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Global Mala Project Vail: Yoga as peace in action

Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado ” Mountain Lotus at the Vail Athletic Club, Dogma Athletica and Yoga off Broadway will host the second annual Global Mala Project Vail, an event connecting the Vail Valley yoga community to the worldwide yoga community.

The event, “Yoga as Peace in Action,” will take place on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Participants are asked to bring a canned food or monetary donation to help benefit the Bright Future Foundation, an organization that provides support and aid to victims of domestic violence.

Taking its name from the sacred prayer beads called “mala” used in India and Tibet as meditation guides, the Global Mala Project Vail will serve as a uniting force within the Vail Valley yoga community and beyond. Composed of 108 beads, the mala is symbolic of the prayer for peace, hope and charity the Global Mala Project Vail will be sending to the world.

“Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world,'” said Mike Gehard, yoga teacher at Mountain Lotus at the Vail Athletic Club. “This event will be a great opportunity for local yogis to bring what is important to them and, with the help of yogis from around the world, offer it up for the good of the world around us.”

The event will consist of 108 sun salutations, a short breath practice and 108 mantras. The practice will be lead by eight local yoga teachers, will be accompanied by live music from Ariana Sahara and will include 108 mantras lead by special guest, Sri Dandapani. Participants are invited to participate in as much of the practice as they would like. Modifications will be available for those who would like them.

The purpose of the 108 sun salutation cycle is three-fold: To activate the body as a conduit of prayer, generate collective consciousness within the community and to raise awareness and funds for various organizations serving the planet.

The number 108 carries spiritual, mathematical and astronomical significance:

108 is the common number of names for Shiva chanted in Hindu worship.

108 is the number of Upanishads comprising Indian philosophy’s Vedic texts (depending on how you count).

108 is used in Islam to refer to God.

108 is six times the number 18, which is a Jewish good luck number.

108 is the number of names for Buddha.

108 is the number of beads on a Catholic rosary.

108 is twice the number 54, which is the number of sounds in Sanskrit.

108 lines of energy are said to converge to form the heart chakra.

The diameter of the sun is approximately 108 times the diameter of the earth.

“Whether you complete 108 sun salutations is not the purpose,” Gehard said. “The purpose of Global Mala is to show up with fellow yogis to connect with yourself, your community and the world that we live in.”

The event is free to community and no registration is necessary. For more information, contact Gehard at 970-471-9835 or

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