Making a mala

January 10, 2017

Growing up Catholic, we used to pray the rosary a lot. As I’ve grown, I’ve fallen out of the habit for a number of reasons. After becoming more involved in yoga and meditation the past few years, I’ve started hearing and seeing these things called malas. Similar to a rosary in the fact they are made up of beads, they are a tool to use to guide a meditation practice.

I was a bit resistant to malas at first; they seemed “pagan” versions of a rosary, but as I’ve expanded my knowledge of meditation, mindfulness and awareness, I’ve realized the two are merely different ways to attain a similar goal. Rosarys are used for specific prayers, yes, but they are also meant to be a connection to the Lord by using the prayers as a sort of mantra. Similarly, malas are used to guide you through not prayers, necessary, but through words or phrases or mantras, to connect you to a higher state of mindfulness or meditation.

This year, one of my intentions/resolutions/goals/whatever you want to call them, is to continue my meditation and yoga journey, and malas are one form of meditation I’m ready to try. Instead of buying a mala, I decided to make my own. Bonus, it was really easy! Check out instructions below the photo.


  • 108 beads
  • 108 spacer beads
  • 3 marker beads
  • 1 guru bead
  • Tassel
  • Nylon thread or cord

I followed these instructions for making a tassel, and these instructions for my basic mala, though I supplemented with these as well.

I was a bit confused with the tassel, so here are a few photos to help guide you through if you need more images, like I did.


  • Reply Carey Shanahan January 10, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Fantastic!!! I have several but have never made my own! Thank you for sharing this! I can make the guru bead in ceramics!

    • Reply January 11, 2017 at 8:50 am

      A ceramic guru bead would be awesome! We should collaborate sometime 😀

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