A mala is a single strand of beads used to keep track of how many times you’ve repeated a mantra, prayer or other positive affirmation. You can “bless” or activate your own mala by creating a sacred space, for instance; lighting a candle and then holding your mala over sage, incense or juniper smoke. While you are doing this, say a quiet prayer with an aspiration that your use of this mala may bring benefit to all.
Malas are also used to count breaths or series of yoga poses. Mala beads are also called mantra beads, meditation beads, Hindu rosaries or Buddhist prayer beads.