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A traditional mala has 108 beads with a ‘guru bead’ with three holes, there are marker beads that are not counted and only divide the mala into quadrants, some traditional malas also have tassels. At Sakura Designs we use 108 beads with three marker beads, one marker after the 54th bead, and two markers are placed after the 21st bead from both side, then we use a guru bead to tie the whole mala together, at the top of the guru bead we use a beautiful tassel with different styles and knots.
The greatest thing about using beads mala for your meditation is that you are able to combine mediation, yoga, gemstone therapy, acupressure and a deep meditative practice. The mala is used by holding it with either hand even though traditionally it is held using the left hand. You start just after the Guru bead and do your mantra meditations while holding every single bead between your thumb and the index finger. You are supposed to drape the mala over your finger after you have recited a mantra; this allows the bead to pass over the finger towards your body as you move on to the next bead at the end of each recitation so that the bead easily passes over the intended meridian point. When you are through with a complete circle of the mala you will have come back to the Guru bead; at this point, you should start again with either switching hands or reversing the mala so that you go backward.