Karen Kirkness MFA, MSc, E-RYT 500, is an artist and yoga anatomy investigator holding two masters degrees, one in fine art and the other a master of science in human anatomy. American by birth and now based in Edinburgh, Scotland, Karen founded her own yoga studio, Meadowlark Yoga, in 2005. Karen started practicing yoga while studying arts & sciences for her bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Florida, in 1999. She studied Ashtanga yoga with the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore in 2003, and continues taking yearly trips to Mysore as a long-term student of Ashtanga yoga.
Karen is fascinated with the transformative powers of daily yoga practice. She currently prioritises personal practice and development in yoga as the simplest form of health insurance. Karen is passionate about women supporting women, flexible working hours, and the adaptation of not-for-profit social enterprise. Her art practice, yoga influence, and love of nature are the foundation for her continued investigation of biotensegrity.
After over 15 years of Yoga practice, Karen spent a year in the dissection lab learning about human anatomy at the University of Edinburgh. Karen’s fascination with subtle body concepts comes together with art and anatomy to make her workshops fun, informative, and inspiring. Karen guest-teaches workshops and trainings internationally, including the trainings at her home studio, and the 40 Hour Cadaveric Anatomy for Yoga course in partnership with the University of Edinburgh.
Currently working on her PhD in the Anatomy Department at Edinburgh, her drawing and conceptual work revolve around body culture and 3D printing. Karen and her husband, Simon, love to travel and traverse the outdoors together, and are now expecting their first child. Get in touch with Karen’s work on her website karenkirkness.com.