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Rev. Vidya "Terima" Vonne

1951 - 2017

Rev. Vidya “Terima” Vonne, our beautiful friend, wife, lifelong yogini and teacher, passed away last May 21, 2017 at UVA hospital in Virginia, following a month-long battle with rabies which she contracted from a street dog bite while traveling in India.

Born in San Francisco, she became a resident of the Integral Yoga Institute in Los Angeles at the age of 18, and later took her monastic vows, residing at the Ashram Yogaville in the heartland of Virginia. As a skilled writer/editor (later receiving an MA in Creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles), she worked directly with her Guru Swami Satchidananda on transliteration of the Yoga Sutras.

Vidya (Chandrika in earlier years) was an accomplished yoga teacher for 40 years, massage therapist and healer for 30 years, and practitioner of Re-evaluation Counseling in Santa Barbara from the 1980’s, before moving back to Yogaville in 2007. There she rekindled her love for compassionate service. She married Gerry Ramakrishna Sacket in a beautiful union of souls in 2008, both sharing the Integral Yoga path for over 40 years. She became a yoga teacher trainer and traveled the world with her husband, taking photos of one other doing magnificent headstands on beaches and mountains.

Vidya shared her love for ballroom and swing dancing with others both in SB and VA. She was a zestful, fun, energetic, empathetic, passionate, and spiritual soul. She was centered and calm when needed, sensitive and present.…and she gave the best hugs! All she touched will remember her fondly.

“Journey well, beautiful friend Vidya Vonne! I see you flying high with fiery streaks of red in your hair and a cheeky smile that holds a deep knowing of the play of life and her cycles. I bet you’re giving the angels some incredible rounds of Scrabble. I’m so grateful to have walked in the world alongside you. Your friendship is a flame that forever burns in my heart.”-S.V.

A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, November 19th at 1:00 pm at Hendry’s Beach. Please contact mje@west.net for more info.

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