Phil was born in Germany in 1973, where he discovered Yoga and Meditation at the age of 18. After initial Hatha Yoga classes and meditation groups in Hamburg during his last years at school, he decided that... Read more of Phil's CV
For looking at the theoretical foundations of Prânâyâma practice these titles will guide you well:
Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Bihar School of Yoga, 1999
"No man can live happily who regards himself alone; who turns everything to his own advantage. You must live for others if you wish to live for yourself."
Phil was born in Germany in 1973, where he discovered Yoga and Meditation at the age of 18.
After initial Hatha Yoga classes and meditation groups in Hamburg during his last years at school, he decided that learning these ancient Liberation Techniques was more important than going to university and left for Nepal and India in 1993.
A period of volunteer teaching at the Tibetan Refugee Camp ‘Jampaling' in Nepal inspired him to go to Dharamsala, India, which remained his base since 2001.
Next to attending Hatha Yoga classes and reading extensively about Yoga, Phil visited courses in Tibetan Buddhism at the Tushita Meditation Centre.
Later that year he came in contact with the Vipassana Meditation Tradition as bring taught by S.N. Goenka-ji . Practicing this style of Meditation and supporting that teaching as a volunteer worker (giving seva) became his main focus in the next five years. He maintained a regular Hatha Yoga practice and attended several intensive courses, mainly in the Sivananda Tradition.
In 1997, Phil became interested in alternative healing techniques and began studying Shiatsu. After an initial course with Sakis Theophilos (Om Ha Hara Shiatsu Centre), he became Sakis assistant and apprentice until 2001. Phil concluded his studies by obtaining the Diploma of Shiatsu from the Bristol College of Shiatsu in 2002. Next to Zen Shiatsu, his training included TCM, Qi Gong and Chinese Food Energetics.
In 1998, Phil decided to intensify his studies of the Hatha Yoga Tradition.
He was fortunate to meet Clive Sheridan who has been one of his main teachers and mentors ever since. Clive introduced him to Tantric teachings and Phil deepened his exploration of Tantra and Hatha Yoga by attending the 4-Months Yoga Certificate Course at the Bihar Yoga Bharati (under the guidance of Paramahamsa Niranjananda Sarasvati) that same year.
In January 1999, Phil landed his first Hatha Yoga teaching assignment and taught on Christopher Titmuss' Insight Meditation Retreats in Bodhgaya and Sarnath.
Afterwards he embarked on his first longer pilgrimage along the ancient ‘Parikrama' Path in central India. Walking as a beggar along the Narmada River for months revealed a whole new dimension of Yoga and the ancient Yoga Tradition. Phil has since done two more similar pilgrimages.
That same year, Phil injured his knee. He was determined to aid the healing process with Yoga therapy and, for the next four years, focused on Iyengar Yoga classes. He did several month-long intensives with Dharmavir Mahida in Pune and studied under Linda Purvis and Gerry Chambers in Bristol for a year.
Phil continued to study and teach in India until 2001, when he moved to Bristol (UK). There he finished his Shiatsu Training and taught Yoga.
In 2003, Phil moved to Byron Bay in Australia to attend Yoga Arts' 9-months Teacher Training Course. After completing it, he became a teacher on 2004's Yoga Arts 9-months TTC.
Next to teaching on Yoga Teacher Training Programs (Yoga Arts and INSPYA), Phil also started writing Yoga Teaching Manuals (mainly on Prânâyâma and Yoga Philosophy).
When not being on teaching tours around the globe, Phil works at a Therapeutic Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Facility in Byron Bay or he immerses himself in practice and yogic studies.