Reinhard Gammenthaler was born in 1953 in Switzerland. During the wild and adventurous years of his youth he undertook vast trips through Europe, Arabia, Asia, North- and South-America and Africa, in search for true happiness. His quest for the deeper meaning of life was amply rewarded when he started to practice Yoga in 1979 and got in contact with his Guru Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari, an accomplished Hatha-Yogi of highest caliber, by whom he was initiated into the Tradition (Parampara) of authentic Kundalini-Yoga.
After years of preparatory practice in Switzerland and West Africa he arrived in Delhi in the year 1988 and was introduced in all the ancient Pranayama techniques laid down in the Yoga shastra, the old text books of Yoga. One year before, in 1987, Dhirendra Brahmachari had shut down all his ashrams in India, because until this time he had never found an apt disciple and successor amongst the many visitors and teachers of his ashrams.
Reinhard transformed into an ardent devotee of the great Shakti and showed great devotion and willingness to become a Yogi, and so the Guru accepted him and sent him to the village of Mantalai in a remote valley in Indian Kashmir, where he lived and practiced in complete isolation in Aparna Ashram. There he learnt about the manyfold, subtle and mostly unknown techniques and aspects of Pranayama, Mudra and Svara. The following years of empirical study were adventurous and sometimes dangerous, during this time he spent long periods in Mantalai with his teacher. In the year 1993 it culminated in "diksha", the initiation by his Guru at Naina Devi Mandir on a mountain near village Mantalai. There he was advised to take care of all he had learnt and continue the work of his Guru. This was exactly what he did, and after the sad demise of his master in 1994 he continued his Sadhana.
His Guru had admonished him many times not to become a Yoga-Teacher, but a real Yogi, and so he started to teach only in the year 2002 and founded a School for traditional Hatha- or Kundalini-Yoga in his hometown Berne (Switzerland), to introduce other seekers into the intricate secrets of inner energies. In 2005 he was invited abroad for the first time, and he gave a seminar in Moldova, where he started to spread the lore of the immortal Yoga-Tradition to fellow Sadhakas. Then followed numerous workshops in Ukraine, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, India, Israel, France, Germany, Austria, Thailand and Nigeria.Following the will of his Guru he completed the two books of Dhirendra Brahmachari “Yogic Sukshma Vyayama” and “Yogasana Vijnana" with a third part about mudra and pranayama. With the publication of the "Kundalini Yoga Parampara", a comprehensive work about philosophy and practice of Hatha Yoga he paid deepest respect to the immortal heritage of his Guru and to the saints and Yogis of yore. The book is available in German, Czech and Russian languages. To learn more: www.kundalini-yoga.ch