So, you have joined a yoga class and are curious about the beads that people seem to be wearing on their wrists whilst doing the crescent pose or tripod headstand? Well, these would be called Mala beads, yoga bracelets or ‘good karma charms’. Whatever you choose to call them, they are more than just a piece of jewelry – they are said to have healing and spiritual properties. Since the 10th century these beads have been used and typically, there will be 19, 21, 27 54 or 108 beads.
For many yogis, beads are worn to improve focus and understanding but for others, the meaning is far more significant. It’s best to learn about the spiritual meaning of yoga bracelets before turning up to class with a decorated wrist, so let’s get started.