In the late 1960s the world was on fire with transformation. A whole generation of young people was questioning the society—and reality—that they had been given. Young people were expanding their minds through a variety of pursuits: drugs, sex, and rock and roll. Others were seeking a different kind of transformation, turning inward, seeking wisdom and enlightenment from the saints and sages of the East.
Victoria “Moo” Briddell was at the center of this first “West-to-East” wave. She and her husband traveled to India in 1970 and took up residence at a traditional ashram in the Himalayas, living and studying in an austere monastic atmosphere among some of the most revered saints on earth, including His Holiness Swami Chidananda. Looking Out from Within tells her story. It’s a first person account of this rare time in human history, before everyone did yoga and Deepak Chopra was a household name. It’s an intimate portrait of what it was like to be a Westerner encountering for the first time the ancient wisdom, raw beauty and spiritual depth of this exotic land.
Victoria Moo Briddell was born and grew up in South Africa before emigrating to the US. After graduation from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, she taught English in Ecuador. She married Don Briddell in 1969 and together they travelled to India for further studies at the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy of Sivananda Ashram, graduating with a Yoga Acharya degree in 1971. She lives in Maryland where she and her husband run Overboard Art, Inc. She loves teaching yoga, gardening, reading, writing, walking with friends and spending time with her children and grandchildren.