This month, we’re shining a spotlight on some of our best-selling and most unique gemstones. The final gemstone in our series: moss agate.
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This month, we’re shining a spotlight on some of our best-selling and most unique gemstones. Next up: carnelian, black lava + unakite.
This month, we’re shining a spotlight on some of our best-selling and most unique gemstones. Each of the gemstones is all natural and semi precious, and is known for an array of healing properties that provide wellness to its wearer. First up: amazonite, amethyst + sodalite.
Made with knotted loop closures, a guru bead + a detachable mini tassel, this fully adjustable piece can be styled as a necklace, a bracelet + so much more.
Every piece in this collection captures the spirit and colorway of the five elements, helping you embody a particular element’s characteristics, while staying connected to the universe + those who reside within it.
When I created Mala and Mantra a few years ago, I knew I wanted to produce eco-friendly accessories that everyone could feel good about wearing. After all, we’re a brand that wants to be mindful in everything we do, and that includes being conscious + considerate of how we make an impact on this precious place known as earth.
Our Crafted for a Cause program was created as a way for Mala and Mantra to assist causes that are close to our hearts. This year, we selected Wellness for Cancer, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to helping cancer patients and survivors improve their quality of life, reduce side effects from cancer therapy and increase mental well-being following a journey with cancer. For every piece of the Be Well collection sold, Mala and Mantra will donate $5 to Wellness for Cancer.
If you’ve done yoga, you know that it’s totally possible to work up a sweat and call your flow a “workout.” But yoga is unique in that the practice is so much more than a fitness exercise. Rather, it’s an incredible journey and discovery of oneness with the world, nature, and self—which is why the United Nations has deemed today, June 21st “International Day of Yoga.”
In 2014, India’s Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, recognized yoga as an invaluable gift of 5,000 years of ancient tradition, a practice that “embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; and a holistic approach to health and well-being.”
International Yoga Day coinciding with the Summer Solstice is also no coincidence. India intentionally chose June 21st to celebrate the ancient practice, as the Solstice is a day of great importance in yogic tradition. It is said that when Adiyogi (the first yogi) moved South on this day, he saw for the first time the Seven Sages—his disciples who would carry the practice of yoga to different corners of the earth.
Similar to the Sages, it is Mala + Mantra’s mission to spread mindfulness and wellness to as many people as possible throughout the world. In honor of this special day, here are 3 ways to use your mala beads while on the mat:
- Yoga often begins with seated meditation, in which an intention (like “I am strength”) is set for the practice. While seated, you can wear your mala beads around your neck or hold them in your hands. If you like, you can chant your mantra or intention 108 times, touching each bead as you do so.
- Before practicing the various asanas, you can set your mala at the top or in front of your mat to remind yourself of the intention you set when you opened your practice. If your intention was “I am strength,” for example, you can remember that your mala is there to give you guidance and strength, especially when practicing asanas that are more difficult to hold.
- If you want to continue to have a direct physical connection with your beads during your practice, you can wrap your mala necklaces around your wrists so they’re stacked like bracelets. This allows you to wear and feel them, while still being able to move and flow freely.
Once you’ve stepped off the mat, you can wear your mala beads for the rest of your day to help bring your intention into other areas of your life and feel the transformative powers of your yoga practice.
Ring in the new year with good cheer and intention. Adding gemstone mala beads to a midnight ensemble not only livens up your outfit, but adds conscious style and instills properties like peace, creativity, and harmony—perfect for manifesting your dreams and passion projects for the upcoming year.
View our looks below to see how you can pair beautiful, hand-crafted gemstone malas with your NYE outfit:
Punch up your little black dress by layering different styles and colors of malas.
Pictured: Botswana Agate 108 Bead Mala Necklace, Pyrite 108 Bead Hand-Knotted Mala Necklace, Labradorite 108 Bead Hand-Knotted Adjustable Wrap Mala, Black Agate (Matte) Mantra Mala Tassel Bracelet, Labradorite Mantra Mala Tassel Bracelet, Crystal Quartz Guru Bead with Double Tassels Bracelet, and Black Agate Om Charm Mala Bracelet.