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MalaLicious Workshop: Learn Professional Mala Making!

Learn to make japa malas for meditation, or start your own yoga mala business!
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Created by Zahara Jade
Last updated 5/2014
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  • 5 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
By the end of this course you will be able to make a mala necklace from start to finish
In this course, you will learn what a mala is, its' symbolic parts, japa meditation how-to
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  • Certain course materials will be necessary if you would like to create & complete a mala, but not required
  • In order to make a mala to completion, basic materials needed include: beads, scissors, thread. Other materials are negotiable/ interchangeable
  • Other suggested requirements: positive attitude, acceptance, ability to laugh at oneself & not take oneself too seriously, willingness to be imperfect, love of the journey & process rather than the end result, strong desire to try

Yoga is an 8-limb path. The asana, or movement practice, the most popular, visible, and practiced form in today's society. Meditation is well-known as yoga's "side-kick", but in truth, it is yoga, simply a separate limb of the path. One of the forms of meditation prescribed by ancient gurus is Japa Meditation, or chanting with what is called a Japa Mala, a prayer necklace.

Today, malas are popular symbols of yoga worn by yogis and everyday people alike, rarely aware of the meaning, purpose, symbolism or the name of this special necklace they adorn. During MalaLicious Yoga's Intro to Making Japa Malas, you will dive into this mystical aspect of the yoga practice. You will learn what exactly a mala is, the symbolism of mala parts, how to use a mala for japa meditation, how to incorporate malas into your yoga practice.

You will learn my special secrets gathered from years studying in India and around the world; how to make a mala that can be used for both japa meditation and to be worn in a "fashionable" yoga manner. Walking away from this course, you will be able to hand-craft a mala for yourself, for loved ones, or even set up your own mala-making buisness!

Who is the target audience?
  • Yoga students
  • Children above the age of 8
  • Individuals of any level of experience or knowledge in yoga
  • Individuals of any level of experience or knowledge in arts & crafts
  • This course is perfect for anyone with curiosity, thirst for knowledge, child-like approach to life, willingness to observe self, ability to breathe
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 24 Lectures Collapse All 24 Lectures 01:37:22
MalaLicious: Mala Basics
8 Lectures 17:08

Section I Introduction

MalaLicious...What? Origins, Benefits, Objectives of Workshop

What is a Mala?

Symbolism, Parts of Mala, How to Use Japa Malas

Symbolism & History of Malas: Handout
7 pages

In-depth Insight into Symbolism & History on Malas

Section I Wrap Up
Mala Making: Beginning to End
11 Lectures 39:46

Supplies Needed

Supplies List: Handout
3 pages

Ritual of Mala Making

Knot Tying 101: Part I

Knot Tying 101: Part II

Super Close-Up!
4 pages

Beginning Your Mala

Mala Making Basics

Ending & Tassel Delights

It's A Wrap!
Section III: MalaLicious Mala Making- Short & Sweet
5 Lectures 18:28

Short & Sweet: Supplies & Set Up

Short & Sweet: Knot Tying

Short & Sweet: Mala Making Basics

About the Instructor
3.2 Average rating
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173 Students
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Jewelry Designer & Yogi

Zahara Jade (Shana Bilfield, M.A.) is a visionary and creator with traditional education from University of Michigan and Kent State in Clinical Psychology. World traveler, yogini, artist and writer, Zahara has spent half a decade immersed in the Far East learning different cultures, religions, and practices of yoga, meditation, energy and bodywork. Her passions of healing through movement, energy, and art began as a personal journey and now extend to help global mankind. Present day, her manifestation of healing is her line of healing jewelry, P.R.A.Y. (Pure Rock Angel Yogi).

Having hand-crafted jewelry as a young child to sooth herself while sick, Zahara now seeks to share her love and the benefits of healing through jewelry (specifically malas) with others. Zahara teaches MalaLicious Mala Workshops around the world to yogis and every day people alike, as well as setting up NGO projects around mala making for terminally ill patients in India to both calm mind-body-spirit and help them generate income.

Zahara believes that similar to designing and creating the mala of your dreams, it is up to each of us to create the life of our dreams. Yoga, creativity, intention, living with gratitude, an open heart, and an open mind are all part of helping us move towards this life.

Zahara currently writes for Elephant Journal along with other spiritual and socially conscious platforms and is working on her autobiography sharing her story of finding her truth, her life's purpose while walking a path towards consciousness.

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