What are Mala Beads?

Mala is the Sanskrit word for garland. While simply being in the presence of these Mala Beads or Malas as they are called for short is powerful, these magical beads are commonly used in the spiritual practice of Japa Meditation. Malas have 108 beads to count while reciting, chanting, or repeating a chosen mantra or intention. They are also deeply devotional and can be used in the repetition of sacred names or words like Om, Om Shanti Shanti Shanti, I am Love, I am Peaceful, etc.

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When we select a word or series of words to repeat in the form of a mantra, we’re affirming it to ourselves, allowing its meaning to sink below the surface into our subconscious, helping to shift negative vibes into positive ones. Simply the practice of asking the universe for what you want is the first step to making it into fruition.

Malas can and should be worn by anyone and everyone. They’ve beome a beloved and
intentional statement piece, inspiring their wearers to connect deeply with their inner being. They are known for their unique appearance, vibrational healing properties and ability to serve a daily reminder to live a more intention based life.

Our Malas have 108 beads, made out of Rudraksha seeds, Sandalwood or Rosewood, plus one guru stone made out of a beautiful crystal known to have many healing properties.

The 109th guru stone symbolizes gratitude and our connection to the divine. It is a way to say thank-you to all the yoga teachers, friends, family or guides who have helped us on our path to enlightenment (or at least knowing ourselves more). We also use the Gemstone Guru to set specific intentions and goals.

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Which Goddess are you? Take the quiz!

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The Goddess of Protection, Courage and Victory, she represents the power of good over evil. She has many arms for protection and 3 eyes to see all. With her fierce heart, she rides a lion, representing power, will + determination. This warrior Goddess of inner strength assures you that there is freedom from fear. She encourages truth, risk-taking and personal empowerment. She is a reminder of the feminine energy which protects you from negativity.

She is the goddess of love + beauty, she exudes kindness + compassion. She adores the sea and feels at ease when the yellow rays of the setting sun warms her skin. Awaken your inner Goddess Aphrodite and embrace your feminine wisdom. Aphrodite carries a mirror and a seashell everywhere she goes, guiding her to use her intuition as she flows through life. She encourages us to experience more passion in relationships + balances our yin-yang energy.

The Goddess of Wealth and Good Fortune teaches us that there are no tests or blocks in our way, only our own projection of fear.  Let go of worry and trust that your future is bright. Signifying love and grace, allow the spirit of Lakshmi to guide you through the manifestation of your wishes through inner cosmic energy.

This Goddess of Revolution and Empowerment appears in your life to prepare you for an awakening. She liberates the soul and encourages new beginnings. She comes to prepare you for the unknown, to break down barriers and rise up anew. She is the cause of all change, manifestation, and destruction. Her spirit reminds you that today is a great day to renew your thoughts and attitudes. Let the adventure begin!

The Goddess of Wisdom, Purity and Compassion, her love heals to bring health + strength. The 7 eyes on her hands, feet and forehead allow her to be all-seeing. She teaches you to acknowledge your sensitivity in order to avoid negative relationships and situations. She helps you connect with your inner light to focus on self-care. She purifies our thoughts, actions + intentions to help us find calm amongst chaos.

This Goddess of Learning, Knowledge + The Arts encourages spiritual growth and freedom. She holds a palmleaf scroll and wears a Mala, symbolising that knowledge has an everlasting life cycle. Her name means “essense of self”, and that’s exactly what she inspires. Her four arms represent the four aspects in learning: mind, intellect, alertness + ego. Her encouraging energy inspires growth, creatively and spiritually, to allow you to be happy and be yourself through speech, wisdom and learning.

The Goddess of Inner Wisdom, Strategy and Strength, she encourages you to trust your intuition and take immediate action on recurring ideas. With her olive leaf in tow and owl perched on her shoulder, she inspired peace and prosperity on earth. She teaches us not to second guess ourselves, for her energy is powerful and wise. She is compassionate and generous, yet protective and rational. She is a reminder of the power which resides in us.

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Dee: Friendship
Friendship is kind of like a party. Your energy draws people in. BFF’s that are always down for an adventure, sisters to soul speak with, besties that light a spark within us + a tribe to keep us grounded. Friends make us smile + allow us to be our authentic selves. They will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
 

Katie: Intuition
I’ve learned that although following your gut instinct on something might feel scary or wrong, it always leads you exactly where you need to be. I like to remind myself of a quote which has stuck with me since I read it: “If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t!”


 

Amy: Perspective
Volunteering with senior citizens and disabled adults at a nursing home made me realize the importance of valuing each moment – each day that we wake up healthy and free and surrounded by friends and family. It makes daily annoyances and minor issues seem really petty!
 

Renee: Travel
Exploring not only everything this beautiful world has to offer, but also exploring what you are capable of. Wake up, have no plan at all, get lost in foreign spaces and discover new things. Traveling has taught me to take nothing for granted. To stop, take a minute and appreciate everything around you.




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How To Host a Full Moon Party

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…By hosting a Full Moon Party!

 

The energy of the new moon brings about a perfect time to energize your crystals, set new intentions, and cast away anything that no longer serves you. Full moons are symbolic of turning points, manifestations + closure.

 

During a Full Moon, the Moon is on the exact opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, bringing us a brightly lit spectacle. People used to plant, hunt, fish and even move by the seasons and cycles of the moon.

Living by the natural cycles of the universe and can keep you grounded and in a flow of abundance. Here are some simple steps to throwing your own Full Moon party:

 

1. Pick your venue:
Are you hosting the party in your home or outside? Lanterns, fairy lights, sparkly tinsel and starry decorations add moon-vibes to your indoor space. Drape your space in silver + white accents to bring light to outdoor settings. 
Tealight candles or a burning fireside will add a soft glow until the moonlight shines upon your party.

 

2. Recruit your Full Moon crew:
Rally together friends + family who motivate you, spark your soul and bring awareness. Invite those who may not be as spiritually advanced, too. You might be surprised and impressed by their Full Moon manifestations. 

 

3. Gather supplies:
Make sure you have everything you need for you + your guests to feel comfortable. Grab some note pads and pens for guests to manifest their intentions – or release baggage – by writing it down. After writing your intentions down, go around your circle of friends and share. Set up crystal grids with gemstones to direct cosmic energy towards a certain goal.
Cleanse your gemstones by placing them outside in the moonlight, or burn candles + smudge sticks to symbolize something you’re letting go of. Tarot cards are also a fun, spiritual activity you might wish to include.

 

4. Set the mood:
Cushions, blankets, incense burning, fire crackling. Play some soft, inspiring music and snack on fresh, detoxifying foods. Take your tribe on a stroll to watch the moon (or howl away!)

 

5. Place your written intentions somewhere sacred:

Perhaps it’s under your pillow, or placed neatly within a spiritual crystal altar. By writing your intentions down and verbally sharing them with friends, you hold yourself accountable to achieve them. The best part of this? It’s proven you’re actually more likely to achieve goals set this way. Take the time until the next New Moon or Full Moon to reflect upon how far you’ve come and what needs work.

We’ve put together the perfect kit for cleansing your gemstones! Check out the Full Moon Party Activation Kit

 

 

Our Top Five Routines for a Healthy Inner Body with Health Guru, Marjorie Nass.

Herbs and SpicesThese practices are steeped in yoga’s health and wellness teachings, called Ayurveda, or knowledge of life. Our bodies are composed of the same five elements as the universe; space, air, fire, water and earth, and this wisdom connects us deeply to the world around us. By following simple rituals attuned to nature’s rhythms, the more connected to our body we become, and the more we learn how to trust its inherent wisdom.

1. Tongue Scraping

The tongue is the start of our digestive tract, through which it releases toxins overnight. First thing in the morning, gently scrape the surface of the tongue seven times, front to back, with a metal tongue scraper before brushing your teeth and before eating or drinking anything. Scraping also stimulates the channels of elimination, plus helps your breath stay fresh.

2. Hydrate  

Overnight, our body is hard at work to restore and repair, rest and digest, and we awaken dehydrated. It’s essential to begin the day with 16 ounces or more of warm filtered water, (before coffee or tea!) with an added squeeze of fresh lemon. Just like the earth, our bodies are about 70% water. Drinking warm/hot water on an empty stomach also promotes elimination so you start the day light and clear. Continue to sip water throughout the day to stay hydrated and promote healthy digestion.

3. Oil massage

Everything we put on our skin is absorbed directly into the bloodstream, so it’s vital to avoid any ingredients that we wouldn’t eat. Rub organic sesame or coconut oil all over your body before or during a shower or bath. The oil creates a barrier for the skin, literally shielding it from the outer environment. This ancient practice of self massage also reconnects us with the amazing body in which we live. Warm the oil first (place a small plastic bottle in hot water) and take more time to massage the oil into your body for an extra treat.

4. Eat your biggest meal at lunchtime.

Digestion is strongest in the middle of the day, so take that time to eat a larger meal. You’ll be more satisfied and fueled for the rest of the afternoon and less likely to crave snacks loaded with caffeine and sugar.

5. Make sleep a priority.

Following a good night’s sleep, everything in life feels more manageable. Get to sleep earlier so it’s dark during the majority of your time asleep. Sleep the same number of hours, but with more time before midnight, and you’ll feel more rested as the body is deeply aligned with the natural rhythms of day and night.

vatamalaMy Favourite Mala for a Healthy Inner Body

The Vata Mala. My daily routines are steeped in the wisdom of Ayurveda, yoga’s health and wellness guide. My dosha, or constitution, is primarily Vata, comprised of the elements of air and space. Vata governs movement, and living in the heart of New York City, I need all the extra grounding, centering energy I can get to balance my airy nature.

About Marjorie:

Marjorie Nass is a health and wellness guide who teaches how to live better in your body. She supports you in making simple lifestyle changes, from practicing therapeutic yoga techniques to aligning with nature’s daily and seasonal rhythms.

With extensive experience in yoga and Ayurveda practices, Marjorie offers customized wellness coaching; health workshops for yoga studios, health centers, and offices; yoga classes in NYC (public group classes as well as private and semi-private yoga); and yoga retreats in Costa Rica. Marjorie’s on a mission to help individuals increase energy and decrease stress by sleeping better and eating healthier. She created wellness and health programs so that you can feel amazing in body, mind, and spirit.  Her Reset and Renew 10 Day Program starts April 23rd.

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Miracles Now with Miracle Worker, Gabrielle Bernstein.

 

 

gabbybtdpicWe caught up with one of our favourite mala wearing, boho fashionista who is the queen of intention setting and has a thing or two to share about miracles. New York times bestselling author, Gabrielle Bernstein is just about to release her new, inspiring, book Miracles Now, and we got to chat with her about everything miracles! In light of the beautiful new book she’s releasing this month, we thought we’d share what she had to say about this life changing guide to miracles.

 

miraclesnowcoverTell us about your new book, Miracles Now.

I love this book and I’m so psyched to share it with you. Miracles Now helps readers lessen stress and find peace—FAST! I handpicked 108 techniques to combat our most common problems—from addiction and anxiety to burnout and resentment. The exercises are inspired by some of my greatest spiritual teachings. Throughout the book, I offer up spirit-based principles, meditations and practical tools to help readers bust through blocks to live with more ease. I break down each technique Spirit Junkie style—with meditations, assessment questions and step-by-step guidance—while incorporating lessons from the metaphysical text A Course in Miracles and Kundalini yoga. This book is meant for the busy, stressed person who simply wants to feel better fast.

How is Miracles Now different from all of your other books?

Each of my books has a unique format but a shared intention, which is to offer readers tools for releasing all the blocks to their true happiness and peace. Miracles Now shares that core intention through 108 short exercises that can be done anywhere, any time. This book is less self-reflective and more action oriented. I want it to put people into practice immediately so they can experience Miracles Now!

What made you write this book.

I write my books based on what I feel my readers need. I realized that so many people have packed schedules and lots to do, but they want to carve out a little time each day to create positive change and find peace in ways that are easy to follow and put into practice. In addition, I continuously witnessed my audience members and social media followers ask me for more practical tools to release their stress and boost their moods. People want to get to work and they want to feel better fast. This book is my response to that call.

The higher purpose of this book is to contribute to a greater global change. I believe that when more and more people begin to feel better, the positive collective energy supports the energy of the world. I believe that it is our collective energy that can save the world. This is the higher purpose for Miracles Now. I reinforce the book’s mission in its introduction, excerpted below:

Right now we’re in a special and powerful position, because the world is having a spiritual awakening. When energy speeds up there is no space for playing small, and nothing can remain hidden. At some point all lies are brought to the surface and truth comes forth no matter how hard we try to hide it. Cynics are filling the yoga studios and the spiritual choir is growing larger. There is a massive call for more lightworkers, and now is our time to rise up and bring more positivity to the world. When the masses begin to vibrate with an energy of love, the world will no longer be a container for war, violence and lies.

There are great Kundalini meditations throughout the book. Can you tell us more about them?

For this book I chose twelve of the most powerful Kundalini meditations for shifting your mood, changing your energy and reducing stress. I was mindful to include meditations that are easy for newcomers as I expect many of my readers may be new to meditation. A great meditation for beginners is what I’ve nicknamed Peace Is in Your Pulse. It improves your concentration and brings calm to even the most scattered mind.

Sit in Easy Pose (comfortably cross-legged on the floor) with a slight neck lock, which means your chin slightly down and your neck is straight.

Lightly close your eyes and focus on the space between your eyebrows (the third-eye point).

The mantra is Sat Nam (which means “truth identified”).

The hand position (mudra) is simple. Place the four fingers of your right hand on your left wrist and feel your pulse. The fingers are in a straight line, lightly pressed on the wrist so you can feel your pulse in each fingertip.

On each beat of your pulse, mentally hear the sound of Sat Nam.

This meditation is suggested for 11 minutes, but you can experience great benefits in just one minute. Practice it daily to develop your intuition and calm your mind.

Who is this book for?

This book is for anyone who wants to create positive change in their life. If you’re stressed out, anxious, fearful, stuck or simply ready to play bigger in your life, this book is for you.

If you have the slightest willingness to feel better, this book is for you.

It doesn’t matter where you are on your spiritual path. You can be a dedicated yogi with a 20-year practice, a hardcore cynic who thinks this stuff is woo-woo, or anywhere in between: No matter what, you’ll benefit a lot from these teachings. What’s most exciting about the book is that you can simply use one of the exercises on a daily basis and it WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. I say that with conviction.

How should the reader use the book?

This book is fun and interactive. You can read it from start to finish and soak up the concepts, but there are other ways to approach it. I feel that book can also act like a tarot deck. You can set an intention for yourself and then open the book to any page. Mark my words: You will ALWAYS get the guidance you need most in that moment.

I think the best way to use this book is to surrender to the exercises. Let your intuition guide you through each page. When you land on exercise that excites you, DO IT. Practice it for 40 days and master it. Then share it! These tools are meant to be shared. The last lesson in the book is that you are the guru. Miracles Now empowers you with life-changing tools that you can share with the world. When these tools become yours, they are yours to share.

What are the spiritual teachings that influenced the lessons in the book?

As a student and teacher of  A Course in Miracles and Kundalini yoga and meditation, it has become my mission to translate these life-changing spiritual truths for all seekers. A Course in Miracles is a metaphysical self-taught curriculum based on the principle that when we choose love over fear we experience miraculous change. The Course emphasizes the practice of turning our fears over to the care of our inner guide and places strong emphasis on forgiveness. The Course teaches us that through the experience of forgiveness we will know true peace.

Kundalini is the yoga of awareness, which focuses on enhancing one’s intuition and strengthening the energy field. Kundalini aims to draw forth the creative potential of an individual to have strong values, be truthful and focus on compassion and consciousness.

It is a great honor to share the principles of both A Course in Miracles and Kundalini throughout this book. These tools helps the reader release everything that blocks their connection to their inner power. When you practice these techniques, fear melts away, inspiration springs up, and a sense of peace sets in. Most importantly, you build a relationship to the power within you — and this power connection is essential. The power I speak of is your connection to love. The more we tune into our own frequency of love, the more love will spread. When love is the trend there is no room for violence and war. Trust me when I say: Your practice is crucial in the awakening of the world. Each person’s energy matters.

gabbytweet1In the book you use social media in a really cool way. Can you share about this?

I love this part! I boiled down each lesson into a 140-character description — or Miracle Message — which can be tweeted, pinned on Pinterest, posted on Facebook, or shared on Instagram. Each Miracle Message ends with the hashtag #MiraclesNow so readers can connect, share miracles and spread inspiration. And e-book readers can share right from their devices.

If any readers want to share the instagram/Pinterest quotes from the book they can download them here:

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How can we become a Miracle-Worker?

The moment you invite miracles into your own life you become a miracle worker. It’s as though you accept a spiritual invitation to live a life beyond the fear and doubt that you once knew. Stay committed to your desire to live in love and strengthen your faith in miracles. Then share your story with those who are in need. Your miraculous story has the power to save lives.

Share with us your journey and how it led to where you are now

In my early twenties I ran a nightlife PR firm in NYC. On the outside everything looked great, but on the inside I was a mess. I was seeking happiness, security and self-worth outside of myself. I regularly stayed up till 5 or 6 a.m. partying, and thanks to cocaine I weighed about 98 pounds. My friends had tried an intervention, but it didn’t work. Then, one night, I finally let it go. I wrote in my journal, “I need help. God, Universe, whoever is out there … I surrender.” The next morning, October 2, 2005, I woke up to a loud inner voice that said, “Get clean and you’ll have everything you want.” I knew I had no other choice than to listen.

I am happy it happened the way it did. I found God in my own way. I got clean. My conscious surrender was when I asked for help in my journal. I received an answer right away, and I have been sober since that day. I was desperately looking for happiness, and I was seeking everything good—peace and happiness—outside of myself.

For the past eight years I’ve been on a powerful journey inward, expanding my intuition and shifting my perceptions of the world. Through my own personal journey I have been guided to teach others to do the same.

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Her ½ day workshop on Manifesting Miracles

  •  Her lecture on Living a Miraculous Life
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Click here for the gifts: www.gabbyb.tv/miracles

Find our soul sister, Gabrielle Bernstein here:

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What are mala beads?

Tiny Devotions in Asia!

SONY DSCWe are the first in Asia to carry Tiny Devotions!!

In the last couple of months since we launched Tiny Devotions in Touch The Toes, we’ve had so many oohs and aahs… it’s been so encouraging.

We’ve had girls who fall in love with the scent from the sandalwood beads, boyfriends who buy for their better half, and a variety of customers who are drawn to a particular mala stack because it speaks to them. How much better it is to wear something that not only looks beautiful  and gently guides you on your life journey! A tangible reminder of your intent each time you look at it.

If our little store could ‘wear’ beads, we’d wear the Limitless Mala (confidence, creativity, potential) round our neck & the Ocean stack (dreams, heart, potential, releasing) on our wrist. The confidence and energy to see our dreams through, the creativity to take us to our highest potential, and the heart to embrace and love each new experience that comes our way!

Maybe this Christmas, we’ll wake up to a Tiny Devotions stocking with these, and more.

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-Eliza, Kelly, Wuen-

 

Accessorize this Fall with Sseko Designs & Tiny Devotions! Giveaway

What are your favorite things about Fall? Is it the red and orange hues that begin to cover the landscape? Your first sip of hot apple cider? Or wearing your favorite Fall boots and scarves? There are too many things that we love about Fall that we wanted to spread the love and make sure you are accessorized with Tiny Devotions and Sseko Designs!

For our Hello Fall! Giveaway, visit our Facebook page, share our Hello Fall image with your friends and enter to win a Tiny Devotions Mala and Sseko Clutch.

Once you share the image with you friends be sure to enter into the giveaway by submitting your email to this link.