Malas...the basics

What is a mala?

The term ‘mala’ is a Sanskrit word for “meditation garland.” A mala is a string of 108 beads and have been used for thousands of years to count mantras during meditation. They were used for a special style of meditation called Japa, which means, “to recite”.

Malas can be made of materials such as gemstones, rudraksha seeds, and wood. 108 has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism and there are many reasons why.

Some examples are: the average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters, as a number of the wholeness of existence, as it mirrors the various stages of the world’s development. And the list goes on!

How do I choose a mala?

Gemstones are believed to hold properties/frequencies that can be used to support your personal spiritual growth journey. You can choose different stones with different vibrations that resonate with each phase of your healing journey. I recommend using your intuition to choose a mala; pay attention to the ones you're drawn to visually. In addition, research the gemstone meanings and what your intentions are at this point in your spiritual journey. For example, if you desire to focus on communication, look for blue stones as many resonate with these traits. Perhaps you're looking for protection and many black stones contain these properties.

How do I use a mala?

Once you receive your mala, I recommend holding it in your hand doing a short meditation to connect yourself to the mala and your intentions. Try to wear it every day for a few weeks to increase the energetic bond. To use it for a meditation, hold your mala in your right hand, draped between your middle and index fingers. Starting after the guru bead, use your thumb to count each bead, pulling it toward you as you recite your mantra or count breaths. Do this 108 times, traveling around the mala, until you once again reach the guru bead.

What is a mantra?

The original meaning of Mantra is based in Hinduism and Buddhism. A mantra is similar to an affirmation; a statement repeated over and over to bring about a desired shift in your life or way of being. What are you seeking? What are your dreams and goals? Create a mantra aligning you with your intention and goals. It could be Sanskrit, or it could be spoken in English, something like : "I am enough". Your mantra can be spoken aloud or in your head.

So, what's the point of meditating & malas?

Meditation has been shown to have many health benefits from stress reduction to helping insomnia to pain reduction. It's easy, can be done almost anywhere and is inexpensive.

Mala beads are beautiful pieces that you may use to set intentions, meditate, or simply wear for positive energy and the beauty of the gemstones.

All of our beautiful malas and jewelry are handcrafted with high-quality semiprecious gemstones, all with meaning. They are consciously chosen for your benefit and assembled with love and good intentions.

Jewelry to nurture your soul and to help connect you to your highest self.