Welcome to Moondog Treasures: yoga jewelry for women and men, mala bracelets, Sanskrit mantra necklaces, and wire-wrapped beaded crosses. I'm a yoga teacher, and these are my creations. On this blog you can read the story behind the jewelry. You'll also get to meet other talented Etsy artists whose work I admire. Contact me at moondogtreasures@live.com.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

How to Use a Mala

Full 108 mala with white jasper gemstone and sterling om drop
      Malas are beautiful.  A strand of beads, all the same size, and one larger bead, or tassle, at the end.  The word mala in Sanskrit means "garland".  A mala is a set of beads often used by Hindus and Buddhists during prayer.  Malas are usually made from 108 beads or some smaller number, usually divisible by 9.  Malas are used for keeping count while praying, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity.

     In the Hindu tradition, the mala is held with the right hand, using the thumb to move from one bead to the next, with the mala resting on the third finger. The larger bead on a mala is called the guru bead.  Counting begins with the bead next to it.  If more than one round of japa is practiced, the person stops at the guru bead and goes back in the other direction.  This way the guru bead is not skipped over by the hand.

     Wrist malas, or mala bracelets are a best-seller in my shop.  To see my mala collections, click on the following links:

   Every year during the month of September, Moondog donates 54% of all sales of mala bracelets to charity. She does this in honor of the Global Mala, an incredible annual yoga event that was set into motion in 2007 by Shiva Rea to raise awareness and funds for causes that affect our planet. See www.globalmala.org or www.yogamonth.org for more information.

    Shop now at Moondog Treasures.  Questions?  Contact me at moondogtreasures@live.com.

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