Although malas are traditionally used as a meditation aide, many people choose to use their mala in contexts outside of seated meditation. Wearing a mala as a bracelet or necklace is common as it helps keep your affirmations or intentions with you throughout the day. Some may also choose to carry their mala in a mala bag that is kept in a pocket or purse as another way of keeping their practice with them as they move through their lives.
Other people keep their mala in their meditation shrine when it is not in use. A mala can become a beautiful feature of your sacred space, adding color, texture, and intention to your shrine.
Finally, some people take their mala to yoga and coil it at the top of their yoga mats during practice. They believe this helps the mala absorb the energy of their physical practice and helps them carry their yoga practice with them when off the mat. Whichever way you choose to use your mala, mala beads can be a representative object of your intentions or affirmations and are powerful for helping focus the mind on that which you most hope to develop through your yoga and meditation practice.
Use your mala the way that’s best suited for you.
“Affirmations are our mental vitamins, providing the supplementary positive thoughts we need to balance the barrage of negative events and thoughts we experience daily.”
― Tia Walker, The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love