We are so excited to have Karen Kirkness come and teach at one of our KULA sessions. As always, the session will begin with a practice co-taught by Demelza & Helen. There will be a small break, and the latter half of the session will be with Karen.
In Karen's words, 'In this session, we will explore how the fascial body is organised in pairs of helical fibres, and how these pairs of opposites (dvandvas in Sanskrit) come together at all scales in our anatomy. The session will start with a presentation and continue into participation with hands-on activities, including giving and receiving yoga adjustments. The theoretical session leads into an exploration of anatomy body painting looking at how the upper limbs integrate into the myofascia of the trunk and what this might mean for safe and progressive teaching skills.
Karen's work brings Ayurvedic tissue principles together with Western body science to see anatomy as a creative integration of gross and subtle principles. She has a masters degree in fine art and another in human anatomy, and is currently working on her PhD in medical sciences at the Hull York Medical School. She has been practising yoga since the late 1990s, having discovered Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as a troubled college student. Over the years, Karen has adapted the classical sequences based on her personal experiences of healing and extensive study of gross and subtle anatomy. Her teaching philosophy is based on helping students shed preconceived notions about their bodies to access their underlying personal vitality through self-study, vigour, compassion, and humour. She lives with her husband and toddler in Edinburgh where together they own and manage Meadowlark Yoga. Her book, Spiral Bound: Integrated Anatomy for Yoga, will be available through Handspring Publishing in early 2020.
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As always, these sessions are for Yoga Teachers that hold a 200 hour TT certificate.