Mala Celebrations!

Photo by James Martin

We see Mala Celebrations as a garland of yogis, dedicating their practice of 108 Sun Salutations to the health and well being of all living beings. 108 has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga. Traditionally, malas, or garlands of prayer beads, come as a string of 108 beads (plus one for the “guru bead,” around which the other 108 beads turn like the planets around the sun). Below are a few of the Mala events happening around Greater Washington this September.  Know of another? Please email us at virginiayogaweek at yahoo dot com.

108 Salutes to the Sun
Sunday, September 18, 12:30pm
108 Sun salutes to celebrate National Yoga Month and the Autumnal Equinox. Savasana included! No RSVP required.

Sacred Well Yoga Studio
450 W Broad St. Stes 319-320
Falls Church VA 22046
Charity: Falls Church Community Services Council 
Suggested Donation: $10

Global Mala DC
Sunday, September 18, 2pm
Join DC yogis and activists of all traditions in 108 Sun Salutations to raise our community vibration beyond the borders of mat, studio, and style.

Click here for list of event locations.

Charity: Anahata Grace

108 Sun Salutations in Celebration of the Autumnal Equinox
Thursday, September 22, 6:30pm
Join the Little River Yoga Community for the 24th quad-annual practice! All levels welcome! come do 1, 8 or all 108!

Little River Yoga, north
6025 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22205

Charity: Dr Heidi’s Haitian Relief
Suggested donation: $10-20

Mala Celebration at River’s Edge Yoga
Sunday, September 25, 1:30pm
In honor of the week of the Autumnal Equinox, River’s Edge will offer our take on 108! Hip and heart openers will keep you flowing through your practice.

River’s Edge Yoga
300 Montgomery Street, suite 201
Alexandria, VA 22314

Charities: Exalted Warrior Foundation, Give Back Yoga and YoKid
Suggested donation: $20