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Mala Care

Malas are my favorite tool to assist in my meditation and mindfulness practices. From beginning to end, the process of making and using malas is a rich opportunity to honor our intentions.

Because of the precious energy and intentions we put in to our malas, it is important to care for them like the sacred objects they are.

To start, I strongly suggest to avoid storing your malas by hanging them. This stresses the cord and will shorten the life of your mala. When not using or wearing them I always store my malas in little pouches or in bowls on my altar.

It is important to regularly cleanse your malas’ energy. The easiest way to do this is by burning sage or palo santo over them. I do this with my malas at least once each week, more frequently if I have been wearing a mala in a situation where there has been a lot of negative energy. I also like to cleanse/charge my malas using the sun and the moon. To cleanse your mala using the light of the sun, simply leave it in a place where the sun’s rays will shine upon it directly and leave it there for a few hours. Be aware that solar exposure is not good for all stones- Opal, Turquoise, Amethyst and others will fade under prolonged sun exposure. Moonlight is much gentler and a safer option for all stones. To charge your malas under the moon, first consider the type of energy you are wanting your mala to carry. Different phases of the moon impart different energies- read more about that here. To add a grounding, rooting element you can rest your mala in a dish of dirt or even place it in with a potted plant. Make sure it is in a place where the moonlight will touch it, perhaps in a windowsill or on your patio.

If your mala is made of seed or wood, rub a little olive oil on the beads every now and then to prevent them from drying out and cracking. 

If the tassel on your mala gets dirty, wash it in lukewarm water with a gentle detergent. comb the strands and let dry. If the ends of the tassel are looking raggedy you can trim the ends with a pair of sharp scissors.

Avoid placing your malas directly onto the floor or wearing them when using the restroom.

Just remember- your mala is sacred because your precious intentions make it so. Treat your mala with respect and cherish it as you cherish your intentions.

Happy Meditating!
KD

Yoga

Aham Prema Mantra

Aham Prema – I Am Divine Love

This mantra guides us to embody love in every action- a perfect mantra for Valentine’s Day!

Below is a beautiful song that will help you become familiar with this mantra if you are not already. You can choose to chant along or simply allow the vibrations to wash over you.

Namaste!
KD

Yoga

Yama of the Month: Brahmacharya

In the early days of yoga, before students were instructed in physical practice they were required to engage in a long, detailed study of the Yamas and Niyamas.

The Yamas and Niyamas, two of the eight limbs of yoga, are the ethical teachings of yoga. These are the practices that guide yogis and yoginis through our interactions with ourselves and the world around us.

This month I am focusing on the Yama of Brahmacharya, which means non-excess. Often you can find this translated as “celibacy” or “chastity”, but those words do not convey the subtleties of Brahmacharya. Rather than complete celibacy or chastity, we are encouraged by this Yama to resist the excessive distractions of the outside world and focus on finding peace, harmony and joy within. I have also seen Brahmacharya translated as “right use of energy”, which sums up the concept quite beautifully. It encourages us to “enter each day and each action with a sense of holiness rather than indulgence.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Yamas and Niyamas, I highly recommend this text: The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice

Take a moment to consider how you are directing your focus and your energy. Are you constantly fixated on what others think of you? Continuously striving to gain more money, possessions and outward success? Or are you turning that focus and energy inward, to the love and light within yourself that waits to be nurtured and shared with the world?

A lovely mantra for this yama is “Om somaye namaha”,  a lunar mantra for the washing away of the things that leave us depleted.

A supportive asana for this yama is Child’s Pose, a pose that calms our nervous system and encourages healing in the body.

How will you bring Brahmacharya into your practice?

Namaste,
K

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