What is a mala?
Malas are meditation or prayer beads/necklaces typically made of 108 beads plus a Meru bead, also known as guru bead. They are typically made of semi-precious stones, seeds or wood beads. The use and tradition of mala beads dates back thousands of years.
Malas were traditionally used as a tool in mediation to keep count during japa meditations which include repeating mantras. They are still largely utilized in this way today as keeping count helps focus your mind on your meditation practice.
Malas can also be worn as necklaces becoming a beautiful reminder of the intentions you set for them.
There are actually many explanations for why there are 108 beads on a mala! First, there’s said to be 108 energy lines in the body coming together at the heart chakra. 108 is also a sacred number in many religious beliefs. In the Upanishads, 1 represents the higher truth, 0 the spiritual practice and 8 represents infinity or eternity. There are also 108 beads on a rosary. Another explanation lies in the Sanskrit language. There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet, each with a masculine and feminine form equaling 108.
How do I choose mala?
You can chose the beads for your mala in a few different ways! If there is something specific in your life you are working on, example... being more grounded, creating more self love, following your intuition, then chose beads that have properties that could assist in that. If you're unsure start by noticing what colors, design or artist are you drawn to and allow that to guide you in your decision. Chances are you are drawn to them for a reason! At the end of the day, what's important is that in some way, you are drawn to the mala you're going to wear or meditate with.
How do I care for my mala?
Store your mala in it’s included mala bag or hang it in a safe place when not in use. Please do not bathe, swim or sleep with your mala or bracelets. Please gently slide your bracelets on and off and avoid excess stretching as the string can break.
How do I cleanse/charge my mala?
To cleanse your mala you may carefully smudge, burn sage or palo santo, near it, or place it on a selenite slab.
To charge your mala leave it in moonlight over night during a full moon. *Please do not leave mala outside if there is any chance of rain.*
For malas I design and hand make visit my Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/moksamalas
This time of year we are so quick to give love away to our significant others, friends and family. Don’t get wrong, this is great! In fact we all probably could do more of this every day, but what about a little TLC for ourselves?
Yoga is about taking time for yourself, to heal, strengthen and nurture you body and mind. So, this week for my group yoga class I decided to hone in on just that, focusing on something I think everyone could use a little more of: self love. I gave my students blank cards (with hearts on them of course) and as they moved through heart and hip openers they got writing prompts. Throughout class each student wrote a little love note to them self. It was amazing to feel how the energy in the room changed as class went on. One student even left their card for me so I got to read it. Amazing stuff!
After class I thought it would be fun to share this practice with more people, because really, who doesn't need a little more self love? So, I came up with this meditation as a way for anyone to experience this exercise at home. Enjoy!
Gather a pen and paper and find and comfortable seat. If you're sitting with your legs crossed sit on the edge of a folded blanket or pillow to raise your hips above or in line with your knees.
Close your eyes and find your breath. Feel your breath move in and out of your body. When it feels right, start to deepen your breath, breathing down into your low belly and back, ribs and middle back and finally heart space and shoulder blades. Breathe like this for a few minutes.
Allow the following thoughts to come to your mind. You may answer as many of them as you'd like and of course can write down more than one answer.
Self, thank you for__________.
I am proud of you for__________.
I forgive you for __________.
Today I let go of __________ limiting thought/belief about myself.
I love you because __________.
Lastly, create a short affirmation or mantra for yourself. This can be something you say out loud to yourself or something you repeat in your mind. I've included some examples below.
Sit with each thought you would like to answer. As an answer comes to you write it down in the form of a complete sentence. Finish one thought at a time, coming back to your breath before moving onto the next. Once you have completed the thoughts sit with your breath. Bring you hands to Anjali mudra, prayer hands, thumbs pressing lightly against your sternum. Out loud or in your mind repeat your affirmation three times.
I love you.
I accept love.
I own my power.
I am grateful for all the love in my life.
I deserve love.
I am open to love.
I forgive myself.
I am wanted and loved.
I accept myself as I am.
Hi, I'm Karissa, thanks for being here! I love the outdoors and all things crystals! I am a dog and plant mama, step mom and wife. I make mala necklaces and teach toga. I've been practicing yoga for over 10 years and am excited to teach and share my passion for crystals and yoga with you.