What is a mala?

A mala is a set of beads traditionally used for meditation and yoga practice. Each bead represents the repetition of a mantra or the count of a breath. A mala is generally composed of 108 beads, or a set of 9 beads. The number 108 is considered sacred in many spiritual traditions. Among the most famous symbolics: the 108 body positions in Yoga, the 108 forms of dance in the Indian tradition and the 108 mudras.

A mala can also be worn as a sacred jewel or a talisman that accompanies us and reminds us to live in the present moment.