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Karen Kirkness

Karen Kirkness MSc is a PhD candidate in the Health Professions Education Unit at Hull York Medical School. She is the author of Spiral Bound: Integrated Anatomy for Yoga from Handspring Publishing and holds a masters degree in Fine Art and another in Human Anatomy from Biomedical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. She is the founder and owner of Meadowlark Yoga, a not-for-profit yoga studio, and has been teaching yoga and anatomy internationally for two decades.

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Karen Kirkness: Five Filaments in Practice

Spirality in nature is everywhere we look, and resides in every movement we make. Nature’sdance through the music and mathematics of form leave patterns in nature that providenatural constraints, and in life we find it arising in complexity. Spiral constraints inform andinfuse every movement we make through filamentous tissue. Join Karen in a practicalworkshop exploring…

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Karen Kirkness: Constrain to Set Free: Fascia and Complexity

Spirality in nature is everywhere we look, and resides in every movement we make. To be spiral is to curl, to resonate with vibration, to converge and expand with the breath. Spirals are found universally, leaving a twirling pattern in biologic tissue, pea tendrils, the horns of ruminant animals, weather formations and the motion of…

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Spirality, chirality and movement

Curvature and rotation are features so deeply embedded within our natural structure, it is easy to overlook the significance. Spirality, a biological strategy, is hidden in the obvious. Helical structure underpins all carbon-based life; from the micro level in particles up through living forms that we would all easily recognise, such as fascial compartments and…

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Monthly Members’ Webinar – Written in the Tissues: a movement practice inspired by embryonic folding

Practical details Date: 21 April 2022Time: 20.00 – 21.00 * Please note change from normal time.Presenters: Karen Kirkness and Celina HwangTitle: Written in the Tissues: a movement practice inspired by embryonic folding A combination of 30 minutes of theory and 20 minutes of movement exploring the embryological actions of lateral & longitudinal folding to help attendees gain a dual…

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Seasonal Webinar – Revealing the Heart

Special Seasonal Webinar In December 2021 we offered what is normally our monthly, members’ webinar, to everyone. The heart was our absolute focus in this 75-minute, free webinar, open to all; our gift to you at this seasonal time of love and joy.   Practical details Date: Thursday 16th December Time: 20.00 UK time. Check…

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Spiral Bound – chapter 1 – Across anatomy

Spiral Bound explores the potential for yoga as a healing modality by examining the body’s anatomical structure as it has evolved embryonically. With a light touch approach, Karen Kirkness weaves together threads of development to see how our morphological constraints arise in the earliest moments of life, and how this rotation lays the spiral groundwork for…

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