Mala beads serve as a talisman. A gentle reminder to breathe. A tool to help bring you back down to earth and out of bouts of stress, panic, or anxiety.
Meditation can serve as your most powerful tool for healing. A mala serves as a silent guide. Whether letting it run through your fingers with every breath while it remains in your pocket, resting it on your lap in meditation, or counting beads with inhales and exhales as you drive, American Yogi's Spiritual Armor Beads will be there to ground you.
In the same way that American Yogi strives for inclusivity in the yoga space, we wanted to create a tool for breathing that could be carried across all walks of life--whether you spend your days on the beach, the base, or the farm.
The idea for our mala came in conjunction with the creation of The American Yogi Brothers in Arms Fund--a fund created to honor the memory of a close friend that passed in 2015. After he died, a handful of us from the platoon replicated his "Brothers in Arms" tattoo we saw on his forearm moments after he died. He inspired us to follow our dreams. With the fund, we aim to help another veteran fund their dream and pursue their goals--anywhere in the world. $15 from every mala sold will go directly into the fund. [You can also donate here: Brothers in Arms Fund]
Every set of Spiritual Armor is handmade in the US by Chris Eder of Mala for Vets, a veteran owned/operated business based in Florida.
Limited number of malas available of this single-run design. Each set is unique, and will not be produced again.
Black Onyx is believed to support mental or physical stress or bereavement, as it provides strength and support during difficult circumstances. Black Onyx is a soothing stone said to help alleviate fears and worries and to help you to feel comfortable within yourself and in your surroundings. It is also believed to promote stamina and vigor and to encourage the making of wise decisions. Black Onyx is said to promote self-control helping the wearer to keep excessive emotions and passions under control.
Skull Beads are meant to have the meditator reflect on death and impermanence, knowing that death is a given we can't avoid. Moreso, the closer that we can relate to death and embrace it, the sooner we can start living with love and compassion while realizing that death will come when it is time--in other words, live life and embrace death. That acceptance is key to the inevitable passing of time and body.
Jet (Skull Bead Stone) is commonly used as a stone of protection, yet it is also believed to carry some healing properties, including pain relief for headaches/migraines and enhanced healing of traumatic injuries. Working almost like an energetic filter, Jet is a grounding stone with intense purification and protection properties. Healing grief is a primary purpose for jet in the emotional realm. It brings grief to the surface in a gentle manner to be alleviated and healed with the protection of sympathy and comfort. Jet is also said to ease anxiety and depression, calming anxious or fearful thinking as well as delusions. Ease of anxiety and depression can bring about inner growth, increase self-reliance, and ease the stress of change.