Although I don’t drink much wine I know most people do. Here’s a lovely little recipe I cam up with. I love my blender (a vitamix) but any blender will work. I’m always coming up with new ideas for my blender. I love smoothies.
Then I thought about a hot day on the beach as the sun set and figured an alcoholic drink sounded great.
Out came the vitamix.
Here’s what I used:
1 cup pineapple
1 cup white wine
Blend until smooth. Then add ice an blend some more.
Sometimes I use frozen bananas and or pineapples too.
Of course you can vary this.
mangos and pineapple
orange and banana
grapes and kiwi
Be creative. It’s almost healthy. Darker wines for darker fruits. White wines for the tropical lighter colored ones.
I made one with vodka and carbonated water. It was yummy too. So refreshing on a hot summer day.
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For those rock stars that enjoyed the mala making at the retreat, please look a little further back into this blog and you will find info on malas, mantra and other useful items.
Here I will post links to some of the finds I purchased on etsy.
The larger beads we used are inexpensive wood beads from places like Pat Catans. They are 8mm. Hole size is a bit over 1mm. This is important as to the SIZE of string you want to use. Especially if you want to place knots between each bead.
If the cord is too small, the knot will not hold the bead in place. The bead will just slip right over the knot. Just like my 00 size pants slip right over my tiny pixie-like frame. That's why I wear a belt.
Here's some stone beads: 8mm with a 1mm hole
Here's some sandalwood beads: They smell great and will take and hold (for a while) some essential oils. Yummy.
I don't know why, but I can only put in one "hyperlink".
Here's some fun cording. This is what I used on the white stone mala I wore. With the blue cording. This cording is 1mm and it went through almost all the beads well. About 10 of them gave me some trouble and I did not use them. I had over 108 beads (bought three packs) so I was fine. I did put a "counter bead" in after each 27th bead. For counting and asthetics. It's entirely up to you.
I would use a larger bead for the GURU bead. Say your mala is of 8mm beads. Maybe a 10mm bead for the guru would look nice. Just an idea. It's your mala. Be creative.
What is a mala?
A mala, which is Sanskrit for garland, is a string of beads—typically 108, in addition to one guru bead—which are used as a meditation tool while chanting, reciting or silently repeating a mantra. Malas help the wearer focus their mind and are often used to recite mantras in sets of 108 repetitions. Malas are made from various types of materials, including gemstones, wood, seeds or crystals. When not used for specifically meditation, malas can help wearers carry a sense of peace, calm, mindfulness and focus with them throughout the day.
What is a mantra?
A mantra—Sanskrit for sound, syllable, word or group of words—is a personal “motto” of sorts that is repeated during meditation to help create focus and self-transformation. When repeating a personal mantra, the meditator can calm the mind to allow deeper levels of relaxation and awareness.
What is the significance of the 108 beads? What is the significance of the numbers 3 and 6?
Malas allow the wearer to keep count of mantra recitation, allowing her to stay focused, calm and relaxed while repeating a mantra 108 times. In traditional Tibetan Buddhism, mala beads are often created using 108 beads, as a 108-bead mantra repetition represents the 108 worldly sins in the Buddhist doctrine. In addition, the number 108 is considered to be sacred in many Eastern religions, representing the universe as one thing (1), nothing (0) and everything (8, or infinity). The numbers 9 and 12 also have spiritual significance in many Eastern religions, with 9 times 12 equaling 108. In addition, the numbers 3 and 6 are significant in relation to mala beads, with Buddhist malas coming in three forms: 108, 54 and 27 beads. On a traditional Buddhist mala, the three beads above the guru bead represent the Three Refuges: Homage to the Buddha, Homage to the Dharma and Homage to the Sangha. Traditional 108-bead malas are divided into six groups of 18 beads, with a divider between each bead, while 54-bead malas have six groups of nine beads. Each dividing bead represents a point of pause for silent meditation.
What is the significance of the gemstones? Why do they all have healing properties?
Malas are made using a wide variety of materials, many of which are gemstones. Gemstones have been used for centuries for healing and to reflect energy from the earth. Each gemstone also has a particular meaning and healing properties, and wearers can choose their mala beads based on what they’re seeking from their meditation. Amethyst, for example, promotes spirituality and helps the wearer stay centered, spiritual and serene. Tiger’s Eye, on the other hand, promotes courage and helps the wearer stay powerful, grounded and mindful.
What is the significance of the tassel or Om charm?
Mala and Mantra mala bead necklaces each contain tassels, while some mala bead bracelets include an Om charm. In traditional Buddhist culture, tassels are symbolic of lotus blossoms, which represent and promote enlightenment. Om charms are representative of a common mantra used in meditation and prayer, and are said to bring luck, harmony and peace to the wearer.
How do you use a mala for meditation?
Start by holding your mala beads in your left hand, resting the beads between your index finger and thumb. Begin reciting your chosen mantra, counting each repetition by moving to the next bead. When you complete one set of mantra repetition—108 for mala bead necklaces; 27 for mala bead bracelets—and reach the guru bead, flip the mala around 180 degrees, then continue in the same direction.
Mantras are powerful sounds and when chanted with devotion produce enormous effects. Mantras are well-off in their meanings and their meaning can be meditated while chanting. As the mind concentrates more and more on mantra and its meaning, it conditions the mind and takes up to the higher states and forms the path to salvation - the eternal bliss. Read on to know about the significance of mantra…
The Vedas are full of mantras, therefore have been kept for ages in their raw form to use in the different practices like patha, karma, jata, gana, patas. It has been done to ensure that the chanter clearly interprets the correct letters and sound for each letter (svara). People are advised to chant the mantras only when they know the correct pronunciation of it. That is how mantras are kept against deterioration with time.
Mantras Are Energy-Based Sounds
Sound is the foremost content of the creation. Mantras are divine sounds. Saying any word produces an actual physical vibration. Over time, if we know what the effect of that vibration is, then the word may come to have meaning associated with the effect of saying that vibration or word. Mantras appear really powerful when this sound effect reaches the mind and the surroundings.
Mantras Create Thought-Energy Waves
Mantra, when chanted sincerely produces a state where the organism vibrates at the rate completely in tune with the energy and spiritual state, represented by and contained within the mantra.
Mantra Have Fire-Like Energy
Mantras have fire like energy which can bring a positive and beneficial result, or it can produce an energy meltdown when misused or practiced without some guidance. There are certain mantra formulas which are so exact, so specific and so powerful that they must be learned and practiced under careful supervision by a qualified guru.
Mantras Eventually Quiet the Mind
At a deep level, subconscious mind is a collective consciousness of all the forms of primitive consciousnesses which exist throughout the physical and subtle bodies. Sincere use of mantra can excavate into subconscious crystallized thoughts stored in the organs and glands and transform these bodily parts into repositories of peace.
From I Love India.
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As I play creating more complex designs with my malas more questions arise in my mind. In my quest to know everything about malas I found another great website that offers their take on malas, spacer beads, counter beds, guru beads and just about everything mala.
I have concluded that I don't know who is "right" or "wrong" here. It seems to me that there is no right or wrong when it comes to mala making. So if you are into it at all, take a look at this website. I hope to have a few pictures up of my new designs soon. Right now my dining room table is a mess. So stay tuned.
Though I don't agree with everything the so called "experts" say, I do agree that it's better to be safe than sorry. And TBH if you care more about your yoga than you do your health (and that of the baby) maybe you should examine that a bit more closely. EGO. Take a look what yoga journal has to say about backbends, pregnancy and diastasis.
Debbie Krejci E-RYT
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