Malas are made of 108 stones or beads. OM is an idyllic way to begin and end a yoga or mediation practice, and also comes in handy when you just need to chill out. As you move your fingers to the next bead, repeat your mantra out loud, as a whisper, or silently in your mind. You can also choose your Malas based on your yoga preferences and skill level.
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.
Mantras for magnetizing should be recited using malas made of saffron , lotus seed, sandalwood , or other forms of wood including elm , peach , and rosewood However, it is said the most effective is made of precious coral , which, due to a ban on harvesting, is now very rare and expensive.
If you meditate with a mala with a mantra enough, you’ll begin to notice it will take you relatively the same amount of time to recite a full mala. Monk Mala will have Guru beads that are connected to a tassel. The strands have 108 gemstones and a guru bead that is made of a differently textured material.
They are inspired by Yogic Tradition and are perfect to start your practice of Japa Meditation. No, they don’t have 108 beads. If you are using a set that has fewer beads, you adjust the instructions to reflect this – so for example, if you are using a buddhist wrist beads mala with 27 beads, you would multiply the number of required loops by four.
This works through the exchange of our mala beads and your decision to purchase them. Some also believe other people shouldn’t touch your mala beads which is a little hard to do when they’re so stunning. Beads are small so they allow easy finger manipulation, even when eyes are closed.
Keep your mala out of water, this is especially important if you have a wood or seed mala as the organic material will break down and shorten the lifespan and beauty of the beads. Less common are malas made from round glass beads or glass crystal, and often these malas are used for color therapy.
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.
The beads from Mala Collective are suitable for both. You can make a special prayer with the Guru bead and then begin again, either switching the hands, turning the mala or just continuing along. Each bead counts one repetition of the mantra When you get around to the guru bead, you don’t count it, and you don’t pass it; you stop there, mentally bow to the guru, flip the mala around, and start going back the other way.
Hand crafted with fragrant sandalwood and stones mindfully chosen to support you on your journey of motherhood, you can use your mama malas to set your intentions at the beginning of the day, deepen your meditation practice or simply enjoy them for their beauty.
Mala beads can be worn anytime and by anyone. It is better to focus on the spiritual practice of praying and reciting mantras rather than on the looks or value of your mala. The Sanscrit word japa means chanting a mantra repetitively”, but also means meditation performed with the focus on an object of divinity”.