Inhale, exhale… Grab your mat, blankets, bolster and blocks. Find a comfortable seated position with a straight spine rooting yourself into the mat. Gently close your eyes or soften your gaze allowing yourself to dive inwards.
- Choose Your Mantra:
Take a moment to choose your mantra to guide you through your meditative practice. What brought you to your mat today? What intention did you set this morning when you awoke? What emotion does your mala evoke within you? Your intention is personal to you- it can be a thought, a word, a sentence or song. Once you have chosen your mantra chant it aloud or silently.
- Japa Meditation:
Hold your Mala Beads in your right hand allowing it to drape between the thumb and middle finger. Starting at the Guru Bead or the sacred stone- gently roll each bead while repeating your mantra. Repeat this 108 times, or until you are back at the sacred stone.
- Yoga Practice:
Place your Mala beads at the top of your yoga mat. Allow your mantra and intention to flow through you guiding you through your asanas. If you feel yourself getting lost in the physical practice, use the intention you set with your Mala Beads to bring yourself back to the present.
Finish your yoga practice on your mat with a juicy savasana. You may choose to end with another round of Japa Meditation bringing your practice full circle.
“The blue moon kissed her forehead and the delicate aroma of sandalwood washed through her hair of gold. Devotion draped around her neck and into her heart. The night was her favorite cup of tea. And she smiled because she knew what bliss was.”
Yogini | bohemian | gypsy | hippie; I am.
Naturally, I am inspired by all things that make the world a happier, healthier and more beautiful place.
I travel around the world seeking wisdom, healing, inspiration and beautiful, things.
I was at an ashram in northern India when I discovered something that embodied the essence of all things I intuitively seek out. I was gifted mala beads by my spiritual teacher (and I fell in love.)
Mala beads, (aka japa or prayer beads) are beautiful garlands of 108 sacred beads that have been worn for thousands of years around the world for spiritual practices of prayer, meditation, and intention setting. Current and anciently, they are used in devotional practices to recite and repeat the name of a deity, a positive mantra, or affirmation, and are known for their unique spiritual and energetic healing qualities.
The number 108 is highly auspicious in yogic philosophy. 1 meaning One, 0; nothingness, and 8; infinity. These three digits symbolize the ultimate reality of the Universe; the paradox of unity, emptiness and the infinite, simultaneously. We are one. We are nothing. But too, we are infinite.
Precious materials are used to create these devotional beads. Highly sacred seeds or woods of rudraksha, tulsi, sandalwood or of the Bodhi tree (the sacred fig tree that our Buddha friend was enlightened under,) and various gemstones are often infused in each piece to support the manifestation of enlightenment in its many forms; peace, love, harmony, bliss, etc.
Basically, the unique vibes of these natural beauties jive with our vibes, and transform our energy. It’s magical.
In the quest of sharing my love of mala, I found Tiny Devotions; a hip, fresh and inspired company that creates the most divine mala’s for us bohemians, gypsies, hippies and yogis. They are beautiful examples of the free spirited lifestyle; living your dreams, following your passions, living more peaceful intention based lives (and looking good as you do it.)
Wearing my mala and using it in meditation is both grounding and enlightening. It anchors me into a calm and connected state, aligned with the intentions and values I live my life by. Mala’s are a sacred gift that we’ve been blessed with, and I am excited that more conscious and passionate people are discovering the blessing of these beads and using them to invite more happiness, health and beauty into their lives.