How to Use A Mala

 

This is the fun, focused part where the alchemy of thoughts, breath and sound all work together to create the magic!!If you don’t have a daily practice, find a quiet place, sit comfortably with your eyes closed, take a few deep cleansing breaths to clear your mind and start now! 

 

  • Hold your mala in your hand and using the large Guru bead as a starting point, drape the mala beads over your middle finger, leaving the index finger pointing outwards. It is important not to touch the beads with the index or pointer finger as that is the ego finger so best to just keep it out of the way!

 

  • Begin by saying your mantra as you hold the first bead between your thumb and middle finger. Pull the next bead towards you and repeat your mantra again.

 

  • Continue this for the full 108 repetitions.

 

  • Once you reach the Guru bead, it is considered disrespectful to cross it, so if you choose to do another set of 108 reverse your direction and begin by pushing the beads away from you this time around. You may repeat this as many times as you wish. Just remember to complete the full set once you begin in order to fully complete the cycle.