& Prayer Beads
What is a mala?
Malas are one of the latest fashion trends to hit the yoga space, but their origin and history goes back to the birthplace of yoga. The term mala is derived from the Sanskrit word “Japamala,” which is a string of beads used for prayer and meditation by Hindus and Buddhists (similar to the concept of a Rosary in the Catholic faith). The string is made up of 108 individual beads, which are used to keep count while chanting or repeating a mantra while meditating.
The number 108 has spiritual significance and is considered sacred in the Hindu religion. Silver and Sage Founder Logan Milliken shared the meaning with Yoga Journal, saying “the number 1 stands for God, the universe or your own highest truth, 0 stands for emptiness and humility in your spiritual practice and 8 stands for infinity and timelessness.”
Just like malas mean more than they appear, the individual stones themselves each have different meanings and are meant to harness different energy.