Mala beads are a set of beads that have traditionally been used in prayer and meditation — often called prayer beads.

Our mala beads can be worn by anyone seeking a calmer mind, body, and spirit and are perfect for japa meditation. 

Here we break down all the different parts of our authentic malas:

Rudraksha - We use authentic rudraksha seeds in our mala beads. They are grown inside of what looks like a blueberry on trees in South East Asia.

The rudraksha we use is five mukhis, which is the bead that represents lord Shiva, and is the most sought after seed.

Read more about rudraksha here!

Overhand Knotting - Our malas are hand knotted between each bead and gemstone. This makes the malas stronger, and gives perfect space for japa meditation.

Bonus: If your mala ever breaks, you will not loose your seeds or gemstones!

Guru Bead - This bead is believed to represent the student-guru relationship.

Start your japa meditation or chanting on the seed next to the guru.

It is believed to be disrespectful to cross over the guru bead. If you wish to do more that 108 japa, turn around and count the opposite way when you reach the guru bead. 

Tassel - There are a few different meaning represented by the tassel on your mala. Here are a few that resonated with us:

- The tassel represents enlightenment. 
- As the strands combine together in to one, it represents our connection to the Divine and to each other. Oneness.
- Symbolizes our prana and consciousness. 

Gemstones - We also incorporate gemstones such as Turquoise, Rose Quartz and Amethyst in to our mala beads. They help bring different qualities and intentions in to each piece. 

All of our mala beads are handmade in Bali, fair trade and sustainably harvested. They are also blessed and cleansed after completion. Find your prefect mala now at www.malacollective.com

Articles of Interest:

Why are there 108 beads on my mala?

How to choose your mala beads

Watch: Using your mala for japa meditation

May 06, 2014 by Erin Isnor
Tags: Mala 101

Comments

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa said:

Wonderful information, I love this post. Understanding the anatomy of mala beads adds an extra layer of meaning for me, especially since I’m new to the mala beads scene. Thank you for sharing!

maria

maria said:

My tassel came completely off of my mala beads (not purchased through you guys) and I can’t decide what that means, any thoughts??

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