Karen Kirkness

Karen Kirkness

Karen Kirkness

American by birth and now based in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she founded Meadowlark Yoga in 2010. Karen and her husband, Simon, love the outdoors, yoga, massage, and South Indian food. Karen started practicing yoga while at university in Florida, in 1999. Having first studied Yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore in 2003, Karen continues taking yearly trips to Mysore to study there as a long-term student of Ashtanga yoga. Through the intuitive adaptation of her Yoga practice over the years under the guidance of her teachers, Karen has healed from from a wide variety of injuries and is fascinated with the transformative powers of daily yoga practice within the body's microenvironment. Her art practice and passion for all things anatomical are the foundation for her further study of biotensegrity. After moving to Edinburgh from Florida to complete a master’s degree from the edinburgh college of art, Karen founded Meadowlark Yoga as her home studio where she works with close friends to maintain a thriving morning Mysore program in Edinburgh. After over 15 years of Yoga practice, Karen spent a year in the dissection lab learning about human anatomy at the University of Edinburgh as part of her second master's degree in Human Anatomy. Karen’s fascination with anatomy and subtle body concepts come together with her love of art to make her body painting workshops fun, informative, and inspiring. She keeps a blog at karenkirkness.com and welcomes correspondence.

Fascia, Biotensegrity and Yoga with Karen Kirkness

Karen Kirkness Interview

This is definitely one of the most fun and different interviews I have done so far. Karen . I had the easy job laying around being tickled by a brush, Karen on the other hand had to concentrate on answering the questions and not messing up the anatomy body painting at the same time.

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Dark Night of the Meniscus

Knee flexed anterior

Knee injuries are unfortunately too common with yoga practitioners. Karen Kirkness explains some of what might be going on with meniscus tears and how to prevent it. So many yogis are dealing with knee issues. I’ve heard these maladies described as: clunky, dodgy, sore, noisy, tight, overstretched, tender, and painful. One of the common sources of these sensations is the meniscus. The meniscus of the knee is a fibrocartilaginous disc whose name is derived from the Greek “meniskos” or crescent, for its crescent-shaped appearance on the tibial plateau.

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Anatomy Body Painting

Anatomy Body Painting

As most of us working in the field of yoga anatomy are aware, memorising muscle attachments is not a particularly useful exercise in and of itself. For one thing, muscles as single entities kind of don’t exist anymore. Owing enormous thanks to the ground-breaking work of manual therapists in the last few decades, we are now starting to fully embrace the holistic model of fascial continuities as the great attenuators of force in the body and to feel the impact…

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