The Universal White Brotherhood is a New Age-oriented new religious movement founded in Bulgaria in the early 20th century by Peter Deunov and established in France in 1937 by Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov (1900–1986), one of his followers. The group proposes a Christian esoterism characterized by some practices, including prayer, meditation, breathing exercises, the yoga of nutrition and paneurhythmy. A person can be both members of the group and of another religion. In France, the group achieved notability in the media in 1971. It has two centres located in Sèvres and Fréjus and 2,000 followers in France and is present in many countries, including Canada, Switzerland and Belgium.