The term "mala" is a Sanskrit word for "meditation garland." Originally, Mala beads were used for a special style of meditation called Japa, which means, "to recite". Malas are used as a tool to help the mind focus on meditation or count mantras in sets of 108 beads. They're powerful tools that can help guide and enhance mindfulness practices. Many people who use mala to meditate find that they help increase concentration and promote a more beneficial meditation experience.