Charles Ekabhumi Ellik
is a poet, artist, husband, student and teacher of Classical Tantric Hatha Yoga. He holds a BA in Fine Arts from Cal State Long Beach with an emphasis on Figurative Art, yet his creativity is expressed in many ways. He is the Youth Programs Director for Yoga Mandala in Berkeley, CA., where he also teaches adult Yoga Asana classes and displays paintings. 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. With the encouragement of his Guru, Dharmanidhi Saraswati, he retired from producing poetry events in 2010 to focus on producing sacred art and teaching. At that time he also became a regular student of Nepalese master painter, Dinesh Charan, who is teaching him the traditional Newar style of Tankha and Paubha painting. In 2011, he took a trip to India to study Yantra and the painting of Devas in the lineage of Harish Johari. Today, he can be found in his garden learning directly from Nature when not writing, painting, or practicing Yoga.