Melissa Abbott

melissaabbottHow long have you been practicing Hot Yoga? Since 2010.

Teaching? Fall 2016 - Raja Yoga Teacher Training Huntington Beach, CA

How often do you practice? I practice at least 5-7 times per week.

Teach? I teach 2-3 times per week.

What is it that you like most about teaching Hot Yoga? At a certain point I decided to practice 26/2 Hot Yoga for as long as I could in my life. Learning to teach the Yoga is an extension of my commitment to my daily practice. It is a privilege and a gift to teach. The yoga is such a great healing path and sharing that path with others is a natural progression for me. The challenge of learning to teach the yoga was an incredible journey that I don't think you ever stop doing. It has added and incredible dimension to everything in my life

Do you now or did you have any pre-existing medical conditions prior to starting Hot Yoga that you are willing to share with us? I had extra weight, high blood pressure, and choelestrol issues. Since practicing, I no longer have these conditions. I lost 40 lbs and have never felt better.

What changes have seen in your body since practicing Hot Yoga? In a nutshell, after a very consistent practice and many hours of dedication in spite of the pain presented by my sciatica, I no longer require medication for any of my aforementioned symptoms. While I still suffer from sciatica, the yoga has become a very reliable medium for reducing my symptoms when they flare. I sleep better than I ever have in my entire life. I am comfortable in my own skin, and I can look at my body in the mirror and appreciate the reflection I see. The real "change" wasn't physical. Hot Yoga works from the inside - out. It starts on cellular level, somewhere between the ears. It has cleared a space in my head and has made room for a healthier, happier me.

Why did you go to training and why do you teach Hot Yoga? I went to training to learn the healing modality of the yoga and to strengthen and expand my own practice to include helping others through the vocals of the yoga. It's another dimension to the 90 min opened-eyed Meditation.

Is there anything else that you want to tell others about teaching Hot Yoga? I am a new teacher and in spite of that have witnessed first hand the healing energy of the postures. I would like to share this with others so they can experience these health, meditation, introspection, and energy of these yoga postures in a journey to self realization.