Extending your index finger, use your thumb to “count” each repetition or breath by touching the bead during the recitation/breath and then lightly pulling the bead away and moving onto the next.
The large bead near the tassel (guru bead) should not be counted, crossed over or touched by the thumb. This is the starting and ending point of each practice. Continue by turning over your mala and beginning on the bead you ended with.
Continue until you have done 108 repetitions, or multiples of 108.