Uniting Yoga, Seva and Collective Consciousness
The purpose of the Global Mala is to unite the global yoga community from every continent, school or approach to form a "mala around the earth" through collective practices based upon the sacred cycle of 108 on Sept. 21st and 22nd, Fall Equinox as the yoga world's offering to further the UN International Peace Day. Each center offers their form of a Yoga Mala according to their yoga tradition and inspiration.
- 108 Sun Salutations (or variations of 27, 56)
- 108 rounds of mantra such as the Gayatri or Maha Mrityanjaya
- 108 rounds of a kriya
- 108 minutes of meditation, kirtan, movement meditation
Each Center can be dedicated to practice or to practice and seva - service by integrating local action, and raising funds for the organization of their choice or joining forces with other yoga centers and raising funds for three specific projects within the below organizations:
- Global warming (Trees for the Future)
- Children refugees of war (War Child)
- HIV/AIDS (YouthAIDS)
- Aids in Africa (RED and The Global Fund)
- Any seva projects that yoga studios, ashrams
Funds raised are sent directly to the organizations with the awareness that $108 - $1008 is not a drop in the bucket when we join forces together to address the most urgent issues of our times.
So far, Global Mala city-wide events will be happening in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seattle, Denver, New York, Munich, London and Los Angeles. Through sustainable local initiative inspired by yoga practice and community, we hope to have events in both major cities and off the beaten track locations (from Ghana to Iraq), root centers in India and even at the United Nations itself.
For more information, go to Global Mala Project.