Chelsea Welch is the brain child behind the mala beads here at The Green Yogi. You have probably noticed these beautiful pieces of jewelry displayed at the studio and appreciated their asthetic as necklaces, but do you know what mala beads are used for or their significance in a meditative practice?
A mala is usually made from 108 rudraksha beads and semi-precious gemstones like opals, turquoise, pearls, moonstone, jade, amethyst, etc. The materials and stones of your mala will determine the type of qualities your mala can bring to your life. If you let your personal intentions and the kind of healing you wish to take place in your body be your guide you will find the mala that fits your needs best.
Besides being a personally unique piece of handmade jewelry that can help manifest your intentions, malas can be used for keeping count while chanting or mentally repeating a mantra during your meditative practice.
Hold your mala in your right hand and use your thumb to “count” each mantra by touching the bead during the recitation and then lightly pushing the bead away on completion and moving to the next bead. The index finger is extended and should not touch the mala. The large center stone should not be counted or touched by the thumb and is used as a starting and ending point of the recitation. Continue by pulling the beads until you have done 108 repetitions, or multiples of 108.
Along with a stunning piece of jewelry your mala also comes with a handwritten note explaining the specific energy it will bring to your life. My favorite mala at the studio right now, which I hope Santa might put under my tree! is made of
Rhodochrosite: represents love and compassion, self lessness. Integrates the spiritual with material energies. Allows for a positive attitude. Excellent stone for the heart and relationships; especially for those feeling unloved. Attracts soulmates-meaning those who help us learn our life lessons. Removes denial. Helps release old repressed feelings. Helps us confront our fears.
Moonstone: a stone of new beginnings. COnnected to the moon and to intuition. Reminds us that everything is part of a cycle of constant change. Calms overreactions. Opens the mind to serendipity and synchronicity.
Angelite: stones of awareness. Represents peace and oneness. Deep healing qualities. Helps you speak your truth. Aids compassion and acceptance. Re-birthing stone.
If you haven’t seen Chelsea’s mala beads check them out at the studio, or visit her website http://www.myglobalnamaste.com/ She also takes special orders if you have specific intentions or healing properties you would like to manifest in your own health.