We are excited to introduce Mala Earth, a wonderful store recently launched in New Zealand offering a beautiful collection of Mala Necklaces and Bracelets online. Keep reading and check out the sweet studio discount on your online purchase!
Mala Earth owner Rebecca Agent writes all about these gorgeous ancient pieces below…
What are Malas?
Mala is a Sanskrit word, meaning garland. They are traditional prayer beads which have been worn for thousands of years in Buddhism, Hinduism and Yoga.
- They contain spiritual and healing qualities and are used as a tool for certain types of meditation.
- Mala’s help to calm the mind and body so meditation can be accessible and more meaningful.
- Most of the Mala Earth Malas are made with 108 rudraksha seeds and/or semi precious stones along with an additional bead called a Guru Bead, this is the 109th bead of the string.
108 is a sacred and spiritual number.
- The ancient Upanishads text has 108 chapters.
- 27 constellations by 4 parts which is 108.
- The 12 zodiac signs by 9 planets is 108.
- The Ganges river also is known to have 108 names.
- It is said there are 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. In Buddhism 108 is said to represent the following formula : 6 x 3 x 2 x 3 = 108
- 6 senses of a human being: sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, thought
- 3 times : past, present, future
- 2 conditions of the heart, mind or intention: pure or impure
- 3 emotional states (kleshias): like, dislike, indifference
What are Rudraksha Seeds?
Said Rud-ruck-sha, this seeds are often referred to as beads, but actually are seeds from Rudraksha trees. These trees grow in the wild and on sustainable plantations found in the Himalayas of India and Nepal and in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. The name stems from ancient Hindu mythology meaning “the eyes of Shiva”. It is believed that Shiva, who is known as the patron for all Gods, meditated on the welfare of mankind he emerged crying tears of compassion. It was these tears that upon landing on earth were crystallized to form the Rudraksha trees. The qualities of these special seeds are said to settle the mind, increase mental clarity, memory and general awareness, reduce stress and depression, free negative thoughts and calm the central nervous system. Rudraksha Mala’s have been worn for centuries, by Buddha, the Dalai Lama, Gandhi and many enlightened Indian Yogis.
Who Wears Malas Now?
Mala beads are for everyone! Mala Earth Mala Beads have been worn by Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love and you’ll also find them on:
- Yoginis/Yogis – Shiva Rea, Sean Corn, Eoin Finn
- Musicians – Michael Franti, Natalie Imbruglia, Xavier Rudd, Dustin Thomas
- Actors – Johnny Depp
- Surfers – Kelly Slater
You’ll even see them featured in high style fashion magazines such as Marie Claire, Italy.
How do you Choose a Mala?
Use your intuition! It truly is our best guide, you will be drawn to a certain stone, look and/or feel. This is the right Mala for you.
- You can also choose based on your current yoga or meditation practice i.e. if you need grounding you can choose a Mala with Agate or Smokey Quartz, both stones are excellent for grounding.
- Another approach is to choose based on colour so you will be drawn to keeping it with you throughout the day or you would be happy to see it on your shrine. Colour is another powerful guide if you are working with your chakras i.e. you may choose a blue stone such as turquoise to work on the throat chakra for communication or self expression.
What are they made with?
Mala Earth Malas are all made with Semi-Precious gemstones, rudraksha and Rudrani seeds. Each seed and semi-precious gemstone contains beneficial physical, emotional and spiritual qualities. They also have a unique energy, intention and chakra correspondence.
Is this Sustainable?
Yes! Mala Earth Mala Makers pride themselves on sustainable, ethical and fair trade business practices. Their rudraksha seeds are grown on sustainable plantations throughout South East Asia and a percentage of profits are distributed back to the farmers. Mala Earth is also committed to donating a % of profits to local NZ charities.
Where are they made?
The Mala Earth by Aum Rudraksha Designs are lovingly handcrafted and blessed in Bali. At times Mala Earth also stocks special limited edition pieces from other talented Mala Makers around the world.
Who is Mala Earth?
Mala Earth is based in Auckland, New Zealand. They believe everyone can benefit from wearing these beautiful pieces, this really is “jewellery for your soul”.
Check them out online —> www.malaearth.com
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Mala Earth have also generously offered our studio a special discount! Use ‘loveEWY’ at the checkout to be gifted 10% off your purchase until 30Apr 2015.