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What are Malas?

Overview

These beautiful beads are used to set intentions, mediate, or simply wear for beauty and positive energy! They encourage us to pause and breath while motivating us to invest moments of self-care and compassion.

For thousands of years Malas have been used as a meditation tool. You can use the beads to count your mantra or to simply count your breath while meditating. If you practice yoga, you can place the necklace at the head of your mat to instill your your intention into your practice, allowing the Mala to absorb the energy and focus on your movement


Components of a Mala



Mala beads are hand strung and hand knotted with 108 beads and a Guru bead, finished with a tassel. Each of these comments symbolize the spiritual journey. 

108 Beads
Mala beads are traditionally strung with 108 beads as well as a guru bead, the most central bead which the other 108 encircle, much like planets orbiting the sun. There are many cultural, spiritual and scientific reasons as to why 108 is so sacred in making the Mala. Here are a few:

  • Numerals: 1 symbolizes oneness, 0 symbolizes nothingness, 8 symbolizes infinity. When combined, they unify all existence as 108
  • Time and Emotions: There are 108 total emotions that are divided among the three main intervals of time. 36 correspond with the past, 36 with the present, and 36 with the future. 
  • Astrology: In astrology, there are 12 houses and 9 planets. 12 multiplied by 9 equals 108. 
  • Goddess Names: In Indian culture, there are 108 goddess names
  • Sun and Earth: The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun
  • Moon and Earth: The average distance from the Moon to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Moon

Guru Bead
The guru bead, which is the large focal bead that hands below to 108 beads, represents the 'gurus' in our lives: parents, teachers, mentors etc. Here we give thanks to those who have shaped our lives spiritually, mentally and physically.

The Tassel
The tassel in a Mala symbolizes enlightenment and oneness with the universe. It pulls together the individual energies of the gemstones to create a cohesive and balanced whole, making each Mala unique from another.