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Christopher Hareesh Wallis, Yoga and Sanskrit scholar and teacher

Christopher Wallis, also known as Hareesh, is a scholar-practitioner with 30 years of experience and 15 years of formal education in classical religion and Sanskrit.



Initiated into the practice of yogic meditation at the age of 16, Hareesh received traditional yoga education at ashrams in upstate New York and India. He trained in meditation, mantra-science, kirtan, karma yoga, and pedagogy. He then gained higher education at university in religion and classics, Sanskrit, and classical Indian religions. His doctoral dissertation focused on the role of spiritual experience in the tradition of Tantric Shaivism.



Hareesh is founder and head faculty of Tantrik Yoga NOW and currently teaches meditation, yoga darśan (practical philosophy), Tantric philosophy, Sanskrit, and mantra-science. He also offers spiritual counseling.



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.



His studies have included mentorship and teaching by Gurumayī Chidvilāsānandā (dīkṣā-guru), Paul Muller-Ortega (Śaiva Tantra and classical yoga), Alexis Sanderson (Śaiva and Śākta Tantra and Sanskrit), Marshall Rosenberg (Nonviolent Communiction), Somadeva Vasudeva (Śaiva Tantra), Kolbjorn Martens (Tantrik Yoga), and Adyashanti (meditation).

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