Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian

Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian, spiritual director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment—a Kriya Yoga Meditation Center with headquarters in San Jose, California—is a meditation teacher, poet, and writer who has been teaching Kriya Yoga for more than 30 years. Ordained 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. Ellen is also the founder of Carry the Vision, a community nonviolence education project serving children in schools, the prison population, and other segments of society. She is the president of the Meru Institute, which offers programs in yoga studies, Ayurveda, and community service, and she hosts the Yoga Hour, a weekly podcast with listeners in more than 130 countries. Her latest book is The Jewel Abundance: Finding Prosperity through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga.

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