How Do You Wear Mala Beads Properly?

Mala beads are quickly becoming a popular trend. They’re no longer strictly for meditation purposes and are now used by everyone who wants to add a boho chic style and feel into their wardrobe.

However, the true fashion comes from the meaning behind every mala bead. If you’re wearing mala necklaces and mala bracelets for the healing capabilities, you need to know how to wear mala beads properly in order to maximize the effects.  

So, grab your malas! This is what you need to know on how to wear mala beads properly.

How to wear Mala Necklaces

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Wearing mala necklaces is the easiest way to capitalize on the healing capabilities of stones and crystals. You just slip a necklace on (once you've learned how to choose your mala prayer beads based on your intentions) and you’re ready to tear up the day and your yoga practice.

But don’t be mistaken. Although the process of wearing a mala necklace is simple, the style is far from. You can layer mala necklaces to channel all the energies you desire, while also adding dimension into your look.

Some people even twist them to shorten the length. It's up to you on how you want to personalize the look of your prayer beads. Learn the best ways to use mala prayer beads for the maximum healing effects.

The Rules of Wearing Mala Beads

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There are also some rules to wearing mala beads – both mala necklaces and mala bracelets.

The first is that your mala beads should never touch the ground. It’s believed to be an unethical practice that rids the beads of your energies and intentions. Fortunately, you learn how to care for and cleanse your mala beads to regain balance if they do get on the ground.

Some also believe that other people shouldn’t touch your mala beads, which is a little hard to do when they’re so stunning. Everyone reaches out to admire your new prayer beads dangling from your neck. Again, you can always cleanse them if needed.

There are also many other “rules" to wearing mala beads, but at the end of the day, it all comes down to preference and purpose.

If you don’t believe that putting your mala beads on the ground or having other people touch them will affect the beads, don’t worry about it.

The Right Wrist is the Right Way to Wear Mala Bracelets

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If you recently picked up some of our brand new mala bead bracelets, you’re probably wondering if there are any rules associated with them. The traditional view of mala beads says that your mala bracelets should be worn on your right wrist.

So, whether you’re wrapping a mala necklace into a bracelet or have purchased some of our new mala bracelets, the right hand is usually the right way. Many people use necklaces from the 108 mala necklace collection to wrap around their wrists.

However, that’s not to say that you won’t receive the benefits and style of wearing mala beads on your left hand. Whatever you decide to do, your mala beads will pick up on your energies. So, it comes down to whether you want to use prayer beads traditionally or not.

wearing your mala your way

It’s important to remember that you are the biggest influencer on how prayer beads work for you. If you’re wearing mala bracelets on your right hand because you were told to, but it throws your chakra off and makes you feel uncomfortable, you’re better off moving it to the left.

Ultimately, whether you love to accessorize with mala beads or look to the style and deeper healing properties, there's a look that's right for you. The relationship between you and your mala is special, and they’re your mala beads -- as long as the pieces resonate with you, you can wear them however you want!

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