How to use the Mala
Using a Mala is simple, easy and enjoyable.
Find a peaceful space and sit quietly in a comfortable position. Clarify the intention of your practice and choose your mantra or affirmation.
Close your eyes and observe your natural breath. Breathe deeply and bring your focused attention into your mantra or affirmation.
Hang the first mala bead gently on the middle, or ring finger of your right hand. Place your thumb on the first bead that is next to the tassle. This is the bead that clearly stands out from the rest, the bead that reminds you of the importance of your practice, the significance of your guru.
There are one hundred and eight beads in a Mala, not counting the guru bead. This is an important number in the Hindu tradition. To learn more about its significance, click here.
Begin reciting your mantra. At the end of the mantra push the Mala bead away with your thumb and move onto the next bead for another round.
If you wish to do another round of mantras or affirmations, do not jump over the guru bead. Instead, turn the mala around and move in the opposite direction. The guru bead should never be crossed over. Rather, it signals the point where you change direction, reaffirming your intention.