The Yoga of Sri T. Krishnamacharya
With Stephen Brandon (UK)
Based on nearly two decades of study and practice, Stephen will share in these sessions the legacy of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and investigate Yoga through theoretical presentations and practical sessions.
ABOUT STEPHEN BRANDON
Stephen Brandon has studied Yoga under some outstanding teachers from
Sri T. Krishnamacharya’s lineage since 1999.
Stephen studied Viniyoga with Ranju Roy and Paul Harvey from 1999 – 2007. During this time he attended workshops 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 and arranged a Seminar in the UK in July 2016, taught by Sribhashyam. Stephen continued his contact with Sribhashyam until he passed away in November 2017.
He is continuing his studies with Srivatsa Ramaswami and Mrs Brigitte Khan, assistant teacher to Sribhashyam.
Stephen began teaching in 2000 and in 2003 Stephen left his engineering job to become a full-time Yoga teacher. He has taught in health clubs, schools, adult education and prisons as well as private classes. Stephen has taught at various Yoga conferences and Studios in the UK and at Studios in Europe.
Key principles of Yoga will be presented and supported by sample practices. We will explore these teachings together to bring practice and understanding together, the Why and the How of Yoga.
Friday 8th Nov 2019
7.00pm – 9.00pm
Sri T. Krishnamacharya – His Life & Teaching
This presentation will cover the life of Krishnamacharya, his teachings and students. We will explore the Vedic culture that Krishnamacharya was immersed in, his family lineage, his immense studies and devotion, his students and important principles of his teachings.
Saturday 9th Nov 2019
9.00am – 12.30pm
Vinyasa Krama & Viniyoga – Tools of Yoga and Intelligent Application
The core, integrated methods of Yoga are laid out in the Ashtanga Yoga – Eight Limbed Yoga. We will investigate these eight limbs and look at their appropriate application.
12:30pm – 2.00pm
2.00pm – 5.30pm
The Ancient Source – Samkhya, Yoga & Vedanta
To successfully navigate the path of Yoga we need authentic guidance. We need to develop knowledge (jnana) and right action (karma). Reading the philosophical texts with the help of a teacher is Adhyana and receiving instructions from a teacher with full understanding of the meaning is called Sabda.
Study of texts is approached by study with the teacher, reading and reflecting, and by chanting. We will explore some key themes in the primary texts on Yoga – Samkhya-Karika, Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita.
We will listen to some chanting and chant some selected verses together.
Sunday 10th Nov 2019
09.00am – 12.30pm
Surya Namaskara Practice
We will practice together the traditional Vedic Surya Namaskara routine.
Krishnamacharya and Bhakti Yoga – Nathamuni and Ramanuja
Krishnamacharya was born into a lineage of philosophical Masters dating back to Nathamuni, a ninth century sage. Ramanuja was a significant teacher in this lineage and is the main acharya of the Visistadvaita Vedanta school. We will explore the key teachings of this school and how they influenced the life and teaching of Krishnamacharya.
12.30pm – 1.30pm
1.30pm – 4.00pm
Yoga Sadhana – the Method of Attainment
Sadhana is correct sustained practice that leads to accomplishment.
In this session we review the key elements of sadhana and engage in an integrated practice with the aim of experiencing some of the fruits of Yoga Sadhana.
100 € full workshop (all 3 days)
50 € one day (Saturday or Sunday)
20 € Introduction only (Friday)
To book your place please contact marita@ashtangayogaathens. All level yoga practitioners are welcome to participate. The workshop will be in English.