Buddhist Malas and Tassel Prayer Beads


108 bead tassel malas

The word “mala” means garland or necklace, in sanskrit. These traditional 108 bead tassel Buddhist Malas, used for prayer or as sacred necklaces, are made by Sakura Designs, in the USA or from Bali. Natural gemstone materials, using the sturdiest bead cord, many have a real three holed guru bead finished with a well crafted cotton tassel. Free Mala Bag!






Inspired Design Prayer Bead Art

Have you ever been curious about the beautiful and intricately designed beaded jewelry worn around the wrists and necks of some of the people you encounter daily? Many of these pieces are Buddhist mala prayer beads, created with an even greater purpose than just for fashion. If we’ve piqued your interest and left you eager to know more, read on. Here are the answers to everything you may want to learn about mala prayer beads.

What Are Mala Beads?

A “mala” is a string of 108 beads, including a “guru bead”, which is noticeably different from the others. This bead has a specific purpose that we’ll explain momentarily. The use of the mala beads is part of a Buddhist tradition centuries old, but anyone can use them. Today, different cultures all over the world buy these beads for multiple purposes. They’re made from a variety of precious and semi-precious stones that each carry their own potent energy and healing power. The stones you choose and the purpose for which you use them is solely up to you.

How Do You Use Mala Beads?

There’s more than one way to use mala beads, so experiment a bit and find what works best for you. Traditionally, the beads are used during meditation. In the process of quieting your mind, complete concentration may not come easily at first. Mala prayer beads help you keep your focus while chanting mantras. A “mantra” is somewhat similar to words of affirmation. You can say an encouraging phrase or series of phrases to connect you to either your higher self, or higher power. Hold the beads in your left hand and feel their energy as you meditate. Beginning after the previously mentioned guru bead, move your fingers along the string after each chant until you’ve completed the circle. Once you’re finished, you should feel connected. Enlightened. Free.

Daily Practice

Yogis (and Yoginis) often practice Sun Salutations, known by the Sanskrit name Surya Namaskar. This sequence of movements is a moving, active meditation and prayer of gratitude to the sun, or ‘divine light.’ It is frequently used as a warm-up in many yoga classes because it brings movement to the joints and creates heat in the body as the sequence is repeated. It is a very physical sequence, and not easy for some yoga students to perform. But it is also a very spiritual sequence, and once the physical aspects of it are mastered, there is a lot to be gained by focusing one’s attention of gratitude toward the sun and the prana (life energy) that flows from the sun, through the atmosphere to the Earth, into the ground, plants, and our bodies. Yoga bead malas, used to begin your practice by focusing the mind through one- pointedness, bring calm and vitality into one’s daily life. We, at Sakura Designs  have many different designs of inspired, Yoga Mala Beads & Yoga Jewelry to help to find the right one for each person’s needs. Enjoy our Yoga Bead art creations!