Becoming Shiva Meditation – Sounding the 12 Sanskrit Vowels with the 12 Chakra System

In this session, we will practice working with Verse 30 from the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, a 1000+ year old collection of Meditation Techniques from the Trika Lineage of Kashmir Shaivism. In this lineage there are 12 Main Chakras or energy centers in the body along the central energy channel known as the Sushumna Nadi, running thru the middle of the body from the perineum to above the crown of the head. We will Intone and use the 12 Sanskrit Vowels sequentially starting at the Base Chakra at the perineum and successively moving our imagination and visualization thru each energy center in this Guided Meditation. 

I am using Christopher Hareesh Wallis’s translation of Verse 30 from the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra for this practice. He is the author of “Tantra Illumination” and “The Recognition Sutras” and an internationally known Sanskrit authority of Tantric Meditation Practices as well as a Practioner Teacher.

It is said that anyone of the meditation practices of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra can be a transformative and enlightening practice. This particular practice assumes you have a certain focus and experience to really integrate its powerful energetic experience. You may have to work with it over time to develop the meditation chops to be comfortable with it. I made this podcast for those of you who have the determination and interest for it as well as some other students in a study group that I am working with under the tutelage of Christopher Wallis.

Please go to my website www.melissaabbottyoga to see study guide for the 12 Chakra System.

Published by Melissa Abbott Yoga & Meditation Podcast

A lifelong meditator, learner and seeker, Melissa started her journey with a Hatha Yoga class in 1970 at age 17. Later after a stint in Art School and extensive travel, Melissa became a resident at Shree Muktananda Ashram in upstate NY studying Siddha Yoga meditation practices and is a disciple of Gurumayi Chidvilasananda and the Siddha Lineage Of Swami Muktananda and Bhagwan Nityananda. There she became acquainted with Shaiva Tantra Meditation from Kashmir, while studying with Dr. Paul Mueller Ortega, Dr.Douglas Brooks, Sally Kempton aka Swami Durgananda and many other teachers residing there at that time. Melissa also studied Tibetan Buddhist Practices of the Sakya Lineage with Luding Khenchen Rimpoche. Melissa has had a 40+ year meditation practice receiving many initiations and transmissions from many great contemporary teachers. Currently, since 2017 Melissa has been studying with Christopher Wallis a Sanskrit Scholar Phd covering “The Recognition Sutras”, “Vijnana Bhairava”, “Spanda Karikas”, and “Tantraloka”. Melissa is an avid reader, studying with the scholarly works of Christopher Wallis PhD, Alexis Sanderson Phd.Oxford University , Christopher Tompkins PHd Candidate University Of CA Berkley, and James Mallinson from SOAS in London. A member of, Melissa keeps up with the latest translations of historic Yogic Writings by contemporary scholars. On the Hatha Yoga front, Melissa has studied Iyengar and Anusara Hatha Yoga in the 1990’s and later took her first hot yoga class 10 years ago with Suzanne Elliott in Merritt Island, FL, becoming a Raja Hot Core Hatha Yoga 500 hour Teacher in 2016 with Craig Villani. In 2017 she became a USA Yoga Coach and started judging video submissions in 2019. In 2018 Melissa studied with Jimmy Barkan Level 2 Hot Vinyasa Training in Ft Lauderdale and 2019 Adi Westerman’s Teaching 26/2 Plus Training. A member of the Original Hot Yoga Asso OHYA and a Hot Yoga Teacher at Steam House Hot Yoga & Pilates in Epping NH and Blue Yoga Group in Swampscott, MA. “Melissa Abbott Yoga and Meditation” has a weekly Visionary Tantric Yoga & Yoga Nidra Podcast available on Spotify, ITunes Podcasts, Podbean and YouTube.

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