.:: Asokananda ::.

More than our teacher. More than our friend. Asokananda died on Friday, 24 June 2005. Deeply respected for his spiritual life, studies and teachings, we wish his light will forever stay with us. Through each massage we give, every student we teach, we will always be thankful for what he simply allowed us to discover and share, everyday.


Who was Asokananda?

Asokananda (Harald Brust), a native German, was arguably the leading Western teacher of Traditional Thai Yoga Massage. He researched and taught Thai massage, yoga and Vipassana meditation for more than 15 years. He personally trained and authorized some of the most established teachers of Thai massage in the West, including Soul D. Raye from California, Chow Kam Thye from Montreal/Canada, Laurino Bertelli and Andrea Baglioni from Bologna/Italy, Kira Balaskas from London, Prabhat Menon from Mumbai/India and Vera Lier from Germany.

His book The Art of Traditional Thai Massage, published in Bangkok in 1990, was the first publication ever in any language other than Thai. "This book is an excellent introduction to Thai massage, and with its companion Part II (Thai Massage for Advanced Practitioners) includes clear instructions and excellent BW photographs of various techniques. East meets West in methodical thinking and presentation." willie@northcoast.com in amazon.com readers' review. "Asokananda...is internationally known and respected for his teaching and his book, The Art of Traditional Thai Massage ... is the best that I have read on the subject." Clare Maxwell-Hudson in MASSAGE and HEALTH REVIEW, Summer 1998.

Asokananda and Andrea Baglioni Asokananda

July 1999, motorcycle pilgrimage throughout India.

Asokananda studied community development in Germany. Since 1978 he has spent most of his time in Asia. He studied Vipassana meditation with Sayadaw U Janaka in Burma, yoga with Yogavacara Rahula in Sri Lanka and Thai massage with Piched Boonthumme and Chaiyuth Priyasith in Thailand. He was temporarily ordained as a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka.

Asokananda passed away on the 24th June 2005 after a sudden illness.