“One conscious breath can change your mind.”
~ Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian

Meditate & Thrive is a meditation practice community in Lake County, California. This practice community is rooted in the Kriya Yoga tradition and is dedicated to providing a sacred and inclusive space for seekers to deepen their walk on their authentic spiritual path. We offer meditation and spiritual living workshops, retreats, music, and community gatherings that cultivate balance, inner peace, and conscious living.

Meditate & Thrive is affiliated with the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (CSE), a meditation center in the spiritual tradition of Kriya Yoga, welcoming people from all backgrounds who are seeking Self- and God-realization—a path to spiritually conscious, fulfilled living. At CSE you’ll find practical support and tools for transforming your life, fulfilling your worthwhile dreams, and living a spiritually conscious life.  Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian is the Spiritual Director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment which has been serving seeking souls since 1981.

Rev. Priya Friday-Pabros

Meditate & Thrive is led by Rev. Priya Friday-Pabros. Rev. Priya was initiated into Kriya Yoga by her spiritual teacher Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian in 2002 and ordained in 2005. She earned a Master of Divinity Degree from the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, with a focus on Music Ministry in 2004. She continues to study with her teacher at CSE.

The vibrancy of this ministry is sourced from the life-affirming teachings of Kriya Yoga as expressed in this lineage of teachers.  Kriya Yoga is described in the ancient text, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.  These teachings were brought to the West by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1920.  They were taught to his direct disciple Roy Eugene Davis and passed on by him to his disciple, and Rev. Priya’s guiding teacher, Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian.

Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian

Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian is a western woman who teaches the riches of Indian philosophy in a fully accessible and inspiring way for newcomers and longtime practitioners alike. Ordained by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, she has been leading meditation retreats for more than three decades.

She is a spiritual teacher, writer, poet, and the spiritual director of Center for Spiritual Enlightenment—a Kriya Yoga Meditation Center with headquarters in San Jose, California. She teaches nationally and internationally and has received several community service awards, including the 2015 Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Promotion of Religious Pluralism.

Along with her service as a meditation teacher and esteemed author, Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian is the Founder and President of Carry the Vision, a community nonviolence educational project bringing meditation instruction to staff and children in schools, the prison population, and other segments of society.

Visit Yogacharya’s website at ellengraceobrian.com

We invite those who wish to gather with like-minded individuals to check the Meditate & Thrive calendar for gathering dates and events. All are welcome.


Contributions to help sustain the community are welcome
and can be offered through Paypal.
or by mail to:
Meditate & Thrive
P.O. Box 1854
Middletown, CA 95461

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