You and Your Mala: Gemma Clark
How did you choose your mala? Were you drawn to a particular gemstone or was there a certain intention you were looking to bring into your life?
Very simply! It was the first mala that I looked at and I felt drawn to it immediately. I looked at many other beautiful ones after, and none had the same pull as the Intuition Mala. The prehnite gemstone caught my eye, and as soon as I put the necklace on I knew it was right.
Creating an intention around your mala is something I find to be very important and my mala brought me an intention I have been avoiding for too long. The prehnite stone is one that helps to connect to your True Self, It enhances deeper meditation and inner knowledge.
Through that, the goal is for the world to seem less foggy, to allow inner light to shine out, and have the ability and awareness to share it with others. When you think of all living things as one, the more you can understand and love yourself, the more you can understand and love others.
When did you start your yoga/meditation practice? What are some of the benefits you have received from your practice?
I began practicing about seven years ago, but have had a regular (and constant) practice for the past two years. For five years I only dabbled because yoga and meditation were hard!
I couldn’t believe it, I thought hanging out on a yoga mat for one hour would be easy peasy and I was very wrong. But, I kept going back because it made me feel amazing and I didn’t know why.
Since I have been practicing on a regular basis my world has changed significantly. I could talk in detail about the benefits I have received from yoga/meditation, but in reality it is simple. There is something that happens when you take time to breathe, to move, to chant, and to listen.
As soon as I take a moment to breathe I begin to create space in my body and in my mind. Yoga/meditation has helped me to let go of what I don’t need and allow room for what I do need. Although I will always be learning, I know myself better than I ever have and feel much more connected to the world around me.
"As soon as I take a moment to breathe I begin to create space in my body and in my mind."
What is your current favourite yoga pose - why?
I most often practice Vinyasa yoga and I teach mostly Vinyasa and Power based flow classes. I connect to the moving mediation in a flow class and really enjoy linking breathe and movement together.
But, at the moment my favourite pose to be in and meditate in is Viparita Karani (Legs up the wall pose). Oooh I absolutely love it! Once you get settled and you begin to melt down, the world around you also settles and a huge sense of calming and relaxation pours over you. After an active power class, Viparita Karani is heaven.
Do you have a favourite mantra or intention to meditate with?
Recently while in meditation I have been focusing on movement and growth of my energy or prana. This movement and growth follows my breath.
On inhalation, I see my energy move through the crown of my head down my spine and to my pelvic floor. On exhalation, I see my energy move back from my pelvic floor to the crown of my head.
Each time I breathe the energy becomes slightly bigger and slightly brighter. At the end of meditation, on my last exhale, I send the prana out the top of my head to someone I know who could use a little bit of love.
What is your favourite way to take a moment for yourself each day?
I feel so lucky each day I am able to have my own time practicing yoga asana or meditation. I have many moments to myself during these times throughout the day.
But, on this day in particular I finished my yoga practice, made a cup of coffee (I love a warm cup of coffee), took it outside and sat with my face in the sun. It really was the best moment for myself today.
Gemma Clark is a student and a teacher of yoga. She teaches yoga to both adults and to children and loves to share the practices every day. Check out her website at http://www.gem-yoga.com/ or connect with her on social media Facebook: gem-yoga Instagram: @gemyoga6