Blue Sky Yoga Shop
Hand-knotted Wood and Crystal Malas
Mala beads are used during mantra meditation and can also be worn to remind you of your core purpose in life. The creation of a hand-knotted mala is a meditation in itself, as every bead is separated from the next by a knot of Brahma. To complete the mala, a Sumeru (summit) or Guru bead is added. This bead marks the beginning and end of a mala rotation when reciting mantras.
Neck malas contain 108 beads and wrist malas 27. 108 is considered a sacred number in yoga, the number 1 represents unity, the 0 represents transparency and the 8 represents Nature and the individual personality. When a state of transparency is achieved between the individual (8) and the totality (1), the transcendent state is reached. 27 is a division of 108.
All Blue Sky Malas are individually handmade using high quality, ethically sourced materials. The price reflects the quality of materials used and the hours that go into designing and hand-making each item.
Custom orders are also available. If you have specific beads in mind, just let me know and I will see what I have available. Custom orders will take longer to fulfill, as I may have to source the beads first and then make the mala. We can discuss this before you commit to your order.
Rudraksha Beads - Known as Shiva's Tears or Shiva's Eye, these beautiful beads come from the blue marble tree. Shiva is said to have wept tears of compassion for the human predicament - mourning the suffering of humankind, caused by our obsession with the material world at the expense of deeper contentment and joy. "Shiva's Eye" refers to the Ajna chakra or third eye, the energy centre associated with intuition and clear perception. Rudraksha seeds are thought to help us drop our attachment to controlling worldly affairs and to live in the world with greater ease and acceptance.
Sandalwood beads - These wonderful smelling beads are believed to help calm the mind and to induce a more focused meditative state. The scent of sandalwood is also believed to support our vital life force (pranic energy) and to bring greater vitality.
Crystal beads - A variety of natural crystal beads are used, each having its own unique qualities. There are many useful books and websites with information about the attributes of different crystals if you are interested in finding out more.