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''Hebert'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

''Pertinent and compelling. It is a tale of personal strength in the face of doubt, conflict and fear to which many yogis can relate.'' --LA Yoga

''Michele Hebert's story fascinates me. She found the courage to do something very different from anything she could have imagined, yet she conveys a powerful sense that the path she is traveling was ''meant'' and could not be denied.'' - Linda Wertheimer, National Public Radio (NPR)

''Hebert has written a 21st century spiritual adventure that is in large part ''Autobiography of a Yogini'' with an ounce of Eat, Pray, Love. Hebert's story of devotion to her teacher, told with such clarity and kindness, will touch your heart. You may even question your assumption about the guru-disciple relationship.'' - YOGA THERAPY FOR TODAY, review by Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression

''The Tenth Door is spiritually galvanizing, totally engaging and brimming with insight. This is one of the best books on living in the light of spirit that I've read in years.'' - Linda Johnsen, author of Daughters of the Goddess: The Women Saints of India

''Hebert carries us on a real-life spiritual adventure. While you're being entertained, you're also learning something important about yourself and what it takes to live as an authentically spiritual being. This one you can't put down.'' --Common Ground Magazine

''Michele Hebert's book is one of the most absorbing and enlightening accounts of a spiritual journey I have ever read. It opens doors of the mind and soul.'' - Dan Wakefield, author of Returning: A Spiritual Journey

''A genuine page turner filled with wisdom and insights for yoga fans as well as readers treading the mind-body-spirit path.'' --ForeWord Review

''Here we see for ourselves what serious commitment to regular practice can produce. Hebert makes rigorous spiritual practice not only challenging but incredibly exciting.'' --About.com

''Hebert has expertly preserved the powerful lessons he (her guru, Walt Baptiste) imparted to her within this book, at times you feel like his messages are meant for you, too. Wherever you are in your journey, The Tenth Door sets a beautiful example of how to follow your heart in order to craft your best life.'' --New Jersey Namaste News, Winter 2012

''It is not everyday that you have the opportunity to join a renowned yoga teacher on their step-by-step experience and hear their inner thoughts and feelings. The Tenth Door is a gift to the world of yoga and is for anyone interested in evolving.'' - Peter Davis, CEO, IDEA Health and Fitness Association

''Michele is one of the teachers who widened the western Yoga to be understood as it is today...The Tenth Door is an intimate story of spiritual transcendence and a totally enjoyable read.'' ---- Kim Schleicher, Feathered Pipe Foundation

At first glance the recently released ''The Tenth Door'', written by California-based yoga teacher Michele Hebert, reminded me of a book I read over a decade ago that jump-started my spiritual journey: ''The Celestine Prophecy'' by James Redfield. Both take place in the tropical jungles of Central/South America and deal with the process of spiritual evolution. However, Hebert's book is not a work of fiction but chronicles her actual time studying with her guru, Walt Baptiste, as she managed his retreat center in El Salvador.

''The Tenth Door'' takes turns at being a travel diary, a personal journal of spiritual growth, a coming-of-age tale, and even an adventure thriller (as our first person narrator dodges the growing guerilla insurgency in El Salvador in the early 80's in order to carry out her job duties and her dharma). The most moving an --New Jersey Namaste News, Winter 2012



At first glance the recently released ''The Tenth Door'', written by California-based yoga teacher Michele Hebert, reminded me of a book I read over a decade ago that jump-started my spiritual journey: ''The Celestine Prophecy'' by James Redfield. Both take place in the tropical jungles of Central/South America and deal with the process of spiritual evolution. However, Hebert's book is not a work of fiction but chronicles her actual time studying with her guru, Walt Baptiste, as she managed his retreat center in El Salvador.

''The Tenth Door'' takes turns at being a travel diary, a personal journal of spiritual growth, a coming-of-age tale, and even an adventure thriller (as our first person narrator dodges the growing guerilla insurgency in El Salvador in the early 80's in order to carry out her job duties and her dharma). The most moving and intriguing aspect of the book is how it has been crafted as a loving tribute to the author s guru and his seemingly boundless love, strength and knowledge of the spiritual path. Many yogis do not get the opportunity to physically meet their guru in person although it is said that the guru is always guiding you from within. It was fascinating to watch the guru/student relationship unfold, and as Hebert has expertly preserved the powerful lessons he imparted to her within this book, at times you feel like his messages are meant for you, too.

It was not uncommon while reading this book to feel whisked away to the tropical paradise they'd carved in the Salvadoran jungle: meditation in the stone pyramid, doing yoga by starlight, or watching the sunset while swinging in a hammock. Wherever you are in your journey, ''The Tenth Door'' sets a beautiful example of how to follow your heart in order to craft your best life. -- --New Jersey Namaste News, Winter 2012

About the Author

Michele Hebert is a leader in mind-body health and spirituality. She blends her background in yoga, fitness, meditation, nutrition, and healing to guide others in achieving higher levels of health and spiritual awareness. As a senior teacher in the Walt Baptiste method of Raja Yoga, her work has been a transformative factor in the lives of thousands over a thirty-year period. She continues her spiritual studies with Swami Vedad Bharati of Rishikesh, India, and was initiated into Tibetan Buddhism by H.H. the Dalai Lama. Currently, Michele teaches Raja Yoga in La Jolla, California, and The Art of Meditation at the University of California, San Diego. She coleads international yoga and meditation retreats with her husband, Dr. Mehrad Nazari.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Emerald Book Comapny; 2 edition (November 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937110192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937110192
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,836,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really enjoyed this book. As an avid yogi and meditator, on my own spiritual quest, Michele's spiritual journey resonated with me on so many levels. I am also a Spanish speaker and a lover of Latin American culture, so this aspect of the book particularly interested me. I felt like I was right there with Michele as she described the imagery all around her in the jungles of El Salvador. She definitely takes the reader right into the heart of her own profound journey and all of her life-altering adventures. I was moved to tears throughout much of the book, as I felt that I could feel exactly what she was experiencing.

If you are a seeker and are on your own conscious soul journey, I highly recommend that you read this book!
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I have known Michelle Hebert for about 10 years through my guest and guest presenting stays at Rancho La Puerta where she was hired after she left the Baptiste Center.Michelle is a kind and compassionate yoga instructor and spiritualist.She communicates openly, directly, and honestly in her professional and social venues and these communication attributes are eloquently reflected in her easy to read and award winning book.In an open and intimate literary style she clearly and in detail fashion speaks of her highs and dark night of the soul lows experienced during the implementation of her responsibilities assigned to her by Walt Baptiste at both the San Francisco Center and the retreat center in El Salvador.She documents in a lucid manner her proud assessment of her ongoing confident emotional and spiritual growth as she,by choice, experiences separation from her parents and many siblings,during the many years she alternated between the San Francisco Baptiste Center and the Baptiste retreat center in El Salvador.
An outstanding and captivating book.
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This book is a keeper. At first glance, it's a story about master yoga teacher Michele Hebert and her training by Walt Baptiste, a pioneer in expanding yoga and meditation in the U.S. However, the stars of the story are the spiritual and practical life teachings threaded throughout. It's a book you'll want to read and re-read. It's fun, interesting and insighful.
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If you want to glimpse into the inner world of an international mind-body-spirit expert, now is your chance! The Tenth Door is so much more than a memoir, it is a blueprint for healing and transformation. This book will help you reprogram how you think about yourself and your health. It is your personal invitation to the sanctuary of yoga, spiritual connection, and bliss. I loved it! Rebecca Williams, PhD, co-author of The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction
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Michele has so beautifully and movingly told the tale of a soul growing and awakening under the quiet and guiding eye of the Master during a time when most of us Yuppies were experimenting with our new-found freedoms from conventions, going down paths that seemed to lead nowhere. That she was so fortunate to follow her heart's guidance and meet the Master so immediately and effortlessly delighted me to no end as I followed her spiritual journey in _THE TENTH DOOR_ I wish I had been so lucky. Thank you, Michele, for writing of your adventures under the wisdom tree of Walt Baptiste.
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Michele Hebert is an amazing writer! She walks you through the challenges of her spiritual journey and in the sharing of her story presents a clear picture of life in El Salvador and San Francisco under the "tutelage" of her teacher, Walt Baptiste. Several of the guru's teachings are described in detail such that anyone interested in yoga/meditation could begin the practices immediately. Her story is remarkable and fulfilling on multiple levels and I cannot wait for her sophomore book.
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The Tenth Door by Michele Hebert is a story which came from experience, but most importantly, comes from the love of a particular Guru, Walt Baptiste. Michele continues to demonstrate her adoration, respect and willingness to do the work with the writing of a book that was accomplished, not by her own means, but with the intention of following her Guru's instruction, knowing that through her words she would reach many more people who are looking for "the real deal".
Guru Dev Walt Baptiste knew how her words in a book form could help other people, perhaps, a soul in need of inspiration, hope and vision. The Tenth Door came at an especially poignant time in my life and I am deeply grateful to have this book to remind me of the important work each of us are here to do. Michele has gone above and beyond her role as student and inspires me through her words as to how Walt truly lives on within each of us; we only need to pause, quiet the mind, and remember, peace, harmony, infinite well-being. Marvelous book, wonderful teachings by a truly inspiring teacher...a must read!
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the tenth door is a unique and captivating recount of the life of a real person with a real teacher in the midst of the western world. michelles' everyday experiences including victories and setbacks, makes this relatable and accessible. Her joy in the overall process, despite the hard work gives a glimpse of the true nature of self improvement. I had the good fortune to know michelle and walt baptiste and can attest to the transformative experience of these yoga teachings. michelle has wonderfully captured the teaching and inspiration she received. Her writing passes that inspiration forward and is a complement to her career as a highly respected raja yoga teacher. Most importantly, this is a very fun, hard to put down book, written in a self effacing style that leads you to read just one more page to see what will happen next. Hopefully, there will be a sequel.
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