namaste and welcome to 5th element yoga. i am a buddhist and 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 silk sari mala bag, polishing cloth, and gemstone card. 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 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 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 cleansing (sunlight) is just as powerful as water.