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Japa Mala Meditation

Mala necklaces have become quite a trend recently. What do these beautiful and unique necklaces represent? Why are so many yoga practitioners wearing them lately? Are they simply fashion statements? Or is there more to these magical japa mala necklaces?

Typically mala necklaces include 108 beads. These 108 beads are used for keeping count with your fingers while repeating a chosen mantra, typically with your eyes closed.

Simply wearing the malas can also be a reflection of your intention, just as fashion is a way to express oneself. By wearing the sacred rudraksha beads along with the crystals, we are receiving the healing energy of the beads.  Soma, owner of Aum Rudraksha, who we have collaborated with in designing and creating Aloha Malas, states: "Rudraksha beads are have been used for centuries as power or prayer beads. They are healing to the body and the mind. They protect you and amplify your spiritual quest, and are truly the gem of beads." The mala beads that we use for Aloha Malas are all organic and sustainably harvested in Indonesia.

The crystals included in our malas also have healing powers.

For example, rose quartz is a powerful stone which activates love, compassion and forgiveness. Citrine has the ability to manifest prosperity and abundance.

Our LOVE Rose Quartz Aloha Mala


Our PROSPERITY Citrine Aloha Mala

 View our Gem Guide to view the healing powers of the crystals we use in our jewelry and mala necklaces.

There are many theories behind the significance of the number 108, which is considered a sacred number in the Hindu religion:

Logan Milliken who designs malas for Silver and Sage says: "1 stands for God, the universe or your own highest truth; 0 stands for emptiness and humility in spiritual practice; and 8 stands for infinity and timelessness." (from Yoga Journal)

Renowned yoga instructor Shiva Rea shares: "Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence. This number also connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth: The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. Such phenomena have given rise to many examples of ritual significance." (excerpted from Yoga Journal)

The mala necklace is a mindful, wearable reflection of what people are seeking in their spiritual or intentional journey.

Once you've chosen a mala necklace, there are many different mantras to choose. Not sure what a mantra is?  View our blog on Mantra Magic to find a mantra that is right for you, or attend one of my mantra workshops to ask for support in finding a mantra for your intention.  I am also happy to set up individual consultations to help guide you through your mantra practice.

Once you have chosen a mantra:

Find a quiet and comfortable place to sit where you'll be able to focus for about 20-30 minutes. Create a tall spine with your body, chin slightly tucked. Start to roll the eyes up and back into the third eye space, at the center of the forehead between the eyebrows. (This activates the pineal gland which regulates the hormones.)

Begin by taking a few deep breaths in an out to clear your mind. Begin by chanting the mantra AUM. Place your thumb and middle finger on the bead next to the extra bottom (guru) bead of your mala necklace. Say the mantra 1x per bead, and then move onto the next.

Focus on the sound of the mantra, taking calm and full breaths in and out as you draw your awareness inward.  You can begin by saying the mantra aloud, continuing to say it aloud through the 108 beads, or you may prefer to do it silently.

Have patience with yourself. You might find that your mind starts to wonder...thinking about what you need to do next or something that happened in the past, but try to come back to the mantra.

In this beautiful meditation practice, you will see that you begin to become an observer within the mind. Even when the monkey mind starts going, you can still say the mantra; its as if the mantra becomes the background music. And perhaps it becomes the background music in your mind for the day, for the week, or for the month.

If you are ready to begin your practice, we have many beautiful malas for you try out. View them in our newest ALOHA MALAS collection page. 

I believe that mantra is a tool to reconstruct the world as we know it. These ancient chants have been chanted for thousands of years with intentions of healing and spiritual connection.  Mantra is the tried and tested tool to change your thought patterns.  I invite you to explore the inner wisdom, tap inward to understand how the mind works so that we can reprogram our thoughts to serve all beings everywhere.  May our voices be instruments of divine love. 

1 Response


June 24, 2016

Wow! SO helpful, I am going to try this.

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Gem Guide

Amazonite | Amethyst |  Apatite  |  Aquamarine  |  Chalcedony  |  Chrysoprase  |  Citrine  |  Druzy  |  Fluorite  |  Freshwater Pearl  |  Garnet  |  Iolite  |  Kyanite  |  Labradorite  |  Lapis Lazuli  |  Lemon Quartz  |  Moonstone  |  Mother of Pearl  |  Opal  |  Peridot  |  Pink Opal  |  Puka Shells  |  Pyrite  |  Quartz  |  Rose Quartz  |  Rhodochrosite  |  Ruby  |  Sunstone  |  Tanzanite  |  Topaz  |  Tourmaline  |  Turquoise



  • agate is excellent for balancing emotional, physical and intellectual energy,
  • harmonizes the yin and yang, the positive and negative forces of the universe
  • metaphysically, agate has a lower intensity and vibrates to a slower frequency than other stones, but is highly regarded as a stabilizing and strengthening influence


  • heals and opens both the heart and throat chakras to enhance loving communication
  • Assists in manifesting universal love
  • Soothes emotional trauma
  • Alleviates worry and fear


  • symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom
  • using an Amethyst as a meditation focus will increase the positive spiritual feelings and love of the divine
  • helps overcome fears and cravings, as well as relieve headaches
  • can also be used as a dream stone and to help insomnia by placing the stone under your pillow while sleeping
  • this powerful protective stone can transmute negative energy into loving energy and enhance intuitive guidance



  • aids in manifestation
  • can help deepen meditation as well as raise kundalini energy
  • aids in communication and self expression, leading to knowledge of truth through the throat chakra


  • reduces stress and quiets the mind
  • a stone of courage, it is believed to counteract dark forces
  • sharpens intuition and opens clairvoyance
  • clears the throat chakra and encourages service to humanity
  • encourages responsibility for oneself and promotes self-expression


  • a powerful cleansing stone that absorbs negative energy in order to balance the body, mind and spirit
  • transforms melancholy into joy
  • eases self-doubt
  • facilitates inward self-reflection
  • creates harmony


  • stimulates self-acceptance, forgiveness and compassion
  • said to enhance fertility
  • promotes relaxation, deep meditative states and peaceful sleep
  • stimulates creativity
  • energizes the sacral and heart chakras


  • powerful cleanser and regenerator
  • warming, energizing and highly creative stone
  • absorbs, transmutes, dissipates and grounds negative energy
  • stone of abundance, teaching us how to manifest and attract wealth, prosperity and  success
  • soothes group/family discord
  • raises self-esteem and self-confidence, helping to develop a positive attitude
  • enhances concentration
  • helps overcome depression and fear
  • promotes inner calm so wisdom can emerge


  • encourages clarity of mind
  • stimulates the rising of Kundalini energy to the crown chakra
  • balances the chakras
  • amplifies the energy of the surrounding stones


  • powerful mineral that helps ground your energy and improve focus
  • absorbs negative energies within the environment
  • helps heal infections and disorders within the body


Freshwater Pearl

  • symbol of love and purity
  • promotes truth and loyalty


  • balances the root chakra
  • stimulates passion and creativity
  • promotes courage needed to overcome challenges or situations of crisis
  • improves self-confidence
  • works to heal blood-related diseases

Green Onyx

  • physically, onyx is beneficial for teeth, bones, bone marrow, the feet, and blood disorders.
  • a secretive stone that assists in keeping your own counsel
  • provides support and relief in times of exceptional stress and confusion
  • can be used to heal old grief and suffering


  • activates the third eye, enhancing visualization and intuitive insight
  • aids in understanding
  • helps you express your true self
  • creates harmony in relationships


  • a "dream stone" that when placed on the forehead can bring insightful dreams and emotional release
  • a symbol of purity and serenity
  • much revered in the East, it is associated with increasing love in the heart chakra 
  • releases negative emotions



  • opens the throat chakra, encouraging self-expression and communication
  • excellent for meditation; amplifies high frequency energies
  • cuts through ignorance, fear and blockages
  • boosts self-confidence
  • relieves anxiety


  • connects you to your higher consciousness
  • brings light to the wearer and blocks negative energy
  • stimulates intuition
  • balances fears and insecurities
  • strengthens faith in the self and trust in the universe
  • a stone of transformation and useful companion through change, imparting strength and perseverance
  • a highly mystical and protective stone

 Lapiz Lazuli

  • opens the third eye
  • balances the throat chakra
  • stimulates enlightenment and enhances psychic abilities
  • releases stress and brings serenity and peace
  • protective stone, blocking you from negative energy
  • encourages self-expression and speaking your truth

 Lemon Quartz

  • meditation with lemon quartz will enhance focus on your goals with a clear, bright outlook to manifest your future as you wish it to be
  • a good luck stone, it helps usher in opportunities for abundance
  • helps curb diet-related cravings


  • balances the hormonal cycle
  • soothes and stabilizes the emotions
  • promotes intuition and helps develop clairvoyance
  • balances the sacral and solar plexus chakras
  • brings about good fortune and passionate love

Mother of pearl

  • attracts fortune and happiness
  • symbolizes purity, integrity and grace


  • enhances cosmic consciousness
  • induces psychic and mystical visions
  • reflective, karmic stone, teaching you that what you put out comes back
  • helps you realize your full potential
  • stimulates creativity


  • promotes grace and serenity
  • brings about forgiveness of oneself and dissolves feelings of self-blame
  • enhances prosperity in all areas of life
  • gently releases anger

Pink opal

  • said to aid in cleansing and activating the root and sacral chakras
  • creates a feeling of being centered

Puka shells

  • originates from cone snail shells in the ocean  
  • In the Hawaiian tradition, the wearing of puka shells was thought to ensure a peaceful and safe voyage, especially for sailors on a long journey


  • excellent energy shield, blocking out negative energy
  • a positive stone, facilitating tapping into abilities and potential, stimulating the flow of ideas
  • improves memory
  • boasts self-confidence
  • relieves anxiety and frustration


  • raises the vibration and amplifies energy
  • enhances psychic abilities and attunes you to your spiritual purpose

Rose Quartz

  • a stone of unconditional love and infinite peace
  • activates the heart chakra
  • purifies and opens the heart and helps to attract love
  • enhances positive affirmations


  • helps to attract soul mates
  • clears the solar plexus chakra
  • helps you to face the truth with loving awareness
  • encourages a positive attitude
  • enhances dream states and creativity
  • can lift depressed moods and bring light into your life


  • stimulates the heart chakra
  • encourages you to "follow your bliss" and passion for life
  • promotes dynamic leadership
  • attracts sexual activity
  • creates a positive and courageous mentality
  • encourages transformation and removal of negative energy


  • Sometimes called mystic sapphire, this stone is typically a sapphire which is heat treated to give it a coating to make it shiny.  
  • They are said to facilitate peace and balance within the physical, mental and spiritual energies of the body
  • Sapphires, in all their beauty, have been highly regarded and sought after throughout history, and associated with kings, emperors and Greek gods.


  • clears all the chakras
  • a joyful stone which brings in light and energy, allowing the true self to shine through happily
  • encourages optimism and enthusiasm
  • acts as an anti-depressant, lifting dark moods and bringing in the regenerative power of the sun


  • activates the throat chakra for clear communication and expression
  • promotes compassion
  • calms an overactive mind
  • brings a peaceful understanding of one's own heart


Tiger's Eye

  • a protective stone, bringing out integrity and promoting clarity of intention
  • alleviates depression
  • helps to mend personal issues of psychiatric dis-ease, a feeling of unworthiness and self-criticism
  • increases low-sex drive


  • a soothing stone that heals and energizes
  • promotes truth and forgiveness
  • helps you to find your true path
  • stimulates self-confidence



  • cleanses, purifies and transforms dense energy into a lighter vibration
  • grounds spiritual energy
  • clears and balances all the chakras
  • attracts inspiration, compassion, tolerance and prosperity
  • balances male/female energy in the body


  • serves as a protective stone, keeping the wearer from harm
  • brings about good fortune
  • symbolizes friendship
  • can increase growth and muscular strength, as well as detoxify the body
  • said to balance all the chakras