Start the year off right with a mindful meditation in this Mala & Meditation workshop on January 8th 1:30-3:30pm. Malas allow the wearer to keep count of mantra recitation, allowing her to stay focused, calm and relaxed while repeating a mantra 108 times. The counting beads are meant to serve as markers of your progress in your mantra or meditation to allow you to further deepen your contemplative practice.
When you press the beads against the meridian point in your finger you can experience certain results. Meditation can be quite a tricky practice because the mind is like a naughty child. It’s important to note that you never use your index finger when manipulating the Mala beads.
Holding a counter bead between your fingers brings a single awareness, dharana, into a mantra repetition. When you have finished your first mantra slide the bead down to the next bead using your thumb. 9 times 12 is 108. If you’re ready to take your yoga and meditation routine to the next level, why not give Malas a try?
Receive weekly news, special offers and meditation tools for a masterful life and spiritual practice. A mantra is a word or phrase with a powerful meaning, chanted to discipline the mind as an aid to meditation or as an incantation. When searching for your perfect beads, we recommend you ask What is my intention?
Repeating this sound during asana practice readies the mind and the breath for a seated mantra practice following your asana work. Beads of Faith: Pathways to Meditation and Spirituality Using Rosaries, Prayer Beads and Sacred Words. Malas can be made from gemstones that match the intention of your practice, and often malas are placed in shrines as a reminder of affirmations.
While a mantra is repeated, it acts as a point of focus to help unify the mind into one focus, after each recitation of the mantra a bead is pulled forward. We do this through educating, inspiring and inviting people to practice yoga and meditation. While any type of beads can be used for meditation, certain colors and precious stones have their own meanings that can be significant to the wearer and help to achieve a certain purpose to their meditation and their life.
All of our necklaces are hand knotted, helping you to practice japa meditation (where you turn each bead in your fingers and repeat your mantra). I make these beads by hand and they are very special, and have a distinct purpose. In the Hindu tradition, you can use any finger of the right hand to hold the beads, except for the first finger, which is the pointing or accusing” finger; you don’t use that one.
A mala is a sacred tool used traditionally to count breaths while meditating, the number of times a mantra (prayer) is recited, or counting prostrations in Buddhism. Guru Nanak, whose writings are the foundational text of all Kundalini Mantras is almost always depicted with a mala in his hand or around his neck.
Just like each of the beads that are intimately connected to all the others through the string of the mala, the yogi is intimately connected to all other beings. Fortunately, you can cleanse your mala beads and regain balance if they do get on the ground simply by putting them in sunlight.
It is a tool used to keep your mind on the meditation practice. (If you have a wrist mala of 27 beads you will need to repeat this 3 more times.) You can continue with the practice chanting multiples of 108 mantras. Try placing the mala bracelet sets on your middle finger if you have dexterity or flexibility issues in your hands.