Back to Yoga School with Melissa Abbott

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BACK TO YOGA SCHOOL Sat Feb 22 12:30-2:30pm Cape Ann Power Yoga, 186 Main St. Gloucester, MA with Melissa Abbott featuring a Slideshow illustrating the Classical Hatha Yoga to Present Day Contemporary Hatha Yoga in North America. Have you ever wondered How did Hatha Yoga begin and why? How old is it? We will explore the how, when, where, and why of Hatha Yoga and its early Tantric and Ascetic Sampradaya Roots including an overview of the most famous Hatha Yoga teachers and writings. We explore in what ways Tantra influenced present day Hatha Yoga Practice.
Next we will trace how the various streams of Hatha Yoga that came to the West during the last 120 years. You will find out about the various types of yoga and yoga traditions. You will be surprised at the many fluid and early connections. What postures came from where? We will touch on Mysore, Bengali, Kashmir, Ascetic, Tantric, and Nath roots. You will leave the Workshop with a sense of History and Connection to your own present Hatha Yoga Practice.

Melissa teaches Hot Vinyasa & Hot Yoga 26/2 @ Steam House Hot Yoga & Pilates, Epping NH and Blue Yoga Group, Swampscott, MA
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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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