Mala is the Sanskrit word for garland. These beads are commonly used in the spiritual practice of Meditation. Malas typically have 108 beads - even though in most recent times we have seen variations of these numbers - to count while reciting, chanting, or repeating a mantra of choice or your intentions. During the most recent years, malas have also become fashionable enough to wear on & off the mat, a reminder of your intentions.