Georg Feuerstein

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Georg Feuerstein (27 May 1947 – 25 August 2012) was a German Indologist specializing on Yoga. Feuerstein authored over 30 books on mysticism, Yoga, Tantra, and Hinduism. He translated, among other traditional texts, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita.


Feuerstein was born in Würzburg, Germany. He moved to England to do his postgraduate research at Durham University [1] and subsequently lived for 23 years in the United States. In 2004, Georg and his wife and spiritual partner, Brenda L Feuerstein, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada and in 2012 he became a citizen of Canada, where he died 25 August 2012.[2]


Ken Wilber has called him both "probably Gebser's foremost American interpreter"[3] as well as "...a scholar-practitioner of the first magnitude, an extremely important and valuable voice for the perennial philosophy, and arguably the foremost authority on Yoga today."[1] [archive]

Historian of religions Mircea Eliade called Feuerstein's 'The Philosophy of Classical Yoga', "one of the most profound and original contributions to the understanding of classical yoga".[4]


  • Enlightened Sexuality: Essays on Body-Positive Spirituality (Editor)
  • Introduction to the Bhagavad-Gîtâ: Its philosophy and cultural setting
  • Living Yoga: A Comprehensive Guide for Daily Life (Coedited with Stephan Bodian)
  • A Reappraisal of Yoga: Essays in Indian philosophy
  • Science of Reality (Editor)
  • Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga
  • Shambhala Guide to Yoga
  • Structures of Consciousness: The Genius of Jean Gebser: An Introduction and Critique
  • Teachings of Yoga
  • Wholeness or Transcendence?
  • Yoga
  • Yoga Wisdom: Teachings on Happiness, Peace, and Freedom
  • 1971 Yoga and beyond: Essays in Indian philosophy
  • 1974 Essence of Yoga: A Contribution to the Psychohistory of Indian Civilization (Coauthored with Jeanine Miller)
  • 1975 Textbook of Yoga
  • 1984 Humor Suddenly Returns: Essays on the Spiritual Teaching of Master Da Free John: A Scholarly Tribute (Editor)
  • 1989 Buddhism: An Outline of Its Teachings and Schools with Hans Wolfgang Schumann, (Georg Feuerstein, Translator) Quest Books (1987) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css" />ISBN 0-8356-0452-7
  • 1989 Jean Gebser: What Color Is Your Consciousness
  • 1989 Yoga-Sûtra of Patanjali: A New Translation and Commentary, Inner Traditions International; Rochester, Vermont, 1989
  • 1990 Encyclopedic Dictionary of Yoga , Paragon House (July 1990), ISBN 1-55778-245-8
  • 1990 Yoga: the Technology of Ecstasy
  • 1991 Holy Madness: The Shock Tactics and Radical Teachings of Crazy-Wise Adepts, Holy Fools, and Rascal Gurus, Paragon House, 1991, ISBN 1-55778-250-4; Hohm Press; Rev & Expand edition Holy Madness: Spirituality, Crazy-Wise Teachers, And Enlightenment, (June 15, 2006) ISBN 1-890772-54-2
  • 1993 Voices on the Threshold of Tomorrow: 145 Views of the New Millennium (Coedited with Trisha Lamb Feuerstein)
  • 1995 In Search of the Cradle of Civilization: New Light on Ancient India (Coauthored with Subhash Kak and David Frawley)
  • 1996 Philosophy of Classical Yoga
  • 1997 Lucid Waking: Mindfulness and the Spiritual Potential of Humanity
  • 1998 Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy, Shambhala (1998), ISBN 1-57062-304-X
  • 2001 Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice, with a foreword by Ken Wilber for first edition and by Subhash Kak for second edition, Hohm Press (2001) ISBN 1-890772-18-6
  • 2002 Yoga Gems: A Treasury of Practical and Spiritual Wisdom from Ancient and Modern Masters (Editor)
  • 2003 Deeper Dimension of Yoga, Shambhala (2003), ISBN 1-57062-935-8
  • 2003 Lost Teachings of Yoga (Audio CD) ISBN 1-59179-009-3
  • 2003 Sacred Sexuality: The Erotic Spirit in the World’s Great Religions
  • 2003 Yoga for Dummies
  • 2007 Green Yoga (Coauthored with Brenda Feuerstein), Traditional Yoga Studies (2007) ISBN 978-0-9782138-2-4
  • 2007 Yoga Morality
  • 2012 Mystery of Light: Life and Teaching of Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov
  • 2013 The Psychology of Yoga
  • 2014 Matrix of Yoga
  • 2014 Psychology of Yoga


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  1. Georg Feuerstein A Teacher, author and profound wisdom source of the Yoga tradition [archive]
  2. Aug 26. "yoga scholar georg feuerstein dead at 65" [archive]. Retrieved 2012-09-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Second Response to Allan Combs [archive]
  4. "The Philosophy of Classical Yoga". The Listener. 103: 661. 1980.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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