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Mala Beads

 

Mala beads or wrist Malas are strands of beads used in prayer or meditation as tools for enhancing spiritual practice. They are also known as Buddhist prayer beads. Prayers are usually in the form of mantras that are chanted while counting the beads as you sit in quiet contemplation.

If you would like to improve your meditation or yoga practice, using a strand of Mala beads can deepen the spiritual experience.  Sometimes Malas are placed upon an altar to remind you of a specific intention or affirmation.

Malas are strung from various woods, seeds and gemstones in strands of 21 or 27 for the wrist, to accommodate shorter meditation times, or 108 beads for longer prayers.  Each Mala strand has a guru bead (your starting point) and some of the longer strands have markers or tassels to help you keep your place while counting.

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