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Know that these mala beads are made by a Vet with PTSD in hopes of bringing awareness to and raising money for other Vets...with or without PTSD. Money raised through the Mala for Vets iniative supports Veterans Yoga missions like Mindful Yoga Therapy, VETOGA, Connected Warriors, Warriors Ascent, The Sparta Project and the Give Back Yoga Foundation.

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All New Warrior Mala

Chris Eder

ALL NEW WARRIOR MALA

This is the perfect mala for Battle Tested Veterans who are trying to be the best they can be post military service. This mala is designed with the Warrior in mind.

I am a big fan of Warriors helping Warriors...and the new Warrior Mala does just that. My good friends Sander and Christy from Dharmashop.com commissioned their artisans in Tibet to make these. You may remember there was a big earthquake a few years back that devastated the area.  Purchasing one of these Warrior Mala beads not only will help the Warrior who wears it, but also help support the Warriors who support their families.

You can buy this mala for yourself, buy it for a Warrior | Veteran you know, or you can sponsor | donate.

I am currently supporting the following Veteran programs: 

 

#22aDayChallenge | A How To Guide

Chris Eder

We firmly believe that SUPPORT MUST PRECEDE ACTION…and that is why we not only picked accessible poses from Mindful Yoga Therapy, but we also have Veterans that represent just about every body type and yoga capability as hosts. Our hosts are broken down into three different groups: Modification, In-The-Pose, and To The Limits!

The #22aDayChallenge doesn’t officially kick-off until November 1st, but I would highly recommend you start following the hosts and the hashtag NOW…as we have already began highlighting the amazing Veteran Owned businesses that are sponsoring this challenge. Here is our list of hosts:

Modification Group:

1.     Chris E. | Retired Air Force | @afnbroadcaster

2.     Ali W. | Navy Spouse | @yoga_w_ali

3.     Emily H. | Army Spouse | @joyfulemily

4.     Vito V. | Air Force Veteran | @mad.pupil

In-The-Pose Group:

5.     Kimi P. | Active Duty Air Force | @ki.mi.p

6.     Vince G. | Active Duty Air Force | @af_yogi

7.     Juan M. | Air Force Veteran | @squealingdog

To The Limits Group:

8.     Liz C. | Navy Pilot | @lizcorwin

9.     Justin B. | Marine Veteran | @polockblaze

10. Ryan M. | Retired Army | @the_rionmac

The first pose of the challenge will go live October 31st, and each night our hosts will post a picture and description of each pose.

 HERE IS AN EXAMPLE FROM THE LAST #22ADAYCHALLENGE   Day 5 | Side Plank | I love to fly...maybe that is why I joined the Air Force! I feel so light and open when I am in this pose. If you're not too sure what PTSD really is and the challenges associated...PLEASE carve out some time to watch this. Here is a link to a talk I gave about De-Stigmatizing PTSD  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrYZFXTELPM&feature=youtu.be     THANK you to everyone who is helping to elevate this social conversation about #VeteranSuicide . I have tried real hard to like and comment on all of your posts. HOWEVER, it is finals week for me at school, so I am not sure how much 'instagram' time I will have. _()_Namaste, Chris Be sure to tag all sponsors & hosts and use our hashtag(s) so we can see your entry! *Your profile needs to be public!   @yoga_w_ali   @malaforvets   @mindfulyogatherapy   @saveawarrior   @givebackyogafoundation   @fractal.9   @worldofjackiedesigns   #yoga_w_ali   #malaforvets   #mindfulyogatherapy   #saveawarrior   #givebackyogafoundation   #gratitude

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE FROM THE LAST #22ADAYCHALLENGE

Day 5 | Side Plank |
I love to fly...maybe that is why I joined the Air Force! I feel so light and open when I am in this pose.
If you're not too sure what PTSD really is and the challenges associated...PLEASE carve out some time to watch this. Here is a link to a talk I gave about De-Stigmatizing PTSD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrYZFXTELPM&feature=youtu.be

THANK you to everyone who is helping to elevate this social conversation about#VeteranSuicide. I have tried real hard to like and comment on all of your posts. HOWEVER, it is finals week for me at school, so I am not sure how much 'instagram' time I will have. _()_Namaste, Chris
Be sure to tag all sponsors & hosts and use our hashtag(s) so we can see your entry! *Your profile needs to be public! 
@yoga_w_ali @malaforvets @mindfulyogatherapy @saveawarrior
@givebackyogafoundation @fractal.9 @worldofjackiedesigns
#yoga_w_ali #malaforvets #mindfulyogatherapy #saveawarrior
#givebackyogafoundation #gratitude

HERE ARE SOME TIPS!

1.     Use the Challenge Hashtags and engage with the community: Not only is it important so we can track who is participating…and who we can pick as our winner(s)…but it is a great way to engage with and meet a new Kula (community) ofyogis. Check in with other yogis who are doing the challenge, leave comments of encouragement for them. Follow new yogis who you find inspiring. A full list of hashtags, hosts and sponsors will be included in every post.

2.     Post Daily: I know…like you don’t have anything better to do! Trust me…it is so much easier to stay up to date…rather than playing catch-up. PLUS…every day we will be picking a winner…so if you don’t post a pic…then you can’t win the prize(s) for that day.

3.     You Are You: Yoga is a very personal practice and if you’re not used to posting pictures of yourself, or looking at other people’s yoga pictures…it might be a little hard. Don’t compare yourself to anyone. Everybody has a different body…and everybody has a different practice.

4.     Like Other Yogi’s Pics: Support most definitely precedes action…liking a pic and leaving comments is a very thoughtful and compassionate practice.

5.     Practice Taking Pictures: This might be the most difficult part…especially if you have no help. My phone actually has a voice command that triggers the camera, so I can get into a pose and say either “cheese” or “capture” and the phone will take a picture. If your phone doesn’t have this…consider downloading a camera timer app.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS…send me an email: malaforvets@gmail.com

 

Help Us Build Our KULA!

Chris Eder

HIYA all of you AUMazing Yogis! I am working on the final pieces of an upcoming Instagram challenge where I am raising money for MYT and Save A Warrior...as well as elevating the social conversation about the unfortunate by-product of PTS...the amount of Veterans we are losing on a daily basis due to suicide. I am now reaching out to yoga studios to see if they would be interested in being part of this ‪#‎22aDayChallenge‬. Here is an infographic that I am using to seek out yoga studios. If you own a studio...please consider. If you don't own a studio, please share with the studios where you teach.

Kula for Karma Veteran Yoga & Meditation Series

Chris Eder

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Kula for Karma is a non-profit organization that has developed a free, 6-part guided yoga and meditation practice designed specifically for veterans. The videos are posted online, making them easy to access if you are trying out yoga for the first time (or even if you are a seasoned practitioner).

With the goal of creating a safe space for transformation and healing, these 30-minute videos guide viewers through asana, adaptive yoga, restorative practice, easy flow, power yoga levels I & II, and meditation.

You can find the videos on YouTube or on the Kula for Karma website!

Post-Traumatic Stress is often described as an intense suffering characterized by hyper-arousal, re-experiencing traumatic events, avoidance, and anxiety. Studies from the U.S. Defense Department, Harvard Medical School, and others have shown the benefits of breath work, asana practice, and meditation in healing the emotional and physical symptoms of trauma.

When discussing the video series with Joe Quinn, a member of the U.S. Armed Forces from 2002-08, he remarked, "Physical health supports mental health and yoga is another great avenue for veterans to improve their lives."

Naughty or Nice Update!

Chris Eder

ONLY FOUR MORE DAYS!

Have you been Naughty or Nice this year?  Tell us what list you're on...and why for your chance to win a Rudraksha Mala bead...plus it is just kind of fun.  ALSO...sign up for our monthly newsletter for coupon codes for discounts, articles about Yoga, Veterans, and mala beads...plus future give-a-ways.

As you can see by my picture...I might just be on the Naughty list...however, I try to make up for it with my SEVA projects.  Fingers crossed.

If you have some time...check out our latest mala beads available now!

MALA of the DAY - Nov 23, 2013 : Inspirational Prayer Mala

Chris Eder

INSPIRATIONAL PRAYER MALA


8mm Red Aventurine with six 8mm Turquoise from Nepal and 10mm Bees Wax Guru Bead.  This amazing mala is ended with a Om Mani Padme Humbead and Tibetan Silver Gao Prayer Locket.
Red Aventurine is a “can do” stone of vitality and renewal, creating confidence and capability wherever it is needed. Use to regain physical strength when recovering from illness or injury, wear or keep near the bed to restore a healthy libido, or use to find new inspiration for those who rely on creativity for their livelihood. It is particularly supportive for those who work long hours, need to sustain focus or lecture for long periods, or are required to continuously produce new ideas.
Turquoise balances and aligns all the chakras, stabilising mood swings and instilling inner calm.  It is excellent for depression and exhaustion, it also has the power to prevent panic attacks.  Turquoise promotes self-realisation and assists creative problem solving.  It is a symbol of friendship, and stimulates romantic love.


MALA of the DAY - Nov 21, 2013 : Buddha Balance Wrist Mala

Chris Eder

BUDDHA BALANCE WRIST MALA

8mm Sandalwood beads and African recycled glass center-bead.  This wrist mala also has two malachite Buddha beads. Sandalwood beads are protective and promote a spiritual awareness when worn.  Malachite clears and activates the chakras and attunes to spiritual guidance.

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Day 19...I'm THANKFUL FOR YOU!

Chris Eder

10 months ago I started up MalaforVets as a way to help raise awareness for Veterans with PTSD.  I too suffer from this ugly-faced disease.  Making mala beads helps calm and center me.  The focus and attention to detail allow me to escape my thoughts.  Little did I know that I would be creating powerful and meaningful mala beads for people not just in the US...but across the globe. (Australia, UK, Netherlands, Japan)


The Warrior Mala bead has been by far my most popular mala bead thanks to Save A Warrior and Mindful Yoga Therapy. I've made about 80 of these...and counting. (See Veterans Day Fundraiser....ALL NOVEMBER LONG!) I hope to be over 100 by the end of the year...Maybe you will help!  These mala beads protect the user from all negative emotions, and reduces energy over rage, resentment, bad tempers, and anger in self and from others. It helps one banish sorrow or depression. Grounds energy and attention into the present. Increases physical energy, confidence, assertiveness, appetite, awareness of feelings, emotional warmth, sociability, compassion, individuality, and memory. The wood beads are very grounding. Rudraksha balances the ying and yang and to help increase tranquility.  All qualities Warriors with or without PTSD need.




BUT...what I am most thankful for...is...YOU!  Everyone who has purchased a mala bead for themselves...sent one to a loved one as a gift...sponsored a Warrior...or shared a link I have posted.  THANK YOU! 

To show my thanks, I want to give you a code for 20% off your next purchase.  Send me a picture of you and your mala beads and a short explanation of what your mala beads mean to you.  If you don't have any of my mala beads...check out the site.  I try to make five or so new mala beads each week.






MALA of the DAY - Steadfast 108 Mala

Chris Eder

STEADFAST MALA

8x10mm oval faceted Carnelian beads with recycled African glass and tassel.  Carnelian gives courage, promotes positive life choices, dispels apathy and motivates for success.  Carnelian is useful for overcoming abuse of any kind.  It overcomes negative conditioning and encourages steadfastness.  It sharpens concentration, protects against envy, rage and resentment.  Carnelian boosts fertility and stimulates sexuality.