Anatomy For Yoga

By Karen Kirkness

Karen Kirkness is a yogi and artist fascinated by the anatomical principles that underpin modern postural yoga practice. She teaches anatomy for yoga with a special interest in working with the body’s natural spirals to safely increase the range of motion for progressive asana practice.

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Geometry, Anatomy and Yoga

Using a range of innovative teaching techniques, such as life drawing and body painting, Karen Kirkness offers unparalleled instruction in her Anatomy for Yoga trainings perfect for anyone interested in the connection between geometry, anatomy, and yoga.

Karen brings is known for her interactive, hands-on approach to the study of anatomy for yoga teachers. She works with rotational patterns in what she refers to as the Helical Matrix. Her workshops involve the use of body painting, props, illustrations, and group activities in class that bring human anatomy concepts to life for teachers and students of yoga. Read on for more about Karen’s cadaver-based training that brings yoga practitioners closer to the real anatomy than ever before…

Cadaveric Anatomy for Yoga

In her Cadaveric Anatomy for Yoga courses and workshops, Karen works jointly with the University of Edinburgh Anatomy to Department to bring yoga practitioners the unique opportunity to work with cadaveric specimen to discover yoga-specific anatomical concepts together with anatomists.

This unparalleled course includes prosection study with licensed anatomists presenting cadaveric material at the University of Edinburgh. The course hours start in the yoga studio as preparation for the discovery sessions in the Anatomy Department. In the Anatomy Teaching Lab, participants will get to see the anatomical concepts in the form of real body material relevant to the asana concepts.


Anatomy Body Painting 2019

Art of Anatomy: Certificate in Anatomy Body Painting

Learn how to make the body into your canvas, share your skills and define anatomical regions with the stroke of a brush.

You can create beautiful and anatomically correct murals on the body’s surface, perfect for refining your own understanding and/or teaching others. Gain a Certificate in Anatomy Body Painting for confidence in bringing this innovative technique to your students at home.

As a teaching tool, nothing comes close to the learning retention gained in small groups with this hands-on, creative technique. See the inside function through paint and bring anatomy to life like never before.

This CPD weekend is suitable for: yoga teachers, keen artists, anatomists & yogis. Particularly suitable for yoga teachers interested in bringing anatomy body painting into their YTT/trainings curriculum.

Expect the following:

The workshop will start on each day with a guided yoga class and will be followed by a hands-on ‘tour of the regions’ to set the anatomical stage.

The days will continue into a region-by-region painting session, including:

  • Upper back and shoulder
  • Abdomen
  • Lower back
  • Knee and leg continuities

Antenatal Yoga

Yoga practice is an invaluable tool for all stages of life at any age.

“I found the practice especially suitable during my pregnancy, and as a primer for preparing my body well before conception. Yoga is well known for its transformational qualities, and it can be especially powerful for couples trying to conceive and during all stages of pregnancy.

If you’re pregnant, new to yoga, and/or trying to conceive, I invite you to explore my ideas for antenatal yoga practice in the Vimeo collection here. As ever, it is best to learn yoga in person from an experienced teacher, but video can be a useful tool! Use wisely in conjunction with a sensible plan for health and wellness under advice from your healthcare clinician.”

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November 19 @ 6:30 am - 4:30 pm
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January 11, 2019 - January 18, 2019
February 2, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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February 24, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - February 26, 2019 @ 12:00 am
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