Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian is the spiritual director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, a meditation center in the spiritual tradition of Kriya Yoga that serves people from all faith backgrounds.
She was ordained to teach in 1982 by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda who brought the teachings of Kriya Yoga from India to the West. She is the author of several books on meditation and spiritual practice including Living the Eternal Way: Spiritual Meaning and Practice for Daily Life, and is the founding editor of Enlightenment Journal, a quarterly yoga magazine, as well as author of CD lessons on the classic spiritual works: Gospel of Thomas, The Bhagavad Gita, and The Upanishads.
She speaks around the world at conferences and retreats on the value of meditation and the importance of ethical and spiritual awakening to world peace. She received the Human Relations Award recognizing her contribution to positive human relations and peace in Santa Clara County, and is the founder and president of Carry the Vision, a community nonprofit organization dedicated to nonviolence education and helping people discover the potential of ahimsa (non-harming) in all walks of life.
A published author of devotional poems, she is also the lead singer of the kirtan band Gitanjali and hosts Unity Online Radio’s The Yoga Hour, a weekly radio program reaching over 122 countries with inspiration and practices from the yoga tradition.
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