Our gurus, founder, staff, foundations and partners
These are the people and organizations we love. We encourage you to discover their unique charm and amazing contributions.
Sri Ramana Maharshi
Widely acknowledged as one of the outstanding Indian gurus of modern times, Maharshi’s first years were spent in solitude, but his stillness and his appearance as a holy man soon attracted devotees. His verbal teachings flowed from his own understanding of Reality.
“Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.” More
Angelique, Head Meditator
Come and meet ‘Angelique’ our sacred cow. Friendly and wise, she spends her days in mindful meditation wandering the tranquil garden surrounding our centre. Teaching by example she goes with the flow, focusing on finding fresh grass growth, and being an environmentalist, controlling her personal emissions. She is known to emit a deep, vibrating moo (her ohm) at just the right moment during a yoga class, cheering you along on your physical and spiritual journey.
Master Turtle resides in the pond at Kolonial House, with a few of his advanced students. Every day in the morning, you can see him practicing Chi Gung. The rest of his time, he spends in silence and deep meditation, but sometimes he loves playing with his students and beautiful Koi fish who he shares the pond with. All are welcome to sit with him in silence.
In the words of our Founder, Chris Sampson, here is how it all began…
"I am. The only statement I can say for sure. I think? I think too much. I did build Power of Now Oasis to share my passion for yoga, chi-gong & meditation with visitors, children from the foundations we support, the community and have a bit of fun. I guess if you want to label me, I am the owner, director of operations, and harmony, I hope.
I’m grateful to be a part of this amazing team who are like family to me. I’m no self-appointed guru or performing master of asanas. I’d like to think of myself as an old, pirate yogi who is simply one of the seven billion or so human beings on this amazing planet. I discovered yoga more than 30 years ago. Then, as a lost soul began searching on a lifelong journey all over the world. Practising and learning with many good teachers, I developed my own practice that I try to live each day. Easier said than done.
I like the flow of chi-gong and my favourites are surfing yoga, sailing yoga and laughing yoga. I found that the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, the Buddha, Jesus and many other wise humans say similar things in different ways. I really only search for my real self nowadays, trying to follow the eightfold path of yoga with spiritual principles. The only classes I’m interested in teaching or doing now are kids fun classes. I was a boat captain for many years and started my own charter company and business in tourism and property development. I lucked out, sold up, and retired in 2007. Cruising the world on my boat, I sailed into Sanur in 2010. Was lucky - or I believe blessed - to find this beachfront property. And when I met Angelique, our sacred cow who resides there, well - as they say - the rest is history.
I built the studio and lived in it with Angelique for a year or so. Just taught a few classes and spent time with children from the Jodie Oshea Orphanage. The simple days. Then the modern-yoga crowds began coming in and I decided to develop the YTT program and let the studio go semi-commercial, only because it enables us to really give back. I am not motivated commercially at all. I personally take nothing from the studio, but receive a lot of joy and still learn many lessons. The foundation kids own 50% of the studio now. The rest is shared amongst the staff and put into continued good causes.
I do love hanging around every morning. I’m connected to the ocean and still practice on the beach most days and take Angelique out for walks. I enjoy when the foundation kids come to play and watch movies and I try to help the team out where I can. I also like sharing sailing meditations and laughing yoga with our students - trying to teach them not to be so serious about life and the modern day yoga scene. To focus on your heart center, not your “selfie center”. My mantra - relax, breathe, be mindful, give. I like omming too, but my personal favourite is definitely... yeeeewwwwww!
Mary Ayu, Indah & Yuyun
Our beloved Mary Ayu, Indah, and Yuyun are the daily sunshine of the studio. They are the wiser yoginis amoung us practicing daily the core principles behind yoga: the stilness and calmness of mind. Their patience is like no other. We can promise you one thing, their smile will enlighten your day and you’ll be ready to open your heart for the next class!
Our Home Stay
Kolonial House is a beautiful small boutique Guesthouse nestled in a peaceful neighborhood in Sanur. It is 200 meters away from the beach and twenty minutes from the International Airport with many restaurants and shops close by. It features top quality facilities with character furnishings to create a peaceful and warm atmosphere.
All rooms are fully equipped with free internet access, Satellite TV, hot & cold water shower, freezer, safety box, and air conditioner. With a large pool and a cozy gazebo, Kolonial House is the perfect home away from home for you stay in Bali.
We support various causes and the local community. A large percentage of our profits are donated to the children’s and local foundations. When you visit the studio you also help us to support charities, here are our 3 main ones:
These are great bunch of kids that really appreciate any help offered to them. They come down for regular dinner and movie nights at our studio.
Built in loving memory of Jodie O Shea, who tragically died as a result of the Bali bombing in 2002, this orphanage cares for just under a hundred children.
Visit them here
Sari Hati provides a free school for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities, ranging from mild to severe, in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Sari Hati’s Aims:
- To create a safe, happy environment in which participants can develop to their potential.
- To nurture self-confidence, self-awareness, self-appreciation, and self-love.
- To develop awareness and appreciation of the surrounding physical environment and the external world.
- To promote social skills and an awareness of others.
Visit them here
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
SSCS‘s mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. We are proud to be the base for this inspiring society here in Bali. Come down and get involved! Contact us for more information.
Located only twenty minutes away from Ngurah Rai airport, Mercure Resort Sanur is the perfect choice for leisure and private or business functions in Bali. Surrounded by five hectares of tropical gardens and one of Bali’s most beautiful, calm, white sand beaches, it’s setting is ideal. The resort offers a large beach front, two pools, tennis court, sea side restaurant, bars, spa facilities, as well as a Ballroom.
When you come at our studio, you also can enjoy a 25% discount at our partner Rip Curl School of Surf. Enjoy all type of water sports with their very professional team, near by the studio on the beach or at their 2 other locations, Kuta and Jimbaran.