MEET OUR FOUNDER
Esther Rodriguez Brown was born and raised in Spain. Since a very young age, she showed her passion for helping others. She arrived to the United States in 2001 and in 2007 she founded The Embracing Project, a grass-root non-profit organization that services children survivors of sex trafficking and gang violence. She also opened the first drop-in center in Las Vegas to provide a safe place for children victims of sexual exploitation and violence and created a curriculum to teach the similarities between gangs and genocide. Through her organization, Esther traveled around the world to expand her service to humanity. In 2018, Esther retired from the every-day operations and merged TEP with a national organization to expand services for youth and to ensure the continuity of her legacy.
She is also the founder of Ego Friendly Living, a company based on the principle of compassion to empower people to heal from within, focusing on body, mind, and soul, through Ayurveda, Yoga, and Spiritual education and practices. She is a life-long student of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Spirituality, and offers this wisdom to others that are ready to integrate body, mind, and soul. Esther studied Ayurveda under the lineages of Guru Yogananda, Guru Jyotirmayananda, Vamadeva David Frawley, and Maheshananda Mas Vidal under the school of Integral Yoga & Ayurveda. She is an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Yoga Therapist, with studies in Yoga Nidra and sound therapies under the lineage of Swami Satyananda Bihar School. She is a Yoga teacher with a 200H YTT certificate recognized by Yoga Alliance. In addition, she has a Master's Degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology.
Esther continues her education in Ayurveda and other ancient practices traveling to India every year.
As a free spirit, Esther loves to travel and learn from other cultures, she often goes to India to expand her education and knowledge in Yoga, Ayurveda, Pranayama, Mudras, and other ancient healing and spiritual practices, learning first hand from teachers and gurus. She also organizes healing and yoga retreats throughout the year in beautiful locations nationally and internationally. She is a recognized national and international speaker and her services are required by private and public agencies to implement a culture of compassion, self-care, and trauma-informed care to businesses and corporations.
Esther has been recognized in national and international media, documentaries, books, and film and has received many awards for her humanitarian work with children affected by violence.
“You have all the answers that you need, you were created with the power to heal and evolve but sometimes it is difficult to find the time and the space to stay grounded and listen to our bodies, mind, and soul. I am here to support you through the journey of becoming the higher version of yourself.”