Editorial Review: Yoga Journal

 "Hébert's memoir is a colorful eyewitness account of a transformational time in American history and an up-close look at a seminal figure in the history of yoga in the West.  Yoga lovers...will enjoy Michele Hébert's new memoir, The Tenth Door. As a 20-something seeker in the '70's Hébert left her Ohio home and washed up on the countercultural shores of San Francisco, where she soon found her spiritual family at the Baptiste Health & Fitness Center--the first yoga inspired studio in the city, headed by Walt and Magana Baptiste. Walt (1917-2001), a champion bodybuilder and long time student of Eastern philosophy, was one of the early American proponents of yoga. (Their children--Sherri, Baron and Devi Ananda--are all yoga teachers today).

 

Hébert worked at their natural foods restaurant and studied intensively with Walt. A few years later, he asked her to manage a spiritual retreat that he and Magana were developing in El Salvador, shortly before that country erupted in civil war. She spent the next four years largely in silence and solitude, learning from her guru.

 

Hébert's memoir is a colorful eyewitness account of a transformational time in American history and an up-close look at a seminal figure in the history of yoga in the West.''

 

--Yoga Journal