Mantra japa, or mantra repetition, is one of our favourite forms of meditation, and the whole reason that malas exist!
Traditionally, yogis chant a mantra 108 times, but 108 is a hard number to keep count of, so to help with this yogis use malas, using the beads to count the number of repetitions.
To do this, you need a mala and a mantra.
Holding the mala between your thumb and middle finger, start at the guru bead (the biggest bead in the middle!), and use your thumb to count each mantra repetition, pulling it towards you as you go.
Keep going until you come back to the guru bead (NOTE - some malas have 54 beads, in which case you would do 2 rounds to make 108)
If you already have a mantra, now is a great time to use it, and if not you might like to find a mantra that resonates with you, and make it a part of your practice, chanting it aloud or silently depending on what works for you.
We’d suggest working with one mantra at a time so you can really build a relationship with this particular mantra, and the qualities it holds.
Author: Jade Doherty