Melanated Mala's are created with intention for representation of the Kemetic Roots in Yoga & Meditation. For Melanated people to feel connected to meditation & understand the valuable use of the tool.
In Yoga Mala Beads are used for to help the mind focus on meditation, mantras or affirmations in sets of 108 repetitions.
(108 is a sacred & mystical number weaving throughout the universe, nature, science, intention-based faiths, human body design & modern day culture.)
A guru bead or 109th stone connects the sides, symbolizes gratitude & our connection to the divine. In Melanated Mala's the Guru beads are represented as a Cowrie Shell. Which have always been highly valued by African cultures used in religious rituals, as protective amulets & up until the late 19th century they were even used as money.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Use
Begin by holding the beads in your hand with the first bead next to the guru bead (Cowrie Shell) between your finger & thumb. Now run each bead through your fingers with your thumb (speaking or thinking your mantra, meditaion &/or affirmations). DO NOT use your index finger as this represents ego. When you get to the guru bead (Cowrie Shell) after a full cycle. Breath, Pause & Reflect.
Your Gemstone Mala's will need to be Cleaned & Cleared according to the stones properties, some will be fine under running water, whereas others may not be suited for water and q-tips are great for cleaning the dust from the nooks & crannies. Sage or incense are another great tool to spiritual clear previous intentions.
Lost or Broken
As Mala's are stronger when you have programmed an intention for them. If your mala does happen to break, it is a sign that your intention is no longer a one that you need in your life & it could be time to set yourself a new one.
More on 108
108 inhales and exhales each day will help lead to enlightenment.
There are 108 energy lines leading to the heart chakra
There are said to be 108 stages to the human journey
Leonardo Fibonacci theory that the number 108 has a way of representing wholeness of existence
In astrology, The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of Earth. The distance from the Sun to Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun. The distance from the Earth to Moon is 108 times the diameter of the moon.