Here at Rainbow Hollow we have been making our own Malas as a mindfulness project. Malas are a great tool for children to use during yoga classes or to wear everyday to help with mindfulness. Wearing an affirmation mala can help remind a child to breathe, to be still, to relax, to be calm and help a child feel in control of a given situation. A great tool to help overcome anxiety and nerves.
A Tibetan Mala or prayer beads are made up of 108 beads, with an extra 109th bead, called the Meru Bead. The Meru is said to be the bead that holds all the energy of your practice. These beads are usually made from Rudraksha seeds from an Evergreen tree and are traditionally used in yoga for helping keep count of the repetitions when chanting Sanskrit mantras.
Rainbow Yogis have made our own version of a Mala, with each bead representing an affirmation or positive word to help empower you and keep you feeling happy by threading every bead in my Mala with an open heart and positive mind. You might like to use words such as Peace, Calm, Love, Brave, Strong and Happy.
All you need is:
- Some wooden beads or beads of your choice
- Some strong string or jewellery thread
- A safe, sacred space for you to be still and quiet whilst you thread your mala
- And our printable worksheet – My Mala.
Step One – Print out your worksheet and write out some affirmation words that help you feel happy safe and calm.
Step Two – Thread a bead down the end of your string and tie it on to make sure the other beads don’t slide of the end. Remember to leave some string loose at the end to tie off when you are finished.
Step Three – Choose a bead and thread it onto the string as you chant your affirmation, with an open heart and a smile.
Step Four – When you have finished threading all your beads, tie the two ends of the string together to make a necklace or bracelet mala.
Another way, is to have a different bead for each affirmation so that each bead represents your affirmation.
You can wear your mala wrapped around your wrist or as a necklace and when you use your mala, just hold onto each bead for one breathe at at time whilst chanting its affirmation or mantra until you reach the end.