Malas created by Cape Cod yoga teacher + studio owner Jess Riley-Norton.
What is a mala?
Malas have 108 beads, and shorter versions have 54 or 27. 108 is a mystical number, with numerous meanings related to both the spiritual and the cosmic. The extra bead on the end is called the Guru bead, which indicates the end and the beginning.
How to Meditate with Mala Beads:
A mantra is repeated for each bead. In Hindu tradition, the necklace is draped over the middle finger with the pointer finger (which represents ego) out of the way. The thumb swipes the bead clockwise while chanting the mantra, and then presses the bead away. If the mantra is to be repeated more than one round around the mala, it is traditional to turn around at the guru bead, and go back from where you came .