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!
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.