namaste and welcome to 5th element yoga. i am a bhakti (devotional) yogini who draws mindful meditation, self awareness, and strength from mala and charm making. i am classically trained in the lineage of swami satyananda saraswati and have trained yoga instructors in the lineage of the bihar school of yoga in india, as well as in yoga therapy. i have also been a clinical herbalist for 13+ years, a thai yoga therapist for 8 years, and have studied ayurveda, native american, chinese, and vedic healing throughout my life. i have been blessed with a very colorful, spiritual, and diverse path in my life, crossed by old souls and compassionate gurus in every lineage. i opened my shop in 2005, have been making malas and charms with the best of intentions for 10+ years now, am grateful for my experience, and hope to share this energy through each individual connection that I am graced with. all pieces are made with mindful meditation, and a devotional, compassionate energy.
most of the malas you will find here are made from grade a+ and above semi-precious gemstones, high quality woods, and cultural items, which are handmade, fair trade, and hand chosen for each piece. many of the charms you will find available here are made from real bronze, white bronze, gold, and sterling silver, and are 100% designed by 5th element yoga. all materials are sourced from personal friends and artists with amazing hearts and amazing spirits, from all corners of the world. woods are sourced from farmed plantations, free from illegal harvesting or trading, and bone is sourced from buddhist resources, without harm to sentient beings. all malas, rosaries, and jewelry include a tibetan brocade mala bag, mantra, chakra, or gemstone card, and are energetically charged and cleansed with specific mantras. domestic 2-3 day shipping within the u.s. is free which includes insurance against loss, and all orders are shipped within 72 hours.
I have invested my life into this business and have been suffering from a mysterious illness for the past several years. I've been through just about every test you can think of, and they still can't quite figure out what is causing the issues with my body and face. I had to close the shop for a short time, but have re-opened the shop this past summer and am currently working on new ideas. I have taken it upon myself to offer better mala designs that are unique while remaining competitive and fairly priced, and continuing to use stones and resources that are fair trade and less harmful to the environment or others. I try not to use dyed gemstones in my pieces if I can help it as they are often low grade stones that are dyed to look prettier and more expensive. I do have a few dyed stones that I did not know were dyed until after using them. at this time, I am trying to update all listings that use dyed stones.
while I used to be a buddhist and have recently removed that information from my shop, I still follow many buddhist practices. I removed the buddhist information from my profile as I had several spiritual experiences that have led me to believe that there is indeed a higher divine power. serendipity has also been crossing my path far too many times lately to just be coincidence, lol. I have been a Bhakti yogi for over eleven years, but now more than ever, I am devoted to God and the practice of compassion and consciousness.
i sincerely hope you find something here that speaks to you. thank you for supporting small business and artists :)
ओं मणिपद्मे हूं ओम शान्ति ओं मणिपद्मे हूं ओम शान्ति
the healing properties of each piece will not depend so much upon a stone or the materials used, but on the intention of its creator, wearer, and the mantra used. for more information about gemstones, please visit the gemstones page. for more information about mantras, please visit the mantras page.
I take my gemstone information from one of the largest libraries on the web that cross references its information with folklore, ancient healing practice, modern healing practice, Vedic astrology, western astrology, chakra healing, etc. and then compiles the most accurate information they can about each gemstone. I then condense this information as best I can into my gemstone cards.
there is a reason I don't list my items as diffuser items. after being an herbalist for over 15 years now, I can say with certainty that essential oil will eat through the cord of your bracelet or mala. essential oil will eat through ANY kind of plastic. This includes cord used in stretch bracelets, hi tec cord, nylon cord, and monofilament cord. the only cord that is somewhat safe is wire. if you would like to test this yourself, you can take a plastic bowl and pour some essential oil into it undiluted. diluted essential oil will still eat through it but it will take longer. leave the bowl overnight to find it ruined in the morning. this is why I don't sell diffuser bracelets. they won't last for you if you are pouring essential oil over them.
the 5th element: known as space, sky, ether, or akasha in sanskrit. used to designate the "inner" space of the heart or the space of consciousness.
chakra: each of the centers of energetic power in the human body. there are seven main chakras described in the tantric scriptures. each chakra represents specific vibrations and frequencies with progressively higher states of consciousness. the key to unlocking the entire system is the heart chakra.
mantra: a word or sound vibration repeated to aid concentration in meditation and transcend the thinking mind.
meditation: a mental technique or practice of training the mind to become silent (the cessation of the mind) which is repetitively practiced for the purpose of attaining self awareness, an enlightened path, self-realization, and oneness with all beings. characterized as blissful.
metta: compassion ❤.
mindful meditation: an attentive awareness of the reality of things (especially of the present moment).
yoga: the cessation of the mind waves :)
a japa mala or mala (meaning garland) is a set of beads used by hindus, buddhists, and yoga practitioners during meditation. they are most commonly made from 108 beads, though other numbers, usually divisible by 9, are also used. mala bracelets are also made with 18, 21, 24, 27, or 54 beads, and are used to count repetitions of mantra during meditation or prostrations, by rotating the beads between the thumb and fingers. mantra practice may include reciting prayers, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra. this practice is known in sanskrit as japa.
to use this powerful tool in meditation and chanting prayers, do not pass over the summit charm or guru bead out of respect for our teachers. instead, continue back to the first bead by moving in the opposite direction. 108 bead malas are counted only once all the way around the mala, while 54 count malas are counted forward once and backward once to total 108 repetitions. 27 count malas are counted four times, forward and backward, to total 108 repetitions.
to extend the life of your mala, do not carry it by the tail, tassel, or guru bead. please avoid using essential oils or getting your mala wet, as this may weaken some malas. solar or lunar cleansing (sunlight or moonlight) are just as powerful as water.