Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)

Chopra Center Master Educator
Born in Liverpool, England, Roger spent his formative years in the United Kingdom. He first learned meditation there in the early 70’s, which instantly became his passion and he soon trained to be a meditation teacher under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

After moving to the US, Roger began studying Ayurveda the ancient Indian system of healthcare. In 1985, while helping to establish centers for Ayurveda and meditation, he met and became friends with Deepak Chopra. Since then, Roger has assisted Deepak with numerous training programs, seminars and workshops, taught thousands of people on all continents to meditate, and assisted in training hundreds to be teachers of meditation, Ayurveda and yoga.

Roger has been blessed to meet and study with great teachers in India and the West and has traveled extensively in India. He incorporates much of what he has learned in his practices and teaching. In 2006, Roger received his spiritual name Raghavanand from Shree Satuwa Baba Maharaji of Varanasi, India.    

As time permits, he involves himself with charity programs in India and takes like-minded seekers on tours to some of his favorite pilgrimage sites there. Roger currently serves as a Chopra Master Educator, member of the Chopra Center Certification's Advisory Board, and teaches regularly at Chopra Center workshops, seminars and teacher training programs. When not traveling, he lives in Encinitas, California.

Articles by Roger Gabriel

India Temple Woman
Your first visit to India will be a total sensory experience, with a plethora of sights, tastes, smells, and sounds. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect.Read More
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All suffering stems from these six illusions (or delusions) of life, according to Vedic Texts. Learn how you can move beyond the illusions and expand your view of reality.Read More
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Rather than focusing on eliminating the ego, try these tips to help balance it so that it acts in harmony with all your other layers of life.Read More
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If you feel restless or impatient during your meditation, you are not alone—many new meditators experience these feelings. Try these tips to manage your restlessness and impatience.Read More
Puja flower offering tradition in India
Sacred rituals and ceremonies are typically not part of the modern world. Learn how to incorporate Vedic Rituals to bring intention and connection to your life.Read More
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