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Karen Kirkness, MFA & MSc Human Anatomy, is passionate about the power of lifelong learning in health professions education. Spanning the classical and contemporary, Karen's work finds voice in her book, Spiral Bound: Integrated Anatomy for Yoga.
Karen's early influences of Ashtanga yoga (since 1998), endurance sports, and her extensive study of anatomy inform the Five Filaments approach.
Join Karen in exploring classical and contemporary aspects of anatomy.
Originally an Ashtangi, Karen has made many trips to Mysore since she first studied with Pattabhi Jois in 2003. After learning about the body through cadaveric dissection, personal healing & motherhood, Karen's approach to yoga emerges from her focus on the power of spiral.
Her style is now constraints-led, with variable intensity spiral motion for a light and supportive learning environment.
She is now an E-RYT 500, YACEP & Senior Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance Professionals. Karen founded Meadowlark Yoga pre-2010 and since then has embraced an inter-lineage approach to yoga. She weaves threads of theory, creativity, and self-care into her lively, fascia-aware facilitative style.
Her PhD research at Hull York Medical School revolves around anatomy pedagogy. She teaches embryology on the HYMS Gateway to Medicine programme. Her online courses offer a playful yet deep dive into complexity, soft matter, chirality, kinematics, and spirality found throughout nature. Karen lives with her husband Simon and their two younglings in the Scottish Borders.