I was just browsing my Facebook feed the other day and saw that one of my favorite yoga instructors posted a photo of a hand made a yoga mala that she had created. It was stunning! I’d been looking to purchase a yoga mala for a while but she really inspired me to just go ahead and do it myself (DIY baby).
First off it is good to know that you’ll need 108 beads. 108 is an auspicious number in Yoga as well as many other belief systems. These will be used to count the mantra as you say it aloud or silently. 100 of the beads are used for repeating the mantra, while the other eight are there to cover any mistakes that might be made along the way.
I went online and surveyed the closest bead shops around; I ended up going to Moxie Beads out of convenience. The woman working there was extremely helpful and guided me to get exactly what I needed to make my own yoga mala.
The main gemstone I selected was a Tiger Jasper, which is a strong securing gemstone. It is a stability gemstone. It is a powerful protection against things that are not good for you and it eases emotional stresses, making it a wonderful gemstone to have in your home. Jasper comes in many colors. All colors of Jasper will help balance the vibrations of the body. I didn’t research a specific gemstone I wanted prior to going to the bead shop, I just selected the one I was drawn to and it ended up being exactly what I needed.
Yoga Mala Materials List:
- 6 Meters of natural silk bead cord w/needle attached
- Accent beads (made of Rosewood & Mother of Pearl)
- Gemstone (Tiger Jasper)
- Jewelry tweezers
- Wooden beads (Tiger Ebony)
The woman at Moxie Beads also helped demonstrate how to tie the correct knots with the jewelry tweezers. It’s pretty simple but if you’ve never done it before you just need to be shown how before starting your mala making. I found a video on Youtube that also shows you how if you need a quick demo. You may also want to ask someone for help in selecting the bead cord width, as different beads have varying hole sizes.
I ended up spending about $32 dollars in total and the mala making process took me a couple of hours. The knotting in between each bead is the most time consuming aspect. I was really happy with the end product and I already want to make another mala.