From the yoga studio to a boho fashion item people are donning mala bead necklaces around the globe. However, this trend is steeped in meaningful tradition and symbolism. Each mala necklace has 108 beads, and each bead evokes an energetic frequency based on its material, whether crystal, wood, stone or seed.
Here’s some info on the History of Mala’s. In the field of Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems, developed more than 3,000 years ago in India, there are 108 sacred places, or marmas, in the body, identifying intersections of matter and consciousness. When manipulated, these points can awaken and align the vital energy. Members of the Vedic tradition see this number as denoting the wholeness of the universe: one represents the solar masculine, zero represents the lunar feminine and eight represents the infinite nature of all things. When we start to drill down into our human form we continue to find the number 108 over and over again. In yoga we are often reminded that “as above, so below,” and when we start to drill down into our human form we continue to find the number 108. Deeper into the microcosm of the human being, it is said there are 108 energy lines, or nadis, converging to form the heart chakra, and 108 marmas (pressure points) or sacred parts of the body.