Charles Ekabhumi Ellik
[photo: Nancy Rothstein]
is a poet, artist, husband, student and teacher of Classical Tantric Hatha Yoga. He teaches Yoga Asana at Yoga Tree's Telegraph studio, where he designed the "Dancing Peacock Feathers" mural. A former Options Broker, he quit finance to produce poetry events full-time in 1999, when his team of poets won the National Poetry Slam. Co-founder of the Berzerkeley Poetry Slam, poets he coached have since won numerous national and regional titles. In 2007, he became the national Head 2 Head Haiku champion, and in 2009 he chaired the Home City Committee of the Individual World Poetry Slam. He has performed and taught in numerous high schools, theaters, universities, bars, and living rooms across North America and Britain. In 2010 he retired from producing poetry events to focus on producing sacred art and teaching Yoga. His poems and artworks have appeared in several publications, most recently Tantra Illuminated by Christopher Wallis (2011). When not writing, painting, or practicing Yoga, he can be found in his garden learning directly from Nature.