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What are

MALA BEADS?   

WHAT IS A MALA?

Malas contain 108 meditation beads and a guru bead. The guru bead signifies both the end and the beginning of the journey. When meditating, breathing or simply being mindful, malas work as a means to count or keep track of the breath and rounds you have completed. The idea is too go through your entire mala, completing 108 rounds, touching each bead for each breath and mindful moment.

Mala is the Sanskrit word for "garland," and the tradition of the mala began in India over 2,000 years ago. Buddists and Hindus used Mala Beads to practice Japa meditation, Japa meaning "to recite." In the practice of japa meditation, one holds each bead with their fingers while reciting a mantra and moving through all of the beads of the mala. At Boho Tribe Collection, we believe in adventure. We are a tribe of free spirits. We believe in manifesting our dreams, and believing in the divine power within each of us. 

 

108 has been recognized as a acred number for thousands of years, proving it has significant meaning in all areas of life including:

  • Geography: The sacred River Ganga spans a longitude of 12 and a latitude of 9, 9 x 12 = 108.

  • Astrology: There are 12 constellations and 9 arc segments, 12 x 9 = 108. The Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance between the Earth and Moon is 108 times the diameter of the Moon. 

  • Religion: In Hinduism, there are 108 deities. 

  • The Chakras: There are believed to be 108 energy lines leading to the heart chakra.

  • Breath: The Yoga Sutras states that if one can breathe 108 breaths in one day, he or she will gain enlightenment.

  • Sanskrit: There are 54 letters in the alphabet, each with a masculine and a feminine form equaling 108.

  • Unity: If you dissect the number 108, it represents unity: 1 represents that we are all one. 0 represents nothingness. For as much as we are everything, we are nothing, no one thing is better than another. We are all the same. 8 is the symbol of Infinity.

Mala beads are a collection of beads strung together, infused with intention, to assist in prayer and meditation. They serve as a reminder to live with your heart open to the possibilities around you. Our malas are made of natural materials, including gemstones, wood, seed and shell, mala beads can be made into mala bracelets or a mala necklace. Meaningful gemstones with healing properties will support the intention you have set for your practice and in your life.

 

Malas can be worn as a daily reminder, or placed in a shrine or special place you have set up for meditation. There are many styles of malas, some have a tassel and some have a decorative gemstone. The 109th gemstone or tassel represents a deeper connection to the divine spirit of the universe, and represents gratitude. Our mala beaded bracelets come in various counts and can serve as a tool in shorter meditation practices.

How to use mala beads every day:

  • Mala beads can be worn daily to remind us of our intentions and absorb the energy of our efforts as we work towards manifesting our greatest dreams and desires.

  • They can be worn as a necklace, or wrapped around the wrist.

  • During yoga practice, you can set your mala beads at the top of your mat to absorb the energy, movement and intention of your practice.

  • Malas can also be worn as fashion jewelry as a statement piece.

  • Or, if you prefer, you can simply set them at your alter or dedicated meditation space, waiting for you with positive energy each time you meditate.

 

 

 

 

 

Our unique mala designs come from the heart. Each mala is designed with a specific energy and purpose in mind. We use high quality gemstones, natural wood, shell and crystal. Each mala is handmade with love and care. You will feel the positive energy vibes from our design studio to your hands when your mala package arrives at your doorstep! 
 

We hope you will love your mala for years to come and that it will serve your intentions and support you in reaching your dreams! 

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