Practice Aids

Malas for sale

The mala (a garland of 108 beads) is a wonderful tool for organizing and grounding your stillness practice. After several years hiatus, I am once again making and selling high quality malas.  I have made several improvements in their construction.  As before all beads are separated by a knot to ensure steadiness and predictability of grip and to minimize wear and tear on the cord. I have, however, begun using a cord that is twice as thick, thereby greatly reducing the need for re-stringing.  Many of my malas are made with wooden beads (Ebony, Sandalwood, Wenge, and Thuja) which make for a lightweight, more durable mala with a softer, warmer touch and the opportunity for a patina that becomes more beautiful with use.  Gemstone beads such as quartz, jasper, and adventurine, are also available, with custom requests as well.  Available in both 6 mm and 8 mm beads.

Standard meru beads are now of Black Walnut that I hand carve from small branches pruned from local trees.

Most full malas are priced at $50.00.  Additional cost of certain bead materials may be added.

For more information and ordering, please email me at

Sankalpa Counters for Sale

   Way of Stillness

   135 E. Furnace St.

   Platteville, WI 53818

   (608) 348-6060

The Sankalpa Counter is a handheld abacus specially designed for those wishing to extend the mala's capacity for counting and recording repetitions of breath or mantra.  It maintains a durable record of up to 10,000 mala rounds.  It is easy use with tactile features that make its manipulation and reading possible without looking at it.  The counter in the above photo records 1,000 in the far right strand, 800 in the next to left, 80 in the next, and 3 in the far left strand for a total of 1,883 mala rounds.  Additional information on the use of a counter see the Short Writings" page of this website.

Counters are hand made with a variety of wooden beads, an aspen body, and stout cord.   They are sold with instructions, lanyard, and a cloth bag for carrying the counter.  Price:  $25.00.

To order please contact me at 

Way of Stillness

People's Yoga classes Late Winter/Spring            Schedule now available. 

 Physical yoga is a wonderful support for your Stillness practice.  Join Jeff and Tracey any time and attend as you are able with our convenient class pass system.  We serve all levels and capacities with our accommodation based, therapeutic approach, providing sound rationales for all activities and focusing on alignment based solutions to individual issues.  Ask about both standard and income based fee discounts.    For a schedule and other information please see or contact us at or (608)348-6060.

Malas and Counters

If you use a mala to count and ground breaths or mantra during your practice, you may want to use a counter as well to record your mala rounds.  Along with the occasional social reinforcement of a Stillness Group, these two meditation tools are a great help in maintaining the constancy of your practice.