A mala is a Sanskrit word meaning “garland” or “rose”, “heavenly garland” or “garland from above. ”It is also called prayer beads or power beads. A full mala has 108 beads plus the large “sumeru” bead. It is used to keep an individual focused and increase concentration during meditation. Malas can be used by anyone. Many religions and spiritual practitioners use it as a tool for counting mantras or prayers. It aims to follow the rhythm of the breath and mantra focusing the mind so that it will neither fall asleep nor wander off.