Ekabhumi Charles Ellik is a poet, artist, husband, student and teacher of Classical Tantric Hatha Yoga. He teaches yoga at Yoga Tree’s Telegraph studio in Berkeley CA, where he designed the “Dancing Peacock Feathers” mural, and at the Dharma Inc. community center in Oakland CA.
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 theaters, universities, bars, and living rooms across North America and Britain, and continues to teach poetry workshops in local schools.
In 2010 he retired from producing poetry events to focus on producing sacred art and teaching. His poems and artworks have appeared in several publications, most recently Tantra Illuminated by Christopher Wallis (2011) and Awakening Shakti by Sally Kempton (2013). You can even watch him painting a yantra on the beach in Wari Om’s video Yoga in San Francisco (2012), a gorgeous and soulful pean to the Bay Area’s yoga community. When not writing, painting, or practicing Yoga, he can be found in his garden learning directly from Nature.