what are mala beads?
Simply put, a Mala is a string of beads used as a tool during meditation. These beautiful strands of gemstones hold special significance for the wearer based on who makes and blesses the Mala, why the stones were chosen for the Mala, and the energy the Mala was intended to imbue. Traditionally a Mala - which in Sanskrit means “garland” - has 108 beads strung together and one “guru bead,” which attaches at the base. You’ll often also find wrist Malas made with 54 or 27 beads, half and a quarter of the 108, respectively. Malas are made out of a variety of materials including crystals, seeds, stones, pearls, and wood.
A common way to use the Mala is to track an affirmation/mantra in meditation. The repetitive recitation of a single sound, such as “om,” can calm and focus the mind, and bring you into the present moment. Repeating the mantra or affirmation redirects the mind from daily obsessions and introduces positive thought patterns. Meditating in this way with a Mala has been shown to help slow respiration, encourage peace and foster wholeness + well-being. Aside from meditating with your Mala, it can also serve as a daily reminder for the qualities you envision yourself having and the positive changes you wish to manifest in your life.
The human heart is the source of the infinite, and our connection with the Divine. From the heart, there are 108 main Nadis (channels) that carry Prana (life force energy). These lines of energy intersect at the heart. It is said that after reciting a mantra or affirmation 108 times, you have purified your body, mind and spirit of negative or ‘stuck’ energy, which paves the way to freedom and self-realization, as well as connection to Higher Source. Counting each of the 108 beads on a full Mala while reciting a mantra is done with sincerity, devotion, feeling, and full attention. If your Mala does not have 108 beads, you can still begin a meditation practice with it and eventually work your way up to a full 108 bead Mala.
How to Choose your Mala
The best way to choose a Mala is to use your intuition. You will be drawn like a magnet, energetically, to the Mala that is right for you.
Which Mala captured your attention? Is there one you love and and keep coming back to?
What are your intentions, and what do you wish to manifest? Each Mala is made with a unique intention. What you are you seeking?
What crystals are you drawn to? Each Mala is created with a combination of meaningful gemstones. These crystals speak a language of their own. See our “Stones + Symbols” page to learn the sacred language of the gems, and discover which stones will work well for you.