Vijnana Bhairava Retreat

I am on a 4 day Zoom meditation retreat this weekend practicing the Vijnana Bhairava which is a 112 specialized meditation techniques ( aka known as the yoga of delight, wonder, and amazement) that have been in living lineage for 1500 years in the Shaiva Tantra Tradition originating in Kashmir with Chris Wallis zooming into his Tantrika Institute in Portugal. In Sanskrit Jnana means knowledge, Vijnana is specialized knowledge. They include using awareness, consciousness, imagination, mudra, bhandhas, ucchara, mantra and Bhava ( attitude). Wonderfully introspective and powerfully vibrational. On one of my breaks making a big batch of granola to have with yoghurt between sessions this weekend. ❤️🧘‍♀️🙌🙏 Very enlivened teachings #anotherkindofyoga #meditation #vijnanabhairavatantra I have actually been reading these verses for about 30 years ( Jaideva Singh translation). Since Christopher Wallis is a fantastically accomplished Sanskrit scholar as well as a practitioner, his translation which is coming out in book form is very awakened and he transmits the verses from the ancient yogis and yoginis with a special transmission. Yes, in Kashmir, there is a history of accomplished women yoginis, gurus, and teachers.

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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