A Guided Mala Meditation with Satya

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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

To begin let’s use a mantra you may be familiar with: SAA, TAA, NAA, MAA. You can hold the mala in any hand at the bead that falls right after the guru bead.

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.

Gabby Bernstein and Satya | A Guided Mala Meditation with Satya

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.

Tweet: Check out this mala meditation with @gabbybernstein #spiritjunkie

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.

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  1. I am a huge fan of You and your book, The Universe Has Your Back. You reference music to go along with meditations, specifically the Sat Nam Kundalini Kirtan Kriya in your book, however I can’t seem to access any of the music. gabbybernstein.com/Universe doesn’t seem to exist : (
    How do I access the music you suggest?
    Thank you in advance!

  2. Gabby this was my first time doing a Mala meditation while chanting Sat Nam. I dropped so deep into relaxation and as I was moving through the beads, I had a vision. It just showed up for a few seconds. I actually jerked my body back. It was 2 huge heavy doors opening outward at the same time. It was inviting. I’ve been asking for divine guidance and here it is! Thank you so much! It also inspired me to try a kundalini yoga class.

  3. I have been meditating for 25 years, but only recently was introduced to the mala in Gabrielle’s book “The Universe Has Your Back”. The mala has become an important part of my practice and I wear it almost everyday as a reminder to remain present and focused. And it is always available whenever I have a few moments throughout the day to pray or “de-stress.” Thank you and namaste.

  4. Thank you ever so much for sharing all of this very important information. I have been practicing meditation for just over a year and have included mala meditation quite recently.
    It is amazing how such a simple and beautiful “tool” can take your practice to the next level – easily (which is key!). No matter how busy you may be.

  5. I practice with a mala but have never used the Sat Nam mantra with my mala. Really enjoyed this mantra today. Would be cool to do a video to show how to flip the mala at the Guru bead when doing more than one round. Thanks Gabby!

  6. Coolness, thank you for this. I knew they were prayer beads, but had not yet investigated on how they are used. I received a beautiful mala from my sister last year for Christmas. I thought that was ironic since historically she has been of a very strict Christian faith. I had also thought that it may be a sign that my baby sister has embraced that there can be other traditions of faith that are worthy of investigation. In any case, the “necklace” was pretty and I’ve worn it but now I can actually meditate and pray with it. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’ll let you know how it goes when I’m done. Have a beautiful day.
    Peace be with you.

  7. I need to speak with someone who s\does bookings for Gabriel
    I can be reached at 506-435-5235 or email. Looking to see if we can do a New Brunswick Canada event with her.

  8. thanks Gabby
    just to gently remind *really* important to not cross over the guru bead – therefore switching the mala around before starting the next round, so that the last bead you held becomes the first bead held for the next round.

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