How To: Layer Your Altar

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“When I think of my jewelry, I think of it as an extension of who I am.  Each piece has a story and represents a time and place where I am in my life. The pieces I choose to wear each day differ depending on how I am feeling but I always follow a couple of simple rules for layering my altar…

1. Heart Center:

When layering on my jewelry, I always start with the pieces closest to my heart which is usually my Om and Zodiac necklaces on 18 inch chains.

2. Layer On Strength: 

My 18 inch chain is followed by a 24 or 32 inch chain that hangs at my Solar Plexus Chakra. The solar plexus is the core of your self where your will, power, and assertiveness originate so that’s where I love wear a symbol of strength or wisdom like a Mandala or a Hamsa.

3. Meditative Mala:

I always finish with a gemstone mala that I have usually made myself. An authentic gemstone mala that’s infused with my own intention works to ground and remind me that I can always find inner piece when I turn within.

 

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Get the Look : Scorpio Zodiac Necklace GoldReclaiming Self Ganesha NecklaceGold Hamsa Necklace – In the NowAbundant Tranquility Mala

4. Arm Yourself: 

Last but not least, my wrists are always filled with bracelets of healing gemstones and symbols which all have their own meanings. Rather than select my stack based on color,  I allow my intuition to guide me to exactly what I need.

 

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Planting the Seed: The Rudraksha Mala

Any Satya fan knows that malas are an integral part of any Satya Jewelry collection. The mala is a traditional Buddhist tool of prayer, featuring 108 beads on which to meditate. Most malas consist of beads strung together on hand-knotted silk, with a tassel at the end. Our Seeds of Change Mala stands apart because of its origins as seeds of the rudraksha tree, adding a natural element to our collection.

Satya Jewelry's Seeds of Change Mala

Satya Jewelry’s Seeds of Change Mala

The rudraksha tree is an evergreen native to areas in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. Its seeds can have many faces, each number having a different symbolism. The most common seeds have five faces, symbolic of the five faces of Shiva, whose tears are said to have grown into the tree.

A rudraksha tree

A rudraksha tree

Seeds after the blue shell has been shed. Ready for jewelry! Photo credit: kauaibotanicalgardens.com

Seeds after the blue shell has been shed. Ready for jewelry! Photo credit: kauaibotanicalgardens.com

Rudraksha seeds have long been used in Ayurvedic healing to decrease stress and encourage a sense of balance in the body. This is contributed to a unique electromagnetic field in each seed, which acts similarly to a magnet in balancing the poles of the heart and brain. A recent study by the Indian Institute of Technology verified these properties, and the seeds are becoming more popular to wear as a functional piece of jewelry!

A fun fact: Pratima Day Spa in New York City has a dedicated rudraksha room – for $65, you can relax in a room draped in rudraksha seeds, which are said to carry an electromagnetic field that calms all aspects of one’s being.

The Rudraksha Room at Pratima Day Spa in NYC

The Rudraksha Room at Pratima Day Spa in NYC
Photo via Pratima Day Spa

Would you wear a rudraksha mala?

Satya Staff Field Trip!

Field trips were always the highlight of the school year, so imagine our delight when we received this in our inboxes! (And even further happiness to find out that we’d be starting our week off with a Mala Workshop and not a typical case of the Mondays).

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Satya began the day by leading us in a guided meditation, where we focused on something we wanted to achieve or attain – anything from finding the strength to kinder in our daily lives, to finally moving into a bigger apartment. Using the process of making a mala as a metaphor for the journeys we take each day, we were led through the ups and downs of making our dreams a reality.

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Satya leading the group in meditation

Desare, Roxann and Yifaa enjoying the meditation.

The process of making a mala is at once relaxing and challenging. It requires patience, attention to detail, and a willingness to be content with imperfections. Each of the 108 beads is hand-knotted on silk cord. Sounds simple, right? The trick is knotting as close to the previous bead as possible, and the technique takes quite a few tries to nail down. But, it was fun to see our progress bead by bead.

Pyrite and fuchsia silk are ready to be mala-ized!

Roxann has mastered the art of knotting and is now halfway through her rose quartz mala!

Snacks like trail mix and crisp summer grapes provided fuel on our jewelry-making journey.

 

Phurbu helping Laureni put the tassel on her mala

What’s better than help from Satya herself?

After a few hours, we all left with our very own handmade unique Satya piece. There have been a lot more malas being worn around the office these days, and we all have our own story to tell about them.

Suzell is rocking her new green jade mala – how great does it look?!

Desare chose matte onyx for her mala – it was one of the most popular stones of the day!

 

Mala and Meditation Workshop with Satya

Malas embody everything that Satya Jewelry is all about – beauty, meaning, and inspiration. Beyond being a beautiful tassel necklace composed of 108 beads, each mala is a powerful tool for prayer and meditation. Each bead represents an opportunity to focus on an inspiring and powerful mantra.

Each year, Satya hosts a Mala and Meditation workshop at Golden Bridge Yoga in New York City. It is a day for reflection, bonding, and forging deep connections. Those who attend learn how to make their own mala directly from Satya, and end the day with a mala that is completely unique, personal, and full of meaning.

We took some photos to share the event with those who couldn’t make it! Image

Stringing and knotting carnelian beads on silk cord.

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Making new friends (and malas)!

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Dolma, from Satya’s production department, puts the finishing touches on a beautiful angelite mala.

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Learning directly from Satya, as she works with rose quartz.