What use would a mala be to me? Malas seems to be a trendy accessory at the moment for modern day people practicing yoga and seeking an alternative view of life. Are they more than just this?
Malas are an universal meditation tools that benefit all people regardless of age, gender, religious views, lifestyle choices and the list goes on (#malas #meditationtools). Mala Alchemy has made malas for children to bring deeper delight into their lives at Christmas time; for a husband to be kept safe whilst motor bike touring across Australia on a all men's fundraising appeal; for families who going through loss and grief; as love tokens exchanged on a wedding day. Malas have been created for grandmothers, fathers, couples, corporate executives, mothers, teenagers and one of my favourite a self-confessed atheist.
So Malas are not just an accessory to go with the lycra pants and rolled up yoga mat... they are so much more than this to so many people.
To answer the question what use would a mala be to me? Let's first look at what is a mala.
What are Malas?
Malas, also known as prayer beads, are a string of beads used to repeat mantra or prayer as a form of "spiritual exercise" that aides in meditation. These meditative tools date back beyond written history. The oldest known form of prayer beads, that can actually be dated back, is the Japa Mala, used in Hindu prayer. Malas become used by the yogis and monks within the Upanishadic Epoch (800 BC- 500 BC). From here prayer beads spread out to a wide range of different cultures that adopted them to be aligned with their meditation and prayer rituals. (#meditation #prayerbeads #historyofyoga #yoga)