4 Day Anatomy Intensive with Karen Kirkness – for Certified or Trainee Teachers

Date: March 30th – April 2nd

Price : early bird for 4 days €400 until feb 15th after €450

One day €115

Bookings on this course are being limited to 35 so book early to avoid disappointment….. contact hotyogadubln@gmail.com or 0870521081 for more details.

What this course will entail……..

Thursday, March 30th: Biotensegrity and the total system

10am-11am Led class: Ashtanga Basics

11 – 12pm Presentation: Biotensegrity
Biotensegrity is the morphology, or shape-study, of life. In this presentation we will learn about biotensegrity through 12 principles especially relevant to yoga teachers. In looking at the study of life in the way organisms are naturally shaped, we will come to human anatomy in a holistic way. Understanding Biotensegrity is crucial for gaining an appreciation of how the human body moves in asana and how we carry the forces of our genetics, injury, abilities, and limitations with us through our lives in practice.

12:15 – 13:00 Practical session: building a tensegrity structure
Build a model of tensegrity to feel the balance of forces at play in the human body!

Lunch (30 mins)

13:30 – 15:30 Presentation (with projector) with Q&A on injuries
This is an important topic for all yoga teachers. Karen will highlight common injuries and conditions you’re likely to encounter in your classes and perhaps in your own body over the course of your career as a yoga teacher.

15:30 – 17:30 Restorative Yoga Workshop, addressing injuries
Using a range of techniques, Karen will lead the group through a Restorative Yoga session designed to support the natural patterns of spiral movement in the body. These techniques can be modified for injuries and Trainees will learn how to incorporate the techniques into their classes if they wish. This session will be practical, hands-on, and interactive.

17:30 – 18:00 Yoga Nidra to finish

Fri, March 31st: The Circulatory System

09:00 – 10:15am Led class: Ashtanga variations

10:15 – 11:45 Presentation (with projector): Introduction to Breathing
This presentation will give an account of the Respiratory process and the relevant anatomy of the Cardiopulmonary system.

12:00 – 12:30 Practical session: building a breathing machine
Trainees will have a chance to build basic models of the ventilation pump that powers human breathing, and practice giving a narrative on how breathing works which they will later present to the larger group.

12:30 – 13:00 Pranayama session

Lunch (30 mins)

13:00 – 15:00 Presentation (with projector): The Circulatory System
This presentation will give an account of the anatomy of the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems.

15:00 – 16:30 Trainee Presentations
Trainees will give an informal presentation to describe the basics of the human breathing process

16:30 – 17:00 Pranayama session
Sat, April 1st: Musculoskeletal System

10 – 11:00am Led class: Ashtanga variations

11 – 11:30am Presentation (with projector)
This presentation will introduce the basics of musculoskeletal anatomy.

11:30 – 13:00 Practical session: Body Painting the myofascia of the shoulder and back
Trainees will get to work painting the surface shoulder and back anatomy onto each other’s bodies to learn the anatomy in real life.

Lunch (30 mins)

13:30 – 14:30 Presentation (with projector): Body Compartments
This presentation will comprise a view of all the major anatomical compartments of the body.

14:30 – 15:30 Scapular Action: The Scapulohumeral Rhythm in Asana
Understanding the shoulder girdle in asana is crucial to harnessing strength safely in the long run. This session will break down the basics of shoulder anatomy.

15:30 – 16:30 Chaturanga Workshop
A practical session to look closely at the anatomical principles of Chaturanga Dandasana, a foundational asana.

16:30 – 17:30 Trainee Presentations
Trainees will each give a talk about one of the body compartments of their choosing.

17:30 – 18:00 Restorative Yoga session
Sun, April 2nd: Abdominopelvis and Nervous System

09:00 – 10:15am Led class: Ashtanga variations

10:15 – 13:00 Presentation (with projector): Introduction to the Abdomen and Pelvis
This presentation will introduce the basics of abdominal and pelvic anatomy.

Lunch (30 mins)

13:00 – 15:00 Presentation (with projector): The Nervous System
This presentation will introduce the basics of the Nervous System.

15:00 – 16:30 Bandha building activity
This practical session will put bandha into action as the group breaks down into smaller groups, each working with a set of techniques for building awareness of abdominopelvic tone in asana.

16:30 – 17:00 Pranayama
This course will b ecertified as 30 Hours CPD with YA on submission of all homework…….

= 30 Contact Hours
10 Hours Homework

Total 40 Hour Training
About Karen

Karen Kirkness is American by birth and now based in Scotland with her husband, Simon. Having first studied Yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore in 2003, Karen continues taking yearly trips to Mysore to study with his grandson and current KPJAYI Director, Sharath Jois, as a long-term student of Ashtanga yoga. Through the intuitive adaptation of her Yoga practice over the years under the guidance of her teachers, Karen has healed from from a wide variety of injuries. Karen’s art practice and passion for all things anatomical have an enormous impact on her teachings. After moving to Edinburgh from Florida to complete a master’s degree from the edinburgh college of art, Karen pursued an art career before finally settling in Edinburgh with some hard-won perspective.

As a keen cyclist for many years, Karen is no stranger to injuries and chronic tightness. In her 20s and early 30s, Yoga was the panacea for all the ravages of endurance sports and artistic adventuring. Slowly over the years she founded the community comprising Meadowlark Yoga, the Edinburgh yoga studio Karen now calls home. Together with her husband, Karen now lives her passion for creativity through anatomy and yoga. Inspired by forms in nature and the physical artefacts of energy, she has found a lifetime of wonder in the biotensegrity concept brought to life by Stephen M Levin MD.

After 15 years of Yoga practice, Karen spent a year in the dissection lab learning about human anatomy at the University of Edinburgh as part of her second Masters degree. Her fascination with anatomy and subtle body concepts are fuel for a varied artistic practice including drawing and 3D printing anatomical model iterations. Karen attends ISCAA (International Symposium for Clinical and Applied Anatomy) annual meetings and writes articles centred on anatomy concepts, art, and the creative process.

Karen is currently in the process of publisining her first anatomy book on yoga & movement………