This beautiful hand-knotted Chakra mala was lovingly designed in collaboration with Lisa Ware, Executive Director of Yoga4Love and creator of the Yoga4Love 200/300 hour online advanced training programs & Inner Goddess retreats. The 108 bead mala consists of 8mm faceted Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, Green Aventurine, Yellow Jade, Tiger Eye and Red Jasper beads. Each chakra is separated by 8mm clear Quartz beads. The mala ends with a Rudraksha guru bead and a cotton silk black tassel, anointed with a small bronze goddess charm. The mala measures approximately 24 inches in length, including the tassel.
What are Chakras?
In Sanskrit, the word “Chakra” means “disc” or “wheel”. The Chakra system is found in the oldest written Vedic texts from India, dated approximately 1500BC to 500BC. Traditionally, it is believed there are seven chakras, or swirling spiritual energy centers, within the human body, starting from the base of the spine to just above the crown of your head. Each energy center corresponds to major organs, nerve centers and systems within the body.
Crown (Sahasrara): Located slightly above the top of the head, the Crown Chakra provides access to higher levels of consciousness, spirituality and the Divine; the infinite oneness with the universe. Amethyst: Stimulates spiritual awakening/growth, creativity and passion; increases intuition, psychic abilities, wisdom and devotion to the Divine; purifies negative energies from one’s aura; promotes healing to the emotional body and eases insomnia.
Third Eye (Ajna): Located between the eyebrows, the Third Eye Chakra is the center of intuition, wisdom, knowledge and imagination; it provides access to deeper truths. Lapis Lazuli: Quickens spiritual evolution/wisdom, enhances inner vision, aids in the development of psychic gifts, promotes creative expression and connection to others; enhances desire to learn; provides protection. Brings truthfulness, openness, inner power, and love.
Throat (Vishuddha): The Throat Chakra is the center of authentic communication, personal integrity, expression and originality. Sodalite: Known as a stone of truth; assists with speaking one’s truth, improves communication/ability to verbalize feelings and increases self-confidence; helps aid understanding personal spirituality; promotes harmony between the conscious and sub-conscious minds.
Heart (Anahata): The Heart Chakra is the center of love, joy, kindness, compassion and connection. It is the bridge between the body, mind and spirit; it connects the lower and upper chakras. Green Aventurine: Known as the stone of opportunity; supports releasing negative habits to provide room for new opportunities; balances emotions and supports inner harmony; stimulates compassion and love; provides soothing energy; clears, activates and protects the Heart Chakra.
Solar Plexus (Manipura): The Solar Plexus Chakra is the center of ego, personality, willpower and transformation of energy. Yellow Jade: Stimulates the body’s filtration/elimination and digestive organs; improves metabolism; promotes self-confidence, joy, optimism and clarity of mind; strengthens concentration and memory; improves ability to manifest; attracts good luck.
Sacral (Svadhisthana): The Sacral Chakra is the center of sexuality, self-esteem, confidence, creativity, passion and intuition. Tiger Eye, Golden: Provides protection and grounding; encourages optimism and assists in raising mood levels; attracts luck, prosperity, career success and boosts increase of wealth; enhances self-confidence and willpower; opens the spirit for new opportunities and facilitates spiritual healing.
Root (Muladhara): Located at the base of the spine, the Root Chakra is tied to our basis survival needs – such as safety, security and self-preservation – and is the basis for stability. Red Jasper: Provides a nurturing, grounding energy and connection to the vibrations of the Earth; guards against negative energies and danger; promotes stability, security, stamina, focus and endurance.
Clear Quartz: Known as a master healing stone, quartz has strong amplification abilities; it assists to dispel negativity and amplifies intention/energy and the effects of other stones in close proximity; often used in visionary work. Clear Quartz is associated with all of the Chakras.
Rudraksha: Increases tranquility, clarity, awareness & concentration; absorbs & stores positive energy; assists in balancing the body’s electro-magnetic field; offers protection from negative energies; said to be a shield against emissions from modern technology and psychic disturbances.
Tassel: Represents the roots of the lotus flower and reminds us “no mud, no lotus”. Just as the lotus seed pushes through the mud to become the flower, so must we push through our challenges to come in to our light.