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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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  • 🌕 F U L L // M O O N // I N // A R I E S 🌕  Have you felt like this period is an opportunity to reset?  Maybe you feel that you want to start all over again or just reaffirm some things. .
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With the Equinox and it’s energy still in the air and this full moon in Aries dancing over our heads, it wouldn’t be a surprise if you have felt like this.  Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac and a call to return to the start of it all and this is enhanced by beautiful Mabon. .
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Don’t feel afraid to take complete advantage of all this wonderful energy and Aries’ pioneering spirit.  Call in what you want and start to put together the steps you’ll need to take to make this happen ready for the intention-setting of the October new moon in a couple of weeks.  Being in Libra season heightens the sense of balance and harmony you might be feeling right now...or that you feel you are calling for.  Get excited about this new season - the nights are drawing in and it’s the perfect excuse to do things differently, more creatively, with more heart and soul than ever before. .
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As we move into this new phase of the year remember that you are a big part of this shift, dear one, and it wouldn’t be the same without you.  Believe me when I say that...it really wouldn’t be the same.
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Sending you so much love and full moon blessings, Helen x
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#livebythemoon #followthemoon #moonstone #triplegoddess #handmadewithlove❤ #eightlimbsofyoga #moonwisdom #mooncircle #meditation #mantrameditation #malabeads #malanecklace #yogaiseverywhere
  • 🍂A U T U M N // E Q U I N O X🍂 Mabon blessings, lovely one!  Living in a seasonal country it can be so easy to let it all just pass us by.  What I love about these festivals is the opportunity it gives us to stop and give thanks.  To look at nature around us and see it change before our eyes.  To appreciate all that we have, the people around us and all that Mama Nature gives us. .
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If you’ve been feeling this internal shift, now’s the time to get it all in writing.  Make sense of any changes you’re feeling by putting it on paper or speaking it aloud.  There’s so much beauty in this world, so so much to be thankful for...and maybe, just maybe, if we can work through our inner world in a healthy way, we can really make an impact on our outer world; helping others to do the same through listening and growing...holding space...like the trees do for us.
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If you can get out in nature today, spend some time listening, smelling, feeling.  If it’s raining (as it is here!), and you’re ok with being out in the rain, step outside for the moment and feel the rain on your face.  Close your eyes and notice each drop.  Feel the earth with your hands, with your feet.
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This evening, I’ll be spending some time journaling and expressing gratitude for all the incredible souls in my life and for everything that this practice has given me. .
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Thank you for this day; thank you for you.  Helen x
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📸 by @anniespratt via Unsplash
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#nature #mabon #autumnequinox #she #gratitude #expressgratitude #sisterhood #sacredtime #mothernature #yogaeverywhere
  • ✨F I N D // J O Y✨ How are you today, lovely one?  Is this wind playing as much havoc with your energies as it is with mine?  I’ve been speaking to a few people over the past few days about the impact that strong winds can have on an energetic and emotion level. .
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If you’re feeling ungrounded and a bit, ‘whhhhhhhaaaaat?!’ maybe cover your head, put some grounding essentials oils on the soles of your feel, incorporate more forward bends into your asana practice and spend some time watching your breath.  Also, remember to find your joy in the small things, express gratitude and smile (and stay safe if it’s particularly windy where you are!)! Ra’i Ra’i, the Polynesian goddess pictured here is all about nurturing you by lifting your spirits and helping you to find that joy and remember that you are loved.  Harness some of that energy in yourself, it’s there and so is She.
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Sending you lots of love, Helen x
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#goddess #rairai #goddesspractice #malabeads #malanecklace #meditation #pranayama #breathwork #yogapractice #handmadewithlove❤ #goddessenergy #sisterhood #mantrameditation
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~Looking for gorgeously unique, inspiring women for an upcoming photo shoot that I've organised ~
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DETAILS - 
The shoot is taking place at the incredible @downdog_crow (Woodstock, near Oxford)
Monday 29 Oct (times tbc but daytime)
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Some incredible creatives involved and gonna be shot by the awesome kick ass @kimwilliamsphotography .
Some expenses offered depending on location. Plus just the best snacks ever 💓
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Particularly looking for yogis of all shapes and sizes, BAME, non-binary, plus size, absolutely anyone. The shoot is going to be a huge celebration of those who identify as a woman and bodies and how we wanna see more DIVERSITY in the yoga and wellbeing world.
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Tag away with awesome women who NEED to be involved please. Love to all 💓
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#yogaforeverybody #loveyoga #bodypositivity #yogaforall #bodypositive #allbodieswelcome #yogaforeveryone #curvyyoga #plussizeyoga #bopo #bopouk #bopowarrior #selflove #yoga #yogateacher #downdogandcrow #modelcall #inspiringwomen #womenrock
  • ✨H E L L O✨ I’ve had a few new followers over the past few months and haven’t done an intro post for a while so I thought now would be a good chance.  The person in the photo is me, Helen.  I’m the Creatrix and Founder of Chant Malas.  I’ve had my little business since the beginning of 2014, when I started creating mala beads as an extension of my own mantra practice and a way of preparing myself for the birth of my first child.  You can read lots about what this business and practice mean to me and why I run it the way that I do over in the about section on my website (it’s a lovely place over there, go have a little wander round ❤️). I create everything myself and read endlessly on the history of the practice, goddesses of the world and crystals and use this knowledge and energy in everything I create.  Nothing happens until I’ve researched it 😉
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For the first three years of doing this I was working a full-time job as an English teacher in SE London until my family and I moved down here to the lovely South Coast of England.  I stopped teaching last summer when I realised I had two full-time jobs with two children and I couldn’t do everything.  It was an easy choice for me.  I still miss the students but I’m so excited for where Chant is going and the opportunities for service and growth.  I work with a charity in India called, Ashadeep - go find out more about them via my highlights reel of my website...they’re amazing!  They and my customers come first in my business...always.
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I’m a trained yoga teacher but stopped when I realised I was sacrificing my own practice in order to teach...which is not how it works.
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I’m a dark moon baby; Libra sun, Virgo moon and Scorpio rising with Cancer in my north node...which, in short, means I’m on my last life cycle (hoping to become a dog or a spirit guide next time around) and this one is all about nurturing. .
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My favourite place in the world is the Scottish Highlands 🌳 .
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I’ve just written a short e-book(let) on mantra meditation and am super nervous about it. 🙈I’ll let you know when it’s available.
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Now tell me something about you!
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Sending lots of love, Helen x
  • ✨R E P O S T✨ from April 2017.  This is something I go back to time and time again.  The practice...
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✨A N // H O N O U R I N G✨ Rudraksham. Elaeocarpus ganitrus.  Tears of Shiva.  Light-containing seeds from a sacred tree with roots so deep they extend back through the aeons of time.  Multi-faced and multi-tonal.  Pure Shakti.  Prana-filled and containing a natural entry and exit point which must be respected when threading in order to maintain their essence, their energy.  Ayurvedic.  Balancing and calming.  Undulating.  May I remember the roots of these little seeds of light every time I handle them and every time I work with them.
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Sending you so much love today, Helen x
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#malabeads #malanecklace #creatrix #handmadewithlove❤ #eightlimbsofyoga #mantrameditation #meditation #japamantra #rudraksha #shakti #goddessenergy #yogapracticenotyogaperfect
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