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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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  • ✨B E S P O K E✨ I know I’m always saying how much I love creating custom pieces, but I really do - and, wonderfully, I’ve had a spate of them recently.  There’s just something very special about knowing exactly who a piece is going to and being able to create something unique, not just physically but energetically.  I can channel and focus different energies just for that person and their intentions. .
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This piece is for a man and I’m so excited for him to receive it.  It was a simple request but no less complex in its intricacies too - isn’t that where the magick happens! 🖤 .
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Made entirely from Onyx, it’s been very therapeutic for me personally to create this and to feel its weight, its ability to transform and restore all at the same time.  I’m so grateful to have been asked to create this.
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I’m always up for working on bespoke pieces so if you feel that’s something you’d like for yourself and your practice, please just get in touch in the usual ways and I can send across prices and design ideas to get us started.
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Sending you all the love today, Helen x
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#malabeads #chantmalas #bespoke #custommade #yogadailypractice #malanecklace #mantrameditation #practicemeditation #yogapractice #handmade #magick #magickal  #creatrix #consciousliving #consciousbusiness
  • ✨B R I G H T O N // Y O G A // F E S T I V A L✨ A gorgeous day spent with like-minded souls yesterday at the @brightonyogafoundation festival.  Onwards to today for a talk and meditation from me and a couple of classes for the smaller humans (kids and teens) as well as lots of time chatting to lovely people at my stand.  It’s a huge honour to be a sponsor this year and I feel very proud to be supporting such a gorgeous, chilled event and charity 💜 If you’re coming down, make sure you pop over and say hello!
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Thank you lovely @bethmercerphotography for taking this stunning image of my stand.
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Whatever you’re up to today, I hope it’s a peaceful one, Helen x
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#chantmalas #malabeads #malanecklace #yogafestival #yogadailypractice #yogaworkshop #yogateacher #ukyoga #yogauk #yogini #thisisbrighton #brightonyogafestival #microbusiness #brightonyoga
  • ✨C O N N E C T I O N✨ As I enter my final week of prep before the @brightonyogafoundation festival this weekend- my first as a sponsor - I’m taking all the support I can get. .
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I recently treated myself to the Green Magic box from @crystalmuse_ and it came with this beautiful Earth meets Spirit oil blend by @petalandmossapothecary as well as the pictured Green Fuchsite crystal.  I’ve been using both to help me to ground and for inspiration when things feel a little overwhelming.  Green Fuchsite is also great for accessing that playful inner child, a welcome reminder for me to see the joy in all I do!  I highly recommend both if you are in need of some green magick 💚🌳
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I’m also really pleased with myself for finally getting this new addition to the ‘mini’ (6mm) mala collection completed.  It’s dedicated to healing, cleansing and strengthening our sense of self.  I love how it’s come out and can’t wait to see it alongside its siblings on the stall at the weekend!
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Happy Monday, lovely one - I hope it’s been a good one for you 💚 Helen x
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#earthmagick #connectwithspirit #malabeads #malanecklace #mantrameditation #prehnite #tassel #earthing #grounding #gaia #mothernature #yogapracticedaily #essentialoilsforlife #greenfuchsite #healingcrystals #goddess
  • ✨T E A C H // C OM P A S S I O N✨ Last night, my daughter asked me about the statue that sits on my bedside table - this one, Kuan Yin - and we got into a conversation about who She is and what She means.  My daughter had lots of questions (as four-year olds do 😊), ‘what do Her clothes mean?  What’s She sitting on?  Where is She from?  Who does She help?  What does She say to them?’ We touched on the idea that She is a part of all of us, rather than something separate, and that we could do what She does because we all have compassion inside of us. .
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Then this morning my daughter picked it up again and told her brother that ‘this is the lady who will help you if you feel sad or angry.’ My heart melted.
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I know that I’m not the only person having conversations like this with their children; I know that I’m not alone in teaching my children about food and their bodies and how they relate (we have a car engine analogy in our house), and about why we need to look after nature and animals and the oceans and each other; I know that I’m not the only white mother who takes out books with strong female central characters who look like her daughter and who DON’T look like her, and with messages about gender not being an important factor in the way we see each other; I know I’m not alone in wanting my son to know that tears are brave and so is kindness, and respect, and the ability to listen without waiting to respond or explain.
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I know that the only way we will really make this world a better place is if we practice compassion and teach our children to do the same.  It’s not romanticism, it’s life, and if we all did it, it wouldn’t be novelty, it would just be the way of things.
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Thank you, Kuan Yin, for helping me to always remember that compassion comes first.  And thank you to my mum for bringing us (me, my brother and sister) up with the simple central question, ‘how would you feel if...?’
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I hope you have a peaceful Sunday, lovely one, Helen x
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#kuanyin #goddess #goddessenergy #consciousparenting #yogadailypractice #mindfulnessmeditation #mindfulmamas #teachcompassion #practicecompassion #mindfulnesspractice #yogaiseverywhere
  • ✨P R I D E // I N // Y O G A✨ A few weeks ago, I ran a workshop @portsmouthyogastudio, where beautiful Chant Sister (and dear friend) @lucidyogalucy had in the window an LGBTQ+ sticker saying ‘Southsea Safe Space.’ This got me thinking about yoga, Pride, safe spaces and my own business. .
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I’m so happy to announce that Lucy and I will be having an informal chat via IG Live next Thursday (12th) at 9.30am BST about all things Pride in Yoga and how to create safe spaces and support LGBTQ+ communities.  I’m also excited to hear about Lucy’s plans for her new Pride in Yoga project 💜🌈 .
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If you can’t make it live, it’ll be up for the 24 hours after.  Please feel free to send me or Lucy any questions or comments you might have or want to contribute or join us live on the day! 💫🙏
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Sending you lots of love and a wish for a peaceful weekend, Helen x
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#prideinyoga #pride #gaypride #yogaforall #safespace #lgbtqsafespace #yogaforeverybody #inclusiveyoga #loveislove #yogadailypractice #ukyoga #yogauk #thisisyoga
  • ✨S U N D A Y // E S S E N T I A L S✨ Time.  Space.  Silence.  For me that means getting up at 5am so I can get and make the most of those three things otherwise it just won’t happen.  It’s early.  It’s completely worth it.  It doesn’t always happen (my babes are early risers) and in those days I just fit it in where I can.  However it comes, it’s just for me and I’m grateful, so grateful for it.
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Do something for yourself today. .
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Sending you lots of time, space and silence, Helen x
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#mindfulmoment #mindfulness #lark #earlybird #svadhyaya #yogapractice #thismyyoga #yogaforall #radiancesutras #malanecklace #malabeads #halfmala #sadhana #sacredspace
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