Malas are a set of beads used for keeping count while meditation on a mantra or pranayama practice. Each mala features a strand of 108 beads, spacer beads, counter beads, a guru bead, and tassel. It is common for people to ask why there are 108 beads in a mala. 108 is a sacred number in many faiths. It is said that the chakra centers are where energy lines intersect, and there are said to be a 108 energy lines which meet to form the heart chakra. One of them, Sushumna, leads to the crown chakra, which is the path to self-realization and enlightenment. The spacer and counter beads, which fall every 27 regular beads, is used to bring one's focus and attention back to their mantra or breathing practice. The guru bead represents the divinity in the teachings, and when a mala is being used to meditate, one never crosses over the guru bead, but instead turns the mala around and goes back in the other direction to continue. This is done as a sign of respect. Use of different gemstones are said to hold certain healing and energetic properties, so you may keep this in mind when choosing your mala. Originally malas were widely used by Hindus and Buddhists during meditation. Today malas are used around the world by religious and non-religious people as an aid in meditation and can also be worn as a symbol of devotion to one's meditation and yoga practice. We have curated a number of different styles of malas ranging from classic Rudraksha malas to modern gemstone malas which can also be worn as a beautiful accessory. We're sure you will find a mala that speaks to you and your meditation practice.