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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

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Recommended Reading


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

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"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."

- Seneca


Recommended Reading


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

  • Pranayama, Swami Kuvalyananda, Popular Prakashan, 1972

  • Light on Pranayama, B.K.S.Iyengar, HarperCollins, 1993

  • The Breathing Book, Donna Farhi, Henry Holt and Company, 1996


Âsana Practice

In the multitude of modern âsana-based practice books, I have enjoyed these books most:

  • Yoga – The Iyengar Way, Silva, Mira & Shyam Mehta, Dorling Kindersley, 1990

  • Yoga – The Spirit and Practice of moving into Stillness, Erich Schiffmann, Pocket Books, 1996

  • Dancing the Body of Light, Dona Holleman & Orit Sen Gupta, Pandion Enterprises, 2000

  • Yoga – Mind, Body & Spirit, Donna Farhi, Henry Holt, 2000


Tantra & Hatha Yoga

I would recommend to every serious Hatha Yoga practitioner to read the following principal scriptures that constitute the foundation of this noble tantric tradition:

  • The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Pancham Singh, Munshiram Manoharlal, 2001

  • The Gheranda Samhita, Srisa Chandra Vasu, Sri Satguru Publications, 1981

  • Shiva Samhita, Rai Bahadur Srisa Chandra Vasu, Book Faith India, 2000

  • Yoga-Yajnavalkya, A.G. Mohan, Ganesh and Co

Useful secondary tantric literature includes:

  • Tantra – The Path of Ecstasy, Georg Feuerstein, Shambhala, 1998

  • Tantra in Practice, David Gordon White, Princeton University Press, 2000

  • The Alchemical Body, David Gordon White, The University of Chicago Press, 1996

  • The Tantric Tradition, Agehananda Bharati, Samuel Weiser Inc., 1975

  • Kundalini Tantra, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Bihar School of Yoga, 1992

  • Hatha Yoga – It's context, Theory and Practice, Mikel Burley, Motilal BanarsiDass, 2000

  • Laya Yoga – The Definite Guide to the Chakras and Kundalini, Shyam Sundar Goswami, Inner Traditions, 1999


Hindu Mythology

If you would like to explore the mythology of Hinduism and Yoga, the following books will help you:

  • Mahabharata, William Buck, Motilal BanarsiDass, 2000

  • Ramayana, William Buck, Motilal BanarsiDass, 2000

  • Hindu Godesses – Vision of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition, David Kinsley, Motilal BanarsiDass, 1998

  • Hindu Myths, Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty, Penguin Books, 1975


Advaita Vedanta

For delving into non-dual inquiry, these titles might be useful:

  • Yoga Vasistha – The Supreme Yoga, Swami Venkatesananda, Chiltern Yoga Trust, 1998

  • I am That, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Chetana, 1997

  • The Upanishads, Juan Mascaro, Penguin, 1994


Bhagavad Gîta

  • The Bhagavad Gita, Winthrop Sargeant, State University of New York Press, 1994

  • The Bhagavad Gita, Juan Mascaro, Penguin Classics, 1973

  • Living the Bhagavad Gita – Paths to God, Ram Das, Harmony Books, 2004


Buddhist Yoga

If you would like to study Buddhist Yoga more deeply this selection will prove to be invaluable:

  • The Connected Discourses of the Buddha – A Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Wisdom Publications, 2000

  • The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha – A New Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya, Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi, Wisdom Publications, 1995

  • Buddhism Without Beliefs, Stephen Batchelor, Riverhead Books, 1997

  • The Heart of Understanding – Commentaries of the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra, Thich Nhat Hanh, Parallax Press, 1988

  • Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Shunryu Suzuki, Weatherhill, 1990


Yoga Sûtras

  • The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, Chip Hartranft, Shambhala, 2003

  • The Yoga Sûtras of Patañjali, Edwin F. Bryant, North Point Press, 2009

  • The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali – A new Translation and Commentary, Georg Feuerstein, Inner Traditions International, 1979

  • Yoga – Discipline of Freedom, Barbara Stoler Miller, Bantam Books, 1998



  • Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse,

  • Freedom from the Known, J. Krishnamurti, HarperSanFrancisco, 1969

  • Sex, Ecology, Spirituality – The Spirit of Evolution, Ken Wilber, Shambhala, 2000

  • Toward a Psychology of Awakening – Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Path of Personal and Spiritual Transformation, John Welwood, Shambhala, 2002

  • The Yoga Tradition – Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice, Georg Feuerstein PH.D., Hohm Press, 2001

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