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A Guide to Malas – Everything You Need to Know

Why use a mala?

It’s a question we get asked almost everyday. After all, it is perfectly fine to meditate without one. And when it comes to jewelry and crystals, there are many other options such as crystal pendants.

One of the main reasons you should use a mala is to concentrate the mind when meditating. One of the hardest things about meditating is preventing your mind from wondering. That’s where malas come in. According to yoga instructor and Devacrafts consultant Karen Wood, the repetitive movement of your fingers of the beads help ground you and keep your mind focused, yet relaxed.

If you are deciding between a mala and a ‘normal’ piece of jewelry, the advantage of a mala is that is is about more than just decoration or looking good. Many of our customers feel a true spiritual connection between themselves and their malas and believe that their malas remind them to stay present, focused and grateful. Malas have been used by spiritual seekers for over 3000 years, so a quality mala is more than just a piece of jewelry – it can really be a true spiritual companion.

How to choose the right malas for you

If you’ve spent any time exploring our mala collection you’ll realize you have many options in terms of the design and material used to make your mala. Confused by which one to choose? Use that magical intuition of yours: if one mala design grabs you more than another, go with the one that resonates. All our designs have expansive and multifaceted energies, and they all carry many gifts. This means buying malas should be a simple and intuitive process: very often, the first design to catch your eye is the design which holds the most magic for you. Don’t over think it.

Another question you might be asking yourself is – ‘where should I buy my malas’. There are many options, from Amazon to eBay to smaller websites. Devacrafts is not the only option, but we believe we offer a more personal, spiritual buying experience than big companies like Amazon.

  • We offer unique and propriety designs mala designs based upon our team’s years of experience as meditation teachers, crystal healers and Tibetan Buddhists.
  • We use only the highest quality natural stones and crystals and hand-inspect each one during production.
  • We are (as far as we know) the only specialty mala shop on the internet which offers free shipping worldwide, with no minimum order quantity.
  • We are focused on a remorse-free buying experience and accept returns within 30 days of purchase, no matter the reason.
  • We are focused not on making a profit but on making an impact. With every product purchased, we plant a tree in Nepal through our partnership with the Eden reforestation project.

Click here to explore our unique and magical mala collection.

Three easy steps to meditating with your mala

Our malas not only to look good but can also help you find balance and achieve mindfulness. If you are experiencing difficulties with your mind wandering off during meditation, a mantra and a Mala provide help you stay grounded in the moment.

1. Get comfortable. Find a place (on a cushion, chair, or the floor) where you can sit tall and comfortably. Hang the first mala bead gently on the middle finger or ring finger of your right hand. Place your thumb on the guru bead (the bead of the Mala that is larger than the rest).

2. Select your mantra. Don’t over-think this: sit down to meditate and relax your mind. Often the appropriate word, quality or feeling will naturally come to your mind. If your mind needs guidance, you can start with an affirmation-based mantra. Affirmations are positive statements that can interrupt negative thought patterns, transforming them into a positive believe. For example, you can repeat to yourself “I am grounded” or “I am supported”. This will help you take on beliefs that can help you face challenges in your life.

3. Roll the Mala beads. At the end of each mantra, push the Mala bead away with your thumb and move onto the next bead for another round. When you reach the guru bead once again, pause, and take that as an opportunity to honor your guru or yourself for taking the time to meditate. If you wish to keep meditating, reverse the direction on your Mala, more repetitions in that direction until you reach the guru bead once again.

Don’t worry if your mind wanders; when you catch yourself straying, simply bring your focus back to your mantra and Mala. Just bring yourself back to your focal point.

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