• Cassandra Russell

Inspired Ideas For Your Sacred Self-Care Practice From The Toronto Yoga Conference


Imagine visiting an amazing buffet of all things yoga. From March 30 to April 2, this past weekend in Toronto, thousands of yogis come together at the Metro Toronto Convention Center to continue their yoga education and celebrate yoga as ONE united community. I couldn't help capturing the healing energy, some of the wonderful items for sale from ethical artisans and the knowledge of the yoga teachers. Here is a sample of highlights and ideas from the show that you can add to your own sacred Self-Care Practice. To harvest some of the healing energy generated by the event, read on.

Mala is a Sanskrit word meaning garland. A mala is a string of 108 beads with one bead as the summit or head bead called a 'sumeru.' Malas are used as a tool to help the mind focus on meditation, or count mantras in sets of 108 repetitions. Mala beads are a set of beads that have traditionally been used in prayer and meditation.Often called prayer beads, anyone can wear these beautiful pieces. Traditional malas are made with Rudraksha beads, lotus seed beads, yak bone, Bodhi seeds, or wood. Healing malas are made from gemstones, which have different energies, properties, and colors. Technically speaking, you don't have to be religious or have any spiritual practice to simply wear them as a reminder of an intention you've set for seeking a clarity of mind, body, and spirit.

How do you hold mala beads during meditation ?

Hold your mala in your right hand, draped between your middle and index fingers. Starting at the guru bead, use your thumb to count each smaller bead, pulling it toward you as you recite your mantra. Do this 108 times, traveling around the mala necklace, until you once again reach the guru bead.

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I hope this article spurred some new ideas to add to your own sacred Self-Care Practice. May the positive, loving energy generated by this event filter out to meet you.

Cheers,

Cassandra

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