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So excited to be offering this to you, especially Yoga Teachers! You will be glad you took this course. There is a lot of new translations and research done on early Hatha Yoga beginnings. We will discuss Dattatreyashastra ( early Ascetic ), Hatha Yoga Pradipka, Shri Tattva Nidhi and Yoga Karuntika ( Mysore Lineage), Gorakshanath and Nath lineages from Bengal and how these early documents of Hatha Yoga influenced what streams of yoga came to the West including Calcutta Lineage, Krishnamacharya ( Mysore School ), Sivananda of Rikkikesh and his students who came to the West. What postures/asanas came from where and how they have evolved. Wouldn’t you like to know where some of your favorite postures originated?

BACK TO YOGA SCHOOL with Melissa Abbott featuring a Slideshow illustrating the Roots of Tantra and Classical Hatha Yoga to present day Contemporary Hatha Yoga in North America. Have you ever wondered How did Yoga begin? We will explore the how, when, where, and why of Hatha Yoga and its Tantric connections and then we will trace the various streams of how Hatha Yoga came to the West during the last 120 years. We will include a Guided Tantric Yoga Meditation from the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, a thousand year old compendium of Meditation Instructions from Kashmir Shaivism which influenced in may ways what we know now as Hatha Yoga. You will leave the Workshop with a sense of History and Connection to your own present Practice.

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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