|Full 108 mala with white jasper gemstone and sterling om drop|
In the Hindu tradition, the mala is held with the right hand, using the thumb to move from one bead to the next, with the mala resting on the third finger. The larger bead on a mala is called the guru bead. Counting begins with the bead next to it. If more than one round of japa is practiced, the person stops at the guru bead and goes back in the other direction. This way the guru bead is not skipped over by the hand.
Wrist malas, or mala bracelets are a best-seller in my shop. To see my mala collections, click on the following links:
Every year during the month of September, Moondog donates 54% of all sales of mala bracelets to charity. She does this in honor of the Global Mala, an incredible annual yoga event that was set into motion in 2007 by Shiva Rea to raise awareness and funds for causes that affect our planet. See www.globalmala.org or www.yogamonth.org for more information.