More than just jewelry, malas are powerful and culturally-rich tools for meditation. We don’t believe you need to be religious or have a spiritual practice to wear mala beads —you can simply wear them as a reminder of personal intention you’ve set, or when seeking a calmer mind, body, and spirit.
To use mala beads for controlling your breath: Hold your mala with one hand. Let it drape across your fingers so you can move it easily. Complete one full breath (inhale and exhale). Move your fingers to the next bead , breathing in and out once per bead . Finish at the guru bead to complete 108 breaths.
Ways to Wear 108 Malas Wear it like a long necklace. This is the simplest and most obvious choice for wearing a mala . Wrap it around your wrist. Wrapping your 108 mala around your wrist multiple times is another good way to wear it. Wear it like a short necklace. Wrap bracelet. Wear it doubled up.
With malas though, no matter how well they are made, it is not a question of if they will break – the question is when. A broken mala is meant to symbolize a broken karmic cycle – meaning you don’t ‘need’ that mala anymore. It’s a sign to bring new intentions into your life as your current ones no longer serve you.
Traditional malas are almost always worn on the right hand, wrapped around the wrist like a bracelet. If you are going to wear Mala beads , there are a few rules you should know about. For example, it is not appropriate for your beads , either necklaces or bracelets, to ever touch the ground.
Green Mala Beads Green Aventurine – Compassion, empathy, perseverance, prosperity, decisiveness. Comforting and healing. Promotes well-being and calm. Moss Agate – These beads can vary in color from green to blue. Strengthens self-esteem and balances emotions.
The better quality malas are knotted, which means that there is a knot between each bead . Having said this, knotted malas are typically a lot more expensive , because it takes a lot longer to make a mala when knotting 108-plus beads .
It’s most beneficial to keep the mala in a sanctified space and never put it on the floor, touch it to your feet, or let others wear it. It’s best also to not wear in the shower or swimming regularly as that could eventually break down the cotton knotting.
To choose your mala , try using your intuition and thinking about what you would like to achieve. Then find a mala that helps you reach those intentions. The first chakra is your sense of grounding, security, intuition and survival.
In the yogic tradition the beads are used in japamala practice to recite mantras in meditation (hence the name). A full cycle of 108 repetitions is counted on the mala so the practitioner can focus on the sounds, vibration and meaning of what is being said.
When your mala breaks and you are not ready to let it go yet, you can save the beads and restring them. You can restring the mala only if you have saved and found all the beads . This way you still have your same mala , just a bit newer.
Because your Sacred Stones gemstone bracelet /amulet is an ‘energy piece’, the ultimate sign that the bracelet has caused a breakthrough to occur is when a crystal or gemstone may crack or the amulet’s wire may break . This means that the bracelet /amulet has given all of its energy to you.
A rudraksha which is damaged, broken , infested, or damaged by worms or insects, without thorns, or of abnormal size or shape, should not be used. The rudrakshas should be woven in a silken thread and worn. Mantras that should be recited when the rudraksha is worn around a particular part of the body are then recited.