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Gifts of Wisdom and Strength, New Years 2022 Yoga Nidra

Recorded live Dec 27, 2021 at http://www.steamhousenh.com in Epping NH USA after a Hot Power Vinyasa Yoga Class with Melissa Abbott MelissaAbbott.com. AJ Butler assisting on the Singing Bowls background soundscape.

In this Special New Years Yoga Nidra Immersion you are given Gifts which are tools to use in the upcoming year. Gifts from yourself to yourself. The Gifts of Wisdom and Strength. There are 5 Gifts. Find a comfortable place to lie down and take some time to listen on headphones if possible and receive your gifts. Wrap a blanket or shawl around yourself to contain the Shakti or energy of this deep inner work. Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice accessing your psychological self and transforming, transmuting, and relaxing into a powerful integrative process. Very good to do before bedtime. Enjoy the Bliss – Melissa Abbott

Gifts of Wisdom and Strength, New Years 2022 Yoga Nidra

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Gifts of Wisdom and Strength, New Years 2022 Yoga Nidra

 

Recorded live Dec 27, 2021 at www.steamhousenh.com in Epping NH USA after a Hot Power Vinyasa Yoga Class with Melissa Abbott MelissaAbbott.com. AJ Butler assisting on the Singing Bowls background soundscape.

In this Special New Years Yoga Nidra Immersion you are given Gifts which are tools to use in the upcoming year. Gifts from yourself to yourself. The Gifts of Wisdom and Strength. There are 5 Gifts. Find a comfortable place to lie down and take some time to listen on headphones if possible and receive your gifts. Wrap a blanket or shawl around yourself to contain the Shakti or energy of this deep inner work. Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice accessing your psychological self and transforming, transmuting, and relaxing into a powerful integrative process. Very good to do before bedtime.

Enjoy the Bliss – Melissa Abbott

Winter Solstice Celebration Mon Dec 20 @steamhousenh

#seeyouonthemat

Monday Nite Dec 20 @steamhousenh with Melissa Abbott 4:30-5:30 Hot House Power Yoga 5:30-5:45 stay on your mat (optional) and experience The Winter Solstice Yoga Nidra Immersion with Singing Bowl Soundscape.
House Vinyasa Power Yoga Class + Yoga Nidra + Healing Sound Bath + Set Your Intentions = Solstice Bliss , what could be better for you to touch into your own radiant embodied consciousness. Rejuvenate, Reinvent, Release, and Reintegrate – meet you on the mat!
75 Railroad Ave., Epping NH steamhousenh.com New Student Special $25 for two weeks Unlimited. Check us out! Sign up on MindBody App or Website (in bio). #youaregoingtolikethewayyoufeel #therapeutichotyoga #wintersolstice #celebration #powervinyasa #yoganidra #embodiedmovement #leaveitonthemat #steamhouseismyhouse #seeyouonthemat #singingbowls #soundbath #immersion #samavesha

Awakened Awareness Yoga Nidra Immersion with Sound Bath

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Awakened Awareness Yoga Nidra Immersion with Sound Bath

Recorded Live at Steam House Hot Yoga & Pilates steamhousenh.com Monday Dec 7, 2021 by Melissa Abbott melissaabbott.com with Singing Bowl Sound Scape after a Hot Power Vinyasa Class while in Savasana.
This Yoga Nidra is a beautiful Awakened Awareness Meditation activating your own enlightened consciousness. Tune into your Awareness Consciousness in this soothing and affirming session taking you out of your thinking mind and experiencing a spacious understanding of your true inner being. Best done, lying down with headphones in a relaxed place. Enjoy

A Small Group Reiki 1 Training and Certification available Dec 5 from 11-5pm at a private home in Rockport, Ma.

Email: melissa@melissaabbott.com

A Small Group Reiki 1 Training and Certification available Dec 5 from 11-5pm at a private home in Rockport, Ma. with Traditional Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho Master Melissa Abbott. Reiki Level 1 will be an Intro to Reiki to use in your personal life to enhance, protect, and transform, creating wellness for you and your loved ones. ❤️ Includes: Manual, Certification, Self Healing Techniques, Protection Training, Giving Reiki to pets, family and others, Preventing Energy Leaks and a Powerful Reiki Gassho, Hands On Attunements, and Energy Circuit Meditation Technique to use for your own healing. This small group of women is doing a deep dive into their own personal healing with a view to establishing strength in their feminine enlightened potential. If you feel guided to join us please inbox me for details and address. $150 #reiki #reiki1 #transformation #enlightenedfeminine #rockportma

Vibration of Gratitude Yoga Nidra with Soundbath

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Vibration of Gratitude Yoga Nidra with Singing Bowl Sound Bath

Recorded live at steamhousenh.com by Melissa Abbott melissaabbott.com Nov 15, 2021

Yoga Nidra Immersion is a style of guided meditation best done after a Hatha yoga session. Done in a supine position the student is guided to a yogic sleep which allows the physical body and brain to fully relax and restores the nervous system helping the student to fully absorb the physical Asanas. did ne at the end of a Hath Yoga Session.

It is known to be healing for stress, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, healing grief and anger, lowering levels of cortisol, cholesterol, endocrine imbalances,  and blood pressure.

 

Melissa Abbott conducts a deeper Inner Yogic Meditative Experience using Crystal Singing Bowls and Gongs as a vibrational sound immersion increasing relaxation restructuring the entire body within. Calming, Detoxifying, and Healing along with a Guided Meditation using 1000 year old Shaiva Tantra techniques and mantras from the Practices of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, Keshmahraj’s Revognition Sutras and Abinavagupta’s Tantrasara.

A integrative and blissful experience clearing the subconscious and relieving muscular, emotional, and mental tension.

 

Benefits of Yoga Nidra Meditation ( after a Vinyasa or Hatha Yoga Session)

Benefits of Yoga Nidra Meditation ( after a Vinyasa or Hatha Yoga Session) are known to help activate the relaxation response and improve the functioning of your nervous and endocrine systems which affects your hormones. Yoga Nidra balances and helps with regenerating and repairing your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies. This improves your mood, sleep, and life. I have so much gratitude to teach it every Mon Night @steamhousenh 4:30-5:30pm Candlelit and Moonlit Hot House Power Vinyasa 5:30-5:45 Yoga Nidra Immersion with Singing Bowl Sound Bath sign up: MindBody App or steamhousenh.com 75 Railroad Ave., Epping NH #youaregoingtolikethewayyoufeel #seeyouonthemat #hotyoga #yoganidra

Women in Yoga

I am a 68 year old Yoga Teacher and Practioner. Not that age has anything to do with it because it doesn’t. It’s all about your embodied consciousness anyway. I only mention it because I have observed a lot in my Sadhana over a period of time.

I have a keynote presentation about the history of Yoga that I sometimes give in various Yoga Teacher Trainings I might be invited to teach both in person or on zoom. In these trainings, I get a lot of questions about the history of women in yoga. Most teacher training just talk about Patangeli and his Yoga Sutras which ultimately is very confusing because those sutras are Dual in Nature and lead students to believe that ultimate enlightenment is outside themselves somehow.
So I constantly get asked about Women in Yoga. You ask a male teacher in Yoga about Women and they stumble all over themselves because really they don’t have much of a clue.
Who are the examples of Empowered women yoga practitioners? How was their Sadhana different from the male version. How come things weren’t written down about them and if they were, how come they got destroyed? I took a course last year or so on Yogicstudies about women in Yoga. It turns out that because women were uneducated and living in the home raising children and families it was thought they weren’t doing any practices but actually thier whole lives was one big Sadhana and yoga practice with the earmarking of being a mother and wife as stages of Sadhana. The Sadhana of women and eventual enlightenment of women is most likely a very different path than that of men. In the 1980’s I read a book about Tibet Women called “Women of Wisdom” and it detailed very different paths of these woman which did include childbirth and being a mother as a very powerful evolutionary step in a female Sadhana and this really stayed with me because as a yoga mother, it completely resonated. In the 1980’s I also had a strong spiritual awakening and I had these little books ( usually printed in India) about Saints which I used to carry around in my purse and read when I became overwhelmed by my awakening. Mirabai, Akka Mahadevi, Laleshwari, and Gopaler Ma were a few I read over and over again. I also read about the Catholic Saints like Therese of Avila and others. Part of a practice I learned in the Siddha yoga meditation ashram I started going to in that era was to chant the Guru Gita which was an hour and half long chant in Sanskrit where Parvati ( a female practitioner) asked questions of Shiva ( her husband and teacher) . After chanting it everyday ( sometimes multiple times) for 28 years ( yes 28 years) and now sporadically still chanting it, I always had the sense that Parvati already knew the answers to her questions about becoming one with the universe but was just asking the questions for the benefit of others ( that would be me). The study ( Swadhaya which is a type of yogic practice ) of the Guru Gita is very mystical and deep, somethings mentioned in the Guru Gita did not become apparent to me for years and years ( a whole other post) . Meanwhile my point was that Parvati was a woman and she was doing Sadhana so she was kind of a heroine to me. I looked up to her, she was my role model.
Then later I learned more about some of the women Gurus and Saints of Shaiva Tantra in Kashmir and more about some of the Buddhist Tantric women practitioners.
As a woman yoga practitioner, I often felt that my only role models were these male teachers and for some reason male teachers had more attention, seeming viability, and followers than female teachers. I have practiced a lot of different styles of Yoga ranging from various Hatha Yoga Asana methods, Meditation, Contemplation, Seva selfless service, Swadhaya study of scriptures, and many visualization and Tantric Yoga Meditation Practices of Keshmaharaj and Abinavagupta. I also spent time with a modern day woman guru, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, as well as met many other purported Female Gurus such as Amma ( and others). Truly speaking in terms of example of Powerful transmission capabilities and walking the walk, no one holds a candle to Gurumayi ( in my my opinion).
So in a way I have been lucky and filled with Grace from tne study of modern Yoga teachers to historical figures who I looked to for guidance on the Yogic path. It is true that the path of a female practitioner is very different from a male practitioner. Unfortunately there is a lot of misogynistic attitudes towards women in the male dominated Yoga world and women tend to deny their own power and experience.

One of my pet peeves in Yoga Circles is when women in yoga are called “ Ladies” . Like ads saying “Calling all Ladies, let’s practice Asana together at such and such yoga studio” . Somehow ( at least to me ) that word diminishes the women to be called Ladies of Yoga like it’s a quilt group or a sewing circle of women who are going to sit around with teacups and gossip about yoga while they preen and narcissistically admire each other’s yoga pants and postures. We all see the social media posts of Women Hatha Yogis posturing in suggestive ways. I sort of want them all to just wake up a little bit. Yoga is about expanded awareness and finding the enlightenment and grace within to be in a state of The Absolute and be experiencing transcendence regularly.
It’s not about exercising so you will be thin or beating yourself up because you think it’s going to be a better person. The Asanas are ways to open up the Prana Shakti in your physical being so you can go into the Deeper Inner Yogas like meditation.
In fact, these days, I am refining my practices because if a practice isn’t leading me to awakened awareness pretty often, it’s time to switch it up.

I am posting a little bit to just ask women about their sadhana ( yogic path) is it leading to deeper transformations and embodied empowered awareness? Who are your Heroines and Women Teachers? Who do you look up to?

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