Lorne has been a disciple of the great yoga master Paramhansa Yogananda since 1967. He was born in Detroit in on January 26, 1949. When he was 18 he met and studied with Yogananda's direct disciple Yogacharya J. Oliver Black, (pictured above) from whom he received Kriya Yoga initiation in 1968. In 1970, while serving with the United States Marine Corps in Hawaii, Lorne was able to study with another direct disciple of the master, Yogacharya Bernard Cole. Some years later, after graduating from Wayne State University, and while living in Sacramento California, he met Swami Kriyananda, (J. Donald Walters) the well-known Yogananda disciple and founder of Ananda. Lorne spent the next 16 years living and working in the Ananda retreat centers and ashrams in California. After receiving extensive training he moved to back to Michigan to help develop the work of the Yogananda meditation tradition in his home state. Lorne is an ordained minister of the Ananda Self-realization order. On March 7, 2011 he was authorized by Swami Kriyananda to perform the Kriya Yoga Initiation.
Swami Kriyananda and Lorne on March 7, 2011 in Los Angeles