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Mala Beads to Help You Survive the Winter

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Mala Beads to Help You Survive the Winter

Kate Cammell

Photo by Kate Cammell

Photo by Kate Cammell

Mala beads (otherwise known as "Buddhist prayer beads") are no stranger to the world stage. For centuries, these necklaces and bracelets have been used to deepen meditation practices. Recently, however, malas have taken on an entirely new role: as fashion pieces. Thanks to cultural fascination with yoga and mindfulness, these transcendental beads have transcended their spiritual roots to become a must-have accessory!

Malas are simple yet elegant pieces that provide the perfect finish for a variety of outfits and styles. Not only do their deep texture and natural materials make them a perfect addition to a winter wardrobe, but each mala's spiritual properties may also help cure the upcoming winter blues. From bohemian to preppy, no matter your style, there is a mala out there for you!

The Wooden Mala

The Sandalwood Jasper Mala ($48, from Golden Lotus)

The Sandalwood Jasper Mala ($48, from Golden Lotus)

Minimalists and free spirits alike will delight in the traditional wooden mala. These necklaces are composed of 109 beads and typically used to recite mantras. With their versatile aesthetic, they can be dressed up or down, and worn in a multitude of ways. In Buddhist tradition, wood is used to evoke serenity and a sense of calm.

 

The Turquoise Mala

Turquoise Mala ($67, from Dharma Shop)

Turquoise Mala ($67, from Dharma Shop)

Looking for a mala with a flare? Malas made with turquoise gemstones are the perfect pieces to give fall and winter outfits a pop of color. Not only are these malas spunky statement pieces, but turquoise is known to aid with balance of the mind and body.

 

The Agate Mala

Agate Mala Bracelet ($10, from Etsy)

Agate Mala Bracelet ($10, from Etsy)

With its cold temperatures, lack of vitamin D, and unpredictable nature, winter can be rough. Fight back against the cold in polished gemstone style with agate malas! Aside from their natural beauty, agates are also said to provoke courage in their wearer. From fiery red stones to deep blue spheres, there is an agate mala to match every winter ensemble.

 

The Basalt Mala

Mala Basalt Lava Rock and Rudraksha ($29, from Artfully Elegant) 

Mala Basalt Lava Rock and Rudraksha ($29, from Artfully Elegant) 

In need of heat and spice this winter? Look no further than basalt. This stone is known for its raw, strikingly-coarse look, and its jet black color is a great compliment to the darker tones of typical winter wear. 

 

The Quartz Mala

Quartz Mala ($157, from Tiny Devotions)

Quartz Mala ($157, from Tiny Devotions)

These clear stones look flawless with any style. Thanks to their translucent glow, quartz malas are captivating in the snowy weather. In addition to their elegant aesthetic, quartz stones are sure to regulate the energy of the wearer and offer peace of mind.

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Between the pressure of college and the harsh winter weather, it's easy to feel blue. Mala beads are a natural remedy used for centuries to cleanse negative energy and most recently to cure a wardrobe in crisis. If you're looking to make a holistic statement this winter, look no further than mala beads!