Malas

What is a mala?
Mala means "garland" in Sanskrit. Japa malas beads have been used by yogis for thousands of years. 
A japa mala or, simply, mala is a string of 108 beads used for counting during mantra meditations. They also have a Guru bead with a tassel or a charm hanging from it. The tassel is considered the symbol of a thousand lotus petals and the charms a reminder of your intention.

Auspicious 108
What does this number represent, and why is it so important? We select some interesting facts: 

  • 108 is considered an auspicious number for many reasons, though one of our favourite reasons is that 1 represents the path, 0 the cyclical nature of life, and 8 the infinity loop.
  • Sanskrit alphabet: There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet. Each has masculine and feminine, Shiva and shakti. 54 times 2 is 108.
  • Upanishads: Some say there are 108 Upanishads, texts of the wisdom of the ancient sages.
  • Vedic Astrology:  12 houses and 9 planets. 12 times 9 equals 108.
  • Moon and Earth: The average distance of the Moon from the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.

How is a mala worn?
It’s up to you! You can wear your mala as a lovely necklace or you can also loop it multiple times around your wrist, wearing it as a beautiful bracelet.

Wearing a mala is a great way to let people know that you’re someone who wants to live a mindful life!