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Meet Ken Lidden of ABT Yoga in Topsfield

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ken Lidden.

Ken, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Found yoga, or could be on reflection yoga found me some 20 years ago in Sydney, Australia.

Did Yoga Teacher Training at my own teacher’s suggestion, not knowing what awaited me.

Attended a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy workshop in Sydney with Michael Lee who happens to be an Australian who lives in the states, and had a life changing experience. Became a client of a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner in Sydney, continued to transform.

Apart of this changing was visiting the USA to do the Yoga Therapy training, met a girl who lived in Topsfield MA, and the rest is history.

Moved to the USA some 12 years ago to be with the girl, who has since become my wife, opened ABT Yoga in Topsfield, to then become a US citizen some 4 years ago.

Each day I turn up to teach yoga and support people with yoga therapy.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No road is ever smooth. Ups, downs, corners, curves, and some straight sections.

So much about the so-called struggles in life are about learning to relax and accept that there are, and always will be struggles as you call them.

To me yoga and life are about building better relationships, and the first one is with myself. Yoga at its deepest levels offers so much in this process and building better relationships.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about ABT Yoga – what should we know?
ABT Yoga believes yoga is for everybody.

One of the biggest compliments I have ever received is that it is a place where being different feels normal.

We specialize in offering yoga for the young at heart, by teaching them to engage their bodies in a way that strengthens and lengthens them in all ways. To do that we work slower and build awareness of what supports us.

What matters most is how I feel rather than how I look. The way we practice supports people become pain-free through functional movement. We do our best to balance out strength, flexibility with focus awareness on our breathing.

By practicing the philosophy of “less is more” we begin to feel good with more energy, and more calming balance in our lives. Yoga at ABT is not a workout, yet you will find that paradoxically this actually teaches you to engage more, which then transfers to you engaging more in life away from the yoga mat, which is really what we are trying to teach people. How to live life with a better relationship to it.

The Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy work is about supporting people make shift happen. Yoga and mindfulness support clients willfully engage at deeper levels. It might heal your trauma, big or small. I support clients take this dive into themselves.

Like my yoga teaching, the client does the work, the client or the student gets to make shift happen. No short term highs, rather long term gains through being present to themselves.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My wife, Anne Trevenen is my biggest supporter. Attached to ABT Yoga is her bodywork business that supports and provides opportunities for people to add more self care to their lives.

Interestingly, my students and clients without knowing motivate me to continue practicing what I teach, and to them and my wife I’m am deeply grateful.

My first yoga mentor was my first yoga teacher who is no longer with us. She once told me, “Ken, you don’t know and or believe how wonderful you are as a human being. Continue this yoga journey and one day you may discover this for yourself”. She was 100% correct.

Along the way I have had mentors that have helped me find my limitations, and I do this today with students/clients that I work with.

My own meditation practice supports me, so I have become my own cheer leader.

Contact Info:

  • Address: ABT Yoga
    22 South Main Street
  • Website:
  • Phone: 978.551.6699
  • Email:

Image Credit:
Cinde Perdigao ~ Sumkovi Photography

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1 Comment

  1. Patricia Van Geyte

    September 26, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    I’m happy to find out that you have a Yoga therapy in Topsfield! I had surgery on my foot a year ago and have a a metal plate in my foot. I don’t think it will be a problem but wanted to mention it.

    What time do you have clasess and when. Thank you! Hope I can do this!

    Pat Van Geyte

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