About Milwaukee Global Mala

photo by Art Montes     

OmTown Yogis presents the Milwaukee Global Mala each year since 2010. Popularly called "the Mala," the event brings local yoga community together, including yoga teachers and practitioners from all styles, studios, gyms and homes across Greater Milwaukee to unite for global peace and community. Inclusive & festive, it is part of the Global Mala Project.

What is that you say?

The Global Mala Project is uniting yoga, service and collective action. The purpose of the project is to bring the global yoga community together from every continent, school and approach to form a "mala around the earth" through collective practices based upon the sacred cycle of 108 (108 Surya Namaskar, Mantra, Kriya, Meditation). - The Global Mala Project

The morning begins with a guided sunrise meditation, followed by a gentle asana session to awaken the body. The morning's main focus is the series of teachers guiding us through 108 rounds of  Surya Namaskar (sun salutations) all supported by the ebbs and flows of dynamic music. Everybody is encouraged to physically modify the practice to suit how each goes about the movement, in taking breaks and in completing physical participation sometimes well before the 108. The event is intended for everyone, both beginners through experienced practitioners and in this spirit we are each to listen to our bodies and do only as much that benefits ourselves. The series of 108 Surya Namaskar is followed by rest in savasana.

Proceeds support omTown Yogis' Annual Grant Fund, bringing high quality yoga & meditation instruction to those who otherwise have less access to it in our city. Together we can help make Greater Milwaukeeans more vibrant, happy and connected. Together we work to #makeMKEwhole.

About omTown Yogis

The Milwaukee Global Mala is brought to you by omTownYogis, a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to our local yoga community and Greater Milwaukee in general. omTownYogis seeks to do social good by broadening the practice of yoga, effectively supporting not only happier and healthy lifestyles, but also more conscious and conscientious living. We believe that this is a powerful force toward personal & community development. We work toward our mission by supporting yoga instructors and practitioners through community dialog, programs, tools and events. We host an online community for all yoga practitioners that serves as a virtual hub for communication and sharing: Other programs omTown Yogis conducts are Yoga @ the MuseumYoga @ the Parks and Om on the Roam.

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