The Story Behind Malas

Have you ever wondered about those beaded necklaces that people wear during yoga? 

Well, it’s referred to as a Mala. 


What is a Mala? 

Mala beads were initially used for a distinct type of meditation called Japa which means, “to recite”. Hence, a Mala is also known as a Japa Mala. Mala is a Sanskrit word for “meditation garland.”

The beads are usually made from gemstones, sandalwood or rosewood. The string consists of 108 individual beads, with the 109th stone exemplifying gratitude.


The beads of a Mala are strung together creating a system which is used to keep count during the meditation process of repeated mantras. For decades they have been used to centre the mind and assist with concentration. Repeating a mantra is known to focus the mind. One is likely to become more empathetic towards others and themselves as this practice helps develop consciousness within one’s self.

Additionally, Mala beads increase mindfulness and tranquillity. Their roots can be traced back thousands of years, originating within Hinduism and Buddhism.

The Impact of Mala Beads

It has been said that the natural materials used in Malas have a profound meaning and a powerful healing ability. It is believed that the beads bring jubilant energy among persons that hold them.

The natural stones have been known to radiate the precise energies which individuals channel through their meditation. Malas also represent the intentions and manifestation that people set for themselves.

A Mala’s Purpose 

As mentioned earlier, wearing a mala isn’t solely for mediation purposes but can also be a way of remembering your true intentions! 

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