If you have listened to my https://open.spotify.com/show/11lKBLSofn5ZcwBhPvu5ZK?si=2oDtbp_ZRlePZOWckbCcqw meditation podcast , you know that I practice some Tara meditations to heal ourselves, invoke blessings, repair our world and connect to Devine Feminine, an energetic force all around us. This force has the power to purify our internal and external issues, self sabotaging constructs, increase well being and open us up to the abundance of the universe Tara is the Female Buddha of Vrajayana Buddhism who is the embodiment of wisdom and compassion. These cards explore her the mandala of her 22 manifestations, her mantras, seed syllables, meditation, visualization practices, and teachings . There is a Tara for every situation. I am excited about this practice deck as it will be a means to imbibing and practicing Taras blessings.
I have been working on these cards and a book to go with it for over a year+ by practicing and exploring these practices and meditations myself. I plan to have an in person workshop with streaming/zoom option in Sept 2023 using these cards and performing Taras Practices. The book is not quite done, working on it this summer and looking to publish ASAP.
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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