Inhale, exhale… Grab your mat, blankets, bolster and blocks. Find a comfortable seated position with a straight spine rooting yourself into the mat. Gently close your eyes or soften your gaze allowing yourself to dive inwards.
- Choose Your Mantra:
Take a moment to choose your mantra to guide you through your meditative practice. What brought you to your mat today? What intention did you set this morning when you awoke? What emotion does your mala evoke within you? Your intention is personal to you- it can be a thought, a word, a sentence or song. Once you have chosen your mantra chant it aloud or silently.
- Japa Meditation:
Hold your Mala Beads in your right hand allowing it to drape between the thumb and middle finger. Starting at the Guru Bead or the sacred stone- gently roll each bead while repeating your mantra. Repeat this 108 times, or until you are back at the sacred stone.
- Yoga Practice:
Place your Mala beads at the top of your yoga mat. Allow your mantra and intention to flow through you guiding you through your asanas. If you feel yourself getting lost in the physical practice, use the intention you set with your Mala Beads to bring yourself back to the present.
Finish your yoga practice on your mat with a juicy savasana. You may choose to end with another round of Japa Meditation bringing your practice full circle.
Do you have someone truly unique in your life? Someone that inspires you? The gal pal that’s been by your side, or yoga instructor that’s encouraged you beyond words. Mala beads are spiritual forget-me-nots, carrying an abundance of vibrations, energy and intention. Choosing for a friend can be overwhelming, but not to worry! We’ve put together a simple way to make choosing easy and fun.
Let’s first focus on the basics of your gal pal in mind.
- Is she into yoga?
- Is she a mama?
- Does she live a fast and crazy life, or travel to find her next great adventure?
Knowing the answers to these questions and similar ones will help you to determine how she will use her new mala beads.
- Will she wear them casually, or to go out on the town?
- What colors does she often wear?
- What form of mala best suits her lifestyle (mala rings, mala necklace, stacks)?
Looking at her lifestyle will help begin to narrow your focus. Try to find a mala that is in line with what your friends intentions are.
Mala beads help us to hone in on what is important in our lives, right now.
- What’s she got going on in her life right now?
- Has she just landed a great new promotion at her job?
- About to embark on a journey?
- Becoming a mother?
Perhaps she’s looking for a new beginning. What is your friend trying to manifest? Reflect on some conversations you’ve had in private, where she might have mentioned an area of her life she’s been struggling with, or is simply trying to improve.
Gemstones emit their own unique vibration and healing energies and are to be worn near the chakras, which are the energy centers of the body. Find a gemstone that is believed to carry an energy which aligns with her intentions.
The most important aspect of picking a mala for your gal pal is to follow your intuition. You know her best! Keep her in mind as you look through your options.
- Which pieces speak to you?
- Which ones remind you of her?
Reflect upon her energy, her lifestyle and her intention. If you need any additional help contact someone from our team for some further info. Each mala necklace, mala ring and stack is lovingly wrapped and shipped in a beautifully printed intentional box to hold your piece in. We’ll even include a little love note if you request. Happy shopping + happy manifesting!
Remember, it’s coming from you with heart, inspiration and connection. She’ll be sure to love the story behind your choice as she adores her new precious gem (just as much as she adores you).
More than just accessories, Mala beads are meditation tools that have been used for thousands of years. They encourage us to pause, breathe and realign with our deepest intentions. They motivate us to invest in moments of self-care and compassion. They’re our spiritual forget-me-nots, and they’re also beautiful. One of the questions we get asked most is “How do I choose a Mala?”. Choosing by intention is a great way to get started, there are other factors you should also consider when choosing a Mala.
Hold the vision and trust the process. This is the most personal part of the process. What do you want to create in your life? What are you working on? What do you truly desire? What are you struggling with? Ask yourself these questions and see if they guide to what you want to create as your intention. Once you get clear on what you want your intention to be, you will create a clear path. Intentions are all about you + what you want to achieve in your life!
Things that you are attracted to are an integral part of your healing process. Whether it be a beautiful landscape, a cute animal or a gorgeous mala; stop and take a moment to observe the things you find beautiful. Develop your own personal aesthetic. Meditate on this and strive to see beauty in everything. Surrounding yourself with beautiful and uplifting things is very powerful. Reflect on the power that beauty has over our attention; when something is so aesthetically pleasing it takes over your consciousness and moves you to a new place.
What is your favourite color, and what colors are you typically drawn to? What colors of clothing do you wear most often? What colour are your favourite foods and scents? Life is full of color, and like other things on your spiritual path it has meaning. You want to choose a mala that you will use and wear often, so it’s important to choose a stone color combination that you are drawn to and can see being a staple in your wardrobe.
Find a Mala guru stone with a shape you connect with. Some Gurus stones are circular, teardrop, or oval shaped. Others have a raw edge. Ever heard of sacred geometry? The strands of our DNA, the galaxy we spiral within, the air we breathe, and all life forms as we know them emerge out of timeless geometric codes.
Each gemstone that we use in our Malas are believed to emit their own special vibration + healing energy. There are gemstones for every mood, trouble or desire you can imagine. Gemstones are to be worn near the chakras, which are energy centres of the body. Make sure that this energy aligns with your intention! A lot of Malas will assist everyone on some level – see if you can find something that you connect with individually.
When in doubt, trust your vibes! Which Mala were you originally drawn to? Which mala do you keep thinking about? Which one jumps off of the page? This is most likely the perfect mala for you! The more you trust your intuition, the stronger it gets. Choosing a mala is a combination of all of these factors – most importantly follow your intuition and follow your heart.
What’s going on in your life right now? Maybe you’ve just come out of a breakup and could use a reminder of self-love. Maybe you’ve just left your office job to pursue your career as a yoga teacher and you’re seeking the confidence to push forward in the direction of your dreams. There’s a Mala for that! Our Malas are created and named with the combination of properties within each gemstone in mind to best help guide you in your life journey – whatever that might be!