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About Naked Ape Apparel

About Naked Ape

January 2, 2018

Two friends started Naked Ape out of a love of gemstone bracelets and wanting to give back to the community. The name "APE" came to be as we knew our passions were with Animals, People, and the Environment - it was a perfect fit for us to be able to donate back to non-profits that support these areas. We believe that you can be the change you want to see in the world, and that together, we can accomplish more. 

We started off only selling gemstone bracelets and have since grown to include malas, earrings, self care kits, crystals, and more. We offer custom bracelets and malas and 'make your own' parties. We are excited to continue to grow our product lines - if there is anything you would like to see, shoot us a message!

Sheila is a yoga teacher that has experience volunteering in Africa for 4 years which opened her eyes to another world. Now, she enjoys teaching her students and promoting self-care and healthy lifestyles.

Monika is an HR person by day, but her passion lies with animals. She volunteers with AARCS as a cat caregiver, and her dog Brian (our official spokes-dog) is a therapy dog through PALS. Brian visits a long term care centre and is able to shine a bright light in numerous residents days. 

Both of us are vegans and are on the journey to living a no-harm lifestyle. After researching how animals are treated and how badly animal farming affects the environment, we knew that this small change for us can improve the lives of everyone on the planet now and for the future. 

 

 

 

By Monika

Stone Meanings

August 1, 2019

Amazonite encourages open mindedness, confidence, communication, creativity, and peace. It is said to inspire truth, honesty, honour and positive self love.

Black Stone offers protection and grounding. 

Blue Spot Stone inspires hope and tranquility.

Blue Sunstone, flecked with sparkles of copper, is said to be the stone of confidence and ambition. It encourages motivation and drive, and is positive and uplifting. 

Cherry Blossom Jasper inspires physical strength and energy and brings the courage to face difficult tasks.

Citrine is said to stimulate personal power and creativity. 

Green Aventurine is said to invite luck, wealth and abundance into your life.

Indian Agate is said to assist with meditations, while promoting strength and emotional security.

Lapis Lazuli is said to be the stone of power, wisdom, and truth.

Lava assists with grounding.

Moss Agate which is said to provide balance and reduce stress. 

Natural Violet Stone encourages you to focus on using and following your intuition. 

Norwegian Labradorite is said to encourage transformation, change, and encourage strength and perseverance - all things required when living a compassionate life. 

Pink Rhodonite inspires emotional healing, relationships, and using your heart.

Rose Quartz is said to promote compassion, peace, tenderness and healing.

Smoky Quartz is said to be the stone of protection and stability. It can also reduce tension, anxiety, and negative thoughts.

 Snowflake Obsidian is said to be the stone of purity. It can help cleanse your body, mind, and spirit of negative energies and provide balance. 

Turquoise creates a welcome oasis in a spiritual desert, linked to life-giving elements of water and air, that creates peace and steadiness on your journey. 

White Howlite inspires calming, helps with deep sleep, and increases insight.

Wood provides grounding and strength.

Zebra Stone is said to stimulate physical energy and increase stamina and endurance. Help the body be grounded with this beautiful, natural stone and radiate your strength to those around you.

By Sheila

Make your Own Malas

March 23, 2020

You were drawn to the specific intention and colour of the stones for a reason. Additionally, when you create this mala or bracelet yourself it infuses your intention. As you string each bead, you not only connect more deeply to the present moment but you infuse the mala or bracelet with your intention. 

We encourage you to write your intention down. Keep it somewhere sacred so you can remind yourself to manifest these things that matter most to you. 

If your mala or bracelet breaks, it is said to symbolize the breaking of a cycle of suffering, a spiritual breakthrough, and a release of karma. A broken intentional piece can be seen as a positive sign of progression along one’s yogic path and an auspicious opportunity to reflect on the blessings of peace, luck, and prosperity received from the use of the beads.

Why does a Mala have 108 beads? 

Specifically when looking at the number for a Mala is a string of beads used to count mantras (Sanskrit prayers) in sets of 108 repetitions. You can use mala beads to meditate and you can wear the mala to receive its healing and spiritual powers. The practice of chanting a mantra while using mala beads is called japa meditation. 

There are lots of views as to why 108 is such an important spiritual number. In the Buddhist Yogi tradition, the 108 beads symbolize essentially two items: 

The Sanskrit alphabet has 54 characters, each with a masculine and feminine connotation (54 x 2 = 108). This symbolizes how we embody the masculine and feminine energies, and Shiva and Shakti are within us, connecting us to the entire universe. 

Even still, when we look at the Chakra system, there are many spiraling and interconnecting lines of energy within the human body. The Sushumna Nadi, a strong energy channel in our bodies growing from the tailbone all the way to the crown of the head, is said to have 108 intersections with other energy channels in the body. This is also the location where our physical and spiritual chakras converge and the center-point of our energetic system.


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