First of all, I would like to share my exciting news! A few months ago, I wrote a post about my thoughts, inhibitions, and fears surrounding yoga teacher training. Well, I’m here today to say: I will be starting yoga teacher training in June! I did a lot of research on yoga teacher trainings in my area, and one just called out to me. The vision this particular studio has inspired me to be courageous and go for it. What’s the worst that could happen? (They won’t accept me, I’ll fail, I’ll look stupid while trying to teach fellow students, etc etc etc). I took the plunge and applied on Monday. I got an email this morning saying I had been accepted! Ahhh! It’s scary and something that is totally out of my comfort zone, but pushing my limits of comfort is a goal of mine. So, yay!!!
The YTT I will be participating in is just around the corner from us and one weekend a month, for 6 months, starting in June. I’m predicting it’s going to be intense but full of growth, budding connections, and spiritual enhancement. I. can’t. wait.
I would love for any and all input, tips, hints, and stories about yoga teacher training! I have really no clue what to expect, but I’m very, very happy about this upcoming journey.
I’ve been wanting to write a review of my first ever mala for a while, but it kept getting pushed back. My husband bought me this beautiful jade teal mala from Nomad Accessories on Etsy for my birthday back in February. I absolutely adore it. The color is gorgeous and I not only use it to enhance my meditation, but I wear it as often as possible to work, out to dinner with friends, or just grocery shopping. It goes with so many of my outfits; my husband did a good job! 😉
What I love the most about it is the obvious love and care that went in to the handiwork. You can see the hand knotted red silk in between each bead, each knot a little different than the one before or after it. My favorite part, however, is the green sparkly silk in the tassel at the bottom. It’s such a small detail, but I love looking down throughout the day and seeing it shining up at me.
Malas are traditionally used for prayer and meditation. I have used my mala in many meditations since receiving it. Having never used a mala before, I have not only noticed a big difference in the quality of my meditation, but also in the length of my meditations. A mala has 108 beads, each bead designed to align with one full breath. I repeat my mantra in my head while exhaling during each breath. So I’m breathing 108 times, but I’m also echoing my mantra 108 times. This typically takes me about 20 minutes. Without a mala, I often struggle to sit still in meditation for 5 minutes. The longer I meditate, the more relaxed and at peace I feel. If you haven’t tried it yet, I recommend getting a mala (I also recommend checking out Nomad Accessories!) and attempting it this way. I can see how this could definitely ease you in to a consistent meditation practice.
I can’t wait to purchase more malas, as the colors and stones used represent different things. According to the etsy site where you can purchase it, my mala represents the green tara goddess. She embodies compassion and allows others to face fears, dangers, and obstacles. Who doesn’t need assistance in those categories?!
Do you meditate with a mala? What is your favorite mala?