The Yoga Hour

| with Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian | Thursday at 10 a.m. CT
The Yoga Hour

Program Overview

The Yoga Hour: Living the Eternal Way offers inspiration, insights and time-tested practices from the ancient system of Kriya Yogaa philosophy and practice for spiritually conscious, fulfilled living in today’s world.

From the ocean of wisdom of the Vedic rishis, or sages, flows a stream of inspiration to powerfully transform the way we live every moment of every day. This hour of keen insight into spiritual principles touches upon the most practical aspects of our lives such as work, relationships, health and diet. Yet even while emphasizing the practical, it speaks to our deepest yearnings to fully awaken to Self- and God-realization in this lifetime. Every seeker who yearns to know the Truth and to live in harmony with it will find The Yoga Hour to be a trusted place to listen, to reflect, to stretch the mind, and to open the heart.

This program is sponsored by the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment.


The ideas and opinions expressed on this program do not necessarily reflect the teachings of Unity. Unity respects a wide range of spiritual thoughts and beliefs, as reflected in the diverse range of subjects presented on Unity Online Radio.

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  • Original air date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Is the stuff piling up around you keeping you from what is important? Andrew Mellen, organizational expert and author of Unstuff Your Life, joins Yogacharya for a look at how we can learn to:
    ·      Think rationally about our material possessions
    ·      Live effectively with our stuff in ways that enhance our well-being
    ·      Break old habits that drain our energy
    ·      Do less and accomplish more
    Practicing discernment regarding material possessions and how we relate to them is part of spiritual growth. When we arrange conditions in our environment to invite our inner light to shine forth, we foster healing in our own life and in the lives of others.  
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Join Yogacharya and guest Pravrajika Brahmaprana for a conversation about the light from Yoga and Vedanta that brings healing from fear and inspires a life of courage.
    •              Let go of limiting worries, concerns, doubts, and fears that are based on the small ego-self. 
    •              Find out how to do your best and let go of the rest. 
    •              Discover the support that is available through Self-knowledge, skillful work, and the heart of devotion.  
    •              Cast off your burdens and step forward with Self-confidence.  
    Your divine Self can face any challenge and thrive fully in the present moment. This is the promise of Yoga and Vedanta. 
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 03, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Grief is like an ocean wave that sweeps over the ego, taking everything away with it. If we let go into it with awareness, without trying to resist or control life, it can take us into the depths of our being, where what remains, the true Self, is revealed. The time of transition from this earthly existence can give rise to enormous grief, and it can also be a source of great healing. Yogacharya O'Brian welcomes special guests Rev. Shanti McCartney and Rev. Ronda Macchello for a conversation about:

    * Spiritual teachings from the yoga tradition about the end of life 
    * The grieving process as a response to the experience of loss 
    * How grief can open a doorway to blessing, healing, and transformation 

    Tune in, receive inspiration and support for your journey through grief to healing.
  • Episode: Encore
    Original air date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Encore presentation.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
    Episode Description:
    There is a perceptible radiance we can see and experience when encountering someone who shines brightly with the light of Spirit. While this same light is within everyone, its radiance is only revealed as its vehicles of the body and mind are receptive to it. This special one-hour session with Yogacharya will explore how we can “lighten up”—both literally and figuratively.
    · Are you look for ways to relieve stress and experience greater peace and well-being?
    · Have you wondered if it is possible to live a balanced life in the fast pace of today’s world?
    Yogacharya will offer three key spiritual practices for letting go of stress, finding balance, and letting our inner light shine through the body and mind.
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
    Episode Description:
    There are many twists and turns on the mystical path of spiritual awakening. It’s great when we feel that we are making progress, but there can also be dark times when we despair how far we have yet to go.
    ·        What can we learn from St. John of the Cross, the sixteenth century Christian mystic about this dark night? Mirabai Starr’s translation of his spiritual classic, Dark Night of the Soul, makes that wisdom accessible, profoundly meaningful, and helpful for us today.
    ·        If you have ever felt the nearness of divine delight only to later find yourself in the desert of difficulty, seemingly without support, you’ll rejoice to discover the encouragement and insight that yoga practice provides. 
    Yogacharya O’Brian and Mirabai Starr explore what that dark night truly is and how we can find solace and support in the midst of it.
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 06, 2014
    Episode Description:
    If you think yoga therapy means twisting yourself into a pretzel, you will be surprised to learn that it is nothing like that! Listen to Yogacharya O’Brian and John Kepner, executive director of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and learn:

    ·      What yoga therapy is
    ·      How your day-to-day activities are influenced by conditioning
    ·      What research is showing about the effectiveness of yoga therapy
    ·      How you can make lifestyle changes for increased wellness

    Take charge of your wellness now. Refine and improve how you feel every day!
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 27, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Spiritual healing begins with wholeness, realizing that we are not separate from Source. Yogacharya O’Brian and special guest Phil Bolsta, author of Through God’s Eyes, share inspiration from universal teachings that shine the light of Truth on the path of awakening to our own beauty and perfection. Let the healing begin!
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
    Episode Description:
    From inspiration to persistence, there are eight keys for successfully fulfilling our purpose in life that we can learn and apply. Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda and world teacher of spiritual principles, joins Yogacharya O’Brian to share with us how it is possible to be successful in all aspects of our lives, especially when we remember the higher purposes for which we were born into this world.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 06, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Feeling overwhelmed by your “to-do” list? Whether you lead a business, a nonprofit, a class, or a family, the principles and practices of meditation and self-awareness can help you to pause, focus, and do what is most important to do in the moment. Yogacharya O’Brian and guest Janice Marturano, founder and executive director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership and the author of Finding the Space to Lead, discuss how you can be the inspired and effective leader you want to be!
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 12, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Are you ready to evolve from smart to wise? Learn how to cultivate wise action for successful leadership by applying time-tested principles to your work today. Prasad Kaipa, Silicon Valley-based CEO, advisor, coach, and coauthor of From Smart to Wise, joins Yogacharya O’Brian to discuss spiritually-grounded principles for acting and leading with wisdom.  
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 05, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Each one of us has an individual dharma to fulfill, our own true calling. What challenges do we face in discovering that purpose for our life, and how can we overcome those challenges in order to enjoy “lit up living”? Join Yogacharya O’Brian and special guest Stephen Cope, director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living and author of The Great Work of Your Life, for answers gleaned from the Bhagavad Gita and the lives of people who have faced the challenges and embraced the opportunities of living their dharma.  
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 14, 2013
    Episode Description:
    What difference can yoga and the presence and positive examples of caring adults make in the life of a young person? It can make all the difference. Tune in for an hour of inspiration as Mary Lynn Fitton, founder and program director of The Art of Yoga Project, shares with Yogacharya O’Brian a model for using the tools of yoga to turn around the lives of at-risk girls and help them prepare for a positive future. One of the first places we can, and must, consider offering the tools of leadership that yoga provides is with the young people in our midst.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 07, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Swami Bodhananda Saraswati, spiritual director of the Sambodh Society and author of The Gita and Management, joins Yogacharya O’Brian for an in-depth exploration of the keys to reaching our fullest potential as leaders. Whoever we are, whatever we do, wherever we are, we all have the same divine potential to serve, and through selfless service, to lead.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 31, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Effective leadership requires a fine-tuned ability to follow our own inner wisdom with clarity, ease, and flexibility. Megan McDonough, CEO of Wholebeing Institute, joins Yogacharya O’Brian for an inspiring conversation about life at its best with insights into how we discover our innate ability to thrive and be successful in all we do.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 24, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Lakshmi Barsel, Ph.D., teacher of Integral Yoga in the tradition of Sri Swami Satchidananda, joins Yogacharya O’Brian for this exploration of how the universal spiritual disciplines of the yamas—harmlessness, truthfulness, nonstealing, right use of vital force, and nonacquiring (or nonattachment)—provide an unshakable foundation for enlightened leadership. In this Centennial Year honoring Sri Swami Satchidananda, we will look at how his life and work exemplified the virtues of the yamas and contributed to his influence as a spiritual leader.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 17, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Ram Nidumolu, Ph.D., author of the new book Two Birds in a Tree: Timeless Indian Wisdom for Business Leaders, joins Yogacharya O’Brian for an insightful look at the possibility for business leaders to approach their work holistically—with  awareness of the interconnection of all life—and emerge to lead the way in this time of planetary transformation. Drawing from the riches of the Upanishads, this conversation invites us to look for a higher sense of self in the midst of our work environments and offers a road map for bringing awareness of the higher Self into leadership.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 10, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Authenticity is the key to accessing our greatest power to lead fulfilling lives. To live, and lead, authentically requires us to break through limiting views of ourselves, others, and our relationship with the Infinite. Our innate sense that more is possible—more wisdom, more love, more peace, courage, or joy—arises from the power already within us. Yogacharya O’Brian welcomes Baron Baptiste, international yoga teacher and best-selling author, to explore the topic of personal development and life transformation.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Leadership, by its very nature, requires us to stretch beyond our perceived limits, to continually be willing to grow as we support the growth and development of others. Three core practices from the path of Kriya Yoga provide us with the tools we need to develop as effective and inspired leaders. In this Yoga Hour program, Yogacharya O’Brian offers insight and instruction for keeping your cool when situations heat up, staying inspired over time, and  truly enjoying what you do.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 19, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Dr. Sanjiv Chopra, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and author of the book Leadership by Example: The 10 Key Principles of All Great Leaders, joins Yogacharya O’Brian for an exploration of 10 core principles for effective leadership. Having the willingness and courage to fulfill our potential sets us on the road to leadership and lifts up the potential of our unique contribution to make a difference in the world.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 13, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Sally Kempton, teacher of meditation and spiritual philosophy and author of the new book Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga, joins Yogacharya O’Brian for an exploration of our relationship to the divine feminine, including some very practical insights and guidance for activating the currents of Shakti in every aspect of our lives. 
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 06, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Acharya Pratichi Mathur, founder and director of Vedika Global, joins Yogacharya O’Brian for an inspiring exploration of the timeless wisdom, lifestyle practices, and spiritual contemplations that are particularly supportive of women’s wellness. Ayurveda offers a comprehensive system for a woman’s well-being through all the seasons and stages of life. Additionally, it offers women Rasayanas, which are special rejuvenating elixirs. By partaking in certain divinely-charged Rasayanas, women of all ages can reclaim balance, beauty, and sexual power.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 16, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Pandit Vamadeva Shastri (David Frawley) brings his depth of knowledge in the fields of Ayurveda, Yoga, and the Vedas to this conversation with Yogacharya O’Brian about Soma—the power of rejuvenation and immortality. The secret of Soma holds profound implications for the body, mind, and spirit and our ability to transform our lives through spiritual awakening and rejuvenation.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 09, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Rick Hanson, Ph.D., neuropsychologist and author of Buddha's Brain, joins Yogacharya O’Brian for an uplifting and inspiring look at how the small steps we can take with a daily practice can change the brain, reduce stress, and bring greater resilience and happiness. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 02, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Yogashree N.V. Raghuram, Spiritual Founder and Chairman of Yoga Bharati, brings his wealth of experience and knowledge to this conversation with Yogacharya O’Brian about the dynamic meeting of yoga’s ancient wisdom with modern research for health, healing, and total well-being.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 25, 2013
    Episode Description:
    What is it we all really want? The sages who have explored this question offer the same answer: We want eternal happiness. Is it even possible? Swami Atmavidyananda Giri, vice president of the Kriya Yoga Institute, joins Yogacharya O'Brian for a look at the three universal practices of Kriya Yoga that can provide a pathway to the highest happiness.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 18, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Rod Stryker, author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom, joins Yogacharya O'Brian to explore how yoga can be about living the supreme life. For those who are willing to take yoga's promise to heart, open to their own divine potential, chart their course, and engage fully in the practice, life in this world is simply auspicious.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 11, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Yogacharya O'Brian welcomes Prem Prakash, Codirector of the Green Mountain School of Yoga in Vermont and author of The Yoga of Spiritual Devotion, for an engaging and important conversation about the role of devotion on the spiritual path. Be prepared to learn some surprising things about love as a path and a practice by exploring the wisdom found in the Bhakti Sutras of Narada.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 04, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Poet and Zen Buddhist priest Zoketsu Norman Fischer joins Yogacharya O’Brian for a practical and inspiring conversation on practices for training the mind—drawn from the Tibetan Buddhist teachings of Lojong, then viewed through the lenses of Zen and Yoga! Pithy and sage instruction such as, “This time, get it right!” can provide an opening for greater awareness and joy in the moment.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 28, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Poet and Zen Buddhist priest, Zoketsu Norman Fischer, joins Yogacharya O’Brian for an experiential exploration of the power of poetry to open our hearts and minds. As an art form, poetry can use words to take us where words cannot go. A conversation and some poems to reflect on writing as art, as encounter, as spiritual practice, as a way to connect, and a way to separate.
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 14, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Yoga has been called the "art of living." Art and spiritual practice can both bring deeper attention, awareness, inspiration, and creative energy to our lives. The juncture where the two meet—spiritual practice and art—can provide a profound opening to greater insight. Artist, professor, and yoga practitioner Junco Sato Pollack, whose textile works are on permanent display at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, joins Yogacharya O’Brian for an exploration of the connection between art and spiritual practice. 
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 28, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Millions of people today are practicing some form of yoga. Along with the individual health and spiritual benefits from yoga practice, we are also seeing some new developments for applying the principles and practices of yoga on a global scale. Dr. Christopher Chapple is a leading voice today on yoga and ecology and the potential that exists for this ancient practice to inspire the practice of modern-day yogis to participate in planetary healing. Join Yogacharya O'Brian and Dr. Chapple to learn more about this inspiring development.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 21, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Teachers of the path of Kriya Yoga brought to the West by Paramahansa Yogananda proclaim that it is possible by wholesome living, development of intellectual and intuitive abilities, meditation practice, and divine grace to experience rapid spiritual growth that results in illumination of consciousness in a few years. Paramahansa Yogananda’s direct disciple, Roy Eugene Davis, joins Yogacharya O’Brian to share insights and practices from this path of intentional living for spiritual awakening.  
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 14, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Teachers of the path of Kriya Yoga brought to the West by Paramahansa Yogananda proclaim that it is possible by wholesome living, development of intellectual and intuitive abilities, meditation practice, and divine grace to experience rapid spiritual growth that results in illumination of consciousness in a few years. Paramahansa Yogananda’s direct disciple, Roy Eugene Davis, joins Yogacharya O’Brian to share insights and practices from this path of intentional living for spiritual awakening.  
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 07, 2013
    Episode Description:
     Kriya Yoga, brought to the West by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1920, has taken firm root in many countries around the world today. A universal path that welcomes people from all backgrounds who are interested in Self-realization, Kriya Yoga’s practical, nondenominational, and scientific approach to spiritual development account for its wide appeal. Yogacharya O’Brian is joined today by Harald and Marlies Reiske, the founders and directors of Kriya Yoga Center Germany who will share their experiences of living the practice of Kriya Yoga and teaching it to students in Germany.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 31, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Generally understood as a path to healing and wellness, Ayurveda, which means “life knowledge,” is actually a comprehensive approach to well-being that includes our spiritual development. Cynthia Ambika Copple, dean of Mt. Madonna Institute College of Ayurveda, joins Yogacharya O’Brian to share some of the essential principles and practices of Ayurveda that support spiritual growth. Learn what you can do that will quicken your spiritual awakening.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 24, 2013
    Episode Description:
    The arrival of Yoga in America, especially through the influence of Swami Vivekananda and Paramahansa Yogananda, profoundly impacted the way we experience religion and spirituality in the West. Once considered a mysterious and esoteric practice suitable to only a few, yoga and meditation are now embraced by millions every day for everything from stress relief to a path of enlightenment. Phil Goldberg, author of the book America Veda, which includes extensive research on this subject, joins Yogacharya O’Brian to take a fascinating look at how practices in the West are also influencing the way yoga is taught and experienced. Discover some fascinating and important questions about tradition that are arising as a result of these changes.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 17, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Swami Nirvanananda brings the path of bhakti yoga, the way of devotion, and karma yoga, the way of selfless service together. In this conversation with Yogacharya O’Brian, learn how universal love and oneness with Spirit can be the guiding principles for our lives today. This segment will include some original chant music with Swamiji.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 10, 2013
    Episode Description:
    On January 12, 2013, people all over the world will begin a yearlong  celebration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Swami Prasannatmananda from the Vedanta Society in Berkeley will join Yogacharya O’Brian for an inspired glimpse into the person of Swami Vivekananda and the principles he taught. Swami Vivekananda’s speech and spiritual presence at the first World Parliament of Religions in 1893 is credited with opening the door to interreligious dialogue and interest in Vedanta in the West. Still today, his voice and spirit ring out around the world!
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 13, 2012
    Episode Description:
    The spiritual path of Yoga has been described as simply a way of intentional living—to be awake in the world, live with purpose, skill, and meaning. Author and meditation teacher Phillip Moffitt joins Rev. O’Brian for an uplifting and informative look at how we can all live more skillfully and what that makes possible.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 29, 2012
    Episode Description:
    James O’Dea, former director of Amnesty International’s Washington, D.C., office and faculty member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, joins Rev. O’Brian for a breakthrough conversation about the transformation of global consciousness that is changing hearts and minds and bringing the potential for real peace to our doorsteps. Discover how it all begins with choosing peace for yourself and for everyone else. O’Dea writes: "Choose peace as a compass for your inner life and for every relationship in the world, and you will get the biggest wake-up call of your life."
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 15, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Swami Atmavidyananda from the Kriya Yoga Institute joins Rev. O’Brian for an in-depth exploration of the practice of Samadhi, or Superconscious Meditation. Samadhi is the culmination of Patanjali’s Eight Limbed Path and the beginning of a life of liberation and unconditional joy. It is for every person who would walk the path of enlightened living.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 08, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Meditation connects us with our inner power—it is a gateway to joy, peace and spiritual realization. Swami Bodhananda Sarasvati, spiritual director of the Sambodh Society, joins Rev. O'Brian for an inspiring and instructive conversation about this essential spiritual practice. Discover why it is so important and how you can begin, or enhance, your practice right away.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 01, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Dr. Kusumita Pedersen, professor of Religious Studies, returns to The Yoga Hour for an in-depth conversation with Rev. O’Brian about nonattachment, one of the essential practices of the spiritual life. Aparigraha, often translated as nonattachment, also means nonpossession, nongrasping and nondesiring. How is it possible to find such freedom in a culture that stimulates desire and greed at every turn? Discovering the answer to that question holds a key to our highest happiness.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 25, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Who doesn’t want more self-discipline or willpower? Kelly McGonigal, author of The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of Itshares research from her Stanford University course, “The Science of Willpower,” as she and Rev. O’Brian consider what factors are really involved with our ability to manage stress and make positive changes.  
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 18, 2012
    Episode Description:
    The yoga practice of asteya, or nonstealing, gets right to the heart of the clutter problem that is pervasive to many people in the developed world today. Andrew Mellen, professional organizer and author of the book Unstuff Your Life!: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good, joins Rev. O’Brian for a look at how to bring order to our lives and free up our time and energy in practical ways—a quick course on how to avoid accumulating more than we need, use or appreciate.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 11, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Judith Lasater, Yoga teacher and author of many books on yoga and co-author of What We Say Matters: Practicing Nonviolent Communication, brings a wealth of insight and practical guidance to this conversation with Rev. O’Brian about the power of satya, or truthfulness. Truthfulness is practiced on many levels, from understanding our viewpoints as relative truth to developing the willingness to live in harmony with universal Truth.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 04, 2012
    Episode Description:

    A grateful heart and mind transforms everything in our lives. Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., distinguished cultural anthropologist, author and educator, joins Rev. O’Brian for a timely and inspiring exploration of how to make gratitude a foundation for our lives and what becomes possible when we do. Discover how this simple focus can bring profound benefits.

  • Original air date: Thursday, September 27, 2012
    Episode Description:
    The inspiring legacies of Mahatma Gandhi, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez have shown us the power of nonviolence to bring forth positive change. Michael Nagler and Stephanie Van Hook from the Metta Center for Nonviolence Education join Rev. O’Brian to explore how each of us can begin right away to harness this power for a better life and a peaceful world. 
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 20, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Dr. Bill Lesher, Emeritus Chair of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, joins The Yoga Hour to share his decades of experience working to build a culture of peace and nonviolence. From the early days of marching with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to his more recent global work with religious leaders, Dr. Lesher offers a wealth of insight and inspiration about the important role of our religious and spiritual traditions in creating a nonviolent future. Bob Weeks, a member of the board of directors of Carry the Vision, will also join the program to discuss how we can create communities of nonviolence that light up the world.    
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 13, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Balance in our lives—harmony within ourselves, with one another, and with our world—requires that we understand and honor both masculine and feminine qualities. Cynthia Brix and Will Keepin, authors of Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation Between Women and Men, join Rev. O’Brian for an important and inspiring conversation about our role in facilitating the essential harmony, balance, respect, and healing that is emerging in our world today.
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 06, 2012
    Episode Description:
    The traditions of Taoism and Yoga both offer insights and practices for cultivating a joyful life. Join Taoist author and teacher Derek Lin and Rev. O’Brian as they explore practical ways to discover peace, joy, happiness and well-being in every moment.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 16, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Surrender of the illusion that we are separate from the Source of all, and that the ego is in control of our lives, is essential to the experience of real freedom. Surrender is a spiritual practice found in every mystical tradition and a cornerstone to 12-Step recovery programs as well. Rabbi Rami Shapiro and Rev. O’Brian explore the nature of surrender as a practice and offer some surprising insights needed to enter the way of surrender.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 19, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Dr. Marc Halpern, teacher of Ayurvedic medicine, joins Rev. O’Brian for a look at how to unlock our healing potential through self-awareness and conscious living. Discover how the sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga come together to provide a comprehensive map for optimal well-being—physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. 
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 12, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Join Rev. O’Brian and Richard Rosen, yoga teacher and pranayama expert, for an insightful exploration of how yogic breathing practices can break up ineffective breathing patterns, return you to your authentic breath and open the door to expanded energy and awareness. Richard Rosen is the director of Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, California, and the author of The Yoga of Breath: A Step-by-Step Guide to Pranayama, Pranayama Beyond the Fundamentals: An In-Depth Guide to Yogic Breathing With Instructional CD, and Original Yoga: Rediscovering Traditional Practices of Hatha Yoga.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 05, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Visionary and world-renowned neuroscientist Richard Davidson joins Rev. O’Brian for this fascinating and illuminating conversation about the mind, the brain and our emotional nature that will change the way you see yourself and inspire your ability to make positive changes. A pioneer in researching the effects of meditation, Dr. Davidson was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. He has co-authored a new book with Sharon Begley entitled, The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live—and How You Can Change Them.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 28, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Asana, the posture or seat that prepares us for meditation, is an intentional meeting place for the body, mind and essential Self. Meta Chaya Hirschl, author of Vital Yoga: A Sourcebook for Students and Teachers, joins Rev. O’Brian for a deep look at how yoga philosophy and practice can help us transcend fear and experience bliss.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 21, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Allan Lokos, founder of The Community Meditation Center in New York and author of the book Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living, joins Rev. O’Brian for an insightful conversation about the powerful role patience plays in our lives every day. Is it possible that many mistakes we have made, or unkind words we have spoken, could have been avoided if we had been more patient? What does being patient require of us? What does it make possible?
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 14, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, offers spiritual insights and practical tools from the tradition of Kriya Yoga to facilitate spiritually conscious living every day. Rev. O’Brian welcomes her spiritual teacher back to The Yoga Hour with this conversation that explores the pure simplicity of spiritual enlightenment and its accessibility for spiritual seekers today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 07, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Ashtanga Yoga, or the Eight-Limbed Path, offers eight essential steps for spiritual realization and fulfilled living. This path is identified in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the classic text for meditation and spiritual practice. Author and Yoga Philosophy teacher Nicolai Bachman joins Rev. O’Brian for a profound and practical look at how living these steps each day can positively transform our lives. Discover how these steps work from the inside out and the outside in to purify our hearts, minds, bodies, and our relationships in order to awaken our deepest wisdom.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 31, 2012
    Episode Description:
    John Philip Newell, minister with the Church of Scotland and author of more than 15 books, brings his passion for peace among the religions to this conversation about the importance of  harmony within us as well as between us. Join Rev. Newell and Rev. O’Brian to explore the meeting place of Yoga and Celtic spirituality, especially as these traditions honor the Earth and help us find healing in our lives today. Capture the vision of our essential oneness and be part of the new harmony coming into planetary awareness.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 10, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute, joins Rev. O’Brian for an inspired look at how the eternal powers of Spirit and Nature, Purusa and Prakriti, are both within us. An unprecedented level of fulfillment awaits our realization of our innate potential. Discover how a deeper understanding of yoga, ecology and the Divine Feminine can open the door to this fulfillment.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 03, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Dr. Laura Cornell , founder of the Green Yoga Association, joins Rev. O’Brian for an important conversation about how our spiritual practices can directly, and profoundly, enhance our ecological awareness. Discover how the traditional paths of yoga philosophy and practice provide vital elements for “green living” and explore some innovative, contemporary avenues that combine the ancient wisdom of yoga with today’s need for ecological living.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 26, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Conscious care for the earth is rooted in the profound spiritual awareness of our oneness with all creation. Dr. Barbara Fields, executive director of the Association for Global New Thought, joins Rev. O’Brian to explore how the spiritual roots of New Thought, yoga and deep ecology offer a foundation for environmental awareness, ethics and sustainable change. Learn about the Season for the Earth program and how communities around the world are bringing their philosophies and spiritual practices together with environmental action.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 19, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Often overlooked by those seeking enlightenment, our relationship with the earth is critical to our spiritual awakening, well-being and the well-being of all. How can our spiritual practice help us recognize our connection to the earth? Dr. Christopher Key Chapple, co-author of the new book In Praise of Mother Earth: The Prithivi Sukta of the Atharva Veda, joins Rev. O’Brian for a timely conversation about what the ancient Vedic teachings can offer us for healing ourselves and our world.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 05, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Sanskrit teacher Nicolai Bachman, author of the new guide to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, The Path of the Yoga Sutras: A Practical Guide to the Core of Yoga, joins Rev. O’Brian for this exploration of several key concepts of Yoga Philosophy and Practice that bring yoga’s deepest wisdom into our everyday lives. This conversation will illumine the Sanskrit terms for these essential ideas and yield a richer harvest of meaning than a simple English translation can provide.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 29, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Love and compassion are the natural endowments of the soul. When we are freed from the narrow confines of self-interest and discover our oneness with all that is, we find a source of happiness and satisfaction that previously escaped us. The Bhagavad Gita offers profound wisdom for living in love and infusing our action with compassion. Join Dr. Anantanand Rambachan, author of Gitamrtam: The Essential Teachings of the Bhagavadgita, and Rev. O’Brian for this insightful exploration of the true nature of the Self. 
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 22, 2012
    Episode Description:
    The Bhagavad Gita offers a guide to Kriya Yoga—the integrated path that brings together action, devotion and wisdom. Swami Atmavidyananda from the Kriya Yoga Institute joins Rev. O’Brian for an inspiring conversation about Self-realization—what it is and how we can attain it in this lifetime.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 15, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, joins Rev. O’Brian for an inspiring glimpse of the Bhagavad Gita’s power to offer inspiration and support. Gandhiji said, “When disappointment stares me in the face and all alone, I see not one ray of light, I go back to the Bhagavad Gita. I find a verse here and there, and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming tragedies …”  Discover how the Gita’s timeless wisdom can help us meet life’s challenges and discover its inherent joy.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 08, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Dr. Jay Kumar, professor of Hinduism, Yoga philosophy, Sanskrit language, and cognitive studies at Chapman University and at LMU, joins Rev. O’Brian for an inspiring conversation about the inherent divine order in the universe that supports us all in reaching our potential. Learn more about living in the highest way from the ancient wisdom found in the Bhagavad Gita that is especially appropriate for our time.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 01, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Have you ever asked, Why do I continue to do things that I know aren’t useful, as if compelled to do them? If, like most people, you have asked that question, you’ll find this soulful exploration of the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita with Michael Nagler, founder of the Metta Center for Nonviolence Education, and Rev. O’Brian to be a breath of fresh air. The dynamics of the inner battle to fully express our divine nature, so skillfully portrayed in the Bhagavad Gita, offer us the key to changing our minds, changing our behavior, changing our lives and our world.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 23, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Nothing is more practical than spiritual realization and nothing transforms our lives for the better in such a complete way. Br. Prabodh Chaitanya, resident Acharya of Chinmaya Mission in San Jose, joins Rev. O’Brian for a look at what the Bhagavad Gita can tell us about conscious, fulfilled living every day. When viewed as a manual for achieving success in life, we find that the Gita explains our nature, our purpose in life, and offers us the means for achieving our goals.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 16, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Is God transcendent or immanent, beyond or within the world? What is the key to spiritual realization—a focus on Absolute Reality or Manifest Divinity? Which is better: active works or silent meditation? Wisdom or devotion? Join Dr. Christopher Key Chapple and Rev. O’Brian to discover how the Bhagavad Gita advances, and holds, teachings that at times seem contradictory but point to a holistic worldview that is liberating by its very nature. Dr. Chapple is professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at Loyola Marymount University and the editor of the comprehensive Winthrop Sargeant translation of the Bhagavad Gita.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 09, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, returns to the Yoga Hour for an insightful conversation with Ellen Grace O'Brian about the timeless wisdom found in The Bhagavad Gita. When explored as an allegory, where characters and events symbolize every person’s spiritual journey of awakening from self-conscious involvement with physical and psychological circumstances to realization of our essential nature, the Gita becomes a treasured guidebook to authentic spiritual growth and fulfilled living.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 02, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Understanding how our brain functions and how to effectively use our mind helps us let go of thinking patterns and habitual behaviors that impede our ability to prosper and succeed. This knowledge supports our ability to implement the positive changes we desire. Martin Wuttke, founder and clinical director of Neurotherapy Centers International, joins Rev. O’Brian for this timely and inspiring look at our potential through the lens of mind and brain function.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 26, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Discover how we can work with our deepest intentions and use the power of resolve—sankalpa shakti—to meet challenges, overcome obstacles, and realize our potential. Rod Stryker, Yoga and meditation teacher, founder of Para Yoga and author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom, returns to The Yoga Hour for this inspiring conversation with Rev. O’Brian.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Tom Zender, president emeritus of Unity and author of God Goes to Work, joins Rev. O’Brian for an insightful exploration of spirituality in the workplace. If you have ever wondered how to fully shine the light of your spiritual practice at work, don’t miss this in-depth conversation about work, integrity and spiritual transformation.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 12, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Conscious speech holds the key to prosperous and fulfilled living. CSA minister Ron Lindahn joins Rev. O’Brian for an insightful look at how we can align our thoughts, speech and actions with the power that runs the universe. Delve into the spiritual principles and practices related to conscious speech and discover the promise of fulfilled living today.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 29, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Pat Cane, the founder and director of Capacitar, a worldwide service network of empowerment and solidarity, joins Rev. O’Brian for a profound conversation about what makes life truly meaningful, satisfying and inspired. These two longtime friends share the heart of what inspires them to serve and offer insights about how we can all find the energy to do what we are called to do.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 15, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Conscious living includes tuning into the changing of the seasons and learning how to cooperate with nature in ways that contribute to complete well-being. The ancient science of Ayurveda offers lifestyle routines for diet, exercise, rest and self-care appropriate to the seasons. Ayurvedic practitioner Vishnu Dass joins Rev. O’Brian for a timely conversation on how to thrive in winter.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 08, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Author and minister Dennis Merritt Jones joins Rev. O’Brian for insights into living with and in the great mystery of life. Discover how befriending uncertainty can enrich your experience every day and usher in a grace-filled ability to love, give and inspire others.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 01, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Shaikh Kabir Helminski and Camille Helminski, of the Sufi Mevlevi order, join Rev. O’Brian with inspiration from the poetry of Rumi as a way to explore the spiritual journey of winter—both literally and metaphorically. Discover how silence, patience, simplicity, surrender and devotion are pathways through the darkness to the inner Light.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 17, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Zoketsu Norman Fisher, senior dharma teacher, poet, and spiritual director of the Everyday Zen foundation, joins Rev. O’Brian for a look into the heart of the world through gratitude. Gratitude is our antidote for imagining we are on our own. Even a little practice of it changes our world.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 10, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The ability to surrender is an essential skill for joyful, fulfilled living. What is surrender, why should we practice it, and how can we really let go? Some confuse surrender with defeat; those who are awake know it is the sure way to win. Dr. Emmet Miller, medical doctor, author and pioneer in mind-body medicine joins Rev. O’Brian for an inspiring look at the power of letting go.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 03, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Study, in the spiritual tradition of yoga, is more than reading books or gathering information. Although the study of scripture is important, the key to study is the practice of self-inquiry, applying and testing out in our own experience what we are exploring. Religious Studies professor and longtime practitioner of yoga Dr. Kusumita Pedersen returns to The Yoga Hour with Rev. O’Brian for an in-depth look and some surprising insights about the role of study on our spiritual journey.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 27, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Self-discipline is the commitment we make and the actions we take to live a higher way by choosing that which pleases the soul and supports the expression of our innate divine qualities. The resident Acharya of Chinmaya Mission in San Jose, California, Br. Prabodh Chaitanya, joins Rev. O’Brian for an exploration of what self-discipline really is, how we can accomplish it, and how it will help us fulfill our divine destiny.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 20, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The mystic poet Rumi reminds us to “work at least as hard on the inside as we do on the outside.” In the Yoga tradition, the spiritual practice of Brahmacharya literally means “to walk with God.” Sometimes considered to be only about our sexuality, the greater context is how we use our vital force, or life energy, in ways that are consistent with our spiritual goals. The Rev. Dr. Harry Morgan Moses, director of SpiritWorks Center for Spiritual Living and author of It’s So Easy When You Know How, joins Rev. O’Brian for insights into the inner way.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 13, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Masayo Tsuruta from Seicho-No-Ie, Truth of Life Movement, joins Rev. O’Brian for an insightful look at our potential for unconditional happiness through the practices of contentment and gratitude. How is it possible to walk through the challenges and sorrows of life and still know real happiness? Spiritual practice provides the key.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 06, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Michael Nagler, author of The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World and founder of the Metta Center for Nonviolence Education, joins Rev. O’Brian for an empowering look at how the principles and practices of ahimsa, or nonviolence, can positively transform our lives today and bring us hope for the future. Discover why this spiritual practice is a foundation for all the others.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 29, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The eight limbs of yoga outlined in the Yoga Sutra, the classic text by the sage Patanjali, offer profound insights that support spiritually conscious living in every area of our lives. Dr. Christopher Key Chapple, author of Yoga and the Luminous: Patanjali’s Spiritual Path to Freedom, joins Rev. O’Brian for an engaging exploration of spiritual realization in daily life. Discover how the inward journey of yoga practice can transform how we live.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 22, 2011
    Episode Description:
    While the goal of awakening is the same, the yoga tradition recognizes that spiritual seekers have different temperaments and thus require different approaches to spiritual realization. Br. Prabodh Chaitanya, resident of Acharya of Chinmaya Mission in San Jose, California, joins Rev. O’Brian for an exploration of how the traditions of Yoga and Vedanta go beyond a “one size fits all” approach and provide for the unique needs of seekers, while still maintaining a clear focus on the goal. Consider what your spiritual inclinations reveal about you and how your individual need for expression can be met on your path.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 15, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, joins Rev. O’Brian in an exploration of higher realities. Discover what we can know about our essence of being and our relationship with the Infinite that supports us to actualize our innate capacities and experience excellence in all areas of life.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 08, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Rev. O’Brian welcomes Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, who will share about the certain destiny of every person to awaken spiritually—how we can realize our true nature and live with purpose in harmony with the divine plan for our lives.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 01, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The science of yoga provides a philosophy and method for realizing our full potential, which includes achieving a life of meaning, prosperity, happiness and freedom. Recognizing our innate desire to prosper both materially and spiritually can help us find the balance, freedom and joy that conscious living brings. Join Rod Stryker, yoga and meditation teacher, and Rev. O’Brian for an insightful conversation about spiritual awakening and fulfilled living.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 25, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Nicolai Bachman, Sanskrit scholar and author of the book The Yoga Sutras: An Essential Guide to the Heart of Yoga Philosophy, joins Rev. O'Brian for a penetrating look into the nature of suffering and how it presents opportunities that orient us toward true freedom. Be prepared to embrace your highest good.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 04, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Mysticism is a connecting link between Yoga and New Thought that provides a doorway to understand how the great sages declare the presence of harmony at the core of all religions. In this hour with Rev. Paul John Roach and Rev. O’Brian, two mystic poets, discover the practices of mysticism that allow us to enter the heart of God.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 28, 2011
    Episode Description:
    While diet does not determine our degree of spiritual awareness, it plays a central role in our sadhana, or spiritual practice, by influencing our bodies, our minds and our relationship with life. Ven. Jian Hu, Abbot of the Chung Tai Zen Center in Sunnyvale, California, joins Rev. O’Brian for an inspiring look at how vegetarianism can make a profound difference, both individually and globally.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 21, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The Buddha is quoted as saying, “the mind thinks but the body knows.” Yoga honors the way that wisdom is revealed in the body as well as the mind. Discover the power of consciously embodying spiritual principles on all levels of your being, including the physical, and experience the profound support available to you right where you are. Rev. O'Brian will be joined by Hatha Yoga instructor Carol Parvati Knight.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 14, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Ojas is the physical counterpart to subtle energy. As the pure essence of our bodies’ tissues, it supports and maintains the immune system and enhances our strength and vitality. It is an essential part of our experience of bliss and shines forth as radiance. Join Rev. O’Brian and Cynthia Copple, Ayurvedic practitioner and director of Lotus Holistic Health Institute, to learn how to increase ojas.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 07, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Whether you are new to meditation or have been meditating for years, you’ll find this conversation with Rev. O’Brian and spiritual teacher and author Sally Kempton to be a breath of fresh air that will infuse your practice with energy and inspiration. Drawing from Sally Kempton’s new book, Meditation for the Love of It: Enjoying Your Own Deepest Experience, these two spiritual teachers will mine the heart of meditation practice for the jewels of spiritually conscious living.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 23, 2011
    Episode Description:
    As defined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, Yoga is superconscious meditation. This higher state of consciousness naturally occurs when the mental field is purified. Join Rev. Samuel Sasu and Rev. O’Brian, two long-time practitioners of Kriya Yoga meditation, as they explore the various levels of mind that relate to meditation. Discover how meditation provides the key to unlock the potential of these levels of mind to enhance our lives.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 16, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The book American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation: How Indian Spirituality Changed the West was named one of the top 10 religious books of 2010. Author Philip Goldberg returns to The Yoga Hour with Rev. O’Brian to take a look at the legacy of the 1960’s spiritual revolution—how the yogic teachings that arose in that period inspired a sea change in Western religious life. Don’t miss this insightful look at how yoga has not only inspired but transformed the way we experience religion and spirituality.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 09, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The Padmini Vidya is a little known yoga system for the creation of wealth, through understanding Shakti, the creative energy of consciousness. Join Rev. O’Brian and Dr. Sherri Silverman for some uplifting insights and practices you can engage in that will enhance your prosperity consciousness and help you cultivate a joyful experience of wealth.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 02, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Dr. Mary Tumpkin, president of the Universal Foundation for Better Living, joins Rev. O’Brian for a dynamic conversation exploring how the philosophies and practices of New Thought and yoga address prosperous living. Learn how thriving in all areas of life is part of your divine destiny.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 26, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Spiritually conscious living includes success in all areas of life. Meet Easan Katir, longtime practitioner of yoga and wealth management consultant, as he and Rev. O’Brian explore the life goal of Artha, or wealth—what it means and how to accomplish it.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 19, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Creative imagination is a law, like gravity, that does not require belief; it operates perfectly at all times whether we believe it or not. Learn how the philosophy of yoga views the mind as the key to prosperous living. Join Rev. O’Brian and Rev. Ron Lindahn to discover how you can use creative imagination to call forth your highest good.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 12, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The Book of Ecclesiastes offers profound insight for spiritually conscious living in the world, showing us how to embrace the seasons of life and live freely amid the pairs of opposites (birth-death, rich-poor, full-empty) without grasping or clinging. Join Rev. O'Brian and her guest, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, to hear more about Rabbi Rami's contemporary, enlightened translation and commentary on this classic Bible Scripture. His insightful and fresh translation makes you want to read this Scripture again for the first time.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 05, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Rabbi Rami Shapiro joins Rev. O’Brian for a new and surprising look at the Book of Ecclesiastes. Discover how its timeless teachings offer a way to live wisely and well in the midst of constant change and uncertainty. Rabbi Shapiro’s new translation brings the text to life in a fresh and deeply profound way.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 28, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Understanding the nature of the mind holds the key to successful meditation practice and conscious living. Join Dr. Christopher Key Chapple and Rev. O’Brian for this dynamic dialogue about how to use the mind to support our highest achievements, fulfill our life purpose and reach its ultimate goal.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 21, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the foundational text for yoga philosophy and practice, offers a model for living fully and freely in this world. Discover its timeless wisdom as host Rev. Ellen is joined by Dr. Christopher Key Chapple, Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at Loyola Marymount University.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 14, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Enter the stream of Yoga’s ancient wisdom with this three-part series on the Yoga Sutra. This first segment, Gems of Wisdom, offers insights and practices for ethical and spiritually awakened living with Sanskrit scholar, yoga philosophy instructor, and author Nicolai Bachman and Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 07, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The science of Mantra Yoga takes us to the heart of matter through the creative energy of sound. Understanding and applying the power of the word through mantra is a yoga discipline that can bring healing, prosperity and spiritual transformation. Rev. O’Brian is joined by Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) and Yogini Shambhavi for this exploration of mantra as a key to awakening.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 31, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The mystical path takes us out of the world as a place of mundane existence and brings us back to it as holy ground. Camille Helminski and Shaikh Kabir Helminski of the Mevlevi Order of Sufis bring their recent translations of Rumi to this conversation with Rev. O’Brian about what really matters in life.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 24, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The spiritual philosophy and wellness practices of the Hatha Yoga system can be utilized by anyone interested in better health, clarity and balanced living. Hatha Yoga instructors Julianne Rice and Victor Dubin join Rev. O’Brian for a practical and inspiring conversation about how to incorporate this ancient practice into our lives to experience greater well-being.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 17, 2011
    Episode Description:
    A meditation retreat can deepen our meditation experience and open us to profound insight. Rev. O'Brian will be joined by the Venerable Jian Hu, Abbot of the Chung Tai Zen Center of Sunnyvale, California, for this inspiring conversation about why retreats are so important for truth seekers and how we can prepare ourselves for what a retreat can offer us.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 03, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of the great yoga master Paramahansa Yogananda, joins Rev. O'Brian to share his experiences with Paramahansaji documented in his book, Paramahansa Yogananda as I Knew Him. Intimate reflections on the transformations possible in the life of a devotee of God offer powerful insights and inspiration for the path of enlightenment.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 24, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Rabbi Rami Shapiro joins Rev. O'Brian in an exploration of the wisdom sayings of Solomon from the book of Proverbs. These sayings challenge, encourage and instruct us to live our deepest truth. Each essential teaching is a simple but profound guidepost that shines light upon the path of spiritually conscious living and reveals the way to live with purpose, insight and balance. Rabbi Shapiro's translation of Proverbs touches the heart of enlightened insight.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 17, 2011
    Episode Description:
    What is discipleship? How does it arise? What does it offer? What does it require? In this episode Rev. O'Brian is joined by Dr. Kusumita Pederson, professor of religious studies, in a profound conversation about the way of discipleship—the universal path of radical freedom walked by devotees, saints and mystics through the ages.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 10, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Devotional chanting clears the mind and opens the heart for a direct experience of our essential nature. The divine names and sacred mantras sung in Kirtan emanate from the primal sound, the universal mantra “Om.” Join Rev. O'Brian, singer-songwriter Rev. Priya Friday-Pabros and Sujantra McKeever, yoga teacher, author and founder of Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga Studio, for insights into the practice of Kirtan and the creative healing power of “Om.”
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 03, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Our minds are power tools. Spiritually conscious living requires understanding the dynamic function of mind and how to go beyond it to realize our essential true Self—the source of that power. On this episode Rev. O’Brian is joined by Swami Jaidev Bharati as two master teachers of meditation offer strategies and inspiration to support your practice.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 27, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The philosophy and practice of yoga provides a foundation for conscious living with profound insights for times of grief, loss and transition from the physical body. Dr. Ronda Macchello and Rev. Shanti Macartney join Rev. O'Brian for a profound conversation on the healing power of spiritual presence. Everybody must let go; it is one of life's inherent requirements. Find out how to do it consciously and to support others along the way.  
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 20, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Yoga and its sister science Ayurveda offer a wealth of wisdom for staying spiritually centered and physically healthy in winter. Join Rev. O’Brian and special guest Espe Guardiola, director of BodyMind Transformations, for insights on complete well-being. Learn more about optimum performance from a holistic viewpoint including the nervous system and healthy brain function, with insights from the new field of Neurotherapy as well as the ancient practices of Ayurveda.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 06, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The spiritual practice of yoga takes us out of the world to discover our essential Self and then brings us back into the world to serve the One in all. In this episode, discover the keys to Seva, or selfless service. Explore how to work with full integrity, free from the taint of attachment to results, with Rev. O’Brian and special guests Nipun Mehta, founder of Charity Focus, and Sriram Shamasunder, M.D.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 09, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Join Rev. O’Brian and special guest Phil Goldberg, author of the new release American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation—How Indian Spirituality Changed the West, as they explore the important changes in culture and spirituality that have been fostered by the influence of yoga on the West.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 02, 2010
    Episode Description:
    The ancient Vedic tradition of Vastu offers spiritual insights and practical methods for creating beautiful, peaceful living spaces that nourish the soul life. Today Vastu sacred space design consultant Dr. Sherri Silverman joins Rev. O’Brian for an engaging conversation on the practical importance of beauty and how we can enhance our environment through awareness of the five elements. Sherri is also an artist and writer, studied with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, taught meditation and yoga for more than 30 years, and now works with Vastu clients nationally and internationally through her consulting business, Transcendence Design. (www.transcendencedesign.com)
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Underlying yoga’s systematic way of divine remembrance is a vast cosmology. Join Rev. O’Brian and special guest Rev. Ron Lindahn for a fascinating look into the heart of the cosmic manifestation process and what it can tell us about spiritually conscious living every day. Since 1975 Ron has been writing, lecturing and offering seminars on creative living, meditation and Kriya Yoga, and today serves on the staff at the Center for Spiritual Awareness headquarters in Northeast Georgia.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 11, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Mystics of all traditions have long used poetry to speak of that which cannot be put into words, pointing us to the direct experience of the One in our midst. Today’s Yoga Hour welcomes Parthenia M. Hicks for a captivating program of poetry, mystical inspiration and insight. Parthenia M. Hicks is an award-winning poet, freelance writer and editor who has been published in a variety of literary journals and was recently selected as the first Poet Laureate of the town of Los Gatos, California.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 04, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Learn how the traditions of Yoga and Ayurveda work together for optimum health, spiritual knowledge and ultimate freedom. Ayurveda’s practical focus on healthy living shares the same philosophical underpinnings as Yoga’s system for spiritual realization.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 28, 2010
    Episode Description:
    The Yoga Hour’s special guest today, Dr. Ram Nidumolu, CEO of InnovaStrat, a consulting company providing sustainability and business strategy services, will join Rev. O'Brian in a revolutionary conversation about the source of abundance and innovation.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 21, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Ancient scriptures of yoga and the testimonies of self-realized masters describe higher states of consciousness and enhanced functionality that the new field of scientific study called Neurotheology is now able to examine, explain and quantify. Join Rev. O'Brian and A. Martin Wuttke, founder and director of Neurotherapy Centers International, for the latest scientific insights into the benefits of meditation practice for health, overall well-being and spiritual development.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 14, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today we will take a look at the spiritual “technology of the heart” to meet the most pressing need of our time: peace.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 07, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today two contemporary teachers, New Thought’s Rev. Dr. Mary Tumpkin and Kriya Yoga’s Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian, share the powerful influence of spiritual friendship between the mystics from the East and West, and will talk about synergy and spirit.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 30, 2010
    Episode Description:
    On this auspicious birth anniversary of India’s “secret yogi,” Lahiri Mahasaya, fountainhead of Kriya Yoga, discover his unfailing formula for success in life.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 23, 2010
    Episode Description:
    We are all destined to awaken fully to our innate divine potential sooner or later. Why wait? Discover the four universal life-changing insights that support this awakening now.


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Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian
Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian is the founding minister and spiritual director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (CSE) with headquarters in San Jose, California. Now in its 30th year of service, CSE is a ministry in the spiritual tradition of Kriya Yoga that serves people from all faith backgrounds who are seeking Self- and God-realization.

Yogacharya O’Brian was ordained to teach in 1982 by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda who brought Kriya Yoga to the West. O’Brian is the author of several books on meditation and spiritual practice including Living the Eternal Way: Spiritual Meaning and Practice in Daily Life, as well as CD lessons on the classic spiritual works: the Gospel of Thomas, the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads. She travels internationally to speak at conferences and retreats on the value of meditation for seekers of spiritual truth and the importance of ethical and spiritual awakening in contributing to world peace.