John Ernst, Founder and Director

John Ernst is the founder and director of Rajarshi Social Enterprises. Raised in Los Angeles, CA, he has a Bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College (Olympia, Washington), and is a Vietnam veteran having served in the U.S. Navy.

John has been a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda (author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi) since the early 1970’s, and founded the Valley Light Center/Valley Lights Publications, a yogic based church in Ojai, California. He has taught numerous classes and workshops in healing and metaphysics, and is the author of Sadhana In Our Daily Lives: A Handbook for the Awakening of the Spiritual Self.

John has two daughters, and lives with his wife, Nancy, at Ananda Village, a world renowned yoga community in Nevada City, California. Mr. Ernst was on the founding board of the Janaka Foundation and has served the Ananda community in many ways.

John is the founder and director of many spiritually based projects. The Valley Light Center of his earlier years has grown to become Inner Path ( He presently manages, a body/mind/spirit webstore, and is director of the Inner Path Yoga and Meditation Center in Nevada City, California.

Mr. Ernst has had a strong interest in socially responsible investing for many years. He has held a Series 7 and 65 security license, and owned and managed Progressive Asset Management of Nevada County for over 10 years. In addition to his experience as an investment advisor, his professional resume includes providing secretarial and bookkeeping services, tax preparation services, paralegal services and property management.

Through Rajarshi Social Enterprises, Mr. Ernst endeavors to combine his deep spiritual and social concerns with enlightened business principles.