In japa mantra meditation we use the mala as a pillar of meditation practice. Shivoham malas are created to help you connect with a daily practice and remind of the ultimate purpose of your life. Mantra recitation has been an important aspect of Yoga practice since Vedic times. It consists of repeating a mantra like Om So Ham (I Am, That I Am).
Using the mantra and moving the beads through the fingers encourages the mind to gradually focus itself into the practice, reducing the incessant thoughts we face daily. Instead the mind merges into the mantra and with time you experience your true self. The meaning of the mantra is realised when you completely merge with it and lasting self-transformation is achieved.
The experience of merging oneself with all that is, represents the true meaning of Yoga, and the one path all Masters agree their students should undertake.
Take your mala and begin with one round per day, that is 108 repetitions of the Mantra Om So Ham.