Georg Feuerstein

Dr. Georg Feuerstein Ph.D (27 May 1947 – 25 August 2012) was a German Indologist specializing in the philosophy and praxis of 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 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[1] due to complications from diabetes.[2]


Ken Wilber has called him "probably Gebser's foremost American interpreter".[3]

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]


  • 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) 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;
  • 1990 Encyclopedic Dictionary of Yoga , Paragon House
  • 1990 Yoga: the Technology of Ecstasy
  • 1991 Holy Madness: The Shock Tactics and Radical Teachings of Crazy-Wise Adepts, Holy Fools, and Rascal Gurus
  • 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
  • 2001 Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice
  • 2002 Yoga Gems: A Treasury of Practical and Spiritual Wisdom from Ancient and Modern Masters (Editor)
  • 2003 Deeper Dimension of Yoga, Shambhala
  • 2003 Lost Teachings of Yoga (Audio CD)
  • 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)
  • 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


  1. ^ "yoga scholar georg feuerstein dead at 65". 2012-08-26. Archived from the original on 2012-09-09. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  2. ^ Georg Feuerstein 1947-2012.
  3. ^ Second Response to Allan Combs
  4. ^ "The Philosophy of Classical Yoga". The Listener. 103: 661. 1980.

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