What is a mala?
Mala is a Sanskrit word meaning garland. Malas are a type of meditation beads or prayer beads and are an ancient tool designed to keep the mind focused and clear from thoughts. A mala is a simple string of beads used in japa meditation to recite mantras, prayers, intentions, or affirmations. Malas can also be used to count breaths, used in a gratitude meditation, and even as a stylish fashion accessory. A traditional mala contains 108 counting beads plus one guru or meru bead. At Namaste Couture, our Dharma Mala consists of 108 beads designed to be styled in at least 6 unique ways. Our other Mala designs have been strung as a half mala containing 54 beads, a 1/3 Mala strung with 36 beads. Custom designs are made to order for specific lengths, stones, body types, and weaved with unique designs for our meditators and specific fashion requests. The guru (teacher) or meru (mountain) bead is often larger than the other counting mantra beads and it provides a starting and ending point for counting the repetitions of the mantra. Designer spacer beads are intuitively selected to accent a more stylish design and our signature feather tassel is connected to the end of the guru/meru bead to finish the mala with a final knot. Mala beads are also referred to as mantra beads, meditation beads, Hindu rosaries or Buddhist prayer beads.