Ellen Grace O'Brian
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Ellen Grace O'Brian

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 American Hindu 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 in 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 the editor of Enlightenment Journal and host of The Yoga Hour, a weekly podcast with listeners in over 130 countries. Her latest bestselling award-winning book, The Jewel Abundance: Finding Prosperity through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga, was published by New World Library.

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