Kino MacGregor@kinoyoga

Author, Beachbum, Yogi 💕
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Kino MacGregor

I’m small, petite, you could say. My thighs are not long and lean. A guy once told that my thighs reminded him of elephant trunks, someone else told me tree stumps, either way, I’ve always been self-conscious about my legs and my size. Short and soft around the edges rather than long with angular elegance. But, here’s the truth—no matter what size or shape you are, we all have some places of insecurity about our bodies. Whether it’s your legs, your jaw, your skin, size, belly, age or ankles, there will always be something you can look in the mirror and pick apart for not meeting some ridiculous standard of external perfection set by our current cultural norms. You can focus on that, and truly, the whole diet and beauty industry profits off of your obsession with your perceived faults. Or, you can do something else—you can choose to celebrate the wholeness of who you are, complete with all your imperfections, in exactly the size and shape and age you are right now. There will always be someone younger or older that you are. There will always be someone stronger and more flexible. But you are unique and valuable beyond any measure of physical form. Remember that the next time you stand in front of the mirror and that snarky old voice comes back. Look yourself in the eyes and say, “You, you’re beautiful, and I love you.”
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Day 19 #30dayyogajourney is Upward Facing Dog with @katfowler on @omstarsofficial You can still join!!
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Being a yogi doesn’t mean you’ll always get it right, not in your practice and not in life. But it does mean that you’re willing to put in the work, even and especially when that work is humbling, confronting or triggering. It’s so easy to get defensive when you or something you identify with feels challenged, and, just bc you practice yoga does not mean you’ll never get defensive or reactive action. It means that when you do you’re willing to acknowledge that your thoughts and patterned ways of responding may not be absolutely true. That small seed of doubt opens up the potential to listen to others with an open heart, to embrace what may feel painful, and ultimately to evolve beyond the limited notions of the self. Yoga is work, on and off the mat—we practice to make the world a better place for all beings, including but, not limited to, ourselves.
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Day 18 #30dayyogajourney is Baddha Konasana with me on @omstarsofficial You can still join!!
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India, the spiritual home of yoga, the source of this ancient tradition that ha shiver so much to our modern world, and so much to me. The decision to travel to this small city in the south called Mysore 20 years has defined my life more than almost anything else. There have been so many lessons that I couldn’t fit them all into a post, or event a book, the best lessons being beyond what words can describe. I feel like every yoga student owes a debt to the rich cultural heritage of India. We all have to find our own ways to give back.
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The reality is that not every yoga student will make it to India. It’s a privilege to be able to fly across the world and take extended time off work, away from home, one that not everyone has. It doesn’t make you less of a yogi if you haven’t been to India, but I do think every yogi needs to be educated about the origins of yoga. Like anything else, a trip to India isn’t a badge to wear and show off like a fancy asana. It has to teach you something to be valuable.
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For those dedicated Ashtanga students who would like to meet my teacher @sharathjoisr but can’t make it to India, you have the chance to come practice with him on tour in the US. And, guess what? He’s coming to MIAMI!! _
We are nearly half sold out in 24 hours, so please sign up soon! Tag a friend and join us all in Miami with Sharathji, May 1-7, 2019.
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http://miamilifecenter.com/paramaguru-sharath-tour/
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And we are going strong with Day 17 #30dayyogajourney Dhanurasana with @larugayoga on @omstarsofficial You can still join!!
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Here’s something not everyone will tell you, but that is true—yoga is hard work. It’s not meant to be easy, especially not at first. Well, not exactly. There’s a balance between the amazing feeling in your body and the work that you put in on your mat. It’s not that everything should feel good or easy when you practice. The feel-good feeling is often only accessible after practice, when you’re lying on your mat, thoroughly worked and sweaty, where you feel a basic sense of goodness and wholeness. That post-yoga happiness that is the result of your hard work in the practice.
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Some people get discouraged because the poses are difficult without understanding that it never matters whether or not you succeed. What matters is the change in your heart and soul when you practice.
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Yoga is not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually confronting. In other words, yoga brings up stuff. This process is the purification of mind, body and soul that defines what yoga truly is. Called Tapas in Sanskrit, it is the discipline, effort and difficulty that make the sweet feeling of joy and peace so deeply held in your heart after practice. There are so many ways we can each work. This is not an invitation or excuse to harm or force your body. It is an encouragement to welcome those moments of difficulty with the full faith that you are on the right path.
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I’m in India now, studying yoga, and I’m in the full fire of Tapas. I get up in what is quite literally the middle of the night so I can be ready for practice at 3:30 am. My practice is longer and more intense than what I do at home. It’s hotter, sweatier, deeper and I am more sore and tired than at home. I’m not complaining. It’s the Tapas that I willingly submit to. I surrender my all into the fire, knowing that I’ll leave with just a bit more inner light, a few drops more inner peace.
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Day 16 #30dayyogajourney is Anjanayasana with @jopheeyinyoga on @omstarsofficial You can still join!!
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Do you believe in signs? I do. Yesterday I spent the day resting and recovering. I’m feeling so much better (thanks for all the support yesterday). As I was resting, the familiar feeling of doubt started to creep in. I often wonder if what I do is making a big enough difference in the world and if it has enough meaning. But, then I met a beautiful woman who started yoga just two years ago because she was inspired by me. The peace and love in her eyes was confirmation that I’m on the right track. I didn’t have energy to snap a photo around Mysore yesterday, so this picture is from my recent trip to the Turks and Caicos Islands. I opened my phone and dug it out to find this amazing rainbow shining back at me.
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I believe in the inherent goodness of the universe and that there are subtle signs all around seeking to build you up and keep you moving forward. Sure, there are mistakes and missteps, just as there is pain and suffering, but it is not what defines us. What defines us as human beings is the way we let those stumbles and falls, those hard learned lessons make us better human beings and leave us with the hope to make the world a better place.
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In case you’re in doubt, let me tell you this—you matter, perhaps more than you realize. Kindness matters, especially in the small moments when it appears no one is watching. Love is the inexhaustible fuels of every single star in the sky, the source of the light of our world.
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Day 15 #30dayyogajourney is Marichasana A with @jacobmanningyoga on @omstarsofficial Half way through the challenge! Don’t give up now. Help us raise money for @yogagivesback with help from @liforme @ohmmeapparel If we succeed we will make a real impact in the lives of 75 young girls in India who will get education scholarships.
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I wish this picture was how I feel today. The reality is that I’ve been in bed for the last 24 hours. I don’t know what happened, but I couldn’t move, couldn’t open my eyes, couldn’t eat, drink or do anything other than sleep. My whole body ached like I had the flu, and I was alternatively cold and hot like a fever. It’s somewhat better now. There’s an old Mysore myth called “backbending fever” where you get a 24 hour fever after a deep backbend where you process deeply held emotional stuff in the body. All sorts of feelings of shame, resentment, anger, fear and sadness have come up for me while I was out. I cried a lot. All I can really say is that I am so ready to let all that go. Even though it’s been a difficult year and I’ve made a ton of mistakes, I forgive myself and I love, accept and honor myself fully. Let me just start there. The journey is far from over. There’s still time and life yet to be lived.
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Day 14 #30dayyogajourney is Tree Pose with @adrianmolinaofficial on @omstarsofficial Help us raise money for @yogagivesback with help from @liforme @ohmmeapparel If we succeed we will make a real impact in the lives of 75 young girls in India who will get education scholarships.
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Don’t let anyone define what works for you. Listen, process and then take the time you need to come to your own conclusions. It’s so hard to actually think for yourself amidst a sea of subliminal social pressure. But you have to. Thinking for yourself sets you free to be yourself. And, bring wholly yourself sets others free to be themselves too. It doesn’t mean you’re going to win any popularity contests though. Being unapologetically who you are may run some people the wrong way. You might get called negative or you might be singled out. But, if you’re strong enough within yourself you won’t be shaken. It takes time, patience and practice but I believe it’s maybe the most important thing you can do, that is, learn how to love, honor and respect yourself fully, unconditionally, no matter what happens. Some days I’m there and other days I fall victim to pleasing people or worrying what others will think. But, so much more often than before, I’m just exactly who I am and in love with that person I see in the mirror. How about you?
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Day 13 #30dayyogajourney is Parsvottanasana with @biggalyoga on @omstarsofficial Help us raise money for @yogagivesback with help from @liforme @ohmmeapparel If we succeed we will make a real impact in the lives of 75 young girls in India who will get education scholarships.
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What’s harder for you? Strength or flexibility? For me it’s strength. I am not naturally strong. I was never a dancer, a gymnast or on a sports team. I wasn’t athletic before yoga and I had no prior physical training before I jumped into an yoga class.
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You might look at me an assume I was born like this. But I can tell you that I have to work for every lift up. And flexibility wasn’t immediately there for me either. The first time I tried to touch my toes I couldn’t reach. The first backbend I did was so stiff. But, flexibility happened faster than strength for me. I’m grateful for that, but I also learned that my joints are naturally unstable. That means it makes it extra hard to build strength.
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I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to quit or how jealous I felt seeing other students quickly master the lift ups and arm balances that I struggled (and still struggle) with. But the journey taught me something about strength, faith and perseverance that I wouldn’t have learned in any other way. Today, I’m grateful for every lesson, for every obstacle, especially the tough ones because they have forced me to grow and evolve. And I have. I don’t know when it happened, but somewhere along the way I found an inner strength far beyond muscles—I found the unshakable faith to believe in myself and in the world, to love myself and to love the world and to be at peace with myself and with the world.
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Day 12 #30dayyogajourney is Bakasana with @lauraburkhartyoga on @omstarsofficial Help us raise money for @yogagivesback with help from @liforme @ohmmeapparel If we succeed we will make a real impact in the lives of 75 young girls in India who will get education scholarships.
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How you respond to a problem may very well be the deciding factor in your success. If you get anxious when things start to go wrong, things often seem to get worse. It’s like anxiety proliferates and then becomes a kind of vortex. You have a choice in every difficult situation about how you respond. Don’t let obstacles grind you down. It’s a choice you make in your mind. There is always a solution. It might not be immediately evident, but the way onward will eventually present itself. No amount of worrying ever changed anything. Stressing out over things never made them better. Instead, remain calm and focus on the solution. There is always a way. It might take longer than you want, but sooner or later the path will always clear.
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This beautiful spot in India wasn’t where we set out to go today. We thought we were going to shoot at a totally different place. But after a 45 minute drive we arrived to find out that no cameras were allowed in the location. It seemed like maybe the whole project would have to be postponed. But we saw these rocks and palm trees by the water and tried to give it a shot. And, you know, it was just lovely. Had we imploded when our plan went haywire, we would not have been open to the solution. Had we gotten offended or taken it personally that we were told no, we’d be left with nothing but hurt feelings.
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I don’t succeed at remaining calm in every challenging situation in life, but when I’m able to keep a root in my center thing generally work out better. After all these years if practice, there is definitely more peace in my heart, and in every moment of life.
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On a totally other note, I am loving this green. It’s a sneak peak of what’s to come soon!
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Day 11 #30dayyogajourney is Marichasana C with @yoga_and_swellness on @omstarsofficial Help us raise money for @yogagivesback with help from @liforme @ohmmeapparel If we succeed we will make a real impact in the lives of 75 young girls in India who will get education scholarships.
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The best teachers are the ones whose students surpass them. Teaching is like passing on the sacred fire with the hopes that the flame gets brighter and brighter.
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Here in India I am a student of yoga, just like everyone else. Whereas at home I’m often in the role of teacher, I cherish this time to be a student. One thing that is so inspiring is to see so many young yoga practitioners who are so committed to the path and so good at the practice. I am cherishing every moment of this trip!
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My advice to every teacher of yoga and every student in need of a bit of inspiration—make a plan to attend a workshop, retreat or intensive and spend time with you teacher in a concentrated way. Soak up the energy and let it nourish your soul.
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Day 10 #30dayyogajourney is Navasana with @yogarosa on @omstarsofficial What did you think of today’s practice? Tag your friends to join the challenge and help us raise money for @yogagivesback with help from @liforme @ohmmeapparel If we succeed we will make a real impact in the lives of 75 young girls in India who will get education scholarships.
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Make no mistake yoga is a worldwide revolution, a culture of change that crosses all sorts of boundaries. If you practice you are part of a movement of awakening. It’s real, and it matters. What you experience when you practice has the power to open your mind and heart to new levels of wisdom, compassion and kindness.
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You don’t have to do crazy poses in order to taste the magic of this practice. The benefits are not measured by how deeply you go in backbends or how high your lift up is. The real impact of the practice is felt when you look into someone else’s eyes and, instead of seeing someone separate, you see yourself looking right back at you. Yoga works when you’re finally able to forgive yourself and your world and you have the energy to do the work of healing. Yoga means something when it inspires you to be kinder, to do the right thing even if it costs you something. Yoga is real when you are finally brave enough to face your own suffering and the suffering of the world without bypassing it or running away, when you are strong enough to just hold it all in your heart with presence and understanding.
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Yoga is for everyone. But it’s not enough just to say that. We have to be active and intentional about it. To say yoga is for everyone but then only see images of young, able-bodied people in challenging poses is a contradiction. I don’t have anything against young able-bodied people in challenging poses. You could say I fit that description. But, here’s what I believe—representation matters. It is so much easier to feel like you belong, like you can do it, like you matter if you see someone that looks like you, someone you can relate with doing what it is you’re doing. For that reason, I am so touched by all the amazing students from all over the world who have joined #30dayyogajourney on @omstarsofficial Yogis of all ages, shapes and sizes from so many different countries—I see you all and I love you! Thank you for joining the challenge and making the world a brighter place.
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You can still join! We are raising money for @yogagivesback with help from @liforme @ohmmeapparel to give 75 girls education scholarships in India. Link in bio!
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Yoga isn’t something removed from life. Yoga is what makes you live a better life. It doesn’t matter how well you perform the poses. It matters what lessons you take off the mat into your life. You don’t actually practice yoga to get better at the poses, although if you practice the poses will certainly get better. You practice yoga to live a better life. The poses are actually just a tool to teach you what you need to learn about yourself and the world around you. I always feel like it’s better to fail at the poses and get off the mat with a bit more humility than to succeed at making interesting shapes but leave with pride and ego. Its the tenderness of the aching heart that unites us as sentient beings. One day, after many years of practice, you’ll have the yogi’s heart, a heart that is big enough to contain the whole world, with all its infinite joy and all its infinite suffering, in one big open embrace.
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Day 8 #30dayyogajourney is Purvattanasana with @jessicasayreyoga on @omstarsofficial Tag your friends to join the challenge and help us raise money for @yogagivesback with help from @liforme @ohmmeapparel If we succeed we will make a real impact in the lives of 75 young girls in India who will get education scholarships.
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