Yogacharya John Thomas Lopategui was born in Brooklyn, NY and lived in Brazil for many years. In 1978, he was blessed with initiation into Kriya Yoga by Paramahamsa Hariharananda in New York which changed and redirected his life.
In 1998, under Gurudev's guidance, he had the opportunity of hosting programs with Paramahamsa Prajnanananda to introduce Kriya Yoga to Brazil, and founded the first center in Brasilia and later the second center in Sao Paulo (2000). He served as Center Leader in Brasilia from 1998 to 2001 when he moved to Miami with his family to be close to Gurudev in his last years.
Currently he serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors at the Kriya Yoga Institute Mother Center. John Thomas Lopategui was authorized to teach Kriya Yoga in May 2007. He received his B.A. in History, Masters degree in Education and is currently working on a PhD in Education with specialization in Human Resource Development.