Learn how you can use a mala and the benefits of counting with a mala with this how to video. While you are sitting in meditation you can use the beads to count inhale and exhale. If you become focused on a certain path then you will have mantras to recite. The benefit to counting on a mala is that you are able to gauge the time that you have been sitting in meditation. Often times our mind wanders, we get frustrated or "fidgety" and wonder "Is it over yet?" But with a mala, you know how long it takes for you to do a "full round (108)". It may take you 40 minutes to count your inhale and exhale for 108 beads.