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Mala Beads: What They Are & How to Use Them

A mala is a string of 108 beads used for meditation or chanting.





Mala beads are a string of 108 beads traditionally used for seated meditation and chanting with a center called a "guru bead".



Meditation

The most common use of mala beads is to count a chant or a mudra in meditation. The beads are held in the right hand and as the mantra is repeated, the thumb is used to move to the next bead. The guru bead marks a full round of 108 repetitions.


Jewelry

Some people choose to wear their mala beads as jewelry, wearing a full mala around the neck as a necklace or wrapped multiple times around the wrist or wearing a shortened string of beads around the wrist as a bracelet. While these are not traditional uses of mala beads, many people find these beads to help with mindfulness.


Giving as Gifts

Mala beads are commonly given as gifts.




Ws offer a selection of natural stone and wood Mala Beads in our shop. Check them out!

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