THE KATIE MALA

When I think of what it means to be “feminine”, the first word I think of is fierce. Because women, over the ages, have endured and risen through the most trying of times. Our bodies are designed to perform miraculous feats. We have the emotional capacity (and relentless desire) to heal ourselves and the world. Our hearts are touched by the suffering of others. More than anything, we care.

When I think of women I the women I most admire, they are the ones that have two feet firmly grounded on the earth, with wings reaching for the heavens above. The women work diligently with passion, devotion, and sobriety. Those that take compassionate action, with a generosity of spirit that comes only from being full within. This is the kind of woman Katie is.

The first mala I made for Katie was a sweet, delicate piece of rose quartz and moonstone – but when she told me the silk snapped upon arrival, a lightbulb went off in my head.

Maybe delicate isn’t what she needs – maybe what she needs is strong. 

They say your mala will break when you don’t need it anymore – it is the end of a cycle of your life. This is the best time to re-evaluate, set new intentions, and welcome in a new one. So as I re-designed a mala for Katie, I knew something else was calling. I struggled at first with what that meant. I experimented with bigger beads, gold frills, the works. But nothing felt quite right…

And then one morning, I woke up, and my hands pulled these gemstones together. Amethyst, jade, golden rutilated quartz. For spiritual sobriety. True seeing of the self. And active manifestation. I didn’t even know it was for Katie at the beginning. My hands just couldn’t stop. But as soon as I strung the last bead on, I felt instantly that it was hers.

The mala still kept its original delicacy, but this time, it was strung on a much sturdier substance. There were extra clasps at the end to keep it all together. And I knew it was the internal re-wiring that was the most important, just as in all matters of the heart.

I chanted to Lakshmi Ma through the making of this mala. She came so naturally, so beautifully. The devoted and beloved feminine, the giver of joy, wealth, and all blessings of the Universe. May all beings everywhere be abundant and free! ♥

Om Namo Lakshmi.
Om Namo Lakshmi. 
Om Namo Lakshmi.
Prema Devi Mata-ji. 

c r y s t a l   m e a n i n g s

AMETHYST
⬩ a stone of calm wisdom and spiritual sobriety
⬩ soothing and faithful, one of nature’s best healers
⬩ inspires new creative ways of solving old problems
⬩ revered for its great beauty; the beauty of the highest truth

JADE & PINK JADE
 a gentle, compassion-centered healer
⬩ aids in dreaming and ritualistic insights
⬩ encourages one to see themselves as they truly are
⬩ calls in friendship, abundance, strength, good luck
⬩ protects against intimidation and authoritative abuse


GOLDEN RUTILATED QUARTZ
⬩ a powerful amplifier and manifestation stone
 highly psychic stone, becomes programmed with intentions
⬩ infuses your etheric body with power and divine light

THE LORI MALA

This sunstone mala is made for one who warms every heart she touches. An earth-angel of the highest vibration, Lori came to me a year ago to attend my very last yoga teacher training. She flew all the way from Ireland to Canada (and lived in my home for 10 weeks!) to devote to the practice of Yoga — and that was the very beginning of our exquisitely beautiful friendship.

Generous, radiant and kind, people bloom in Lori’s presence. It’s no surprise that she’s evolved into a well-loved teacher, a beaming source of wisdom and light. She’s at the very beginning of her journey, and yet she’s overcome so much already. I made this mala to remind her of the sun, of the days that will come after every dark night.

I woke up this morning at 4 AM with a burning desire to create. This came pouring out me during my morning sadhana, amidst chants to Lakshmi Ma. The goddess of beauty, prosperity, abundance and love – of the outer worlds and the inner heart – arrived, and her shakti rose passionately through me.

When I finished, the first rays of sun started to creep into the sky, and I carried Lori’s mala out to our deck. I sat with delight to watch the sun rise and meditated with mala in hand. The sky turned a rich blue, with the most angelic of clouds, and a deep peace settled into my heart. The entire world felt entirely beautiful. And everything, in this moment, was right.

c r y s t a l   m e a n i n g s

SUNSTONE
⬩ inspires self-nurturance to nurture others
⬩ radiates vitality, generosity, joy and warmth
⬩ empowers the self and removes co-dependancy
⬩ sunscreen for the spirit – wards off all negativity
⬩ a beacon for childlike peace and play!

RHODONITE
a deep emotional healer
⬩ releases self-destructive tendancies
⬩ balances the soul after grief, loss, or illness
⬩ increases sensitivity to sound and music

PINK OPAL
 known as “the stone of hope”
⬩ brings peace, tranquility, and faithful love
⬩ encourages the gentle resolution of painful memories
⬩ calls on the guidance of angelic powers

THE LAUREN MALA

This sacred mala holds a collection of the first gemstone beads I originally chose for myself – jade, malachite, and a stunning chrysoprase pendant (pictures do it no justice!). This pendant is one I’ve worn on my own heart for the past month, but when my dear Lauren asked me for a mala, I knew that it was meant for her.

Lauren took her 200-hour yoga teacher training with me in 2016, and prenatal yoga classes at the beginning of 2017. Little did I know that they would be the last classes I taught in Prince George — or that I would soon be following her journey into motherhood!

Lauren is the kind of mama (and human) I aspire to be like. Soft-hearted, introspective, and inherently wise. I remember seeing her and her beloved at an outdoor summer festival we held the year before. I remember seeing how gentle they were with each other, how tender, how kind. That’s the kind of love I want, I thought to myself.

I have to be honest: I strung this mala on game night with my beloved – to laughter and light-heartedness while playing Monopoly! I felt it was perfect though, for a budding family. To infuse this mala with the energy of play. May all beings everywhere be joyful and free! ♥

c r y s t a l   m e a n i n g s

JADE
⬩ a tranquil stone of wisdom
⬩ supports happiness and harmony in family
⬩ releases guilt and self-imposed limitations
⬩ inspires love, trust and fidelity

MALACHITE
known as the “stone of transformation”
⬩ draws out deep emotional blocks to be cleared
⬩ protects from negative energies and pollutants
⬩ encourages expression and empathy

CHRYSOPRASE
 a deeply heart-healing crystal
⬩ brings a light, joyous energy to all situations
⬩ promotes happiness, self-acceptance and forgiveness
⬩ the sacred stone of Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and beauty

THE EMMY MALA

I met Emmy when I was eleven or twelve, at my first debate provincials. We were both fiery little creatures, intensely competitive, full of vibrancy and spirit. I remember watching her speak and admiring her eloquence, her passion, her intellect, her charm. She was so damn alive and I loved that.

Fast forward many years – we had both converted into yoga teachers, had our hearts a few times broken, gone into the darkness a good many times, and crawled back out into the light. She came to one of my yoga retreats in Costa Rica, and held me like a baby in the water. This girl knew exactly how to mend my heart.

Fast forward more years – we would call each other to cry, and end up laughing till our tummies hurt. She always knew exactly what to say to me. We were honest as heck and devoted to spiritual inquiry. What is real here? 


On our last phone call, these exact beads found their way into my hands. I played with them for over an hour without even realizing it! At the very end of our conversation, to my surprise, she ordered a mala, and I laughed because it had already designed itself!

This mala is clearly for you, I smiled. And it took me till today to bead it together, but the arrangement had come on its own. Tiger’s eye and yellow jade to balance the yin and yang. 2 parts feminine, 1 part masculine. Black tourmaline for protection. And a just a hint of onyx to remind us of the darkness – and how far we’ve come into the light.

I chanted to Durga Ma throughout the making of this mala, to honour the fierce and feminine. The goddess that so embodies all that Emmy is. May all be fearless, may all be free! ♥

c r y s t a l   m e a n i n g s

TIGER’S EYE
⬩ all-seeing, all-knowing eye
⬩ encourages right use of power

⬩ a call to action, strengthens the will
⬩ brings abundance, balance and insights

YELLOW JADE
attracts fortune, friendship, and loyalty 
⬩ restores and cleanses the digestive system
⬩ inspires a sense of joy and lightness

BLACK TOURMALINE
  revered by shamans for protection
 dispels negative energies and EMF radition
⬩ grounds scattered energies back into the earth

⬩ heals on all planes: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual

ONYX
 aids a recognition of what needs to be released
⬩  reduces uncontrollable sexual impulses
⬩  encourages wise decisions

THE KARA MALA

There is a certain kind of beauty that is seen only in the eyes of one who has suffered. Never mind the light getting in – no, the breaking of the heart is for one’s light to shine out; to be shared, to be seen. Grief is a rite of passage that sows the seeds of grace, compassion, and radical self-acceptance. And the most powerful healers are those who have walked the journey themselves – courageously into the darkness, and out the other side.

I met Kara as she was moving through a major transition in her own life. She started coming to my yoga classes, and, knowing pieces of her story, I was humbled by her courageous acts of self-care. She had a smile that radiated sunshine, a gentle heart, and a strong, resilient spirit. She reminded me of the lessons of the oyster: to turn all that disturbs you into that which is most beautiful. This is the wisdom of the pearl.

These lepidolite beads spoke to me as I browsed through an extensive gallery of gemstones. They stood out in the way they were not-quite-uniform, in the way they sparkled, in the way they owned their casual, imperfect magnificence. I held them in my hands and asked them to lead me to their final piece. Moments later, I saw the perfect stone: a banded agate, with threads of indigo and deep blue. She was full of character and rich in history, with the layers and cracklings of one who has lived.

As I beaded this, I sat silently in meditation, without any fancy mantras in mind. The hum of AUM rang through my body and I prayed for a universal peace. May all be loved. May all be light. May all be at ease. ♥

c r y s t a l   m e a n i n g s

LEPIDOLITE
⬩  soothing and spiritual
⬩ awakens sahasrara (crown chakra)

⬩ guides transition and transformation
⬩ re-organizes one’s thought patterns 
⬩ releases emotional and mental dependancy
⬩ attracts synchronicity and positive coincidences

MOTHER OF PEARL
calms and balances the thoughts of the mind
⬩ brings clarity, protection and abundance
⬩ heightens intuition and imagination

BANDED AGATE
  grounding and stabilizing
 gentle healing over time, works on subtle bodies
⬩ works on the roots of an issue instead of the symptoms
⬩ overcomes past anger and opens the heart to love
⬩ a powerful facilitator of radical self-acceptance
 gives the courage to start again

THE JESS MALA

Sensual, sweet, and strong, this fiery mala is a fierce (yet loving) representation of the Divine Feminine. I made this for a dear new friend, Jess, an inspiring mama and entrepreneur. Knowing her story, my intention was to create a grounding mala that brought physical health, passion and success, while keeping her rooted in a tender self-love.


I drank a good dose of cranberry juice while making this mala (my pregnancy wine, lol!) – and chanted to Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles. I gave this to her on the night of the full moon, at our monthly gathering of moon-loving mamas. We ate, drank, celebrated, blew bubbles, and burned away all that held us back. May all burdens be light and hearts be free! Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. 

c r y s t a l   m e a n i n g s

ROSE QUARTZ
⬩ a stone of love, tenderness, compassion, sensuality
⬩ promotes healing and bonding of relationships
⬩ dissolves fears and resentments
⬩ inspires a love of beauty

FIRE AGATE
⬩ promotes passion in love and life
⬩ awakens the lower chakras: stability, sexuality, will
⬩ encourages one to speak up and stand up

RED JADE
⬩ a warrior stone of courageous action
⬩ gives strength in difficult circumstances

 roots deep into the physical plane

THE JOELLE MALA

For my niece’s 18th birthday, I wanted to design a mala that would suit both her personality and her aesthetic. She’s a down-to-earth rocker chick born on the first of October, a beautiful young musician with a strong, sharp mind.

I was immediately drawn to Tourmaline – the “Poet’s Stone” – for her, later realizing it was also her birthstone! It always astounds me how powerful intuition is, and how simple all our life choices can be, if we take the time to really listen.

I chose to blend a variety of different tourmaline gemstones into this one, to activate all the powers of this crystal. I paired them with sacred rudraksha, a few funky wood beads, and a midnight green tassle I’ve been saving for a special occasion.

sacred crystal mala, gemstone mala

After giving her the mala, I sat with her and explained the purpose of malas, how to meditate with mantras, and the meanings of these particular gemstones. Wishing all an abundant and joy-filled year! ♥

c r y s t a l   m e a n i n g s

BLACK TOURMALINE
⬩ a powerful stone for cleansing and purifying
⬩ highly revered by shamans and healers
⬩ a protective shield to deflect negative energies
⬩ grounds and calms the spirit

PINK TOURMALINE
⬩ soothing yin vibrations to awaken the feminine
⬩ heals and softens the heart
⬩ inspires compassion, wisdom and unconditional love

GREEN TOURMALINE
⬩ attracts abundance, luck, and prosperity
⬩ inspires creativity and manifesting one’s creative potential

 helps to overcome emotional problems associated with the masculine
(i.e. a father figure or other male relationships)

RUDRAKSHA
meaning: “capable of seeing and doing all”
⬩ the sacred seed of the Elaeocarpus ganitrus tree

⬩ worn by sages and sadhus as a tool for enlightenment
⬩ acts as a cocoon of one’s personal energy

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
May all beings everywhere be happy and free,
May the thoughts, words and actions of my own life
Contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all

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