We are very pleased that Mala for Vets has created a special YFFR Wrist Mala. All proceeds benefit our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Yoga For First Responders.
We have 10 malas for women (smaller Rudraksha beads) 10 malas for men (bigger Rudraksha beads). Below is an explanation of the energetic benefits of each stone in the mala, as well as best practices for using your mala!
Cost is $30 (includes shipping!)
Use this order form to order your mala:
Make payments via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
or send a check to:
Yoga For First Responders
P.O. Box 36341
Des Moines, IA 50315
Your mala will be sent as soon as payment is received!
How to use your mala:
The practice of chanting a mantra (words of power) with a string of mala beads is traditionally used as a form of meditation. Sitting in a comfortable position, with the eyes closed, the mantra is repeated silently or aloud. The mind is focused on the mantra, the thoughts are let go of and the breath is slow and deep.You can take this ancient tradition and easily apply it to your daily life. Here’s how:
#1 Hold your mala in your right hand and use your thumb to “count” each mantra by touching the bead during the recitation and then lightly pulling the bead towards you on completion and moving to the next bead. The index finger is extended and should not touch the mala. You can use this same practice with an affirmation instead of a sanskrit mantra. Each time you move the bead, say an affirmation such as, “I am calm and focused”. Try the affirmation of contentment, “I am enough, I have enough.” Or, create your own affirmation depending on what you are needing in your life. Make sure it is positive and in the present tense.
You can do this very discretely at any time. Try it on an airplane, before bed, or as a morning self-care ritual. As you practice this with your mala, use your intuition over your intellect. You can also practice moving the beads without an affirmation, just focusing on your breath and the feel of the beads on your fingers as you move them. You can try this when you are in a meeting, on the phone, or even watching TV.
#2 Simply wearing your mala around your wrist with intention will subconsciously remind you of your YFFR family that is behind you and supporting you 100%, especially while you stand up at the front of the class teaching. It will remind you of the first responders all over the world that are responding to a call that very moment and everything they sacrifice for their community.
#3 If nothing else, by purchasing this mala you are donating to Yoga For First Responders, a non-profit organization that supports first responders through the stress-eradicating and performance enhancing techniques of yoga and YFFR protocol. Your donations help to run our organization, offer scholarships to first responders for our trainings, purchase equipment for classes in fire and police departments and much more.
Energetic benefits of stones:
The deep celestial blue of Lapis Lazuli is a symbol of royalty, honor, power, spirit and vision. It is a universal symbol of wisdom and truth and stimulates good judgment in the practical world. Lapis Lazuli aids intellectual analysis in archeologists and historians, problem solving for lawyers, and creates new ideas for inventors and writers. Lapis Lazuli is a powerful crystal for activating the higher mind and enhancing intellectual ability. It stimulates the desire for knowledge, truth and understanding, and aids the process of learning. It is excellent for enhancing memory.
Red Jasper creates a strong connection to the earth and this is very helpful for emotional equilibrium and spiritual grounding. It gives deep insight into personal difficulties and gives you a strong sense of stability.
Rudraksha is the seed of a particular tree species which usually grows at a certain altitude in the mountains – mainly in the Himalayan region. For someone who is constantly on the move and who eats and sleeps in various places, rudraksha is a very good support because it creates a cocoon of your own energy. It is possible for some people to use negative energies to cause harm to someone else, or you might be caught in the crossfire of negative energy. This is a whole science by itself. A rudraksha is a kind of shield against this.