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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.

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Namaste, Melissa Abbott

Energy Circuit Meditation

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Today we will be practicing a short seated Energy Circuit Meditation technique. Designed to be balancing and nourishing, activating your subtle prana shakti energy body. Especially good for headaches, sleeplessness, restlessness, anxiety or whenever you need to balance your energy during the day.

This meditation opens specific channels in your subtle body to direct your unfocused energy into a relaxed, uplifted, nurtured, and steadied energy body, helping you to repair your cells and restructure your Mind, Body, Spirit Balance within.

Find a quiet seated position in a place you will not be disturbed for 10-12 minutes. You can sit on the floor or a chair, you could even do this in your parked car between appointments if needed. Use your headphones and work to relax as much as possible as you use this Tantric Yoga Visualization Technique to revitalize yourself. In this meditation we have added optional mantra and uddiya bandha techniques to the practice to further the entrainment of the process during meditation. Use what you are comfortable with and leave the rest behind. The Energy Circuit Meditation will uplift and activate your subtle pranic energies leading to a balanced state of consciousness. This meditation can be done several times a week or whenever you feel the calling to do it. 

Originally taken from the Tantric Yoga for Daily Life Retreat I attended with Christopher Hareesh Wallis at Omega Institute of Holistic Studies in Reinbrook NY during July of 2019. 

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Overcoming Intense Thoughts, Feelings, & Emotions Yoga Nidra

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In this podcast we will be practicing a Yoga Nidra to help in Overcoming Intense Thoughts, Feelings, & Emotions. This could include any intense feeling such as jealousy, anger, grief, envy, hatred, sadness, anxiety, and revenge. This technique will work on your subconscious mind/body connection with your nervous system to process intense feelings, thoughts, emotions. When you process in this way, your thoughts and emotions have the space to heal and develop mental will power improving the ability to be emotionally stable increasing a sense of self worth, restoring well being.

Yoga Nidra is a powerful technique best used after a Hatha Yoga Session or at the end of a long day to improve sleep, chronic pain, deep relaxation, PTSD, anxiety, depression, heals grief and anger, develops mental will power and emotional stability bringing joy and well being to practitioners.

Birthday Bliss Yoga Nidra Meditation

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Welcome to the Birthday Bliss Yoga Nidra Podcast with Melissa Abbott. In this podcast we explore our deepest inner screen of consciousness with effortless awareness during a gentle session in the hypnogogic state between sleeping and wakefulness. Yoga Nidra is known to create a deep relaxation within that boosts wellness, immunity, improves depression, chronic pain, PTSD, calms the nervous system, develops mental will power, joy, and wellbeing. For those of you who work on deep patterning of your consciousness, Yoga Nidra is known to heal grief, anger, and helps you to become more emotionally stable. 

Yoga Nidra can be done at anytime you have a small block of time to relax, perhaps after lunch before a nap, after a strenuous Hatha Yoga Session, or at bedtime. It ensures activation of the nervous system and helps your body completely relax and heal within.

This Yoga Nidra was created in June 2019 for after a Barkan Hot Vinyasa Class at Steam House Hot Yoga and Pilates in Epping NH where I teach Hot Hatha Yoga around the time of my birthday. I share this with you, that you may do it on your own birthday or any day, as everyday is the first day of the rest of our lives. Rest, Recover, Renew, Rejuevenate, and Transform with a restructuring Yoga Nidra Session. 

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Luminous Inner Brilliance Yoga Nidra Meditation

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Experience the Luminous Inner Brilliance Yoga Nidra Meditation Session with Melissa Abbott. You may practice this anytime during your day as a meditation practice, perhaps after lunch or in the afternoon to refocus your inner awareness. It is best practiced after a Hatha Yoga Session or before Bedtime. At those times your body will be able to completely relax so the transformative and healing benefits of Yoga Nidra can take root in the best possible way.

This particular Yoga Nidra was developed for an after a Monday Night Hot Yoga Vinyasa Class in June 2019 at Steam House Hot Yoga and Pilates in Epping New Hampshire where I teach Yoga. Students have found it to be very beneficial relieving muscular, mental, and emotional tension such as stress and anxiety. It stimulates better sleep, enhances memory, creativity, and energy levels. Known to heal imbalances in the endocrine system, cultivation positive body awareness and restructuring Mind/Body/Spirit Balance from the inside out.

Lying down in a comfortable and supported position, place a blanket over you to contain meditation energy and perhaps a pillow under your knees for support. Rest and Listen to the Yoga Nidra Podcast and the Sound of my Voice.

Becoming Shiva Meditation – Sounding the 12 Sanskrit Vowels with the 12 Chakra System

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In this session, we will practice working with Verse 30 from the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, a 1000+ year old collection of Meditation Techniques from the Trika Lineage of Kashmir Shaivism. In this lineage there are 12 Main Chakras or energy centers in the body along the central energy channel known as the Sushumna Nadi, running thru the middle of the body from the perineum to above the crown of the head. We will Intone and use the 12 Sanskrit Vowels sequentially starting at the Base Chakra at the perineum and successively moving our imagination and visualization thru each energy center in this Guided Meditation. 

I am using Christopher Hareesh Wallis’s translation of Verse 30 from the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra for this practice. He is the author of “Tantra Illumination” and “The Recognition Sutras” and an internationally known Sanskrit authority of Tantric Meditation Practices as well as a Practioner Teacher.

It is said that anyone of the meditation practices of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra can be a transformative and enlightening practice. This particular practice assumes you have a certain focus and experience to really integrate its powerful energetic experience. You may have to work with it over time to develop the meditation chops to be comfortable with it. I made this podcast for those of you who have the determination and interest for it as well as some other students in a study group that I am working with under the tutelage of Christopher Wallis.

Please go to my website www.melissaabbottyoga to see study guide for the 12 Chakra System.

The One Heart Yoga Nidra

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The One Heart Yoga Nidra Session is slightly shorter than other Yoga Nidra on this podcast. It is designed to break down the barriers between your thinking mind and your essential self to promote inner self awareness. I originally used this as a guided meditation savasana at the end of a Barkan Hot Vinyasa Class at Steam House Hot Yoga and Pilates in Epping NH where I teach Yoga.

This Meditation is perfect to do during your day as a meditation practice, perhaps after lunch or in the afternoon. You may also get a great deal of benefit from doing it after a Hatha Yoga Practice Session or before bedtime. At those times the body will be able to completely relax so that the transformative and healing benefits of Yoga Nidra can take root in your consciousness in the best possible way.

Benefits of Yoga Nidra include: Relieving muscular, mental, and emotional tension such as stress or anxiety. Memory enhancement, insomnia, increased creativity, and energy levels are boosted. Helps to heal the functioning of the Endocrine system and cultivates positive body awareness leading to the restructuring of the Mind, Body, and Spirit Balance within.

Relax, Rejuvenate, Renew, and Refresh with the Guided Meditation Practice. Carve out 15 minutes in your schedule, grab and blanket or a shawl to cover yourself and a pillow under your knees and experience all the possibilities. 

So much gratitude to lead your though this amazing practice. Much Love to You, Melissa

Yoga Nidra Immersion – Dissolving the Light of the Central Channel into the Crown

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This Yoga Nidra Meditation Immersion comes from and is inspired by the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, Verse 28

“Imagine the Sublest possible form of Prana as Rays of Light Shining Upward from the Root of the Central Channel and Peacefully Dissolving into the Highest Center above the Crown. Spacious Awareness Arises.”

This is an exercise from the Vijnana Bhairava, a 1000+ year old compendium of Meditation practices from Kashmir Shaivism. It is very important in both Tantric and Hatha Yoga to feel this line of connective energy from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. We tune into this Meditation during this Yoga Nidra Immersion Session. 

The Benefits of Yoga Nidra: Relieves muscular, mental, and emotional tension such as stress and anxiety. Enhances memory, sleep, increased creativity, and energy levels. Helps with the function of your endocrine system and cultivates positive body awareness. Less to the whole restructuring of the Mind-Body-Spirit Balance within.

Point of Light Yoga Nidra

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Enjoy the practice of Point of Light Yoga Nidra in this 25 minute session. Find a quiet place to lie down on the floor or bed. You can also practice after a Hatha Yoga or Vinyasa session or even at the end of your day before bed time. Have a bolster or pillow handy to place under your knees and perhaps a blanket or shawl available to cover yourself. This will help to contain the Meditation energy of the Yoga Nidra Session.

The benefits of Yoga Nidra are known to help activate the relaxation response in your physical body as well as improve the functioning of your nervous and endocrine systems, which affects your hormones, endorphins, and immunity. Both Meditation and Yoga Nidra help your cells to regenerate and repair. This decreases any anxiety you have and improves your overall mood and life. 

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