Kino MacGregor@kinoyoga

Author, Beachbum, Yogi 💕
@miamilifecenter @omstarsofficial ⚡️
Workshops: Hong Kong, Bali, BKK, Sweden
New Yogi Assignment Blog 🧘‍♀️

https://www.kinoyoga.com/yogi-assignment-love-in-action/

There are periods when I feel lost and confused, desperate to know myself. I doubt, question and sometimes want to quit. I know in those moments I am looking for purpose.
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If someone could just tell me! But the answers are never external. There is no one on this Earth that can stamp out your purpose like a cookie cutter stamps out a perfect shape. Purpose is fluid and unique.
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One thing that has thrown me off course is the belief that in order for purpose to be meaningful it has to be huge. It’s like I used to think purpose meant changing the world and that more was better. I wanted to prove that I mattered, that I was here for a reason. I can see now that I was chasing external validation and looking for my purpose in metrics of achievement. But true purpose can not be measured and it certainly isn’t hierarchical or competitive.
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True purpose is internal. It’s like the light in the darkness that shines and beckons you forward in moments of loss and failure. True purpose is a call home. Purpose is also accountability, a sense of reckoning with your inner being.
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External purpose is not bad. We spend time on goals and projects, needs and desires. We use this as motivation to action. It’s good and necessary. But when external purpose replaces true or internal purpose then all those “things” become hollow and draining, devoid of meaning. A life lived with a true sense of purpose is fulfilling and energizing.
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And here’s the secret. Your purpose is intrinsic to who you are. You don’t need to go out and get it anywhere. You also can’t avoid it or mess it up. Don’t worry about being less than because your purpose is in fact huge, bigger than you could imagine. You are an infinite being capable of changing the universe just by being who you are. Your purpose is written into the code of your soul and there is no way you can escape it, deny it or hide from it too long.
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Even if you aren’t aware of it your purpose is happening through even. You make a difference in the world. You have a reason for being. Once you see that for yourself, the magic happens. 💗


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It’s up to you to stand up for what you’re worth. If you don’t see it, feel it and honor it, then the world outside of yourself won’t either.
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We play games with ourselves. We say we love ourselves while whispering words of hate over our bodies. We claim self-confidence while cowering in fear when faced with difficulty. We proclaim judgement on others when in fact our harshed judgement is towards ourselves. We wield superficial idealism like smoke and mirrors to craft an illusion of happiness when inside we suffer and struggle. All this dishonesty stems from radical self-denial. There’s a way out. A way towards true peace and eternal love.
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It starts with yourself, with a recognition of the love that you are. Your worth is not tied to external circumstance. You don’t earn more worth by earning more money, more success, more power or more of anything in the material world. You don’t prove your worth by fitting into the “right” size or shape or by saying all the “right” things. Your worth is tied to the intrinsic value of your inner being. That and nothing more. Waking up from the dream of self-denial is liberation.
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The scary thing about that is that if you truly accept and love yourself beyond all external circumstance, then you have to accept the correlated truth that all beings retain that same equal worthiness, inalienable, sovereign, just and whole. Equality can be unnerving, threatening and even revolutionary. You may resist, especially if you are hedged in a dominant position of power or benefitting from inequality. But once you validate your own worthiness there is simply no other choice but to validate that same worthiness in all beings.
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
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As a young heart-broken girl who felt like quitting on life after a boy I loved broke up with me, I had a dream that changed my life. A group of angels lifted me up and showed me a group of people assembled around table with one seat missing. They then said to me, “How can you take your seat at the table when you’re lying around crying over a boy?”. Then I woke up and just knew it was time to move on and get on with my life. And I did. I bought an around-the-world airplane ticket, went to India, Nepal, Thailand, Taiwan and started a journey that would define my life.
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The lesson learned was one about self-love. I spent so many years waiting for someone to complete me. I wasted so much time waiting for someone to help me, for someone to sweep in like a hero and open a door to my dreams. But my life changed when I realized that I was the person I was waiting for. I am the one uniquely equipped to make my dreams come up, to open every door that needs opening and make the magic happen.
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If I could go back and tell myself something it would be this—your biggest, wildest dreams are valid and worthy and, even more so, so are you! You’re the one whose fairy dust needs to be sprinkled over all your ideas. It’s you, darling, it always has been. Look in the mirror and love the image that you see because your love is so big it scares people. Let them be scared. They will fight you, try and take you down, insult you, try and pick you apart, they will do their best to make you feel unworthy and wrong, but don’t listen. It has nothing to do with you. It’s about them. Don’t take anyone’s misery or hate personally and don’t internalize or rehash their words. Make your own words. Be as precise as a laser beam with every thought. Carry faith in your heart like an impenetrable armor.
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But most importantly love, little one, love. Not in some kind sweet saccharine way. Love because you’re fierce and fiery. Love because you’re strong and beautiful. Love because love is who you are.
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
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Today someone asked me what my superpower is. I really didn’t know what to say because I honestly feel so human. But, now looking at this video I’d have to say that my superpower is my smile. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve smiled with or at someone and it changed everything. A smile from the heart is healing.
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How about you? Do you have a superpower, if so, what is it?
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
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Karma is a bitch.
God is love.
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I’ve heard both of these statements recently around the yoga community and I find them hard to reconcile. So, I’m going to try and unpack them both and make sense of what appears to be a logical inconsistency. This discussion is an effort to restore wholeness and elevate consciousness to a higher level. If it is triggering for you or you find yourself in resistance, do the work and process what that’s about for you. I know from my own perspective I’ve had to put in a good deal of emotional labour to write this article. I welcome dialogue about this and really about all things, so please feel welcome to contribute to my analysis and observations and speak amongst yourselves in the comments. I only ask that you be respectful and not type out anything that you wouldn’t say to someone in person. Now, with that in mind, let’s dive in.
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Read the full #yogiassignment on my blog (link in bio) and comment below to add to the discussion:
https://www.kinoyoga.com/yogi-assignment-love-in-action/
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
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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
Photo @ifilmyoga 🙏


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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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