and end of the mala. 
Dance: There are 108 forms of dance in the Indian traditions. 
Praiseworthy souls: There are 108 qualities of praiseworthy souls. 
First man in space: The first manned space flight lasted 108 minutes, and was on April 12, 1961 by Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet cosmonaut.

 - Referenced from

Global Mala Peace Project 2010

Be a part of the Global Mala - Uniting Yoga, Seva and Collective Consciousness on St John, VI.
Unite with the global yoga community and experience the power of meditation in action. Join us as we gather together to bring greater awareness and raise funds in support of the Haitian Relief Fund. Share in the community, share in the energy and help promote peace and conscious action worldwide.

The Peace Project on St John is being organized by Suki and Jessa Buchalter. We would like to invite any yoga instructors on St John to join us in leading the Sun Salutations. Also, please bring a dish to share for a potluck afterwards to be held at Francis Bay. A love donation of $10 is requested which will be forwarded to the Haitian Relief Effort. All yoga classes offered at Maho Bay Camps the week of September 13th - 19th will be free with all donations going to the Haitian Relief Effort. Thank you and see you there!

Free Yoga Week @ Maho Bay Camps September 13th-19th

Sunday September 19th, UN International Day of Peace
10am - 11:48am, 108 Sun Salutations or Meditation/Mantra @ Maho F Pavilion, St John VI
12pm - 3pm, Potluck and swim @ Francis Bay, St John VI

For more Information please call
Suki @ 340-642-3739
Jessa @ 970-376-2657