What’s in a Mala?

Necklace, prayer beads, meditation tools…

Mala beads are a string of beads traditionally used in prayer and meditation. Most religions have a version of a prayer bead. We like to think our malas are different enough from the traditional so that they still serve as a practical tool for meditation or prayer but are pretty enough to wear every day. Mala beads are more than just accessories. They’re meditation tools that have been used for thousands of years. They encourage us to pause, breathe and realign with our deepest intentions. They are beautiful reminders to invest in moments of self-care and compassion. They’re our spiritual forget-me-nots. Malas can be made from gemstones that match the intention of your practice, and often malas are placed in shrines as a reminder of affirmations.

 


Wood Beads

Wood Beads

Our malas and bracelets are made with wood beads which are lightweight and have a natural warmth. They help connect us to nature.


Semi-Precious Stones

Semi-Precious Stones

Crystals subtly affect all the levels of your being and the space in which you live and work. All life is made of energy. Semi-precious stones have the ability to draw energy from certain forces in the universe and also from within you. This can help to bring mind, body and spirit back into harmony. They support optimum well-being and accelerate insight and spiritual growth. We use crystals that correspond to an intention or, when making a custom piece, crystals that you are drawn to. People are drawn to stones that they need.


Guru Beads

Guru Beads

The larger stone at the base of the mala is known as the Guru bead. It is a representation of the guru-student relationship. It is the beginning and end of your mala. If using your mala for meditation or recitation, do not count over the guru bead as that is seen as a sign of disrespect to your teacher.


Tassel

Charms/Tassel/Wrapped Crystal

Charms can be representations of the intention. They can also be symbols that have meaning to the wearer. Tassels are very traditional in malas. The wrapped crystals are beautiful extensions of the intention.