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Thursday, 29 December 2011

Kundalini Yoga - What is it like? What is it all about?

Like most people I started doing Hatha Yoga which is the most well known and practiced form of Yoga in the West. I find it is really good for grounding and relaxation as well as keeping you flexable. I really only practice Kundalini Yoga these days which really couldnt be more different from what most people think Yoga is about.

Kundalini Yoga is believed to be the mother of all Yoga and the survival of a spiritual system from a previous golden age. Yoga really means 'union' and this form uses a variety of movements, positions, mantras, breathing techniques and mudras (hand positions). If you had asked me many years ago if I would be doing a form of Yoga which involved things like mantras I would have said no way! I highly reccomend people put any preconceived ideas they have about these things and Kundalini Yoga aside and just try it, thats what I did.

It is a highly energising experience which seems to really clear out the blockages to your energy body and physical body. There is focus on the Chakras with the exercises called 'Kriyas' and which glands they are helping. There are many different kriyas for different conditions or mental emotional issues that need healing. This system is like a medicine cabinate, allowing you to customise your Yoga practice for you and constantly change things so you dont get bored with the same routine or see a reduction in its benefits.

Physically there is more work involved, though many kriyas are done sitting or laying down and ive found I dont need much room or space to practice it at home unlike other forms of Yoga. You also may be surprised to learn that Kundalini Yoga is done with the eyes closed, focusing on the Third Eye Chakra.

Kundalini Yoga has helped many people with little or no spiritual interest, it is particularly good for the core muscles, spine, back, neck and stress, some positions are very strengthening to the arms too. For those of you who are more spiritual its even more powerful and suitable. I find that not only does it help clear out the Chakras, allowing energy to move more freely up the spine, through the body and aura, but it also helps with Ascension symptoms. The practice of Kundalini Yoga helps you litrally shake off old stagnant energies, it helps you better integrate the energies coming to the planet at this time. After a Kundalini Yoga session you will feel energised, limber and fully grounded in your body.

You end your practice by sending healing or positive energy to people you know and the whole planet! Learning in person is always best but not everyone has access to a Kundalini Yoga class so I would definatly reccomend trying a begginers Kundalini Yoga DVD by either Ana Brett and Ravi or by Maya Fiennes.

Some DVDs have a 'matrix option' which will let you customise the Yoga session. I would always make sure you start your sessions with a 'Tune in' then a 'warm up' before doing the Kriyas to get the full benefits and warm up the spine. Traditionally a meditation is done at the end before the closing prayer, though I have found this isnt essential for me as I find that every kriya is a moving meditation and the relaxation pose found in other forms of Yoga is always used towards the end of the set.

If you are a Lightworker, Indigo, Crystal, Blue Ray, Starseed you will really gain alot from doing this just a couple of times a week. If you dont like the sanskrit mantras which are only used in a few kriyas you can substitute them for their English translations, which are always given as its important to understand what your saying and why your saying it. The mantras are very empowering, non-dogmatic and universal. The most common one you will use in Kundalini Yoga is Sat Nam which means 'the truth is within'. Both Maya and Ana give life affirming, positive motivational encouragement duing their DVDs, it really is unlike the made for the masses Yoga which has become so popular.

Stop sticking with what your comfortable with, do something different and just try it!

Be well,

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Thursday, 22 December 2011

Buddha Necklaces - Genuine Thai Temple Buddha Amulets & Gemstone Beads

Ive created a few original Buddha Necklaces for Merkaba Warrior and plan on doing more this year. I have taken my inspiration for these pieces from Mala Beads and Prayer Bead Necklaces, using authentic vintage Thai Buddha Amulets. In Thailand most Buddhist Temples create their own amulet, which people wear as a spiritual reminder and also for protection from evil spirits.

Most these amulets are made of clay or metals such as bronze or copper. They usualy display a seated Buddha on the front side though other designs can sometimes be found. The backs can have a variety of images and designs, many show a local Priest or Monk, some show the temple or shrine and others show astrological charts. All show the beautiful Thai letters.

Ive combined these authenic amulets with semi precious gemstone beads and keep my designs simple, most of them are unisex and will suit either a man or a woman. I energetically cleanse and activate all the vintage amulets before they are used in any of my jewellery. The amulet sits around the middle of the chest area, im currently using 23" total length. The beaded gemstone necklaces feel very solid and powerful to wear, they go well with simple clothing and really make a powerful statement. Each of the amulets I use so far are different so each necklace is original and unique.

Below are some photos of just some of the Buddha Necklaces ive made and how I cleanse the amulets. You can find similar designs and more at my Merkaba Warrior shop on Etsy, I ship worldwide. Just click the banner or links at the bottom of this blog post.

Ivan ॐ

Buddha Necklace - Thai Buddha Amulet & Dragons Eye beads (Red Tiger Eye)

Vintage Thai Temple Buddha Amulet

Buddha Necklace - Thai Buddhist Amulet & Golden Tigers Eye Beads

Old Thai Buddha Amulet Medal

Beaded Buddha Necklace - Vintage Thai Amulet & Picasso Jasper Beads

Buddha Necklace - Old Thai Temple Buddha Amulet & Tiger Eye Beads

Thai Amulets being cleansed and charged in my Copper Pyramid

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Friday, 9 December 2011

Yoga Jewelry - Spiritual Mala Bracelets and Meditation Jewelry for the Yoga Lifestyle

Much of the jewellery I design is influenced by Yoga philosophy and lifestyle. I started doing Yoga a few years ago and I experimented by wearing different crystals during my Yoga practice to see what happened. I found that wearing stones, especially as bracelets did enhance and support my Yoga experience. As prana or life force energy is circulated more freely during and following Yoga it made sense to me that semi precious stones properties would be magnified during these times.

Some people do wear necklaces during Yoga practice though they can get in the way, my Yoga Necklaces are best worn after practice or during meditations. Choosing the type of stone you wish to wear during Yoga is very personal, you may have particular properties you wish to work with in your life in general or select stones which suit your style or motive for Yoga. You may want calming relaxing stones, grounding or anti stress crystals, others may want spiritual connection or kundalini activation, it’s up to you. It’s good to have a few yoga bracelets for different uses.

Other people wear these pieces to express their spiritual interests and say a little about who they are. Much of my spiritual energy jewellery has personal meaning for people. Here is a selection of just some of my Yoga insired jewellery, you can find more and see more pictures of these at my Merkaba Warrior shop on Etsy. Just click the links or banner at the bottom of this article.


Buddha Head Bracelet - Mahogany Obsidian, aromatic Sandalwood
Mala Bead & Bronze Buddha head bead

Om Charm Bracelet - Aqua Terra Jasper, Freshwater Pearl & Thai Silver Om

Antique Chinese Coin Necklace - Smoky Quartz beads & Bronze

Buddha Bracelet - Blue Lace Agate, Genuine Vintage Pearls & Thai Buddha
charm replica

Om Bracelet - Serpentine, Hematite & Silver Plated Om Charm

Mala Bead Bracelet - Tiger Ebony & Silver capped Garnet Guru bead

Yoga Bracelets - New Jade & Silver Lotus Charm, Aqua Terra Jasper
& Pearl Om Charm

Yoga Necklace - Handmade from Blessed Vintage Thai Temple Buddha
Amulet & Dragons Eye beads

Handmade Silver Lotus Necklace with New Jade Wire Wrapped Bead Charm

Jade Lotus Bracelet - New Jade Beads & Thai Fine Silver lotus charm

Buddha Bracelet - Blue Sodalite beads & Thai Buddha Charm replica

Buddha Head Bracelet - Norwegian Black Moonstone & Silver Plated
Buddha Head Bead

Yoga Bracelet Set - Coconut Palmwood Silver Capped Agate Guru Bead.
Comes with a Cherry Wood Mala Bead Bracelet

Lotus Bracelet - Genuine Sugilite, Lotus Seed Mala beads
& Fine Silver lotus charm

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Om Bracelets - Beaded Bracelets with the Sanskrit Om symbol

These are a selection of some of my semi precious stone Merkaba Warrior bracelets which incorporate the Om symbol into their design. Om or Ohm is formed by ancient Sanskrit letters to represent the sound which created and maintains the Universe. The symbol is important to both Hindu and Buddhist spirituality, you will notice it is often part of mantras, used in meditations and in some Yoga traditions.

In my spiritual jewelley I use the symbol to also to represent all of creation, help remove distraction from your spiritual path and maintain emotional calmness.

Ivan ॐ

Om Charm Bracelet - Aqua Terra Jasper, Freshwater Pearl & Handmade
Fine Silver Om
Mens Beaded Om Bracelet - Bronzite & Engraved Om Sandalwood Mala Bead
Mens Om Bracelet - Black Lava Rock and Handmade Fine Silver Om Charm
Mens Om Charm Bracelet - Serpentine, Hematite & Silver Plated Om
Om Bracelet - Black Moonstone, Herkimer Diamond
& Silver Plated Om Charm

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Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Buddha Head Bracelets for Men - Beaded Spiritual, Meditation & Yoga Jewelry

Ive created several  Buddha Head Bracelets for the Merkaba Warrior range. The beads are top quality, beautifully detailed Buddha heads which have also had an antique finish to them creating that aged look. Ive combined these with top grade semi precious stones and Earth minerals and a few Mala bead inspirations such as genuine Indian Sandalwood and polished Lotus Seeds. The designs look really classy, feel solid to wear and have a great energy.

You can see all these and more bracelets for men and women at my Merkaba Warrior shop on Etsy, just click the banner or links and the bottom of this post.
Ivan ॐ

Mens Silver Buddha Head Bracelet - Black Moonstone

Mens Buddha Head Bracelet with a Silver plated Buddha head bead and Norwegian Black Moonstone. The stone is blue grey and black with a subtle iridescence. Worn for enhancing psychic awareness, intuition and protection.

Mens Bronze Buddha Head Bracelet - Mahogany Obsidian

Mens Buddha Head Bracelet with Mahogany Obsidian, Bronze Buddha head bead and a single Sandalwood Mala or Japa bead. A volcanic rich earthy brown and black stone with a calming woody aroma. Worn for overcoming obstacles, inner strength and a calm positive mind.

Mens Gold Buddha Head Bracelet - Black Lava Rock 

Mens Buddha Head Bracelet with Black Lava Rock, a Gold plated Buddha head bead and a single burnt red Lotus Seed mala bead. A powerful statement piece with soul. Worn for grounding, protection and rising above obstacles.

Mens Bronze Buddha Bracelet with Bloodstone and Radraksha Seed

This Buddha Head Bracelet is made with Bloodstone and an antique bronze finished Buddha head. The bracelet also features a single Radraksha seed mala bead from the Himalayas. This design is very healing and is also worn for protection.
Try layering them with other Buddha head bracelets or combining them with other yoga bracelets and mala inspired designs to complete the look. They also look great when worn in multiples. To see these and other bracelets in more detail please visit my shop on Etsy, click on the Merkaba Warrior banner or links below.

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