The Essentials of Vinyasa Krama Yoga with Stephen Brandon May 2020

The Essentials of Vinyasa Krama Yoga – A weekend workshop with Senior UK Vinyasa Krama Teacher Stephen Brandon

  • At – The Ananta Yoga Studios, 5, Wentworth Place, Wicklow Town, Ireland
  • Dates – Friday 15th May (evening only), Saturday 16th May & Sunday 17th May
  • Fee – €195 for the full weekend.
  • Please note – This is a repeat of The Essentials of Vinyasa Krama Workshop which takes place in March 2020.

    For those who will miss the March weekend & have an interest in enrolling on the upcoming Vinyasa Krama Yoga Practitioner & Teacher Training Programme commencing in September 2020 – this will be the final opportunity to take part in an Essentials workshop which is a pre-requisite for enrolment on the full training.

    Booking is essential
    Contact Liz Richards
    Mob/086 8963425
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    See below for details of full workshop schedule, session times & content.

    This is a foundation course in Vinyasa Krama Yoga for students wishing to take up a personal practice, attend weekly classes or who are considering joining the upcoming Vinyasa Krama Yoga Practitioner and Teacher Training Course commencing in September 2020 at The Ananta Yoga Studios, Wicklow, Ireland.

    The workshop is open to students of all levels of practice, stage of life & from all traditions of yoga and will meet everyone where they are at currently in their practice and life.

    Vinyasa Krama is an art form of practising yogasanas, based on the parameters given in the Yoga Sutras. Sri Krishnamacharya taught this method of asana practice in which several asana movements or vinyasas are practised in succession, slowly and with synchronisation of breath.

    In this workshop, you will experience an introduction to Vinyasa Krama, pranayama and the basics of meditation based on the Yoga Sutras. Srivatsa Ramaswami learnt this method during more than three decades of study with Sri T Krishnamacharya and taught for many years under the direction of his mentor. During his studies with Krishnamacharya, he learnt the full spectrum of asana and pranayama practice, Yoga therapy and had extensive studies of the important Yoga texts.

Stephen Brandon has been a student of Ramaswami since 2007.

“Vinyasa Krama Yoga is an ancient practice of physical and spiritual development. It is a systematic method to study, practice, teach and adapt yoga. This vinyasa krama (movement and sequence methodology) approach to yogasana (yoga posture) practice is unique in all of yoga. By integrating the functions of mind, body and breath in the same time frame, a practitioner will experience the real joy of yoga practice. Each of the important postures (asanas) is practiced with many elaborate vinyasas (variations and movements).

Each variation is linked to the next one by a succession of specific transitional movements, synchronized with the breath. The mind closely follows the slow, smooth, deliberate ujjayi yogic breathing; and the yoking of mind and body takes place with the breath acting as the harness.”

~ Srivatsa Ramaswami, The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga, Introduction p.xvii

Friday 15th May – 7.00pm – 9.30pm

  • 7.00pm – 7.30pm Introduction
  • 7.30pm – 8.15pm Practice
  • 8.30pm – 9.30pm Lecture

    Saturday 16th May – 9.30am – 5.30pm
  • 9.30am – 11.00am Tadasana Vinyasas
  • 11am – 11.10am Break
  • 11.10am – 12.30pm Trikonasana Vinyasas
  • 12.30pm – 2.00pm Lunch
  • 2.00pm – 3.00pm Lecture; The Essentials of Vinyasa Krama Yoga
  • 3pm – 3.15pm Break
  • 3.15 – 5.00pm Vajrasana Vinyasas & Pranayama
  • 5.00pm – 5.30pm Closing Practice

    Sunday 17th May – 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • 9.30am – 11.00am Supine Vinyasas
  • 11am – 11.10am Break
  • 11.10am – 12.30pm Bow Vinyasas
  • 12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
  • 1.30pm – 3.00pm Asana, Pranayama, Mudra & Bandha
  • 3pm – 3.15pm Break
  • 3.15pm – 4.30pm Review, Assessment and Closing Practice

Recommended Texts

The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga by Srivatsa Ramaswami, (2005) NewYork:
Marlowe & Company. The Vinyasa Krama Yoga Practice Manual by Stephen Brandon & Charles Cox


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 training with him.

  • Samkhya- Karika
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Hathayogapradipika
  • Yoga Yajnavalkya
  • Yoga therapy
  • Mantra Yoga
  • Surya Namaskara
  • Developing a Personal Vinyasa Krama Yoga Practice
  • Pranayama, Mantras and Meditation
  • Yoga for the Internal Organs

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.”
Srivatsa Ramaswami

“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 several 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).”
Ranju Roy