Karen Kirkness MFA, MSc Human Anatomy, is American by birth and now based in Scotland. She attributes her life of adventure and making things to her continuous, uninterrupted Yoga practice since 1999.
After getting her first masters from the Edinburgh College of Art, Karen settled in Edinburgh and eventually founded Meadowlark based on years of working as a freelance yoga teacher amidst art projects and cycling events. As a result of injuries arising primarily from cycling and collapsed arches, including broken bones and meniscus tears, Karen pursued a masters degree in anatomy to better understand the practice of yoga as a tool for healing.
Comprised of three yoga studios, cafe, and sports clinic, Meadowlark is a place where anyone at any age can start on the middle path toward healing. With the recent addition of the Meadowlark Healthy for Sport Clinic, Karen's yoga-based organization is now able to diagnose and treat injuries with the help of resident sports medicine doctors and a range of holistic therapists.
In addition to yoga, Karen's approach to learning, food, personal transport, and a maintaining work-life balance with family have played a significant role in her own healing process. The vegetarian Cafe 39 at Meadowlark is a reflection of Karen's plant-based diet rich in fresh organic fruits and veggies. Together with her life partner, Simon, Karen and the whole team at Meadowlark work toward a sustainable community for eating locally sourced healthy food and enjoying a lively social life based on hard work, moderation, and compromise when necessary.
Karen's teaching practice centers on creative anatomy training techniques in order to better understand the unifying principles of yoga. Karen travels to India each year to practice Ashtanga yoga with her teachers in the Krishnamacharya lineage, having first worked with Pattabhi Jois in Mysore in 2003. She regularly visits the US, teaching in Boston and Florida where she has family and is connected to yoga communities. She is the brand ambassador for Sweaty Betty, a British fashion company specialising in women's fitness apparel.
When Karen is not teaching Yoga, she spends her time amongst family and friends, writing about anatomy, making anatomical models and prints, enjoying the outdoors, and working on innovative ways to nurture Meadowlark as a business and social health concept.
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- Vinyasa Krama: Harmony of Strength & Grace class: Tuesday, Jan 24, 2pm
Anatomy for the Yogi: Love Your Backbend workshop: Sunday, Feb 5, 1:30pm
Vinyasa Krama: Harmony of Strength & Grace class: Tuesday, Feb 28, 2pm
A native of Israel, Einat Peled-Katz grew up as a classically trained violinist and later an army officer. After arriving in Boston, she worked as an administrator at a Hospital. Coming from these high-stress, high-performance environments, Einat took her first yoga class in 2007 and immediately recognized she was connected to her body in a whole new way. In addition to losing 25 lbs., the feelings of well-being and peace she experienced on the mat captivated her. As she started practicing yoga daily, it began to have an effect on her life off the mat. Previously, she suffered from stage anxiety that caused her to set aside the violin. Now Einat found a new outlet for her creative spirit and was finally able to overcome the fears that kept her from doing the things she loved. Einat has a B.A. in Psychology from Northeastern University. After first training as an assistant at the Baptiste studios, she completed teacher training levels 1 and 2 with Baron Baptiste, as well as 200-hr teacher training with Claire Este-McDonald and Gregor Singleton. She now enjoys playing the violin for her husband and two children.
Einat teaches a flowing class with emphasis on alignment to promote sustainability of practice. She encourages her students to show up as they are, to challenge themselves and immerse themselves in the physicality of their moving, breathing body. Her students come out of class feeling uplifted and supported.
Getting on my mat every day is a lot like making music. Most classical music pieces were written hundreds of years ago and played many times over, yet they never sound the same. Asana practice is similar. We all practice the same poses that have been around for thousands of years, but no one person’s practice is like the other. It’s personal, it’s individual, yet it’s also universal. I find creativity and self-expression in my practice, as I strive to make every note count, filling each pose with energy and breath.—Einat Peled-Katz
Born in Japan, Masaaki spent most of his childhood in Tokyo and Hong Kong. He challenged himself mentally and physically by practicing martial arts, which lead him to train with the Yamada style karate, Hong Kong Royal Police Aikido team and Hong Kong Asian Olympic Judo team. Masaaki studied martial arts for many years working with professional fighters and classic masters.
In 1993, he moved to Boston, where he attended Boston University and graduated with a degree in Psychology. Masaaki took his first yoga class in 2002. This experience had a profound influence and he became committed to regular practice after his first time on the mat.
Masaaki received assistant training and subsequently a specialized teacher training at the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute with Coeli Marsh. Masaaki continues to study with Coeli and also works closely with Tom Alden. He honors Coeli Marsh and Tom Alden for their guidance and continuous support and also recognizes Yamada Sensai for sharing his wisdom on “Bushido” (way of a warrior).
Through his teaching, Masaaki remains committed to bringing love, peace, wisdom and kindness to others. Using skilled techniques to help students therapeutically and to empower their own intelligence and wisdom to be able to heal.
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Ansley DeLaney has been teaching infant development classes for the last 3 years in New York and, now, in Boston. In 2014, she trained with Ellynne Skove of "Go Go Babies" and completed her 30hr certification. Recently, Ansley has achieved Level 1 Reiki certification with Emily Peterson. Ansley has a BFA from The Boston Conservatory and is looking forward to getting her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Down Under Yoga in the coming months.
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Join Boston Yoga Teacher Tristan Boyer Binns for Restorative Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, and Ropes at Down Under School of Yoga.
Join Boston Yoga Teacher Susan Elena Esquivel for Iyengar Yoga Classes at Down Under School of Yoga.
Join Boston Yoga Teacher Marysia Gensler for Iyengar and Gentle Yoga Classes at Down Under School of Yoga.
Harvard PhD and fellow, History Professor at Tufts of global intellectual history, and named a 2015 Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Kris Manjapra is a little bit special.
Kris came to Iyengar yoga as a graduate student struggling with stress and anxiety. With guidance and commitment to the practice, he began to discover the intelligence of the body and found more than he expected, a different way of experiencing daily life.
"Iyengar yoga leads us to explore and witness the relationships between the different parts of our embodiment, cultivating relaxation, balance, spaciousness and strength."
Through close study Patricia Walden and Jarvis Chen, he received his Introductory Level I/II Certification in 2015, and spent a month studying at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India. As a practitioner of Iyengar yoga for the past eight years, his style of teaching is marked by joy, clarity of instruction, intensity, and kindness. His depth of interest in BKS Iyengar’s wisdom and philosophy is also often shared in his classes. A drive to increasing diversity, inclusiveness and equality, informs where he is committed to offering socio-economic access to yoga. He states, "Yoga practice shines light not just on our personal embodiment, but also on social formations of race, class, gender and sexuality, and I seek to teach within that light."
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Rosie Richardson, a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and a graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, has studied for many years with senior Iyengar teachers in and out of the Bay area as well as with the Iyengar family in India. Her classes are thoughtfully sequenced, challenging, but playful and inclusive as she truly believes yoga is for every body. She has conducted workshops on restorative yoga and yoga for cyclists, and has specialized training in back care issues like scoliosis.
Rosie is eternally grateful to Elise Browning Miller, Manouso Manos and Jito Yumibe in the Bay Area for having guided her practice and teaching journey to this point, and currently studies with Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble in the Boston area. When not on the mat, she’s on the hiking trail or her road bike, walking her dogs or travelling the globe with her family.
Asceticism is NOT to hold at any cost a pose that is painful, but to do this very pose with as much intensity of intelligence and love as possible.—B.K.S. Iyengar
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Join Boston Yoga Teacher Dina Abbondante for Yoga Classes and Massage and Bodywork at Down Under School of Yoga.
Hannah is a Boston native who has spent most of her adult life living abroad between India, Brazil, Guatemala and Peru. Through these extensive travels, Hannah learned over and over again that home is where her mat is. Her yoga and Pilates practices have allowed Hannah to maintain a sense of strength, presence and happiness no matter where in the world she has found herself. This important role that yoga and Pilates have played in Hannah’s life is evident in the passion she brings into her classes. After making the decision to make well-being her full-time career, Hannah dedicated her time to the appropriate studies. She completed a 200-hour and 300-hour yoga teacher training, Pilates Mat teacher training, Usui Reiki Masters, and Ayurveda Massage training. She continues to further her education in Pilates apparatus and is soon to complete her teacher training in the Alexander Technique. Hannah is thrilled to bring her variety of disciplines to the community at Down Under Yoga. Whether you take a yoga or Pilates class, you will have the opportunity to kindly explore your body and mind in a variety of well-sequenced postures and movements. You will be challenged to try new things and revisit old habits, all with a strong concentration on breath use, core strength, and spiritual rejuvenation.