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How To Use Mala Beads


A mala, or garland, is a string of prayer beads. Mala beads have been used for spiritual practices and worn for thousands of years in the traditions of Buddhism and Hinduism alike. Traditionally, they are used as a counting tool for the recitation of sacred words called Mantra Japa Meditation—and today, many modern yogis wear malas as jewelry or as a sacred and devotional statement. 

Join Rajeshwari Gretchen Carmel and discover the secrets to this sacred discipline. She will explain how and why mala beads can enhance and deepen a meditation practice. In addition to learning the history, symbology, and meaning of the 108 beads, you will:

  • Learn how to hold the mala and count the beads.  
  • Understand the different types of malas and how to choose one.  
  • Embrace the energetics and healing qualities of chanting with malas.
  • Know what to do if your mala breaks, and how to maintain and clean your malas.  

This one-night online program includes discussion, group chant, and Q&A. All levels are welcome and no prior experience with mantra is necessary. It is suggested to have a mala, but not necessary. 

Continuing Education Credits Rajeshwari is a designated YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) and CE credits may be earned. More information will be provided during the program. You will have access to the video recording(s) for 30 days after the program ends. All recordings will be available within 72 hours of the end of each session. 

NOTE  Kripalu is delivering this livestream experience through a third party platform. When you purchase this program, you will be sent to and asked to create an account to complete your purchase and receive further details on accessing the program. All sales are final. All recordings will be available within 72 hours of the end of each session. You will have access to the video recording for 30 days after the program ends. 

Want to go deeper?

This program is included for FREE when you sign up for Rajeshwari Gretchen Carmel's 3-week program called The Gayatri Mantra, November 14–28, 2023. 

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Rajeshwari Gretchen Carmel, E-RYT-500, yoga and mantra teacher, dancer, Vedic priest, and yoga studio owner, has been teaching for more than 25 years.

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