A Small Group Reiki 1 Training and Certification available Dec 5 from 11-5pm at a private home in Rockport, Ma.

Email: melissa@melissaabbott.com

A Small Group Reiki 1 Training and Certification available Dec 5 from 11-5pm at a private home in Rockport, Ma. with Traditional Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho Master Melissa Abbott. Reiki Level 1 will be an Intro to Reiki to use in your personal life to enhance, protect, and transform, creating wellness for you and your loved ones. ❤️ Includes: Manual, Certification, Self Healing Techniques, Protection Training, Giving Reiki to pets, family and others, Preventing Energy Leaks and a Powerful Reiki Gassho, Hands On Attunements, and Energy Circuit Meditation Technique to use for your own healing. This small group of women is doing a deep dive into their own personal healing with a view to establishing strength in their feminine enlightened potential. If you feel guided to join us please inbox me for details and address. $150 #reiki #reiki1 #transformation #enlightenedfeminine #rockportma

Vibration of Gratitude Yoga Nidra with Soundbath

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Vibration of Gratitude Yoga Nidra with Singing Bowl Sound Bath

Recorded live at steamhousenh.com by Melissa Abbott melissaabbott.com Nov 15, 2021

Yoga Nidra Immersion is a style of guided meditation best done after a Hatha yoga session. Done in a supine position the student is guided to a yogic sleep which allows the physical body and brain to fully relax and restores the nervous system helping the student to fully absorb the physical Asanas. did ne at the end of a Hath Yoga Session.

It is known to be healing for stress, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, healing grief and anger, lowering levels of cortisol, cholesterol, endocrine imbalances,  and blood pressure.

 

Melissa Abbott conducts a deeper Inner Yogic Meditative Experience using Crystal Singing Bowls and Gongs as a vibrational sound immersion increasing relaxation restructuring the entire body within. Calming, Detoxifying, and Healing along with a Guided Meditation using 1000 year old Shaiva Tantra techniques and mantras from the Practices of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, Keshmahraj’s Revognition Sutras and Abinavagupta’s Tantrasara.

A integrative and blissful experience clearing the subconscious and relieving muscular, emotional, and mental tension.

 

Benefits of Yoga Nidra Meditation ( after a Vinyasa or Hatha Yoga Session)

Benefits of Yoga Nidra Meditation ( after a Vinyasa or Hatha Yoga Session) are known to help activate the relaxation response and improve the functioning of your nervous and endocrine systems which affects your hormones. Yoga Nidra balances and helps with regenerating and repairing your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies. This improves your mood, sleep, and life. I have so much gratitude to teach it every Mon Night @steamhousenh 4:30-5:30pm Candlelit and Moonlit Hot House Power Vinyasa 5:30-5:45 Yoga Nidra Immersion with Singing Bowl Sound Bath sign up: MindBody App or steamhousenh.com 75 Railroad Ave., Epping NH #youaregoingtolikethewayyoufeel #seeyouonthemat #hotyoga #yoganidra

Women in Yoga

I am a 68 year old Yoga Teacher and Practioner. Not that age has anything to do with it because it doesn’t. It’s all about your embodied consciousness anyway. I only mention it because I have observed a lot in my Sadhana over a period of time.

I have a keynote presentation about the history of Yoga that I sometimes give in various Yoga Teacher Trainings I might be invited to teach both in person or on zoom. In these trainings, I get a lot of questions about the history of women in yoga. Most teacher training just talk about Patangeli and his Yoga Sutras which ultimately is very confusing because those sutras are Dual in Nature and lead students to believe that ultimate enlightenment is outside themselves somehow.
So I constantly get asked about Women in Yoga. You ask a male teacher in Yoga about Women and they stumble all over themselves because really they don’t have much of a clue.
Who are the examples of Empowered women yoga practitioners? How was their Sadhana different from the male version. How come things weren’t written down about them and if they were, how come they got destroyed? I took a course last year or so on Yogicstudies about women in Yoga. It turns out that because women were uneducated and living in the home raising children and families it was thought they weren’t doing any practices but actually thier whole lives was one big Sadhana and yoga practice with the earmarking of being a mother and wife as stages of Sadhana. The Sadhana of women and eventual enlightenment of women is most likely a very different path than that of men. In the 1980’s I read a book about Tibet Women called “Women of Wisdom” and it detailed very different paths of these woman which did include childbirth and being a mother as a very powerful evolutionary step in a female Sadhana and this really stayed with me because as a yoga mother, it completely resonated. In the 1980’s I also had a strong spiritual awakening and I had these little books ( usually printed in India) about Saints which I used to carry around in my purse and read when I became overwhelmed by my awakening. Mirabai, Akka Mahadevi, Laleshwari, and Gopaler Ma were a few I read over and over again. I also read about the Catholic Saints like Therese of Avila and others. Part of a practice I learned in the Siddha yoga meditation ashram I started going to in that era was to chant the Guru Gita which was an hour and half long chant in Sanskrit where Parvati ( a female practitioner) asked questions of Shiva ( her husband and teacher) . After chanting it everyday ( sometimes multiple times) for 28 years ( yes 28 years) and now sporadically still chanting it, I always had the sense that Parvati already knew the answers to her questions about becoming one with the universe but was just asking the questions for the benefit of others ( that would be me). The study ( Swadhaya which is a type of yogic practice ) of the Guru Gita is very mystical and deep, somethings mentioned in the Guru Gita did not become apparent to me for years and years ( a whole other post) . Meanwhile my point was that Parvati was a woman and she was doing Sadhana so she was kind of a heroine to me. I looked up to her, she was my role model.
Then later I learned more about some of the women Gurus and Saints of Shaiva Tantra in Kashmir and more about some of the Buddhist Tantric women practitioners.
As a woman yoga practitioner, I often felt that my only role models were these male teachers and for some reason male teachers had more attention, seeming viability, and followers than female teachers. I have practiced a lot of different styles of Yoga ranging from various Hatha Yoga Asana methods, Meditation, Contemplation, Seva selfless service, Swadhaya study of scriptures, and many visualization and Tantric Yoga Meditation Practices of Keshmaharaj and Abinavagupta. I also spent time with a modern day woman guru, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, as well as met many other purported Female Gurus such as Amma ( and others). Truly speaking in terms of example of Powerful transmission capabilities and walking the walk, no one holds a candle to Gurumayi ( in my my opinion).
So in a way I have been lucky and filled with Grace from tne study of modern Yoga teachers to historical figures who I looked to for guidance on the Yogic path. It is true that the path of a female practitioner is very different from a male practitioner. Unfortunately there is a lot of misogynistic attitudes towards women in the male dominated Yoga world and women tend to deny their own power and experience.

One of my pet peeves in Yoga Circles is when women in yoga are called “ Ladies” . Like ads saying “Calling all Ladies, let’s practice Asana together at such and such yoga studio” . Somehow ( at least to me ) that word diminishes the women to be called Ladies of Yoga like it’s a quilt group or a sewing circle of women who are going to sit around with teacups and gossip about yoga while they preen and narcissistically admire each other’s yoga pants and postures. We all see the social media posts of Women Hatha Yogis posturing in suggestive ways. I sort of want them all to just wake up a little bit. Yoga is about expanded awareness and finding the enlightenment and grace within to be in a state of The Absolute and be experiencing transcendence regularly.
It’s not about exercising so you will be thin or beating yourself up because you think it’s going to be a better person. The Asanas are ways to open up the Prana Shakti in your physical being so you can go into the Deeper Inner Yogas like meditation.
In fact, these days, I am refining my practices because if a practice isn’t leading me to awakened awareness pretty often, it’s time to switch it up.

I am posting a little bit to just ask women about their sadhana ( yogic path) is it leading to deeper transformations and embodied empowered awareness? Who are your Heroines and Women Teachers? Who do you look up to?

Melt Yoga Nidra and Singing Bowl Sound Bath

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Melt Yoga Nidra with Singing Bowl Sound Bath

Recorded Live by Melissa Abbott melissaabbott.com at Cape Ann Power Yoga capeannpoweryoga.com on Nov 4, 2021 after a Baptiste Journey into Power Yoga Class.

Yoga Nidra Immersion is a style of guided meditation best done after a Hatha yoga session. Done in a supine position the student is guided to a yogic sleep which allows the physical body and brain to fully relax and restores the nervous system helping the student to fully absorb the physical Asanas. did ne at the end of a Hath Yoga Session.

It is known to be healing for stress, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, healing grief and anger, lowering levels of cortisol, cholesterol, endocrine imbalances,  and blood pressure.

 

Melissa Abbott conducts a deeper Inner Yogic Meditative Experience using Crystal Singing Bowls and Gongs as a vibrational sound immersion increasing relaxation restructuring the entire body within. Calming, Detoxifying, and Healing along with a Guided Meditation using 1000 year old Shaiva Tantra techniques and mantras from the Practices of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, Keshmahraj’s Revognition Sutras and Abinavagupta’s Tantrasara.

A integrative and blissful experience clearing the subconscious and relieving muscular, emotional, and mental tension.

The inspiration for this Yoga Nidra was taken from an essay written by Dr. Paul Mueller-Ortega an authority and teacher on Trika lineage Tantra and Meditation.

Fire Wheel Yoga Nidra with Singing Bowl Sound Immersion

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Recorded Live at Steam House Hot Yoga & Pilates steamhousenh.com Monday Oct. 25, 2021 by Melissa Abbott melissaabbott.com with Singing Bowl Sound Scape after a Hot Power Vinyasa Class while in Savasana.

This Yoga Nidra is a beautiful Heart Based Meditation activating the Lunar Left Ida Nadi (relating to inhalation and objects of awareness) , the Central Sushumna Nadi (pure essence nature and Fire), and the Right Solar Pingala Nadi (relating to the exhale and the act of cognition) in a Caduceus meeting point at the base of the heart where all senses merge together creating an intensification/vibration of life energy transforming into a nourishing radiant wheel of Fire that uplifts the practioners natural vitality and transcendence.

Best Practice is to lie or sit quietly, observing yourself, listen to the sound of my voice, headphones are great, relax and enjoy this guided Yoga Nidra.

This is the set up meditation for a much longer practice of the Fire Wheel Meditation Sequence from Abinavagupta’s “ Tantrasara” Chapter 5, a 1000 year old Shaiva Tantra Text of Meditation Practices from Kashmir. The longer version is taught in retreats or in person. The set up itself is very affirming and a way to gather transcendent energy in the practitioner.

Fire Wheel Yoga Nidra Immersion with Singing Bowl Sound Scape

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-3c2gj-1117fda

Recorded Live at Steam House Hot Yoga & Pilates steamhousenh.com Monday Oct. 25, 2021 by Melissa Abbott melissaabbott.com with Singing Bowl Sound Scape after a Hot Power Vinyasa Class while in Savasana.

This Yoga Nidra is a beautiful Heart Based Meditation activating the Lunar Left Ida Nadi (relating to inhalation and objects of awareness) , the Central Sushumna Nadi (pure essence nature and Fire), and the Right Solar Pingala Nadi (relating to the exhale and the act of cognition) in a Caduceus meeting point at the base of the heart where all senses merge together creating an intensification/vibration of life energy transforming into a nourishing radiant wheel of Fire that uplifts the practioners natural vitality and transcendence. 

Best Practice is to lie or sit quietly, observing yourself, listen to the sound of my voice, headphones are great, relax and enjoy this guided Yoga Nidra. 

This is the set up meditation for a much longer practice of the Fire Wheel Meditation Sequence from Abinavagupta’s “ Tantrasara” Chapter 5, a 1000 year old Shaiva Tantra Text of Meditation Practices from Kashmir. The longer version is taught in retreats or in person. The set up itself is very affirming and a way to gather transcendent energy in the practitioner.

Oct 2021 Reiki Trainings with Melissa Abbott

Reiki 2 Graduates Oct 24, 2021

This past weekend I had the wonderful privilege and delight to lead the Reiki Classes for these radiant beings @steamhousenh So many congrats and best wishes to all the Reiki 1 (Sat) and Reiki 2 ( Sun) practitioners. It is said that world needs more people who live in the present moment, dream, heal, create, have awareness of embodied consciousness, open up to more than their stories and mental constructs, living honestly, kindly and have the ability to reach out to others (including animals) and to themselves to create more love, wisdom, wellness, and empathy in life. Gratitude for you all! Thank you to Heidi James @hotyogini for her assistance and loving support, Thank you to @mindset.and.magic Emily McIssac (the owner of Steam House) for championing hosting and nurturing these workshops. Kudos to @smoothieshopnh for providing delicious teas and smoothies during our breaks. Thank you again and a again, a beautiful and memorable weekend retreat. #reiki #reikitraining #usuishikireikiryoho ❤️🙌❤️🙌❤️🙏❤️🙌🧘‍♀️

Reiki 1 Graduates Oct 23, 2021

Processing & Dissolving Triggers Yoga Nidra

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 Dissolving Your Triggers Yoga Nidra

This Yoga Nidra was recorded live at Steam House Hot Yoga steamhousenh.com 75 Railroad Ave., Epping NH USA on Oct 18, 2021 by Melissa Abbott melissaabbott.com with Heidi James on the Singing Bowls.

This Yoga Nidra is a powerful technique to Process those things keeping you from being in the Flow of the Universe

A powerful foundational Tantric Yoga Meditation Practice taken from the illuminated 1000+ year old spiritual masterpiece, “The Pratyabhijna-Hrdraya” also known as The Recognition Sutras. In the Recognition Sutras or The Heart of Recognition, the author, Rajanaka Ksemaraja, gives us useful and practical ways to embrace the whole of our experience of the expanded center, so we can release and surrender our identification with our psychological self, our unresolved past, stories we tell ourselves, mental constructs, and samskaras. Those things that get us triggered and stuck with revolving mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual patterns. In essence this we can move on from our conditioning and touch more deeply within ourselves.

This meditation became alive for me a couple of years ago when I took a Recognition Sutras course with Christopher Hareesh Wallis. I had actually been interested and studied this text on and off since 1991. It wasn’t until his translation of the actual practices in Chapter 18 that this text spoke so clearly to my actual meditation practice. I started implementing the expanded central channel into my daily meditation sessions and the result has been stunning clarity to embrace the whole of reality.

I first received this practice in July 2019 with Christopher Hareesh Wallis at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies during retreat.

This is my interpretation of his teachings via Ksemaraja of 1000 years ago. I hope you will experience that the radical acceptance to the nature of reality means surrender to what wants to move though you. This practice has the ability to help you relax out of identification with your stories and patterns and stop clinging to aversions and self images.

Christopher Hareesh Wallis is the author of Tantra Illuminated and The Recognition Sutras and his website is Tantrikainstitute.org where you can study Tantric Yoga meditation practices. 

Awakened Awareness Yoga Nidra Immersion with Sound Bath

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Awakened Awareness

Yoga Nidra Immersion with Sound Bath

Recorded Live at Steam House Hot Yoga in Epping, NH USA

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by Melissa Abbott

http://www.MelissaAbbott.com melissa@melissaabbott.com after a Power Vinyasa Class on Sept 11, 2021 with Heidi James on soundscape singing bowls.

This Yoga Nidra was designed to awaken the inner consciousness. Mind/emotions/senses/thinking are here one moment and gone the next, they are ephemeral in nature. They arise and subside in a greater space of Self Awareness which is something far more fundamental than any ideas you might have about yourself.

Having the realization that Awareness is not something that you do, but rather something that you Are, is a awakening of witness consciousness, a major step in personal evolution.

Make yourself comfortable, lying on your back with a natural fiber shawl covering you to contain the meditation energy. Headphones are recommended. Enjoy ❤️🙏🧘‍♀️ A Simple but Powerful Practice

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