Settling the Prana Shakti in Your Body – Surrendering into the Experience of Now Meditation

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Settling the Prana Shakti in Your Body Meditation is a way to Surrender in the Experience of Now. This is a foundational Tantric Yoga Meditation Practice to get you ready for deeper states of Meditation. It is very important to be able to settle your life force energy in your body to further your practices and exploration of Tantric Yoga Meditation.

This Meditation was recently taught by Christopher Wallis at a recent Shaiva Tantra for Daily Life Retreat at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies during July of 2019. He urged his students there to practice this form of meditation as a basic practice at that time. This is my interpretation of his teaching. 

In the early 1990’s, I saw a book in a bookstore called “The Doctrine of Vibration: An Analysis of the Doctrines and Practices associated with Kashmir Shaivism (SUNY series in the Shaiva Traditions of Kashmir)” by Mark Dyczkowski. 

I had been at one time fascinated by the song “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys and I had seen the Star Wars Movie by George Lucas where the main characters all had some kind of “Force Within” some kind of Vibrational Awareness. At the time, I thought to myself, WOW, there is even an ancient doctrine of Vibration, scriptures or Tantras written over a 1000+ years ago describing the study of Vibrations. This study is a type of Inner Yoga, a Meditation Yoga. Those teachers had names like Upaldeva, Abinavagupta, and Keshmaharaj.  That is when my study and fascination with all things Tantra, Shaiva Tantra or Kashmir Shaivism. I read books by Lakshman Too, Paul Mueller-Ortega, and Douglas Brooks. I was even able to take some courses with the latter two professors. The translations for many of the Tantras of interest such as the Vijnana Bhairava, The Recognition Sutras, the Spanda Karikas, Shiva Sutras, and the Tantraloka left a lot to be desired and were very poorly done.

Fast forward to about 5 years ago when a teacher I knew named Christopher Hareesh Wallis a Phd Sanskrit authority and practitioner wrote a book called Tantra Illuminated and a couple years later a fantastic translation of the Recognition Sutras where he was able to translate the practices in a way that made them come very alive and vital for todays meditation practitioner. These practices are a gold mine of Inner Revelation and detail specific Meditation Practices and Strategies for NonDual Shaiva Tantra. I had taken some online courses with Christopher in the past couple of years and had been practicing many of the Tantric Yoga Meditation Sequences in the Vijnana Bhairava and Recognition Sutras with a lot of success. Absolutely beautiful practices that are just not very well known yet. Being a Hatha Yoga Teacher, I am thrilled to practice the inner postures as a way to take yoga beyond the Mat.

This is why I am doing this podcast, to preserve, detail, and practice some of the Tantric Yoga Meditation practices I have learned and loved. Here is a beautiful basic short Foundational Practice. I hope it bears fruit for you as it has done for me.

You can find Melissa Abbott Yoga & Meditation Podcast on YouTube, Podbean, Spotify, and iTunes Podcasts.

Namaste, Melissa Abbott

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 Academia.org, 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 www.steamhousenh.com 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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