Note: I updated this post in November 2018 for clarity and additional resources.
A fabulous tool for enhancing your meditation practice is to use a mala, which is a string of beads used for prayer. Each mala has 108 beads and in some cases they can be divisible of that number as 54 or 27. Each bead has consistent space between one another as they are strung together with silk thread and a knot in the middle. To tie the mala together there is a big bead known as the guru bead with a tassel. The tassel is meant to represent one thousand lotus petals.
Meditating with a mala can be a very groovy experience. This practice ties together many Kundalini traditions into one meditation by combining Naad yoga (the recitation of sacred sounds), gemstone therapy, acupressure and a deep contemplative meditation.
If you feel ready to deepen your meditation practice then begin incorporating a mala today.
How to meditate with a mala
Then recite the mantra, SAA, TAA, NAA, MAA, while holding each bead between the thumb and one of the fingers, moving from one bead to the next with each sound. Pull each bead over the fingers with your thumb as you recite the mantra.
Once you reach the guru bead, say a special prayer and then begin again.
By placing different fingers underneath the beads you can stimulate meridian points that affect different parts of the brain. When you press the beads against the meridian point in your finger you can experience certain results. Each meridian is located on the side of each finger between the center point and the upper knuckle.
Breakdown of each meridian point
- Index finger (Jupiter Finger): Wisdom, knowledge, prosperity
- Middle finger (Saturn Finger): Patience
- Ring finger (Sun Finger): Health, vitality, strengthen the nervous system
- Little finger (Mercury Finger): Communication, intelligence
Choose the meridian point that you want to work on and begin your mala meditation today. Know that this meditation will help you deepen your spiritual awareness and heighten your capacity for stillness.
I’m super excited to share that I’m collaborating with my dear friend Satya on a new Spirit Junkie jewelry line. If you’ve seen my holiday gift guide, you got a preview of Satya’s designs — the Spirit Junkie bar necklace and the mala beads are her creations.
I love to wear jewelry that has a deeper meaning, which is why I’m so psyched to have created these beautiful pieces with Satya. In honor of the Spirit Junkie jewelry line, I sat down with her to ask a few questions.
After reading the Q&A, check out a 2-minute guided mala meditation led by Satya!
Gabby’s interview with Satya
Tell us about your Kundalini journey. How it has influenced your jewelry?
Practicing Kundalini yoga is so powerful that it can awaken your creativity with an 11-minute meditation and Kriya. I feel it has expanded all that I do in design and my life!
What is a mala?
A mala is a meditation tool or prayer beads that helps you stay focused on a prayer or meditation. The traditional Yogic mala is 108 beads, which represent 108 aspects of your true self. Using it can enhance or ignite any or all of these amazing parts of you!
Why is it powerful to meditate with a mala?
It keeps you focused and on task. Using a mala with genuine stones also expands the healing power and vibration of the stone.
Tell us about your mala meditation practice.
Start on one side of the guru bead, which sits at the top of the tassel. Your pointer or Jupiter finger for expansion goes under the thumb on top, which moves the stones forward over the Jupiter finger one at a time. Go around 108 beads and when you get to the guru bead again, and then turn around and go back 108 times. You can do this once a day for 40 days and watch the change and magic happen.
2-minute guided mala meditation
Now grab your mala and try this 2-minute guided meditation that Satya leads.
How’d it go? Leave a comment! Let me know if you’re new to mala meditation, what questions you may have, or any awesome experiences you’ve had meditating with a mala.