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How To Set an Intention For Your Mala

The original collection of malas have 216 (108x2) beads, plus a smaller dividing bead and a larger guru bead. Although the beads are too small to meditate with (the 108 collection is more appropriate for a meditation tool), they are incredibly powerful sparkly little pieces to set an intention into.

I always share my personal mala intention story during the mala making workshops I hold. My sweet mother-in-law gave me a beautiful wooden bead mala a few years ago that she bought in Thailand. It was right around the time I was new to teaching yoga. It was a time I...


What Is A Mala?

A mala, (Sanskrit word meaning garland) is a set of beads, traditionally used to focus awareness during meditation. Typically a practitioner thumbs through each bead while repeating a mantra of choice. The mantra could be anything from a traditional Sanskrit phrase to one the practitioner makes up that they want to bring light to in their own life. Malas are made from 108 beads, or any iteration of that number. The auspicious number of 108 has an unlimited number of explanations as to why this specific number.