Enchanted Malas is a jewelry company creating hand woven mala beads for yogis, meditators and mineral lovers. Each piece is handcrafted with love and intention by jeweler, musician and yogi India Terry in Hastings, United Kingdom. Every collection is inspired by the natural world. “The simple message is that we are nature, something that interweaves into my yoga teaching, music and everything else. All the malas I create are inspired by an Earth-based spirituality, by our Celtic ancestors and their Wheel of the Year, by the five elements, by the cyclical Moon,” Terry says. “I truly hope people receive that feeling of connection to the Earth, and thus themselves.”
Enchanted Malas are strung together with nylon thread — a vegan alternative to the usual silk chosen for mala beads. Terry knotted her very first mala to accompany her to a yoga teacher training in Central America. She has experimented with different materials and techniques, finding the most dependable system for knotting strong malas. Once friends and family started asking where she found her frequently worn beads, she decided to open her store, Enchanted Malas.
Terry makes traditional, 108-bead malas, plus Mini Malas — a shorter strand of beads designed to foster the same intent and energy as the larger malas. “[Mini Malas] are smaller, dual wearing (choker necklace or wrap bracelet) versions of all of the larger mala beads. I found my mala often too long to wear during my yoga practice, but wanted to still be with the energy of the beads, I have found them so practical to wear for all activities, to make everything I’m doing a spiritual practice,” Terry shares. She also makes Mala Charms — a fun version of mala beads that can be used as a key chain or as a decoration.
Pieces from Enchanted Malas come with an organic cotton storage pouch that protects the beads’ physical and energetic properties. Plus, you’ll receive a card featuring the three-word intention behind the piece and descriptions of each of the minerals used and how they relate to the purposes of the piece. The Fire Mini Mala, which I wear proudly on my wrist and my neck, is created with the purpose of igniting passion and empowerment and aiding in manifestation. It boasts Garnet, Red Jasper, Pyrite and Rudraksha.
“[The intentions] are all completely inspired by the message and energy from where they came … With these intentions, people can feel the message of their mala more deeply often than just in its name. And so, a mala comes to join them on their journey, carrying its message. I hope people can feel the love and energy tied into each knot, and that their mala is not just an accessory, but a guide or friend in some way,” Terry expresses.
You can wear your Mini Mala as a beautiful article of jewelry, move with it during a yoga practice or choose to meditate with it. I enjoy using my fire mala during pranayama, or breathwork, feeling the sensations of the different beads and meditating on how each element relates to my life. Terry uses her mala beads during Japa meditation. She adds, “I also simply wear my malas day to day, often choosing a different one depending on what I need, MoonCycle when I am about to start my period, Lughnasadh if I am very busy and need to be grounded or maybe Fire if I am trying to manifest a dream to emerge!”
Trust your intuition when picking your mala beads — you may be surprised how it brings you the exact energy that you need. A Mini Mala from Enchanted Malas will surely lead you on an enchanting journey of discovery — learning more about yourself and uniting with the natural world!
Featured image courtesy of Enchanted Malas.