If you have recently been to our studio, you might have noticed the beautiful array of gemstones that are displayed in our shop. These are our wonderful collection of Mala Beads, whichhave been used for centuries in Hinduism and Buddhism as a tool during meditation.
My preferred way of meditating with Mala Beads is through mantra repetition. A mantra is a word, sound, or phrase repeated to aid in your concentration while meditating. When using a mantra, it’s believed that only the positive intentions and actions will fill your mind and eliminate negativity. When we select a word or series of words to repeat in the form of a mantra, we are affirming it to ourselves and allowing its meaning to seep below the surface, into our subconscious, helping to shift our negative habits and patterns into positive ones.
This combined with the healing properties of the stones can create a really transformational meditation practice, calm the mind, regulate breathing during meditation and can help to restore emotional balance as well. All our Mala Beads are hand crafted and made with different stones. There are such a huge array of stones to talk about, so I thought I would introduce a little something about Lapsis Lazuli, the traditional stone for the month of September. The beautifully rich blue of Lapis Lazuli can help balance us psychologically, spiritually, and physically. It is considered to be a stone of truth and friendship all around the world. It is said to promote harmony in relationships as well as providing relief for headaches, cramps and sore throats. Amongst some of the sufferings Lapsis Lazuli helps alleviate depressions, stress and insomnia.
If you would like to learn more, I am delighted to be sharing more of my love for stones, malas and meditation this Saturday at the Malas and Mantras Workshop. Tickets are £20 and can be purchased through the website or the Sunshine Yoga APP.
About the Author: Stephanie founded Sunshine Yoga in a Church Hall in January 2015.  Since August 2016, she created a permanent residence with beautiful studio space, shop with her hand-crafted Malas and a little cafe too in Gorgie. The studio has grown to involve 5 incredible yoga teachers across Edinburgh offering a variety of yoga styles across 45 different classes each week. Every Saturday, a Soulful Saturday workshop is held, such as this Malas and Mantras workshop to delve a little deeper into the soul.