Kino MacGregor@kinoyoga

Author, Beachbum, Yogi 💕
@miamilifecenter @omstarsofficial ⚡️
Workshops: Hong Kong, Bali, BKK, Sweden
Join my Handstand Challenge 🤸‍♀️

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Look within.
The beauty you see in yourself is reflected in your world.
See love in your eyes.
Then watch the shimmer of love mirror you in every ray of light.
Plant the seed of peace in your own heart.
Nurture the seed every chance you get.
Enjoy your own company.
Relax into the magnetic strength of wholeness.
You are powerful.
More powerful than you know.
Your words create and destroy with immeasurable precision.
Hate is easy, practiced, expected, and sometimes praised.
Forgiveness is the only answer that makes sense.
We are all suffering.
That’s actually a good thing.
Suffering is a key to compassion.
Compassion leads to understanding.
Understanding is the basis of love.
Love sets you free.
So yes, forgive.
For your own sake.
Love without bounds.
Not because your should.
Love because love is who you are.
Yoga has everything to do with inner journey, with a return to a natural state of love.
It’s up to each of us to find the path.
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
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We did it! I’ve always believed that yoga has the power the change the world. And now, thanks to you, it really has!!
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Not everyone can take weeks off to travel the world and volunteer for charitable causes, but we can support the organizations who have devoted their resources to making change in the world!
Thanks to your help we have raised nearly $9,000 for @splash_org to bring clean water to kids and public schools in Nepal and India. Thank you to each and every one of your for handstanding to change the world! And thanks to @miir for donating $1 per person in this challenge 🙏
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No matter if you did a handstand or not your participation in this challenge is a huge success!! Our biggest charity challenge ever 😊
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Comment below is you participated daily.
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
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I’ll admit that sometimes I’ve been cynical when I’ve heard people talk about love. I’m a sober-minded person. What that means is I often have a bullshit meter that starts to go off when people talk about just sending love and light to the world. These same people are often quite willing to devolve into hate and blame the moment you don’t do something that fits into their definition of love and light.
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But love, at least the way I understand love, follows no rules. And actually love breaks all the rules. Love has no bounds. Love is big enough and brave enough to hold what appears to be opposites in its heart.
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Sometimes what people call “love” is actually a pretense for judgement and delusion. That’s sad. I know bc I’ve been there myself. I’ve been judgmental and I’ve been judged. I’ve been blinded my own illusions and I’ve been passed over bc people wouldn’t see the truth. But that’s life. I’m not beyond it. Im a human being making utterly human mistakes and choosing to love myself through them. That to me is strength.
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In a world that tells you you’re not good enough, the decision to love yourself is a revolution. Be a revolutionary in your own mind.
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Day 13 #handstandmechanics is the Press on @omstarsofficial Straddle Press is the easiest full press with both legs if you’re flexible. Try it and let me k ow how it goes. Only two more days to join the challenge and help us raise money for @splash_org to bring clean water to kids and public schools in India and Nepal with help from @miir Come on, let’s do it! Let’s break 9,000 people. Link to sign up is in my bio.
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
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Not everything comes easily for me. In fact most things in yoga are quite difficult for me. I’m not a fast learner physically. My body never just gets it. Even poses that I’ve been practicing for a long time like handstand require effort and daily discipline.
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It took me five years of trying every day before I could press up into handstand. That’s five years of coming on to my mag and failing. I watched other people just get it and effortlessly float up. There I was glued to the ground. I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I learned so much from the process.
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I learned how to “fail up”, how to accept my faults and shortcomings and use them as fuel for the fire of life. I learned perseverance against all odds. There were times that prior suggested I’d never get the press up because my legs were too big. I chose not to believe them and kept trying. But most of all I learned humility, the kind of humility that is willing to put in the work, whatever it takes, no matter how long it takes. Through all my failures I got up with a more humble heart, a heart that no longer took my own success or failure personally, a heart willing to grow big enough to love unconditionally, a heart that simply is love. And that has been my greatest strength.
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Today for #handstandmechanics Try your puppy press with me on @omstarsofficial and just enjoy the process. Remember that your participation helps us raise money for @splash_org to bring clean water to kids and public schools in Nepal and India with help from @miir Join anytime! You are making a difference in the world just by getting on your mat!
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime 🙏


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I am a traditionalist in many ways and in others I follow no rules. I appreciate form and the dedication it takes to work with it. Like the vertical line in handstand, form and tradition mean something. But they do not define you. Form is there to facilitate learning but never makes you worthy. In a world of form and function there will always be differences, but those differences were never meant to be judgements about the inherent worth of a person or being. And yet they have value. It’s almost like we need both, the knowledge that who we are is beyond any form and the discipline to keep practicing the form. It’s a balance between effort and surrender, a balance between grace and determination. Only in perfect balance is stillness possible.
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There are people who eschew all form and say everything is perfect. It’s true, but only if you look from the eyes of spirit. And perhaps hats the deeper goal of yoga, to make it possible for us to live in spirit. There’s so much in the world that wants to pull you into judgement and condemnation. It’s a rebellion to choose love when everyone and everything around you is polarized. But this is strength—the strength to walk the narrow road of truth.
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If it was just about a handstand, yoga would be meaningless forms and shapes. But if your handstand is about the indomitable strength of love then it’s the best journey you’ll ever take. It’s up to you which road you’ll choose.
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Day 11 #handstandmechanics is the Vertical Line. Don’t fear. Just practice with me on @omstarsofficial Help us raise for @splash_org to bring clean water to kids and public schools in Nepal and India with help from @miir
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
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Anger has a place in the pantheon of human emotions. Some spiritually oriented people are afraid of anger, both their own and other people’s anger. But all that means is that they end up repressing their anger and rejecting other people’s anger. Sublimated anger is still anger. It just comes out in all sorts of wonky forms like passive aggression or victimhood. It spreads more like a virus and is murky and swampy. Repressed anger often ends up generating messy actions. Acting in anger without conscious reflection can also be dangerous. It can lead to fits of righteous indignation with blinding rage. But anger can be conscious as well. Anger, like all emotions, is a messenger of the inner world. Anger is, at least for me, quite often about saying no. No, you cannot treat me like that. No, you cannot speak to me like that. No, you cannot touch me like that. No, just no. It’s a boundary. And boundaries are healthy. To be without boundaries and to live in a world of total moral relativism where everything and everyone is ok feels hollow, like a delusion and misinterpretation of spirituality.
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Read the full blog here:
https://www.kinoyoga.com/yogi-assignment-anger/
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And this is also Day 10 #handstandmechanics This is the easiest entry to handstand that we will try for the course on @omstarsofficial Join my free challenge anything and help us raise money for @splash_org to bring clean water to kids and public schools in India and Nepal with @miir
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
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Don’t spend your life waiting around for a prince. Kiss the frog in your mind and become your hero.
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I used to think that I needed the world to treat me in a particularity before I would be happy. That put so much pressure on the world and the people close to me. And it wasn’t fair. The truth is that my happiness is always my responsibility and as long as I’m miserable inside the world will never make me happy. It was a hard lesson to learn but such an important one.
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There are so many levels to this. Think about relationships—how many times have you waited for an apology from a friend before you moved on? I can tell you that there are some apologies that you’ll never get. And that cannot make you miserable. You and only you hold the keys to your own happiness.
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Or take the social media world—how many times have you identified with the number of likes or comments and wondered about “engagement” as a metric or worth? I’ve done it. And still do it. But that’s a dead end. If you are waiting for positive comments to feel good about yourself and you take all the negative stuff personally, you end up chasing the illusion of popularity.
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It’s not that the world doesn’t matter at all. It matters and our actions have an impact on others. But you cannot spend your life chasing the approval of others.
You can only be yourself. Some people will love you. Some people will hate you. That’s their problem or their blessing. Your job is to love yourself and share that love with the world. Somewhere inside we are all royalty when our hearts get big enough to rule our lives. That to me is the greatest strength.
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And today’s #handstandmechanics is all about Froggers and the Handstand Tuck on @omstarsofficial Join the challenge and help us bring clean water to kids and public schools in India and Nepal with @splash_org @miir
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
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Outfit is my design by @liquidoactive 🙏


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Strength isn’t always about brute force. Sometimes it’s about being strong enough to forgive yourself and your world. What looks like softness might actually be strength. What looks like strength might actually be softness.
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I’ve been through a lot over the last year. I’ve felt anger, rejection, judgment, fear, anxiety, sadness, pain, depression, injustice, betrayal and more. I could let all this turn into the seeds of bitterness and disillusionment. It would be so easy. It might even look like strength to do so. But I choose love. I choose forgiveness. I choose life. I choose learning. I choose light. It’s been the hardest thing in the world to my gain amidst this sea of pain. But here I am, still smiling, still doing my thing.
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Let today’s class from Day 8 of #handstandmechanics give you true strength and spiritual endurance. Practice with my Back it Up class on @omstarsofficial and you’ll use the wall for today’s pose. And please keep spreading the word about the challenge because we are over 8,000 people and @miir is donating $1 per person to @splash_org Together we can bring clean water to kids and public schools in Nepal and India.
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
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Sometimes small shifts make a huge difference. Don’t get discouraged if you can’t do something immediately or if you’re actually quite bad at it. I was terrible at handstands when I first started. Still to this day I don’t easily get things that other students do. I have to work at it. And truly, the work is where I’ve grown the most.
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Day 7 #handstandmechanics is the Mini Tuck. Please follow the video and use the wall for this one. It’s more important to get the technique than it is to try and balance. I learned this from @yuval_on_hands who has an awesome handstand course on @omstarsofficial If you want extra instruction on the mini Tuck check out his course in addition to my video. The biggest key to this pose is to rotate your pelvis under.
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So happy that we are over 8,000 people for the challenge! That means together we are helping bring clean water to kids and public schools in India and Nepal via @splash_org with help from our sponsor @miir Join the challenge anytime! Click the link in my bio or sign up here:
https://omstars.com/challenges/handstandmechanics
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
Photo @dreamnowfilms 🙏
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I’m teaching in DC this weekend. Come practice.


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Guess who got kicked off the steps of Supreme Court of the United States? Me! And it wasn’t for this handstand either.
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Apparently picture and handstands are fine but deep discussions about the moral character of the judiciary branch are not. I was asked to leave because I dared to ask whether the actions of the court will be seen as moral and just years down the line.
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Since Supreme Court Justices are elected for life, their moral, ethical and legal views influence and perhaps even codify the character of a generation. They outlive the politicians who appoint them and continue to rule, sometimes for decades. The court has not been without fault. It declared “separate but equal” in the morally bankrupt Plessy v. Ferguson case which essentially made racism the law of the land. The court upheld the internment of Japanese citizens like my grandfather during WWII. It took a generation before new judges were in place who looked at the egregious actions of America’s past and sought to rebalance the laws towards liberty and justice for all.
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It has often been the courts that have staked out the moral high ground, holding an apolitical place in the three branches of government. But now as the appointment of judges becomes polarized like so much of everything in our society, trust is the sovereignty of the judicial branch to uphold the values outlined in the U.S. Constitution is eroded.
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It makes me sad bc I love America and its dream of freedom. I’m a patriot even though I am not always proud of my country’s actions. I nearly cried today when I read the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson. The role of government is to ensure equal access to certain inalienable rights and among those are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. America, the beautiful, I love you and I believe in you, even if it will take a few more hundred years before you are ready to live up to your founding ideals.
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This is going to be one intense Global Yogi episode when it comes out!
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
Photo @dreamnowfilms
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Come practice with me in DC. I promise not to talk too much politics, just yoga.


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Strength and flexibility are always in flux, like yin and yang, in life and in yoga just the same. Handstand may seem like it’s all about strength but there is a good deal of flexibility needed to reach good alignment. A simple pose like Puppy Pose has a wealth of benefit in handstands.
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Shoulder alignment or I should say misalignment is one of the biggest issues that prevents good balance, clean lines and ease in handstands. If you can’t find the vertical like between your shoulders and your torso in a pose like Puppy then when you apply the weight-bearing or handstand it will most likely be impossible.
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Watch today’s video to see how to use Puppy Pose for handstand training for Day 6 #handstandmechanics on @omstarsofficial
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We are nearly at 8,000 people joining the challenge! That means nearly $8,000 going directly to help bring clean water to kids and public schools in Nepal and India. I believe in supporting charities who are on the ground, doing the work, building infrastructure and developing the skill set needed to effect massive change in the world. With your help we are lifting up @splash_org to do the work. Remember to spread the word bc @miir is donating $1 per person up to 15,000! Think about the positive impact we can make in the world just by getting on our mats and doing a practice. Without leaving your house you become a force of change!
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
Photo @freexmoney @b.lvvk
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I’m in Washington DC! Come practice this weekend. Locals, any tips on what to include in my DC Global Yogi filming besides the obvious monuments and government structures. Best chai? Favorite vegan eats? Vintage stores?
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Handstands make me happy. Mostly because I am not naturally strong and every time I find myself upside down in balance it feels like I did the impossible.
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Today’s work for #handstandmechanics is Walk the Plank. This simple movement is so important to develop the push from your shoulders that will keep you up in handstand. Watch my video for Day 5 on @omstarsofficial and let me know how it goes in the comments below.
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Join anytime! We are raising money for @splash_org with help from @miir to bring clean water to kids and public schools in Nepal and India. You can make a difference in the world just by joining! We are getting close to 8,000 people! Let’s make this challenge the biggest challenge ever. Click the link in my bio or sign up here:
https://omstars.com/challenges/handstandmechanics
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
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Come practice with me in Washington DC this weekend @woodleyparkyoga 🙏


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