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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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  • ✨U P D A T E✨ Evening! With the festive season coming up and things at full pelt in my little world I thought I’d write a little update about website closure and such. .
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🌟I’m working pretty much constantly to get all orders out as soon as I can and as a result, I’ve decided to take a break (a REAL break where I actually DON’T WORK 😮) from 15th (there or thereabouts) December until the 1st Jan.  We’re off up to the Highlands and it’s my most favouritest place in the world so I really want to be completely present for it.
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🌟In order to do this, I’ll need to put the website on holiday mode from the 10th December so I can be sure I get through everything in time for orders to arrive with my lovely customers when they need them.  This won’t be a year for last minute orders and if I don’t have them by the 10th, I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to get everything to you in time.  There will be the option to buy a gift coupon so your loved one can decide what they’d like when they’re ready (these can go towards custom pieces 📿).
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🌟For custom orders, please have these to me no later than the 30th November.  Thank you please 😉
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🌟My final newsletter of the year will go out in time for next week’s full moon and will include a few tips to remain present and enjoy everything December has to offer as well as a recorded meditation to keep you grounded and ready for anything ❤️ .
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🌟As a little thank you for being so wonderful and organised I’ll also be adding in a little extra something to any order placed from today (12th Nov.) until 30th November.  Just write ‘lucky dip’ in the comments box at checkout so I know you saw this 😘. 
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I think that’s everything 🙈 If you made it this far, well done you and thank you so much for reading and supporting me 💜💜💜
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I hope it’s been a lovely day for you today.  Sending lots of love, Helen x
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#malabeads #thisisbrighton #madeinbrighton #handmadewithlove❤ #shopindependent #eightlimbsofyoga #shopsmall #giftsforyogis #yogamama #brightonyoga #ukyoga #goddessisis #goddessenergy #selfcare #malanecklace #mantrameditation #yoga
  • 🌊 W A T E R 🌊Finding any kid of flow can be a challenge on some days.  How do you find yours on this se days?  What’s in your toolkit? .
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For me right now it’s mantra, breath and dance.  Noticing the water in my own body first, how it flows through me and around me, and then using what’s already there to find what’s feels like it’s missing everywhere else. .
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We are water, air, fire, earth and ether.  Nothing is missing.  Ever.  Please remember that when you feel bereft of something.  You are already complete.
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I hope you have a beautiful day, Helen x
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  • 📿W O R K S H O P S📿 It’s coming to the end of the year and the holiday season so perhaps you’re starting to think about gifts for friends, family...or yourself!  I have a few more dates coming up over the next few weeks so lots of opportunities for me to meet some of your lovely faces and create with you.  Hopefully there’s a date that works for you ❤️
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My workshops are full of laughs, creativity, mantra talk and a genuine connection with fellow participants.  The dates are:
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Sunday 18th November @thelifecentre Islington.  Fully hand-knotted design.  Pop over to their feed to book through their website.
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Sunday 25th November @unionstnyoga Clapham old town.  Basic design (and shorter workshop to create a mala with fewer knots so great if you’re a little nervous about getting started or are on a time limit). Go to their feed for website and bookings.
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Sunday 2nd December with @samhyder_gong_girl Gong bath and mala-making.  Pop over to her feed to go through to bookings and more info.
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Saturday 8th December at West Hill Community Hall in Brighton.  This is the fully hand-knotted design and reduced rate as it’s on my doorstep.  Pop through the link in my bio for bookings info or DM me directly.
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I also have a few new year dates if you want to get someone something completely different for crimbles and can’t make any of the above dates:
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Sunday 13th January with @rachaelyogaflow in Cambridge - Kali flow, oils and malas ❤️
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Saturday 23rd Feb @thelifecentre (bookings to follow in the new year but DM me for info).
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Sunday 17th March @theyogafactorysouthend.  Bookings link to follow soon but follow them to be the first to know 💫
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I have more dates coming in including maybe one at my own house...maybe 🤔
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Workshops are the essence of what I do and I love to share this beautiful practice and help you to get started on your journey.  Any questions, just ask!  I hope to see you at one some time ❤️
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Sending you so much love today, Helen x
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#yogaworkshop #handmadewithlove❤ #meditationworkshop #brightonyoga #hoveyoga #thisisbrighton #thingstodoinbrighton #handmadechristmas #handmadechristmasgift #thinggstodoinlondon #londonyoga
  • ✨D E E P // D I V E✨ Diwali.  Lunar Samhain.  New moon in Scorpio.  So much light in the darkness; so many opportunities to reset and give thanks. .
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This new moon peaked a few hours ago and I’ve been revelling in this energy of transformation and depths. Plus it’s been dark skies and raining here all day so the Scorpio rising in me has been jumping in those puddles like a child 🖤
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This is such a great time not just to reset but to go deeeeeep in your practice to seek out those dark places...y’know, the ones that you can only see if you feel; the ones that hold the desires you have but that maybe feel too ‘big’ or bold, or that you fear may cause others to judge you.  They’re not and they won’t.  Ego wants you to think that but none of it is true. .
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Use this time to speak that ‘big’ thing and to set it as a long-term intention.  Then get into the finer details, reverse engineer if you will.  What are the smaller, more manageable steps you need to take to get there?  What will happen when you do reach that dream?  What then?
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Celebrate the newness of this time.  Close your eyes, breathe and enjoy the rebirth.
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Sending you lots of love and new moon blessings, Helen x
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📸 by Iswanto Arif .
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  • ✨S T R E N G T H // I N // B A L A N C E✨ There is so much strength in finding your balance.  Not in aggression, not in passivity but in finding out where your centre point is and moving from that place.  The centre in which you feel supported (by something...even if it’s just your Self), stable and able to move with clarity and determination, sure of what you want to move towards and away from.
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I created the Strength in Balance mala to remind you that it’s possible to flow and move and change and still be stable enough to move from that centre place in which you feel guided to something new or different, or both.  I’ve used Onyx, Amazonite, lava stone (perfect if you like your essential oils), and Labradorite. ❤️
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Whatever you’re up to today, I hope you can remember that that centre point is within you, unwavering and always on your side.  Lots of love, Helen x
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  • ✨T E M P // P O S T✨ Just a reminder that the discount code is now active!  Use ‘LAST20’ at checkout for 20% off your whole order with no minimum spend 💃🏻 Active until tomorrow (Friday) at midnight GMT.
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If you have the newsletter code and would still like to get something please use that code as I’m trying to see how each does just for my own interest 😊.
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I’m absolutely bowled over by the past 24 hours and am actually in a bit of shock at how it’s gone so far.  I’m so grateful to you for all your support.  When you buy something from me, you’re not just supporting me and helping me to support my family, but you are supporting the women of Ashadeep, who create all of my bags and textiles, the widows of Vrindavan, who are in turn supported by @indiodysseyshop from whom I buy all my beautiful, sustainably-sourced, un-dyed rudraksha seeds ❤️ You are also helping me to support other small businesses and artists that I source materials from like @miasylviaa and @yarnyarnfiber to name just a couple. .
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Every ounce of my being goes into this business and I can’t express my gratitude to you for being here.  I really do do a happy dance when I get an order or get amazing feedback💃🏻 .
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Sending you so much love - I hope today is a good one for you 💜 Helen x
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