Using Mala Beads for Meditation

In Buddhist and Hindu prayer, a mala is a string of beads used for keeping count while reciting a mantra. Beaded Mala necklaces can be a wonderful reminder to devote time to your daily meditation. The main bead where the necklace comes together, called the Guru bead, is the starting point for the meditation, and symbolizes your guru, who has given you a mantra to reflect on. The Guru bead often has a tassle hanging from it, which some say symbolizes the eternal lotus.

 

Rudraksha Mala

Malas can be helpful for focusing the mind on the sound of the mantra, rather than keeping count of the number of repetitions. Starting with the bead after the Guru bead, place it between your thumb and index finger, and recite your mantra. Then shift your fingers to the side so that you are holding the next bead in succession, repeat your mantra, and so on. When you have reached the Guru bead again, you may stop, or make your way around the mala again in the opposite direction.

Malas come in a variety of bead styles, and the type of mala used can often depend intention of the mantra. Some common types of beads are gemstones, precious metals, special woods, and necklaces made of Bodhi seeds, called Rudraksha malas.

Visit www.barefootyoga.com to see our selection of malas and other yoga accessories.

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This post was written by Lauren on March 4, 2014

Lauren’s Pick of the Week:
Diamond Jacquard Yoga Mat Bags

My pick of the week is our Diamond Jacquard Yoga Mat Bag. These unique Indian patterned bags are as durable as they are beautiful! Like all of our standard sized yoga mat bags, they are big enough to fit most any yoga mat, with room to spare for a towel, eye pillow, and strap. The Diamond Jacquard Bag is available in either the classic top-loading style or the side-zip duffel style.

Diamond Jacquard Yoga Mat Bag

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This post was written by Lauren on February 6, 2014

Grace’s Pick of the Week
Barefoot Yoga Lotus Zafu

My pick of the week is the Barefoot Yoga Lotus Zafu in orange and blue. The lotus symbolizes new beginnings, purity and beauty. The blue lotus in Buddhism represents control of the spirit over one’s material senses. It also symbolizes wisdom and knowledge. Orange symbolizes joy and creativity. There is so much about this zafu that just speaks to me. It evokes the image of monks in their orange robes chanting in a monastery, and the sound of the prayer wheels turning, the smell of incense in the air. The zafu itself would help with your posture in a cross-legged meditation position. It aligns your spine, opening your hips for better breath control.

Barefoot Yoga Lotus Zafu

Check out our complete selection of zafus and other yoga props at www.barefootyoga.com!

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This post was written by Grace on January 31, 2014

Grace’s Pick of the Week:
Sari Pattern Yoga Mat Bags

Grace’s Barefoot Yoga product Pick of the Week is our Sari Pattern Yoga Mat Bags: “The Sari Pattern yoga bags come in a variety of beautiful patterns. It has a convenient pocket on the front for small items and a wide shoulder strap for comfort. It is reinforced with a cotton layer on the inside. All Sari Pattern bags are top-loading with draw string closures.”

Sari Pattern Yoga Mat Bags

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on January 24, 2014

Barefoot Yoga Hybrid Mat in February 2014 Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal - February 2014Barefoot Yoga’s Hybrid Eco Mat was photographed for Yoga Journal’s February 2014 issue, on newsstands now!

Our Hybrid Mats are a great low-cost, eco-friendly alternative to the usual PVC mat. They’re made without any heavy metals or other toxins, and offer a great grip for your practice, at an affordable price!

Visit www.barefootyoga.com to view our complete selection of eco-friendly yoga mats, and keep an eye out for our products in future issues of Yoga Journal!

Barefoot Yoga Hybrid Eco Mat

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on January 21, 2014

Yoga Gift Idea of the Week:
Yoga-Inspired Jewelry

Need some extra sparkle this holiday season? We’ve got a great selection of jewelry and mala beads to suit any yogi! You also have the option of including a gift box and organza bag, making your holiday wrapping even easier.

Gold Double Satya Lotus Necklace

Visit www.barefootyoga.com to browse our full selection of yoga-inspired jewelry and other great yoga gift ideas!

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on December 9, 2013

Sam’s Pick of the Week:
Gayatri Mantra Sanskrit Zafu

Samantha’s Pick of the Week is our Gayatri Mantra Sanskrit Zafu:

Our Zafu cushions are the perfect prop for meditation! Filled with buckwheat hulls, the Zafu cushions provide comfort and help align your spine and hips during meditation. The Gayatri Mantra Sanskrit Zafu comes in beautiful purple or black, and reads:

“Through the coming, going and the balance of life, the essential nature which illumes existence is the brilliance of enlightenment.”

Gayatri Mantra Sanskrit Zafu

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on November 5, 2013

Barefoot Yoga Products in Pink & Brown

At Barefoot Yoga, our great selection of yoga supplies and yoga clothing is available in a variety of colors! For a vibrant pop of color this autumn, check out this selection of our products in Pink and Brown:

Barefoot Yoga Products in Pink & BrownPictured above:

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on October 29, 2013