Samāveśa is a yoga immersion in Bali, born from a deep desire to support students and teachers in their own inquiry, process and practice. With no pressure to teach, it’s an opportunity to learn and study for the sheer joy of it. To immerse for 100 sweet hours. To practice every day. To receive and embody the teachings of yoga, out of love for yourself and the tradition.
Study classical Tantrik philosophy with one of the world’s leading scholar-practitioners, Christopher ‘Hareesh’ Wallis. Explore anatomy with Osteopath and anatomy and movement teacher, Rachel Ellery, and be led through the practices of asana, meditation, pranayama and mantra by your guide Collette Davis. A dedicated yogini and teacher, inspired by the schools of Anusara, Rasa, Embodied Flow™ and Forrest yoga.
Yoga is an ongoing revelation and guiding light in my life. It’s how I navigate the world and I am forever enchanted by the spells it continues to cast inside my experience. Since Elena Brower and Tara Judelle first poured the teachings of Anusara yoga into my bones in 2010, i have been inspired to practice, study and teach.
The call was very strong for me and I set a firm intention to find a teacher in 2013. My first 200hr was led by Leila Sadeghee, Bridget Luff and Tara Judelle in London and I am deeply grateful for their extraordinary talents, transmission and holding.
I continue to study with Tara, Leila, Bridget and Hareesh Wallis, and have completed advanced trainings with Sianna Sherman, Elena Brower and Ana Forrest.
My classes are inspired by classical non-dual Tantrik philosophy, Anusara and Embodied Flow yoga, dance and intuitive movement. Above all, I create a safe space that my students can soften and surrender into, before pouring soulful, thematic sequences into their systems and cells. Fluid, liberating and technical, I often sequence to music, dancing on the breath for an immersive experience. One that seeks to bring students into an acute awareness of their infinite potential and the creative life force that rivers through them.
My great love is kula and I am fortunate to have a beautiful community in both Leeds and London, which continues to grow as I travel and teach and, for which, I am deeply grateful.
CHRISTOPHER ‘HARESH’ WALLIS
Christopher Wallis, also known as Hareesh, is a scholar-practitioner with thirty years of experience, having been initiated into the practice of yogic meditation at sixteen, and fifteen years of formal education. His degrees include a B.A. in Religion and Classics from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley, an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions from Oxford, and a Ph.D. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley. His doctoral dissertation focused on the role of spiritual experience in the tradition of Tantric Shaivism. Additionally, he received traditional education at yoga āshrams in upstate New York and India, training in meditation, mantra-science, kīrtan, karma-yoga, and pedagogy. He currently teaches meditation, yoga darśana (practical philosophy), Tantrik philosophy, Sanskrit, mantra-science, and offers spiritual counseling.
Hareesh is the Founder and Head Faculty of Tantrik Yoga NOW. His teachers, mentors, and gurus, in chronological order, include: Gurumayī Chidvilāsānandā (dīkṣā-guru), Paul Muller-Ortega (Śaiva Tantra and Classical Yoga); Alexis Sanderson (Śaiva and Śākta Tantra and Sanskrit); Marshall Rosenberg (Nonviolent Communication); Somadeva Vasudeva (Śaiva Tantra), Kolbjorn Martens (Tantrik Yoga); and Adyashanti (Meditation).
Hareesh is the author of Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition and The Recognition Sutras: Illuminating a 1,000-year-old Spiritual Masterpiece.
Rachel is an international anatomy and movement teacher that specialises in teaching yoga students and teachers awareness of the structure and function of how their bodies move. Her personal mantra “educating and moving the world one body at a time” stems from over 24 years of hands on experience and 15 years of teaching.
Trained at the British School of Osteopathy, Rachel teaches alongside internationally renowned yogis in their teacher trainings, including: Les Leventhal, Tara Judelle, Kaya Peters, Tanya Kaps, Cat Kabira, Emily Kuser, Denise Payne, Bex Tyrer, School of Sacred Arts, Tina Nance and Beate McLatchie.
Based in Bali, the yoga capital of Asia, Rachel travels to yoga schools across the globe to educate yoga students and teachers in a holistic view of how the whole body works. She combines her extensive knowledge of osteopathy, sports therapy, pilates, Thai bodywork, and yoga into unique interactive anatomy and movement classes with the help of Charlie, her skeleton.
Rachel’s teaching experience extends back 15 years where she spent a decade instructing osteopath students at UniTech in New Zealand after graduating from the British School of Osteopathy. She encourages her students to develop their own self-awareness and invokes in them a playful curiosity about what happens under their skin. Rachel’s down-to-earth teaching style uses storytelling and case studies, visuals of the body, interactive exercises and informative handouts to make anatomy an engaging subject for all her students.