Kirsteen MacLeod is a writer and yoga teacher who lives in Kingston, Ontario. She often combines her two passions, tapping yoga’s power for creative inspiration in her own work, and teaching others how yoga sparks more relaxed, effortless and imaginative writing.

Kirsteen is the author of The Animal Game – a collection of short stories, including tales of yoga – praised as an “engaging debut collection” by the Toronto Star, written “with insight and affection for her characters.” Now, Kirsteen is writing poetry about embodied life, and a nonfiction book that explores the art of retreat – including yoga, meditation, nature, and arts retreats – in our accelerated modern world (ECW Press, 2020). She has taught hundreds of yoga classes at Queen’s University, among other places, and Janati Yoga, where she leads yoga and writing workshops, and regular hatha and yin classes.

Kirsteen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and lived in Toronto and Brazil; has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Magazine journalism from Ryerson University; and a 30-plus-year writing and yoga career. Her current mantra, which applies to writing, yoga, and life, comes from an ancient Indian text: “Self-possessed, resolute, act without any thought of results, open to success or failure. This equanimity is yoga.”

Appearing in: 49. Yoga and the Art of Relaxed Writing