Stephen Brandon MCMA – Teacher Profile
Stephen Brandon has studied Yoga under some outstanding teachers from Sri T.Krishnamacharya’s lineage since 1999.
He studied for the Viniyoga Britain Diploma with Ranju Roy and Paul Harvey from 1999 – 2007. During this time he attended workshops & trainings with TKV Desikachar and A.G. and Indra Mohan. In 2007 Stephen met Srivatsa Ramaswami and since then has trained extensively in Vinyasa Krama Yoga and Yoga Philosophy with Ramaswami in India, the USA and the UK.
In 2015 Stephen met T.K. Sribhashyam (son of Krishnamacharya) and arranged for him to teach a 5 day Seminar in the UK in July 2016. He continued his contact & studies with Sribhashyam until he passed away in November 2017. Stephen continues to study with Srivatsa Ramaswami and Mrs Brigitte Khan, assistant teacher to T.K. Sribhashyam.
Stephen has recently been awarded a First Class Honours Grade in his Philosophy of Yoga & Hindu Studies from the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies at Oxford University. He is also author with Charles Cox of the VKY Practice Manual.
Stephen’s interest in Ayurveda was kindled during his study of Viniyoga and he has continued his studies since then, gaining diplomas from the American Institute of Vedic Studies and Ayurveda Pura London. He also attends annual Seminars with Dr Vasant Lad and is a member of the Ayurvedic Professionals Association and the Complementary Medical Association
Stephen began teaching in 2000 as a requirement of his Yoga training. Numbers of students gradually increased and further teaching opportunities presented themselves. In 2003 Stephen left his engineering job to become a full-time Yoga teacher. Since then he has taught 1:1 sessions, group classes, retreats and teacher training courses. He has taught in health clubs, schools, adult education centres and prisons as well as private classes. Stephen has taught at various Yoga conferences and studios in the UK and Europe.
Qualifications and Training
Yoga Teacher Training Certificates
British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma 2002
Viniyoga Britain Practitioner Diploma 2006
Vinyasa Krama Yoga Teacher Training with Srivatsa Ramaswami 2008
Ayurveda Training Certificates
Ayurvedic Healing Course – American Institute of Vedic Studies 2011
Ayurvedic Diet & Lifestyle Consultant Diploma – Ayurveda Pura Academy 2014
Diploma in Ayurvedic Therapies – Ayurveda Pura Academy 2014
Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation Advanced Course – American Institute of Vedic Studies 2016
Stephen Brandon is a member of the Complementary Medical Association and the Ayurvedic Professionals Association.
Stephen has studied the following subjects with Srivatsa Ramaswami in addition to his teacher trainings with him.
- Samkhya- Karika
- Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
- Bhagavad Gita
- Yoga Yajnavalkya
- Yoga Therapy
- Mantra Yoga
- Surya Namaskara
- Developing a Personal Vinyasa Krama Yoga Practice
- Pranayama, Mantras and Meditation
- Yoga for the Internal Organs
Stephens most valued ‘qualification’ is that Ramaswami directed him to propagate his teachings and at the conclusion of a discussion on Yoga Sutras Ramaswami said, “Your understanding is correct, you go ahead and teach.”
Teacher Testimonials for Stephen Brandon
“Steve Brandon’s quiet determination is discernible in everything he does about Yoga – whether studying, practising, teaching or propagating this unique discipline. He has equal facility in both the practical and the philosophical aspects of Yoga which would help him to understand and teach holistic Yoga in an exceptional way. He has a strong foundation in Krishnamacharya’s Yoga, having studied under some outstanding teachers from Sri Krishnamacharya’s lineage. He has successfully completed my 200 hour Vinyasakrama Yoga program, and has taken part in a number of workshops and training programs in Vinyasakrama and Yoga Philosophy. He is a very good organiser and has successfully arranged several programs for me in UK. I wish him well in all his endeavours in the field of Yoga.”
“Steve Brandon from UK underwent the 200 hr TT program several years ago at LMU. He also attended my programs in Chicago and then in New Delhi India. He has been teaching Yoga for many years and his Harmony Yoga has been successfully functioning for 10 years now. He judiciously combines his yoga knowledge with his Ayurveda background and makes himself doubly useful to his students/patients. He has arranged programs for me in UK for several years. He was keen that I should teach in the UK several of the subjects taught by my Guru. I have been able to teach Hatayogapradipika, Samkhya Karika, Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavatgita. As this would be my last trip to UK for doing long extended programs, I wish to thank Steve for affording me the opportunity to teach these subjects for his Harmony Yoga. He not only organised these programs meticulously but also brought in very dedicated and keen participants.”
Srivatsa Ramaswami 2015
“I have known Steve since September 1999. He was very taken with Viniyoga, and went on to study extensively with me. Thus he has had many individual sessions over the years, as well as attending group classes, and Viniyoga Study Programmes. He completed an Introductory Course (5 days), a Foundation Course (10 days) and then the 4 year Practitioner Programme with Paul Harvey. Steve is an unusually dedicated practitioner who really loves yoga – he is absolutely committed to his own practice and continues to develop and explore yoga. He has worked with one of TK
Krishnamacharya’s students, Srivatsa Ramaswami with whom he explored Vinyasakrama as taught by Krishnamacharya. I have no doubts about Steve’s abilities as a teacher. He is organised, diligent and a good communicator with a passion for the subject. Steve has been thoroughly trained and continues to develop and refine his knowledge. He is able to teach both therapeutically with appropriate modifications etc (raksana/cikitsa); but also in a more traditional and uncompromised way (siksana).”