Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian
Spiritual teacher, author, devotional poet
Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian is a meditation teacher, poet, writer, and the spiritual director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment—a Kriya Yoga meditation center with headquarters in San Jose, California.
She has taught Kriya Yoga nationally and internationally for more than three decades and has received several community service awards, including the prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Promotion of Religious Pluralism from the Hindu American Foundation. Ordained to teach in 1982 by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, her message is “engaged enlightenment”—an invitation to live an awakened, creatively inspired, and fulfilled life, now.
Along with her service as a meditation teacher and esteemed Yogacharya, Ellen Grace O’Brian is the founder of Carry the Vision, a community nonviolence education project bringing meditation instruction to staff and children in schools, the prison population, and other segments of society.
Her work on behalf of interfaith cooperation includes several years of service as vice chair of the Parliament of the World’s Religions and chair of their Partner Cities Program, supporting global collaboration between interfaith groups in cities around the world. She is the founder and president of Meru Institute, providing healthy lifestyle education and leadership training in yoga studies, Ayurveda, and community service. She holds a master’s degree in education, with an emphasis in transpersonal counseling.
Yogacharya O’Brian’s published works include Living the Eternal Way: Spiritual Meaning and Practice for Daily Life and Living for the Sake of the Soul, as well as three volumes of poetry including the award-winning 2017 release: The Moon Reminded Me. She is editor of Enlightenment Journal and host of The Yoga Hour, a weekly podcast with listeners in over 130 countries. Her latest book, The Jewel of Abundance: Finding Prosperity Through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga, was recently published by New World Library.
Delight of Existence
June 25 - 30, 2017
Sunday - Friday, 5 nights
The ancient practices and teachings of yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda hold special value for our modern lifestyle. Powerful antidotes to the stress of our busy lives, their contemplative exercises and principles offer deep restoration and a gateway to the wisdom of our essential, unchanging nature. Both Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian and Acharya Shunya Pratichi Mathur...
Live your Higher Purpose
February 11 - 16, 2018
Sunday - Friday, 5 nights
Dharma—to live with higher purpose—is one of the four Vedic goals of life including artha (to prosper), kama (to enjoy life), and moksha (to experience liberation of consciousness). It is the foundation for all other life goals—your guide to living fully. Join Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian, spiritual director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, and...
Live Your Abundant Life Now
April 19 - 21, 2019
Friday - Sunday, 2 nights
Rituals, rectitude, and riches: can spirituality and prosperity exist side by side? Join Ellen Grace O’Brian, a yogacharya in the tradition of Kriya Yoga and an award-winning author, for a weekend immersion in the yogic philosophy of artha—the universal life goal in which dharma and wealth unite for a meaningful life of higher purpose. In...