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.
Join Karen For Class
- 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