Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian, M.A. (Uma), is the founder and Spiritual Director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (CSE) www.CSEcenter.org with headquarters in San Jose, California. CSE is a ministry in the spiritual tradition of Kriya Yoga serving people from all faith backgrounds who are seeking Self- and God-realization. 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. Over the years she has trained many disciples in this lineage of Kriya Yoga who carry on the teachings in various sectors of society, including the establishment of meditation centers and groups.