Thoughts on a Yoga Mala

This morning I participated in my third annual Yoga Mala.  A Yoga Mala is a 2 1/2 -3 hour practice comprised of 108 Sun Salutations practiced in 9 sets consisting of 12 Sun Salutations.

Each year for the past 6 years, the Seacoast yoga community has come together to participate in the Mala.  Teachers from different disciplines each lead a series of Sun Salutations in their style.  It is a great way to bring together the yoga community and share the practice.  The energy and love in the room is amazing.  Even more amazing is that the event is a fund raiser for food and heating fuel assistance for needy people in the region, and this year, we raised over $56,000!

While 108 Sun Salutations seem overwhelming, I got through it!  We were encouraged to rest as needed, and again, the collective energy in the room gave me strength.  That is not to say that I wasn’t exhausted afterwards.  I was, and I took a nice nap this afternoon, and I’m sure my shoulders will be tender for a few days, but it was fun and well worth it!  I’m already looking forward to next year’s Mala.



  1. Anonymous says:

    You are an inspiration for everyone…everywhere! Plus, you are good with dogs.

  2. Wow, $56,000! Well done 🙂

    • graceyb says:

      Well, my contribution was just a teeny part of that. But it is a good feeling to be a part of something so big and impactful!


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