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Hello! The ‘we’ of Chant Malas is me, Founder and Creatrix, Helen. I’m a mama of two small humans, woodland dancer and seaside dweller (Hove, UK, to be exact). Chant Malas are consciously-created, vegan mala beads that honour your mantra practice and feed your wild soul.  A portion of my profits are donated to carefully chosen charities to help to create a better world for us all.  Thank you for visiting my blog and remember to pop over to the shop (link above) to view all of my latest designs! Helen x

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  • ✨C H E C K // I N✨ How are you? Have you taken sometime to check-in with yourself lately or has it all just started to run away from you or overtake you a bit?  What do you need to feel rooted and calm?  Do that thing.  The build up to this full moon coming in the next couple of days has had me all over the place and now my body has told me, ‘enough, take rest.’ So I will.
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Tonight I’m going to take a salt bath - something I haven’t done for a while - read my book, journal, practice some nidra and have an insanely early night.  Then tomorrow I’m going to my first ever yoga retreat day as a practitioner, not a teacher ❤️ .
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What about you?  What helps you to restore yourself?
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Posting this image because I really like trees...and roots 😊💚🌳
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Sending you lots of love, Helen x
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📸 by Jeremy Bishop via Unsplash
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#mindfulness #selfcare #radicalselfcare #wellbeing #wellness #leadfromtheheart #pratyahara #wellbeing #yogaeverywhere #rest #yoganidra #restorativeyoga #yogamum #yogamama
  • ✨M A L A // F O R // A // G O D D E S S✨ Round three!  We all have someone special in our lives who has faced seemingly unfathomable challenges, who works hard to provide for their family, does incredible work for very little recognition, and so on.  This project is way for me to help you to honour that someone special.
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Every three months, I will put out a post via my newsletter & on social media asking for nominations for someone in your life who you think would love to receive a custom-made piece from me.  Maybe they'd benefit from learning more about mantra meditation, maybe they'd just love something beautiful to wear as a reminder of how completely amazing they are, and how appreciated they are.  The nomination could be a surprise or you can tell the person you're thinking of them.
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Here's the extra thing, you don't have to tell me why you're nominating them; stories are personal and often delicate, and not for sharing on public forums and I'm not about to ask you to put out someone else's story for public (or my!) judgement.  A name will be drawn randomly to make things fair and transparent ❤️
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How to post your submission:
✨@ the nominee in the comments on Instagram or Facebook or direct message me on one of these platforms so that I have a way of contacting you should I choose your nominee.
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What will I need to know?
✨I don't need to know anything other than how to contact you as well as the recipient's name until I've chosen someone.  Once a recipient has been chosen, I'll get back in touch with you and ask for a little more detail - colours, materials, a few design specifics, any intentions or mantras you think would help me to create something completely unique for your special someone.
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I'm really excited about this project and really hope that as many of you get involved as possible.  As I've said, this will happen four times per year so keep trying if it doesn't happen the first (or second, or third, time).
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Ps.  Gender specifics don’t matter here 😉
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Sending you all my love, Helen x
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#malaforagoddess #sisterhood #wellness #wellbeing #womenscircle #yogapractice #yogalove #yogini #malabeads #malanecklace #meditation
  • ✨P L A S T I C // B O T T L E S✨ Over on my stories yesterday I posted a photo of this mala and asked what people thought the tassel might be made of with some great guesses being made - bamboo, silk, cotton, were just some.  In actual fact this tassel has been made entirely from recycled plastic bottles.  The thread I’ve used is known as rPET and is the same material used in the fabric industry to make bags, leggings and all manner of things, so I thought, why not a tassel?! Used plastic bottles are turned into a kind of mulch and then lots of clever machines turn it into a raw material that can be spun into thread.  People are very clever really ❤️
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For the moment, you’ll have the option of either cotton or rPET tassels where relevant but I’d love to think that, for the designs with the shades they currently do, this becomes the standard for these pieces.  The idea that what I’m creating is helping to turn waste into something beautiful fills me all the way up!  Changes will be made to relevant listings over the next week and I’ll be talking more about this in my upcoming newsletter ♻️ .
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I have more changes similar to this to come and am currently developing a range that I don’t want to say too much about but that I’m really excited to show you when it’s all ready.  These experiments and changes started as a ‘I wonder what would happen if...’ and have become more of a fire in the pit of my belly that rises up and sets my whole being alight 🔥 The little girl who set up the Thames Ditton Middle School Green Club with her friend Katy Davis when she was 7 has been behind the scenes of this micro-business from the start and currently doing a little dance in front of her 37 year old self 💃🏻
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I’d love to know what do you think, lovely one.  Have a beautiful day, Helen x
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#rpet #recycledplasticbottles #reducereuserecycle #sustainability #sustainablejewellery #ethicalbusiness #pratyahara #wellbeing #eightlimbsofyoga #handmadewithlove❤ #leadfromtheheart #ahimsa #tassel #yogalove #malabeads #malanecklace #yogajewellery #yogajewelery #supportsmallbusiness #shopsmall #motherearth #gaia #mothernature #loveyourmother #yogamama
  • ✨Y O U R // S E A T✨ Sitting for meditation is a personal practice, as is the posture we do this in.  There’s the ‘right’ way - the way we often see in images of people meditating, sitting cross-legged on a cushion or just the floor,  sometimes in lotus, sometimes not - but what if that’s not what’s accessible to your body that day?
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Whether your practice is five minutes or an hour, I wanted to outline a few considerations that might help.
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The actual process of meditation creates an energy (prana) within our bodies (more on that to come), an energy that we want to build and conserve in order to heighten the benefits of our practice.  To aid this it’s good to keep in mind that the feet should be covered in some way.  In your practice your hands might be in a particular mudra, in your lap or on your knees, but the soles of the feet might get over-looked.  All three of the postures pictured here ensure that the feet are not ‘leaking’ energy. .
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1.  @miriammakesthings is sitting on a chair with her feet flat on the floor.  She’s demonstrating that if one can’t sit on the floor, meditation is, of course, still possible.  Take care not to slouch back but to sit up tall as Miriam is here.  This will stop you from falling asleep 🙈 and keep the energy flowing effectively throughout the body.
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2.  In the second image, @fil_o_sophicle is sitting with her shins either side of a bolster.  Here, she has her feet covered by a blanket.  This is a lovely way to sit for meditation if you have any issues with hip mobility.  As in the first image, her knees are lower than her hips (another consideration to make), meaning that it’s easier to keep the spine straight and protect the lower back.
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3.  In this one, I’m sitting in the ‘traditional’ posture, on a bolster with my knees lower than my hips and the soles of my feet tucked under my thighs.  Here, as in the other images, my feet are covered. .
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Perhaps this helps to highlight how it might not be beneficial to sit for meditation in lotus, even if it feels ok for you...just think of all that gorgeous prana (energy) leaking out of your feet!
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Enjoy your practice, beauty!  Helen x
  • 🔥 F I R E 🔥 Fire in the belly, fire beneath my feet and above my head.  Heat building towards the Leo full blood moon eclipse.  Thoughts directed towards release, to burning it all up...stoking the flames and knowing the value too of the kindling that started it all and the embers that follow.  Stay focused and follow the signs.
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Happy Wednesday, beautiful, Helen x
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#malabeads #brighid #goddess #goddess #goddessenergy #divinefeminine #moonwisdom #creatrix #malanecklace #pratyahara #wellbeing #eightlimbsofyoga #handmadewithlove❤ #mindfulness #yogalove #mindfulyoga #yogapractice #meditation #mantrameditation
  • ✨F I N G E R S // A N D // M A L A S✨ In the practice of Japa meditation - the repetition of a mantra as devotion and to help move into a meditative state - where a mala is used, fingers matter. .
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As @fil_o_sophicle demonstrates here, the mala drapes over the ring finger - the finger linked with earth energy - and is move by the the thumb - the digit related to fire energy. .
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The thumb creates the ‘spark’ as you internally recite your mantra.  This spark of intention becomes the flame of action and the mantra can work through us.  The ring finger grounds us, and keeps us steady in our practice. .
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The index finger stays out of the whole thing!  Related to the ego, it’s important to keep this finger away from the mala whilst practising.  If it’s possible, point it away from the body, but to keep it off the beads is the most important thing.
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It can take practice but becomes second nature, to pick up my beads and automatically start rolling them through my fingers.  Tactile and brimming with that energy that takes us back to the place where it all started.
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Have a beautiful day, gorgeous one, Helen x
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📸 by @jothornephotography; model @fil_o_sophicle ❤️
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#mudra #malabeads #mantrameditation #japamantra #meditation #pratyahara #eightlimbsofyoga #handmadewithlove❤ #wellbeing #mindfulness #sacredspace #yogateacher #instayoga #useyourmala #practiceyoga #sadhana #yogastudio #yogapractice #ukyoga
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