Awakening has blossomed into the beautiful spiritual community it is today as a result of Rev. Nancy Ballinger’s dream of creating a welcoming home for all sincere seekers of Truth. Rev. Ballinger, founder of Awakening, was ordained by Yogacharya O’Brian in 2000. In 2001 we became known as The Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, Morro Bay.

In 2004, as the teachings of Kriya Yoga grew here on the central coast, Awakening received a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt status from the IRS and the State of California.  At that time, with the blessing of CSE, we stepped forward and established the name Awakening and our community continues to thrive today.