Buying guide: how to choose your Mala?

Guide d’achat : comment choisir son Mala ?

The Asian prayer beads, also called Tibetan necklace, Buddhist bracelet, or simply Mala (or Mâlâ) is today an element as spiritual as it is decorative. Whether stone, wood or seed. It is worn around the neck or around the wrist.

According to legend, this accessory has been around for 5000 years and is present in different Asian cultures. In the Western world, the Buddhist mala is considered to be an accessory that brings an exotic touch to the outfit, personalized, but also timeless.

Which mala is right for you?

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The Mala according to your style

Whether it's a mala necklace or a mala bracelet, lThe Buddhist prayer beads can be suitable for everyone. Prefer semi-precious stones and bright colors to have an elegant look. To stay sober with a neckline, we prefer pearls with small and discreet dimensions. But we can afford larger pearls if we wear it over clothing or on the wrist. He will be noticed more easily.

The Mala according to your needs

The Mala necklace can be used for different reasons. For some, the mala allows them to stay on the lookout for fashion while bringinga personal touch to her outfit. For others, it is abouta lucky necklace who will never leave them. For wellness enthusiasts, it is both a spiritual and a practical accessory. The Buddhist prayer bracelet can be used to:

Why use a Mala?

We use theTibetan prayer beads in different ways. For some it has a spiritual virtue, while for others it has a strong therapeutic power. But you can also use it simply for its aesthetic side.

A Mala for style

Some contemporary street outfits in major fashion shows flaunt these necklaces and bracelets withbeads 7.5 to 10 millimeters in diameter. On the wrist, in multi-turn, it becomes very visible, often worn with short sleeves to highlight its exotic appearance. On the neck, thebuddhist rosary descends very low, due to its length which often exceeds 80 centimeters.

A Mala to feel good

Stones assembled in a rosary are often used by lithotherapists to strengthen the body and help it fight negative waves. Stones and well-being are closely linked, and the virtues of each rock are unique. An association of several gems on the same rosary can havea very positive effect on your different chakras. To knowhow to choose the Mala that suits us, it is therefore necessary to know the stones and their properties.

A Mala to meditate

When we talk about a Buddhist mala bracelet, we are also referring to meditation. If certain stones promote concentration, wecan use the Mala to facilitate the connection of soul, mind and body. Just holding it in your hand makes it easier to focus and prepare for enlightenment. It is easier to count your breaths or the repetition of mantras with a Mala which usually contains 108 beads (without counting the head ball or pearl of the guru).

The different styles and shapes of Mala

We often have this classic image of a Buddhist monk with his hands closed on a Tibetan mala collar behind his back. We also often find statues of Buddha with this Asian rosary on the neck.

The Mala necklace

The Mala is very practical in lithotherapy. It allows toplace the stones in the right place and spread their virtue for the well-being. The throat is a strategic part of the human body when it comes to the chakra. This is what makes the Buddhist prayer necklace placed on the neck. You can also place a special rosary stone next to the heart chakra such as malachite, jade or tourmaline.

The Mala bracelet

The Mala can also be worn as a multi-wrap or single-wrap bracelet. A bad bracelet can contain 54, 36, 27 or 9 beads depending on the diameter and the circumference of the wrist. For multi-wrap mala bracelets, it is often made inlighter material so that it is not too heavy for the wearer. Often times, multi-turn malas are made from wood (sandalwood, pine or bodhi seeds).

The raw materials to make a Mala

Forknow how to choose the right Mala, it is necessary to know in which raw material it is made, as well as the purpose of its use. In Tibet traditionally yak bones are used. But depending on the crops, use and what is available to artisans, different types can be found.

The Stone Mala

The stone Buddhist prayer necklace is a must in lithotherapy. As mentioned above, minerals havea positive effect on well-being and the circulation of inner energy. Without having to meditate or recite mantras, one can wear a Mala and feel the benefits. We can make a choice on the nature of the stones used, their diameter, as well as their colors.

The wooden Mala

The Tibetan rosary used by monks is often made with a light body when carried in the hand. In other countries, prayer beads are made from wood. The Mala being a personal object and one that is often shelled, its aesthetics and texture evolve over time. The prayer bracelet is easy to use when it is made of wood,to count mantras or breathing cycles. There are Malas made of sandalwood, rosewood, etc.

Mala in seed

In Hindu culture, one often sees mala necklaces whose beads are made from seeds ofrudraksha. It is the seed, nicknamed "Shiva's Tear," of a fruit tree that grows in Asia. He is renowned forits electromagnetic attributes and the positive vibrations that emerge from it. Prayer necklaces made from lotus seeds are also found in the Buddhist tradition. The latter is considered a sacred flower in yoga, which has a posture of the same name. Moreover, there are 108 positions in this practice, which is well known for improving your well-being and your figure.

You now know how to choose your mala what it corresponds to. Which mala suits you best?


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