Like a kid on Christmas morning I was ecstatic to walk into my studio this morning to see the beautifully wrapped package from Tiny Devotions had been delivered! This precious cargo contained the gorgeous mala beads I had ordered just last week for Sacred Space. Oh what a treat it is to have these beauties here!
Having followed Tiny Devotions for quite some time, I was thrilled to be able to carry them in my studio. These treasured gems are handmade with love in Canada by their team of inspired mala makers using precious crystals and rudraksha seeds.
What are mala beads?
Also known as prayer beads, Hindu beads, or japu beads, mala beads are pieces that have been worn by individuals for thousands of years in traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Yoga, for their spiritual and healing qualities. They are worn around the neck or wrists, and often hung as ornaments on wall hangings or statues of buddhas and other deities.
While simply being in the presence of these malas is powerful, the beads are also often used for mantra meditation, counting through each one as you repeat your mantra, much like a rosary. This practice helps to train the mind and develop one-pointed concentration. They are also deeply devotional and can be used in the repetition of sacred names or words, like Rama, Krishna, Ganesha, Brahma, Om, and so on.
Mala Bead Creation
The team at Tiny Devotions crafts their malas using rudraksha seeds are grown on the Rudraksha Berry Tree. They grow in Indonesia, India, Hawaii, and a few other remote locations around the world, and Tiny Devotions gets theirs from Bali.
They have selected to use the traditional number of 108 beads plus 1 guru bead, around which the 108 turn like planets around the sun. There are many explanations for the number 108, such as it comes from the auspicious number 9, there are 108 sacred sites throughout India, 108 Upanishads, 108 gopis of Krishna, and so on. In the end, it is simply understood that there is power, perhaps beyond our knowledge, in this number. The tradition carries with it the sacredness of silent truth.
Mala Bead Intention
Much as you set an intention in your yoga practice, by putting on your mala beads you are setting an intention for your life. Each mala represents a particular energetic quality through the gemstones it is made of, as well as how it resonates with you.
Choosing Your Mala, or rather, Allowing Your Mala To Choose You
Stones carry a large array of qualities and are not limited to just the few that may be listed with each piece, so it is most important that you choose the mala you feel most called to, trusting that it carries what you need, and allowing yourself to be open to the gifts that it will bring. Each of us experiences the sense of knowing differently, so as you see and feel each piece, be mindful of the sensations or thoughts you receive, and go with what feels the most right.
For myself, I did not even think I would be buying one at first, but in the moment I touched the mala I knew. I even put it back at first, I hung it to be sold, but the little beauty kept calling. I picked her up one more time just to see, and the moment I touched her gem I felt a surge of energy up my hand and over my being and I knew. I put her on and I was in heaven. She is the mala for me.
My Mala, The Goddess
The mala beads that chose me are the Goddess Mala. She represents earth, love, light, and healing (of course!!), and she supports the soul during emotional processes and assists with goals (oh my god!!). She is the connection to the heart (love!).
I just read that for the first time as I typed it. Perfection. Of course.
Thank You, Tiny Devotions
I am so grateful to be carrying these magical pieces!
Thank you, Tiny Devotions, for putting such care and love into these pieces. It is truly felt in every aspect and they are absolutely singing with joy from their place on the shelf.
I so look forward to sharing them with you all when you are next here!
If you wish to book an appointment to view, please give me a call at 604-889-3342 or email me anytime.
The one for you is waiting.
Kim Gillet is a yoga teacher and the owner of Grace Yoga + Meditation.