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Journey of a Yogini

June 24, 2009 by Andrew Baerthel
Melissa Addison-Webster

Melissa Addison-Webster

“…the receptivity to allowing a woman with quadriplegia to come here and practice was really, really lovely.” Young Adult Program participant and Karma Yogini Melissa Addison-Webster recently took some time to reflect on her first experience of living in spiritual community, the teachings of Swami Radha, Hidden Language Hatha Yoga and the Light.



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  1. What a beautiful message and I love the video. More of that please, because it really tells a wonderful story and how much everyone can grow during a visit to the Ashram. So what is next step on the path?
    I would like to learn more of your life and how you think you can continue to grow from this first experience :-)

    Comment by Bjarke — June 24, 2009 @ 11:48 pm

  2. Great video! Good luck on your journey!

    Comment by Monica — July 2, 2009 @ 9:23 pm

  3. Greetings Bjarke,
    I hope this message finds you well.
    Thank you for the kind message.
    I am sorry for my delayed response. Since leaving the Ashram I have moved to Orillia to study social work, and have been taking classes all day and doing readings most evenings.
    Thankfully I have completed my classes for now.
    To answer your question about how I will proceed from my time at the Ashram, the most important action for me is to try to stay in the present moment, and continue to work with right speech. I feel like chanting and speaking my truth is opening my 5th chakra, so I know I must keep working at these things.
    Very thankfully I will also be going on retreat with my teacher Thich Nhat Hahn in October which will be of enormous value.
    I think I heard Kevin mention that you might be in Toronto, so maybe our paths will cross again. I live 1 hour and a half from Toronto, and am planning a trip there on August 24th.
    I wish you safe travels where ever you are.
    Take care,

    Comment by Melissa Addison-Webster — August 17, 2009 @ 3:07 pm

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