Yogacharya J. Oliver Black
September 1, 1893 – September 16, 1989
The Golden Lotus Yoga Teachers Association was founded by J. Oliver Black, known to thousands of Self-Realization Fellowship followers as Yogacharya Oliver. Yogacharya means yoga teacher. This title was given to him by his Guru, Pararmahansa Yogananda, founder of Self-Realization Fellowship and author of the spiritual literary classic, Autobiography of a Yogi.
Yogacharya Oliver was an industrialist, building a multi-million dollar company, and an avid inventor, holding several patents. He decided to give up the business world to dedicate his life to instructing others in Yogananda’s teachings. He succeeded in enhancing the lives of thousands by sharing the knowledge and understanding he himself had received.