My gift to YOU GUYS…. from the heart, for the heart….
More than just a beautiful adornment or a piece of jewellery, Malas are powerful and symbolic tools for meditation….
I, like so many yogis before me, love to wear my yoga on my heart and sleeves ~ from my t-shirts to my tattoos ~ and now with my unique Moss Agate Mala around my neck ~ showing my dedication to the practice and the life choices I make.
Malas may be the newest trend in ‘wearable yoga’, but there is a whole lot more depth to these beautiful ‘necklaces.’~ especially those made with semi precious gemstones, imbued with potent energies and sacred meaning.
At Wanderlust 108 in London earlier this year I met Sarah, the founder of Magic Malas, selling a stunning range of unique, hand-made pieces, inspired by yoga, designed for you.
Sarah and I clicked and connected – inspiring me to finally buy a Mala with significant meaning to my current intentions which I wear when meditating, practicing yoga ~ and pretty much every day now.
I’ve since joined Sarah as an Ambassador for this beautiful brand so if you read to the bottom of this post you’ll find a code you can use to get 15% off ANY item that you buy from Magic Malas
The whole collection is made up of sacred and meaningful pieces of jewellery that speaks to your soul and makes you feel like a total goddess.
A mala-what now?…
A Mala is simply a string of beads that are used in a meditation practice. It is a tool to help you count mantras, and acts as a tactile guide as you sit in silence.
Mala beads are traditionally used in prayer and meditation. They are also a beautiful reminder of our intention(s) – i.e. who or what we are practicing for.
Mala beads have been used in Buddhism and Hinduism for centuries. Buddhists Malas are often made up of different types of wood, such as sandalwood and rosewood. In Hinduism, you will find Malas made with rudraksha, which is considered a very holy and protective seed.
Malas tend to be made up of 108 beads with a tassel falling from the centre.
Why 108 tho?
The number’s significance is open to interpretation. But 108 has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga.
According to yogic tradition, there are 108 ‘pithas,’ (that’s sacred sites) throughout India.
There are also 108 ‘Upanishads’ (ancient sanskrit texts central to Buddism, Hinduism and Yoga)
There 108 ‘marma’ points, or sacred places of the body.
This number also connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth: The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. Such phenomena have given rise to many examples of ritual significance.
Why meditate with a Mala?
It’s something to hold on to – making it a wonderful tool for anyone new to meditation.
Holding a Mala can keep beginners firmly grounded and centered. The physical act of holding it and counting each bead, or using each bead to count your mantra can keep the focus for longer, sometimes with even greater ease.
They have powerful vibrations – The gemstone you use for your Mala will speak to you in some way, so it makes the meditation all the more powerful.
It reminds you to meditate. Wearing it around you neck, or a spotting it on your bedside table, will remind you of your meditation practice.
Why Magic Malas?
What makes Sarah’s Malas stand out for me is the tactile beauty of the stones that she sources, the delicate hand-knotting in between each stone, and above all the stunning hand-designed, Shakti* symbol from which the tassel falls.
I also adore the detailed description of each stone and its healing properties that accompanies each piece. I find crystals and their energies so fascinating – and with so much truth behind them. I love seeing which mala/stones/necklaces I am naturally drawn to and then reading up on what the crystal associated with it offers. ~ And hopefully you will find that too.
Making them extra special, Sarah makes a handful of malas at a time so I am eagerly awaiting the next round of Sun Stone malas – ultimate YANG power for finding direction in your life – and in an opposing more YIN like need, Rose Quartz for tender, love and care.
*For those of you unfamiliar with the term, ‘Shakti’~ Shakti, is one of the most important goddesses in the Hindu pantheon ~ a really a divine cosmic energy that represents feminine energy and the dynamic forces that move through the universe.
This Shati power is what I just love about Sarah and her creations.
They are so imbued with sacred, feminine energy and power: And as women it is about time that we not only acknowledge ourselves as Goddesses, Earth Mothers, Heroines and High Priestesses ~ but that we do the same for our fellow sisters. Too many women tear other women down, and that’s just not sound at all. We should support, encourage and unconditionally love each other because we are all so deserving of that.
So for anyone looking to treat either themselves, or a sister in their life – or looking to deepen their meditation with a Mala with meaning – visit Magic Malas, enter the code WILDFLOWERYOGA ad you can have 15% off your purchase, any time.
xx . n a m a s t e xx