Rev. Julie Darshini, Spiritual Director & Board President

As spiritual director and board president, it is an honor and a blessing to serve in this way. The teachings of Kriya Yoga have transformed my life and it is my absolute joy to share these universal teachings with others. 

Patty Czach, Treasurer

As I grow further in my practice in Kriya Yoga and commitment to the Awakening Meditation Center, I wanted to contribute in some way to support the center and the ministry. 

When I was asked to join the board as treasurer, I felt a great sense of connection and appreciation for the trust and opportunity extended to me to serve the Awakening community

Ed Schefter – Member at Large – Admin Assistant


After reading  “Autobiography of a Yogi”, I was drawn to the teachings of Kriya Yoga.  I attended an introduction to Kriya Yoga workshop by Yogacharya O’Brian, and was initiated the same afternoon.  I was very inspired by the teachings and felt very welcomed into the community.  I recently retired and am excited to assist and be part of the Awakening Community by serving on the Board of Directors.



Loren Leidinger, Member at Large


I’m inspired to be on the Awakening board of directors because I want to be able to use my 25+ years of experience working with nonprofit organizations to help manifest our vision for the organization in the community.  Being able to use my skills to help Awakening become a place people are drawn to to find their own inspiration and support as they awaken to their own relationship to God/Creator/Higher Self, fills my heart. When we awaken to the true nature of reality, it is nice to have the spiritual community for support and guidance and to be able to spend time with people who have found this same awakening.

“Every day, try to help uplift, as you would help yourself or your family, whoever in your environment may be physically, mentally, or spiritually sick. Then no matter what your part is on the stage of life, you will know that you have been playing it rightly, directed by the Stage Manager of all destinies.” Paramahansa Yogananda from Spiritual Diary (April 3).

Krista Kiaha – Member at Large

I found Awakening in search of the Kriya Yoga teachings and was immediately drawn to the community and the center. I have been practicing Kriya Yoga for several years now and it has had a profound impact on my life. I am deeply grateful for the teachings and the support of the community and I want to give back by serving on the board.

I am passionate about the mission and values of Awakening and I believe that serving on the board is the best way for me to contribute to the community. I am committed to helping Awakening grow and thrive, while staying true to its roots and principles.

“Enlightenment is the “quiet realization of the infinite Self within us.” – Paramahansa Yogananda


Jaya Pillai, Member at Large

Yoga and spirituality have always been a big part of my life. When I first joined Awakening, I was inspired by the kriya yoga practices and the community spirit. ‘Seva’ is a Sanskrit word that refers to selfless service and is perhaps the most important aspect of any spiritual practice. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Awakening Board as a form of Seva for the center and the community.

“I want a life that is humbly serviceful, and abundance that is more than material riches. What could be more desirable than to live a full, harmonious life that is all-reaching and all-giving?”

                                               – Paramahansa Yogananda