I was lucky enough to go to the Southwest Regional Yoga Championships today. It was a great display of yoga talent from a wide range of men and women of all ages; youth, seniors, and, well, the rest of us. Yoga competitions get a bad rap by those that don’t understand the competition part is just a small part. Like yoga, the journey is more important than the destination. The continual practice and focus day after day to prepare changes the body and mind. A persons practice can completely change due to the process, and has little do to with the outcome of the championships.
Only a few will advance to Nationals and only 1 in each category will win in the end but everyone wins in self discovery and self awareness.
I have been thinking about mala beads and wanting one that had great meaning. I had found a few places online but none really seemed to speak to me. Atma’s Offerings is a local studio that sells yoga inspired clothing and jewelry…and mala beads. They were one of the sponsors of the event and had a beautiful selection of mala beads. I saw a beautiful labradorite mala bead necklace that really spoke to me. Labradorite helps to awaken one’s awareness, it brings out the best in people, helping you become the person you are destined to be. This is exactly what Santosha Solutions is about! This is the perfect mala bead for me. But I thought about it too long and it was gone when I went back to the booth.
As luck would have it, they had another labradorite mala bead that was even better, with amethyst beads. Amethyst helps to clear the mind and get rid of negative energy like stress and anxiety. The two stones together are beautiful and work in tandem to bring good energy, abundance and prosperity.