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Malas, Prayer Beads, Mantra and the Symbolism of 108...

The practice of repeating a mantra is known as "japa".  I have learned over the years that using mala beads and repeating a mantra has helped ease me into some of the deepest meditations I have experienced. Daily repetition of a mantra teaches the mind to go inward. It seems to sweep away the chatter, decluttering the mind and making space for peace, silence and time with the soul.

A favourite mantra I use is "Om Dhumrah Ketuve Namaha", which brings an umbrellla of peace over me during challenging or difficult times. It seems I can feel it protecting me and deflecting the stress away, like an umbrella protects and deflects the rain away. I invite you to try it.

This month the enews has several articles related to mantra repetition, including some by Brenda and the late Georg Feuerstein. We are so incredibly fortunate to have such wisdom available to us for the SOYA Annual Yoga Retreat with Brenda Feuerstein so don't forget to register soon!

May March be a month filled with peace for you!   
Mugs & Bob    

What are Mala Beads? 
A mala is a garland of 108 beads used to count the recitation of mantras. Mala is Sanskrit for garland. Malas are used in Eastern spiritual practices, but more than 2/3’s of the world population uses prayer beads in their spiritual practice including Christians (Catholic rosary), Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. more on Mala Beads
Mala Asana, Garland Pose
The squat is an excellent pose for transitioning from standing asanas to the floor. It opens the hips, improves balance, and is a great prenatal pose.
In this photo, the hands are placed together in Namaskara mudra. However, the arms can also wrap around the knees, clasping the hands behind them, forming a garland or mala with the arms.
 read more on malasana
108: A Symbol-Laden Number by Georg Feuerstein
In India, the number 108 is a sacred number, suggesting completeness or wholeness. It is widely used in different contexts. Thus, there are 108 cow girls (gopi) devoted to Lord Krishna, 108 holy places ...  read more on 108 
(This article is used by permission from Brenda Feuerstein. You can purchase an abundance of articles at Traditional Yoga Studies) 
Elephant Journal on BRENDA FEUERSTEIN and her late husband Georg. "The Real Titans of Yoga"
When it comes to experiencing yoga in all its richness and fullness, we can't beat learning from those who have devoted their entire life to knowing this pathway of wisdom. This interview helps one get to know Brenda Feuerstien just a little bit more before she leads us in person at SOYA's Annual Retreat! May 31 - June 2
Event Schedule Here!  Register Here! 
Refresh, Reboot, Relearn!

Are you a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher feeling called to revitalize and deepen your teaching repertoire?

Or perhaps you didn't receive thorough philosophy study in the Yoga Sutras, Chakras, The Gita, Pranayama?

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If you are wanting to expand your skills and knowledge as a teacher, the SOYA Refresh and Reboot may be perfect for you! It is open for any 200 Hour teacher and very reasonably priced! Join us for 8 or 16 days! Your choice!  

Yoga teacher training can create profound shifts within, as there are so many layers to understanding the incredible depths of yoga. Refreshing your training can help you integrate and make more sense of it all, with many “ah ha” moments!  To learn more, visit the SOYA Refresh and Reboot program! 
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SOYA 200 hr SPRING Immersion Teacher Training in Salmon Arm!
Enjoy the small, quaint atmosphere at Tin Poppy Retreat overlooking the Shuswap River. Studies start at home and then we Immerse ourselves over 16 days of living yoga! Training runs April 3-18, 2019. SAVE $300 and Register before FEB 1st! Shared accommodations available on site.  
NEW! ONE TIME ONLY! SOYA 200 hr Immersion in Vegreville, Alberta!
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