How To Choose, Use and Care for Your Malas
How to Choose Your Mala Beads
There is no right or wrong way to choose your mala beads. In fact, you can not make the wrong choice. You will choose with ever mala you are meant to be with. The best advice is just to let your intuition guide you, choose which ever prayer beads resonates with you the best.
How to Care for Your Mala Beads
Be gentle with your mala pieces and take care when wearing them. Your mala is NOT intended for all day, everyday wear. We recommend removing them before bed and at times when they could be pulled, knocked or potentially damaged in any way.
It is important not to allow the guru bead to be twisted around on itself. This important for all of the mala beads, but especially so with the malas with a larger guru bead instead of (or with) a tassel. Twisting the guru bead will weaken and damage the thread which could lead to the mala breaking.
It is best not to wash your mala beads or wear your mala and other jewelry whilst bathing or allow to become in any other way as this can weaken the integrity of the piece and deteriorate the cord and other components of the mala. To clean your mala beads gently wipe the beads using a damp cloth and place in shade to dry.
Please be aware that the thread and or knots in your mala may stretch or loosen over time. Please take care not to pull on your mala.
To ensure the longevity of your mala beads it is recommended that you do not wear perfume or other products while wearing your yoga beads or other Mala Kamala pieces, and that you keep away from chemicals.
When not in use please store your mala beads in mala bag.
We have chosen to use cotton for of our tassels. Cotton is moisture wicking and durable. Cotton is also sustainable, biodegradable, and renewable. It is an environmentally-friendly (and vegan) material throughout the products whole life cycle, from start to finish. Our tassels are safe to gently hand wash using warm water and a mild biodegradable soap. Be careful not to allow the mala cord, beads and other components to become wet. Leave in the shade to dry.
Every now and then you may want to gently brush your tassel. You can use a hair brush or a comb (we suggest something gentle like a wide toothed comb over a fine toothed one or a gentle hair brush). You may also carefully iron your tassel on a low heat from time to time if necessary. You may want to place a cloth over the top of the tassel while ironing as a precaution.
How to Use Your Mala Beads
A mala or set of prayer beads are used for reflection, yoga practice, crystal and chakra healing, or as part of your bohemian style. They can be worn by anyone who wants a more mindful, peaceful life.
Traditionally a mala or set of prayer beads is a string of beads used for counting mantras, meditation and prayer. The word mala means "Garland from above" or "Heavenly Garland". They usually have 108 beads with 2, 3 or more counter beads to assist with the counting process. After chanting 100 mantras or prayers, 8 extra are recited to allow for any errors.
Mala beads are generally held in the left hand. One bead is counted for each recitation of one mantra, starting with the first bead next to the "guru" bead. The guru bead represents ones teacher and is the 109th bead at the end of the mala which holds the strings together.
The first bead is held between the middle finger and thumb, and with each mantra the thumb pulls another bead in place over the middle finger. You should always pull the beads towards you - to bring karmic energy and prana into your aura and physical being. You should also keep your index finger pointing away from you during meditation and not let it touch the beads. Your index finger symbolises your ego and therefore pointing it away from yourself helps your ego to stay out of your practice.
Recite one mantra or prayer then move your thumb and middle finger along to the next bead and repeat.
After completing a full circuit with your mala beads, turn the mala around 180 degrees and continue as you did previously, except this time you will be going in reverse order. Common practice avoids passing over the "guru" bead, as doing so is symbolically like stepping over one's teacher. It is important that if a mala is used to count mantras, the mantra be remembered with sincerity, love, feeling, and concentration. Mala bracelets are used in the same way as a mala, except you would perform more cycles to reach 108 recitations.
Cleansing Your Mala Beads
It is important from time to time that you cleanse your mala. As we know everything that is a part of the living earth emits and transmits vibrational frequencies. Your mala beads therefore not only interact with you, but you (and the environment) interact with your mala; it picks up on your energy and that of the environment which will alter your mala beads unique bioelectromagnetic field. It can pick up in negative energies which is can then pass on to you. Cleansing it will tune it up and enable it to interact with you on higher frequencies again.
You can cleanse your mala beads or prayer beads by:
Placing your malas in a mala bag with a carnelian crystal
Placing your malas on top of a quartz cluster overnight
Smudging your mala beads or prayer beads with sage
Programming Your Mala Beads
After cleansing you will need to program your mala beads with your intention. This will focus the malas energy. Use your intuition and bring your consciousness to what purpose you wish to use your malas. Try to be as specific as you can. If you want it to help you feel more safe and secure, think about in what situation exactly to you want to feel safe and secure. Work, relationships, financial...? Before you program your yoga jewelry you will need to make sure that you are feeling relaxed and calm. You may want to burn a candle or incense but this is of course optional.
Hold the mala in your hands, you may close your eyes if you wish.
Then you can use any words you like to 'speak' to your mala and tell it what you want it to help you with. If it is easier you can use this script to help "I program these malas in love and light for the purpose of...."
You may want to program it a few times to make sure that your intention is well established in your malas.
Charging Your Malas
Every month or so, you should leave your mala beads in the sunlight for one whole day to charge it with new energy (prana).
Think of your malas like little batteries. They need to be recharged from time to time in order for the protons, neutrons and electrons to keep moving and vibrating properly. Placing your malas in the sunlight or the moonlight for a few hours can help them to re-charge. Be careful not to leave your mala out for too long to prevent fading.
And that's it. Its super simple to do and it doesn't take very long. The important thing is not to over think it, whatever comes to your mind first when setting your intention is probably exactly what you need to program your mala beads with.