If you been to the studio lately you've likely seen the beautiful Malas hanging in the entrance way by Serenity Mala Co. and it is why this inspired blog makes its way to you. Malas have become trendy, however, let’s not forget the true purpose that was originally intended. These beautiful beads have been put together with love to become one intentional continuous circle. Often people choose a specific mala because they are drawn to it or maybe they seek out a specific one to guide them on their journey. The magic resides in-between the beads, this is where it all comes together. We asked our community to come together in this post as to share what they love.
What are the Benefits of Malas in Meditation?
We asked our Kundalini teacher, Kit and she said “In meditation, it is in the stillness that we find our truth. The space between our thoughts is represented by the space between the beads on the mala, this is where our intuition resides. It is here we “remember” who we are, our soul’s truth, and our true purpose here in this realm of learning. We remember that we are complete, Body, Mind, & Soul. Our Soul remembers as it is intertwined and a part of the greater Universe that connects us all. It brings these things to us here, so we may grow. These things are not ideas, although they may sometimes become thoughts, they are, at their core, an experience. As one does not require words in this realm.”
What are Mala prayer beads?
Traditionally Malas consist of 108 beads. Some say that the reason there are 108 beads is because there are 108 energy lines, based on our 7 chakras, that connect us to our heart. Others say that there are 108 beads in mala simply because you repeat your mantra 100 times, the extra 8 beads are meant to be there to make up for any errors that may have occurred. The guru bead, which counts as the 109th bead, is meant to represent the student and guru relationship. The gemstones have their own energy and vibrations so choosing the one you find yourself drawn to can help you balance your energies and intentions. -Harman, Serenity Mala Co.
How to use a Mala?
Haven Yoga teacher Rebecca Marshall shares a few steps with us. "Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity. This sādhanā (practice) is known in Sanskrit as japa. If you have one, use a mantra for this practice, chanting aloud or silently. Hold your mala in your right hand, draped between your middle and index fingers. Starting at the guru bead, use your thumb to count each smaller bead, pulling it toward you as you recite your mantra. When engaging in japa meditation it is recommended to never cross over the guru bead as it is a sign of disrespect to your teacher. Give yourself permission to experience this."
How to Cleanse your new Mala at home
If you already have a Mala already it may have been blessed or cleansed by the maker however sometime with wear and over time you may want to wash away any unwanted or dull energies that may be stored in your crystals, stones or woods. To do simply lay your Mala out in the sunlight, moonlight, smudge with Sage or place your Mala in a singing bowl and make it sing to let the vibrations do their work.
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