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Know that these mala beads are made by a Vet with PTSD in hopes of bringing awareness to and raising money for other Vets...with or without PTSD. Money raised through the Mala for Vets iniative supports Veterans Yoga missions like Mindful Yoga Therapy, VETOGA, Connected Warriors, Warriors Ascent, The Sparta Project and the Give Back Yoga Foundation.

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Chris Eder

10 months ago I started up MalaforVets as a way to help raise awareness for Veterans with PTSD.  I too suffer from this ugly-faced disease.  Making mala beads helps calm and center me.  The focus and attention to detail allow me to escape my thoughts.  Little did I know that I would be creating powerful and meaningful mala beads for people not just in the US...but across the globe. (Australia, UK, Netherlands, Japan)

The Warrior Mala bead has been by far my most popular mala bead thanks to Save A Warrior and Mindful Yoga Therapy. I've made about 80 of these...and counting. (See Veterans Day Fundraiser....ALL NOVEMBER LONG!) I hope to be over 100 by the end of the year...Maybe you will help!  These mala beads protect the user from all negative emotions, and reduces energy over rage, resentment, bad tempers, and anger in self and from others. It helps one banish sorrow or depression. Grounds energy and attention into the present. Increases physical energy, confidence, assertiveness, appetite, awareness of feelings, emotional warmth, sociability, compassion, individuality, and memory. The wood beads are very grounding. Rudraksha balances the ying and yang and to help increase tranquility.  All qualities Warriors with or without PTSD need.

BUT...what I am most thankful!  Everyone who has purchased a mala bead for themselves...sent one to a loved one as a gift...sponsored a Warrior...or shared a link I have posted.  THANK YOU! 

To show my thanks, I want to give you a code for 20% off your next purchase.  Send me a picture of you and your mala beads and a short explanation of what your mala beads mean to you.  If you don't have any of my mala beads...check out the site.  I try to make five or so new mala beads each week.

MALA of the DAY - 1000 Flowers Mala

Chris Eder


8mm Milefiori glass beads with a recycled African glass guru and small elephant (Ganesha) pendant.
Millefiori is a glasswork technique which produces distinctive decorative patterns on glassware. The term millefiori is a combination of the Italian words "mille" (thousand) and "fiori" (flowers).

MALA of the Day - Nov 10, 2013 : Good Luck Mala

Chris Eder


8mm Grey Agate beads with two 14mm Peruvian ceramic Hamsa pendants and one 10mm Tiger Eye bead.
Are you looking for some good luck?  Well...look no further than this mala.  Grey Agate, Tiger Eye, and the Hamsa are all known to bring the wearer good luck, wealth, prosperity, and protection.    Additionally, Grey Agate is an excellent stone for re-balancing and harmonising body, mind and spirit.  It cleanses and stabilises the aura, eliminating and transforming negativity.  Tiger Eye is a stone of protection, Tiger Eye may also bring good luck to the wearer.  It has the power to focus the mind, promoting mental clarity, assisting us to resolve problems objectively and unclouded by emotions. 

MALA of the DAY - Steadfast 108 Mala

Chris Eder


8x10mm oval faceted Carnelian beads with recycled African glass and tassel.  Carnelian gives courage, promotes positive life choices, dispels apathy and motivates for success.  Carnelian is useful for overcoming abuse of any kind.  It overcomes negative conditioning and encourages steadfastness.  It sharpens concentration, protects against envy, rage and resentment.  Carnelian boosts fertility and stimulates sexuality.

MALA of the DAY - Nov 5, 2013 : Steadfast Wrist Mala

Chris Eder


8x10mm oval faceted Carnelian beads with recycled African glass and tassel.  Carnelian gives courage, promotes positive life choices, dispels apathy and motivates for success.  Carnelian is useful for overcoming abuse of any kind.  It overcomes negative conditioning and encourages steadfastness.  It sharpens concentration, protects against envy, rage and resentment.  Carnelian boosts fertility and stimulates sexuality.

Veterans Day Fundraiser....ALL NOVEMBER LONG!

Chris Eder

I am a VETERAN OWNED BUSINESS!  I'm small...just one of me!  But my intentions are HUGE!  I make handcrafted mala beads with one goal in mind.  To RAISE AWARENESS about the horrible side-effect of war called PTS.  I have several seva projects, but my most popular is the Warrior Mala Bead.  That is why I have combined it with my two favorite non-profit organizations.  One of which is Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans (MYT).  MYT currently has a nation-wide call to action to help them raise money to pay for their "tool-kit."  So far MYT has sent out more than 10,000 of these books to Veterans around the globe. They have a goal of sending 30.000 by 2014.  That is where you come in!

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE AND RECEIVE ALL AT THE SAME TIME? you can! Through out the entire month of November I will donate $5 for every Warrior Mala you sponsor ($15) to MYT.  Additionally, I will send these Warrior Malas to Veterans currently in one of the MYT affiliate Yoga for Vets programs, or in-resident programs.  My goal is to find 50 sponsors. too can hold a fundraiser for MYT this Veterans Day.

But that is just the half of it!  IF you GIVE...then you will also...RECIEVE!  For every Warrior Mala you sponsor, I will put your name into a drawing to win the MYT Exclusive mala, the Support Precedes Action Mala.  This is an amazing mala that I think really captures the essence of what both MalaforVets and MYT is all about.  8mm Obsidian beads make up the majority of this powerful mala. It has six 8mm Grey Ice Flake Quartz beads and three 8mm Orange Ice Flake Quartz beads as spacers. This mala is finished off with a 10mm Unakite guru bead, 6mm Sandalwood bead and an antiqued silver-finished pewter Ganesha pendant.

SUPPORT: Obsidian is a very supportive and protective stone, it forms a shield against negativity. It absorbs negative energies from the environment. It stimulates growth on all levels, urging exploration of the unknown and opening new horizons. Brings clarity to the mind and clears confusion. Unakite adds to the “supportive” nature of this mala by providing grounding when needed. 
ACTION: Unakite is also excellent at removing obstacles to your personal growth. Meditations with this gemstone will aid in releasing pain and anger that you are having trouble letting go of. Quartz can amplify both positive thoughts and energy and can stimulate positive action when it is needed. They can strengthen your ability to be a loving person, and can enhance your abilities to enjoy life and accomplish the things you want in life. Ganesha will help you take positive action as he is widely known as the “Remover of Obstacles,” and “Lord of Success.” Additionally, Ganesh is also the “Giver of Success” and is associated with general abundance in life. 
I hope you will consider sponsoring a Warrior in support of this Veterans Day fundraiser.  I would also be very honored and humbled if you shared the above infographic in hopes to draw more awareness to this Seva Project....Namaste - Chris.

MALA of the DAY - Oct 25 2012 : M.B.S Mala

Chris Eder


10mm Jujube wood beads, a couple of 10mm Unakite beads, 12mm Amber spacers, grey recylced African glass, and a large Tibetan Elephant (Ganesha) pendant.
JuJube is very grounding and reduces anxiety and stress. 
Amber is a powerful healer and cleanser of the mind, body, and spirit.  It also cleanses the environment.  Amber draws disease from the body, healing and renewing the nervous system and balancing the right and left parts of the brain. 
Unakite is a stone of vision.  It balances emotions with spirituality.  Unakite provides grounding when needed.  It facilitates rebirthing, gently releasing conditions that inhibit spiritual and psychological growth.

MALA of the DAY - Oct 23, 2013

Chris Eder


8mm Watermelon Tourmaline beads with a quartz guru bead and tassel.
Watermelon Tourmaline stimulates the heart chakra, which instils a deep sense of inner peace and teaches where the source of all happiness is located.
Meditation with Watermelon Tourmaline is an ultimate end of day de-stress. Watermelon Tourmaline allows one to turn ones senses inwards, calm the mind and allow the experience of the peace and happiness to blossom and bloom from deep within.
Watermelon Tourmaline helps calm the over-sensitive, over-stimulated, over-reactive ground, centre and take time out.

Mala of the Day - Oct 21 2013

Chris Eder


10mm Sandalwood beads with one 10mm Unakite bead and 12mm Bohdi Seed spacers.  This mala has a beautiful Tibetan Silver guru bead and a large Ganesh pendant.
Sandalwood is one of the traditional materials used for malas. A soothing, peaceful and fragrant wood it is said to attract positive subtle vibrations, bring clear perception, promote tranquility and a positive frame of mind.  Ganesh is the remover of all obstacles..and protector.
Sandalwood is an antidepressant, antiseptic, insecticidal, and sedative wood. It can assist in the healing of cells and is used to assist the immune system in any healing process or to prevent illness.