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ओं मणिपद्मे हूं ओम शान्ति ओं मणिपद्मे हूं ओम शान्ति ओं मणिपद्मे हूं ओम शान्ति

namaste and welcome to the 5th element yoga etsy store :) i am a buddhist and bhakti (devotional) yogini who draws mindful meditation, self awareness, and strength from mala making. i am classically trained in the lineage of swami satyananda saraswati and have trained yoga instructors in the lineage of the bihar school of yoga in india, as well as in yoga therapy. i have also been a clinical herbalist for 13+ years, and have studied ayurveda, native american, chinese, and vedic healing throughout my life. i have been blessed with a very colorful, spiritual, and diverse path in my life, crossed by old souls and compassionate gurus in every lineage. i opened my shop in 2005 and finally came to etsy in 2011. i have been making malas with the best of intentions for 10+ years now, am grateful for my experience, and hope to share this energy through each individual connection that I am graced with. all pieces are made with mindful meditation, and a devotional, compassionate energy.

most of the malas you will find here are made from grade a+ and above semi-precious gemstones, high quality woods, and cultural items, which are handmade, fair trade, and hand chosen for each piece. all materials are sourced from personal friends and artists with amazing hearts and amazing spirits, from all corners of the world. woods are sourced from farmed plantations, free from illegal harvesting or trading, and bone is sourced from buddhist resources, without harm to sentient beings. all malas, rosaries, and jewelry include a silk sari mala bag, polishing cloth, and mantra card and/or gemstone card. free domestic shipping within the u.s. is also included, and 10% of each item purchased is joyfully donated to save the children.

i sincerely hope you find something here that speaks to you. thank you for supporting small business and artists on etsy :)



with gratitude, love, and respect, औं 5th Element Yoga ® is a registered trademark. all product photographs remain raw and unaltered, and all malas and jewelry are 100% designed by औं 5th Element Yoga.

copyright © 2005 I 2014


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*** AS FEATURED ON THECULTUREIST.COM *** i am so excited and feel so blessed to have been featured on thecultureist.com!!! if you're not familiar, it's a wonderful site about global community and making a difference. thank you guys so much for your inspiring work and for the wonderful feature!!! namaste!!!

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Healing Properties

the healing properties of each piece will not depend so much upon a stone or the materials used, but on the intention of its creator, wearer, and the mantra used. personally, i don't believe that a stone can heal, but i do believe that stones carry an energetic property that may be used as an aid, similar to a plant or any product of the earth. a plant carries several therapeutic properties; its color, its aroma, its taste, etc. stones also carry therapeutic qualities that can have an effect on us in the same way. each type of stone has its own unique talent, and gemstone colors, shapes, and textures can all have special meanings to us. you can intuitively choose which stones are best for you by noting which stones you are drawn to most. keep your heart open and allow the appropriate stone to find its way to you :)


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Simplified Terms

the 5th element: known as space, sky, ether, or akasha in sanskrit. used to designate the "inner" space of the heart or the space of consciousness.

chakra: each of the centers of energetic power in the human body. there are seven main chakras described in the tantric scriptures. each chakra represents specific vibrations and frequencies with progressively higher states of consciousness. the key to unlocking the entire system is the heart chakra.

mantra: a word or sound vibration repeated to aid concentration in meditation and transcend the thinking mind.

meditation: a mental technique or practice of training the mind to become silent (the cessation of the mind) which is repetitively practiced for the purpose of attaining self awareness, an enlightened path, self-realization, and oneness with all beings. characterized as blissful.

metta: compassion ❤.

mindful meditation: an attentive awareness of the reality of things (especially of the present moment).

yoga: the cessation of the mind waves :)


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Using Your Mala

a japa mala or mala (meaning garland) is a set of beads used by hindus, buddhists, and yoga practitioners during meditation. they are most commonly made from 108 beads, though other numbers, usually divisible by 9, are also used. mala bracelets are also made with 18, 21, 24, 27, or 54 beads, and are used to count repetitions of mantra during meditation, or prostrations, by rotating the beads between the thumb and fingers. mantra practice may include reciting prayers, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra. this practice is known in sanskrit as japa.

to use this powerful tool in meditation and chanting prayers, do not pass over the summit charm or guru bead out of respect for our teachers. instead, continue back to the first bead by moving in the opposite direction. 108 bead malas are counted only once all the way around the mala, while 54 count malas are counted forward once and backward once to total 108 repetitions. 27 count malas are counted four times, forward and backward, to total 108 repetitions.


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Extending the Life of Your Mala

to extend the life of your mala, do not carry it by the tail, tassel, or guru bead. please avoid using essential oils or getting your mala wet, as this may weaken some malas. solar cleansing (sunlight) is just as powerful as water.


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About Mantras

the word mantra means "to transcend the thinking mind." mantras are sanskrit words or seed syllables that are sung, chanted, or mentally repeated with the use of a mala, in order to cultivate an energetic that is supportive to the body/mind, and to aid the mind in concentration during meditation. for example, have you ever noticed that your tone and words create a certain energetic in your environment? have you ever caught yourself humming a tune and noticed that it may be the humming itself that has lightened your mood? using mantras has this same effect. these sounds or phrases may be used as the object of concentration in order to quiet the mind, and can be chanted out loud or internally to create an environment that is conducive to meditation and healing. throughout the ages, mantra practice has been considered the safest method for meditation and spiritual progression.


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Common Mantras

aum: pronounced and sometimes written as om or ohm, the vibration of this mantra is said to be the first primordial sound of existence. its vibration represents the manifestation of the Supreme Being, the universe, past, present, and future, and the cyclical nature of beginning, transformation, and end. it is the reflection of the absolute reality, without beginning or end, and embraces all that exists. when taken letter by letter, A-U-M represents the divine energy united in its three elementary aspects: creation, preservation and liberation.

om gum ganapataye namaha: pronounced ohm-goom-ghana-pot-aye-ay-nah-mah-ha, this mantra is associated with the deity ganesha, the remover of obstacles. it helps to remove that which stands between us and our desires.

om mani padme hum: pronounced ohm-mah-nee-pod-may-hum, this mantra is said to carry all of the teachings of the buddha. it invokes the embodiment of metta, the philosophy and practice of universal love and compassion.

om namah shivaya: pronounced ohm-nah-mah-shee-vie-yah, this mantra is associated with the deity shiva, the protector. it invokes strength, protection, fearlessness, and consciousness.

om shanti shanti shanti: pronounced ohm-shahntee, this mantra literally translates as om peace peace peace.

om sri maha lakshmiyei namaha: pronounced ohm-shree-mah-ha-locksh-my-ay-nah-mah-ha, this mantra is associated with the deity lakshmi, the giver of prosperity and wealth. it invokes abundance and prosperity.

om sri rama jaya rama: pronounced ohm-shree-rah-mah-jie-yah-rah-mah, this mantra is associated with the deity rama, and invokes transcendance of karma and purification of the ego.

so hum: known as the so hum breath, this mantra is chanted mentally with each breath, with “so” chanted on the outbreath and “hum” chanted on the inbreath. the mantra translates as "i am that" and when chanted, brings us to an awareness that we simply "are" and are one with the universal energy that is without form.


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namaste and thank you so much for visiting 5th element yoga :)