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40Hour CPD Cadaveric Anatomy for Yoga Course with Karen Kirkness

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40Hour CPD Cadaveric Anatomy for Yoga Course with Karen Kirkness

May 26 @ 8:00 am - June 3 @ 5:00 pm

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This Anatomy for Yoga course with Karen Kirkness (MFA, MSc) offers an insight into the human body for yoga students & teachers. This exciting & unique course brings yoga practitioners even closer to anatomy with 8 hours working with cadaveric specimen, on the second Sunday, to discover the relevant anatomical concepts together with anatomists.

You will gain thorough knowledge of anatomy in theory and practice (quite literally!).


This Course is offered jointly with the University of Edinburgh Anatomy Department and will take place over 2 weekends in 2018, both Saturday & Sunday:
– 26/27 May
– 2/3 June

Saturday 26th May & 2nd June at Meadowlark Yoga:
8am-12.30pm Moon Studio
2pm-5pm Sun Studio

Sunday 27th May at Meadowlark Yoga:
8am-5pm Moon Studio

Sunday 3rd June at the Anatomy Teaching Lab at Edinburgh University:
8am-5pm (lunch included)
With the aid of presentation software, props, body painting & 3D models, Karen will delve into the anatomy of yoga whilst simultaneously allowing students to get hands-on in small groups.


Weekend 1: 26 & 27th May 2018
The Nature of Fascia: our extracellular matrix in asana

Saturday on the mat at Meadowlark Yoga
8am-5pm (lunch 12.30-2pm)
1) A lecture session exploring the skeleton, fascia, and myofascial continuities in the Helical Matrix. Focus on the Thoracolumbar Fascia and its continuities with Upper and Lower Limbs

2) Followed by active sessions learning how to incorporate rotational patterns into yoga practice, with an active standing sequence plus restorative techniques to reinforce optimal movement patterns.

Sunday at Meadowlark Yoga
8am-5pm (lunch 12.30-2pm)

Anatomy of Adjustments:
Going through a range of adjustment techniques based on the spiral anatomy of joint systems introduced on the previous day.
Looking at the body as a whole, participants will learn principles to guide their approach to helping students get deeper into asanas safely. Asanas explored will include:

– Downward Dog
– Chaturanga
– Parsvakonasana
– Crescent Lunge
– Janusirsasana and variations
– Marichyasana and variations
– Forearm plank sequences leading to
– Pinchamayurasana
– Backbending
– Inversions

Weekend 2: 2nd & 3rd June 2018
The Nature of Fascia: inner continuities

Saturday on the mat at Meadowlark Yoga
8am-5pm (lunch 12.30-2pm)

1) Exploration and discussion of the myofascial system and its relationship with the breath. Focus on and the accessory muscles of respiration and the diaphragmatic continuities of the deep posterior abdominal wall: iliopsoas, quadratus lumborum (QL), and the spine.

2) Followed by active sessions practitioning the rotational patterns of the Helical Matrix, including Pranayama and the biomechanics of back-bending.

Sunday in the Anatomy Dept at Edinburgh University (co-hosted by Janet Philp)
8am-5pm (lunch (included) 12.30-2pm)
Upper & Lower Limb classical anatomy presentation

Participants must buy a copy of the books on the recommended reading list and bring these to each day of the training.
The full course investment including the cadaveric experience at Edinburgh University (lunch, tea, and coffee included on Sunday 3rd June only) is £575.

26-27th May Anatomy Weekend 1 ONLY (£225):

2-3rd June Anatomy Weekend 2 ONLY (£400):

Cadaver Sunday ONLY (£250):

To book this course together with the Mysore Intensive that Karen will be offering Mon 28th May – Fri 1st June, 7-10am, click here for the package deal and receive a generous discount (£594):

More details about the Mysore Intensive week here:

Please note: Payments are 100% non-refundable, so please ensure you can attend all training days & complete the full course, in order to achieve your 40hr certificate.

Event Details

Date: May 26 @ 8:00 am - June 3 @ 5:00 pm
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Venue: Meadowlark Yoga
Address: 43 Argyle Place
Organizer Name: Meadowlark Yoga