A mala is a string of prayer beads used for chanting a mantra (Sanskrit prayer) in sets of 108 repetitions. Sitting in a comfortable position, with the eyes closed, repeat the mantra as you pass each bead through your thumb and middle finger. When the mala becomes empowered with the mantra energy, it can be worn, It is recommended to use a new mala for each mantra.
How to use mala beads for meditation:
Choose a spot and sit comfortably with your spine straight and your eyes closed. Take a few deep breaths to center and align yourself with your intention.
If you have one, use a mantra for this practice, chanting aloud or silently.
Hold your mala in your right hand, draped between your middle and index fingers. Starting at the guru bead, use your thumb to count each smaller bead, pulling it toward you as you recite your mantra. Do this 108 times, traveling around the mala, until you once again reach the guru bead.
If you want to continue the meditation, instead of passing over the guru bead, simply reverse direction and begin again.