Lucy OBrien met Shri Gurudev Paramahamsa Hariharananda-ji in her home community of Santa Barbara, CA in 1986. She served Kriya Yoga International as a Center Leader and West Coast Regional Coordinator before accepting a role as Yogacharya. As a lifelong learner, she turned her attention to Eastern teachings after reading the Autobiography of a Yogi at a young age and considers herself under the flag of Paramahamsa Yogananda ever since. She worked as a bookkeeper, serving in the not-for-profit community until her retirement. She has a very active retirement sharing her passion for the benefits of developing a personal meditation practice. Other activities include studying scripture, cooking, gardening, and spending time wrangling her two young grandsons.