Kino MacGregor@kinoyoga

Author, Beachbum, Yogi 💕
@miamilifecenter @omstarsofficial ⚡
Workshops: Miami, Brazil, Atlanta
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Kino MacGregor

Today was a heavy practice. There was a time when I would have thought that meant it was a bad practice. Both in the yoga poses and during sitting meditation I felt a heaviness that I could only describe as pressure. It was almost a headache but it surrounded my entire body, like a fog. It was also mental, think and opaque.
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The training in the spiritual path in moments like is equanimity. Simply observe and take no action. Do not try and make the heavy feeling go away, be mindful of the feeling, curious about its manifestation and explore it with an innocent mind. If you notice yourself judging the feeling remind yourself that all feeling is ok and focus on just feeling what is.
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It takes practice. At first it seems insane that you would be able to abide in such discomfort with a peaceful disposition. But, eventually, the mind changes, softens its attachments to a particular outcome and losses its identification with the ego. What’s left is a gracious heart in a field of awareness that sees and holds all possibilities.
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Not every practice feels good. And that’s ok. The purpose of yoga is not to deliver a good feeling practice. The purpose of yoga is to teach you how to live a better life. And truthfully some of the practices that feel the worst are the best teachers of life living.
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I left the mat today in a slow, quiet space. My words were deliberate and thoughtful. Normally I’m fast and perky. But as I found myself annunciating every syllable that rolled off my lips I noticed time slowing down with me. Days pass by in a flash with hours spent staring at the phone. We wonder where the time goes as almost every feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day. But what if we actually have all the time in the world and we just need to slow down enough to find it?
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
Outfit is my design for @omstarsofficial x @liquidoactive
Photo @sigismondiphotography 🙏


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Is it too early to start talking about January? I don’t think so... So, have you heard about our new beginner yoga challenge? The #30dayyogajourney is an all new challenge designed for beginners, new practitioners and anyone who is looking to develop a daily practice! We’ve designed this challenge to work around you – to help you create a manageable routine that you can stick with long after the challenge ends. Sign up now and join us on January 1st! You’ll receive one 15 to 20-minute, beginner focused class per day for 30 days, plus one bonus day of meditation. Practice with a variety of teachers, try different styles, and build a routine that truly works for you. From Ashtanga to Yin, Vinyasa and more, you’ll get the yoga experience you need to finally create a solid practice in just 30 days. #30dayyogajourney #onemillionyogis
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Plus, when you join our 30-Day Beginner Challenge, you’ll be helping us give back to an AMAZING cause. For every person who joins the challenge, Omstars and our sponsors, @liforme and @ohmmeapparel will donate $1 to @yogagivesback Plus, you’ll also have the opportunity to win weekly prizes from all our sponsors throughout the challenge!
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Ready to get started? Here’s what you need to do:
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1. Click the link in my bio to sign up or go here:
https://omstars.com/challenges/30-day-yoga-journey
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2. Follow our sponsors and hosts
@kinoyoga
@omstarsofficial
@liforme
@yogagivesback
@ohmmeapparel
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3. Repost this challenge graphic and help spread the word.
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4. Tag three friends to join you in this challenge!!
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5. Practice with us every day for 30 days and share your journey here on IG and be sure to use our challenge hashtag #30dayyogajourney and tag all our hosts and sponsors daily.
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6. Like and comment on each other’s posts to stay active and present in our community of yogis here on IG.


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Every now and again it’s nice to have a day where nothing gets done, where you sleep in a bit too long and are just generally unproductive. It’s hard for me to accept it, but those days where things seem to stagnate are not wasted. Far from it, it’s all part of the balance of life. Taking rest is a vital component of health.
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Sometimes I meet people that tell me I should try and reduce the hours of sleep I need so I can be more productive. I’ve had people tell me that it would be better if I only slept three hours a night. While I’m not saying it doesn’t work for them. I can that for myself, I wholeheartedly disagree. I like a good night’s sleep, a full eight hours if possible. Now, of course, it’s not always possible and having the luxury of getting eight hours is certainly a privilege (I don’t have to two jobs and clock in and out, even though I’m almost always working)..
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Everything sleeps and everything rests. I’m good at sleeping and I’m getting better at allowing myself to rest.
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
Photo @ifilmyoga
Wearing @omstarsofficial x @liquidoactive 🙏


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In order to build something new, you might have to tear down what you have. If you think it will be easy, you might not understand what truly has to happen. To follow a new vision requires an unrelenting commitment to a course as yet uncharted. People, the very world you seek to serve, may reject and fight you. Big voices might try to stamp you down. Friends may betray you. Allies might sit silently by and watch, taking no action. You will feel lost, alone, purposeless, like you have failed. The night will feel long and dark, as though the promise of dawn is a lie.
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But, off in the distance, new voices from a new timeline will start to appear. A new story begins to unfold. The groundwork for a new set is laid out. Seeds of new characters, with fresh stories takes shape.
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Then you realize something—it had to be this way. You couldn’t bring the chains of the past into the freedom of the future. The ones who resist are caught in their own world, repeating their own cycles. You are fresh, new. And, like a snake that has shed its skin, you leave the outfits of the past with the past and carry only your new self forward. It wasn’t without mourning or loss, but here it is. You, reborn.
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These are my thoughts today—sometimes I write as much for myself as for anyone else. I’m not here to sit above, if anything I hope to teach by example and for us to all grow together.
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
Photo @ifilmyoga @beachenclave @wellxplored 🙏


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The best attitude that I can cultivate to live life well is one with a peaceful heart. Whenever I am too attached to any goal to any particular direction, it messes me up. Even if it’s just that I want to do a really good job, even that desire plays with my headspace. It’s like when I’m just having fun, when I’m earnestly just interested in seeing what wants to happen, then all things are possible. But as soon as I want to “do” it, then there’s a layer of tension that interferes with the flow of energy. This is perhaps a simple illustration of the beauty of non-attachment. If you’re able to simply explore the moment without any agenda, then you’re spontaneous and free. But there’s a balance. The trick for me is actually to find non-attachment amidst great focus and effort. To try with all your heart and all your soul, but to try with an attitude or joy and playfulness—this is magic to me.
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime 🙏
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Video by @ifilmyoga @beachenclave @wellxplored
#turksandcaicos #tci #handstand #yoga 💗


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Hard at work...
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No really, I am working. What do you do when your work is your pleasure? I am thankful for every day that I get to film beautiful locations and do yoga on stunning beaches. It’s a blessing and I am in such awe and wonder that this is my life. Will it ever get old? I hope not. I hope I’m 90 years old still caught in wonder by crystal waters and rolling waves. Maybe by then I’ll still enjoying inversions tempered with a few more naps like this.
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What’s your dream job?
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Hammock by the beach captured by @ifilmyoga @themeridianclubtci @wellxplored 🙏
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime


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There is a difference between the average thought that pervades the mind and an immersive experience in the Divine. It’s hard to explain, but you can feel the difference quite clearly, or at least I can. If you’re practicing yoga, chances are that you either have already experienced the eternal nature of the universe, even if only for a glimpse or that you’re hungry for a taste of that timeless presence.
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When I first started yoga, it was with a yearning for a more peaceful life. But there was more. I wanted to know the truth about life, about God, about being ness. And I didn’t only want to read about it a book and study intellectually. I yearned for a direct, first person experience that would be my own. Perhaps it was ego, perhaps it was youth, or perhaps it was something in my heart that knew instinctively that it would be possible. After all these years of practice, the thing that keeps me coming back to my yoga mat and my meditation cushion is the chance to dive into the clearing that opens up when all the thoughts stop and only silence remains. To be lost in stillness and to be found in the realm of the spirit. To be caught in a dream that is more real that anything else. To dissolve into infinite and yet remain here and now.
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We are all beings of radiant light. Every single one of us. Even the ones that don’t seem to shine, they are, at their core, the same. Some of us may feel like we have lost of ability to shine, but it doesn’t mean it’s not innately and inherently who we are.
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
Photo @ifilmyoga @themeridianclubtci @wellxplored 🙏


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Meditation is by far the single most effective tool for emotional balance. Without it, I’d be lost. It’s through my daily sitting practice that I’ve faced so many of my darkest demons and learned some of deepest lessons. It’s meditation that helped me learn the true meaning of non-attachment and surrender.
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Here are some tools that help me—
1. You don’t need to sit for hours to get benefit. As little as five minutes a day can make a substantial difference in the quality of your mind.
2. The purpose of meditation is not to become awesome at meditation, the purpose is live a better life.
3. The amount of thoughts is overwhelming. Once you learn not to believe your thoughts or accept them as true, there’s so much more freedom and space in the mind.
4. Equanimity—the calm, quiet space of pure observation was easiest for me to learn in sitting practice. I could then take it into my asana practice and more importantly into my life.
5. Like all spiritual practice, start where you are. No need to wait for that one day when.
6. Everyone can meditate! You’re not too old or too young to start. It’s not against any religion. You don’t need to sit on the floor, you can sit on a chair or whatever you’re comfortable with. The type of meditation I learned is free for all and entirely donation based. Really, everyone is welcome on the meditation cushion.
7. You don’t need a beautiful place to sit. Any place will do, whether a closet or a bathroom, all you need is a place where you can be alone for five minutes without being disturbed.
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I hope this beautiful time lapse meditation inspires to sit today. May you be peaceful, be happy and be joyful.
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#meditation #turksandcaicos
Video @ifilmyoga @themeridianclubtci @wellxplored 🙏


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When the only footprints in the sand are yours...
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It got me thinking. We all have to leave a footprint, in the sand, on the Earth, in the lives of people around us. We get to choose what type of footprint that is, for better or worse. Sometimes there’s a person who has a big impact in your life or in the world, for better or worse. Other people prefer to tread lightly, leaving my trace of their presence yet still contributing in quiet ways. As for me, in some ways I want to leave a big footprint in the world. I want everyone on the planet to practice yoga and find the spiritual path because I believe it can make the world a more peaceful place. But I always want to walk gently, so that I can give space to others around me, so as not to harm it to harm as little as possible.
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How about you? What type of footprints would you like to leave in the sand?
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
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Photo @ifilmyoga @themeridianclubtci @wellxplored 🙏


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Without the rain, there wouldn’t be any rainbows 🌈
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Remember, everything always eventually works out in favor of your spiritual growth. It isn’t always what you want or what you expect, but life is sure to give you the perfect mix of success and failure, the ideal contrast to push you towards your evolution as a spirit. Have faith in the process. Be patient and persistent when things are difficult. But most of all keep your heart open to the awe and wonder that surrounds you in ordinary moments of splendor.
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#turksandcaicos #paradise #rainbow
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Photo @ifilmyoga @gracebayclub @wellxplored 🙏


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Paradise found. Good morning from the Turks and Caicos. This water is pure heaven. I love the flat Caribbean Sea, with endless rolling waves that seem to lead to infinity.
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I also love forward bends. They are such an important part of the practice, both physically and spiritually. On the level of the body, forward bends bring health to the digestive system, encourage inner cleansing and help relieve back pain. On a spiritual level, forward bends represent introspection and a turning of the mind to the quiet space within. I was not naturally good at forward bends. The first time I tried to touch my toes I could not reach. What you see here is the result of many years of practice. I hope you stay inspired to practice every day.
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
Video @ifilmyoga @gracebayclub @wellxplored 🙏


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There’s a lesson in everything if you look deep enough for it. Even and especially the moments that seem the hardest can truly be transformational if you let your mind be flexible. Often I find that all I really need is to show up with an open heart and a receptive spirit. The less I know, the better. I don’t always get it right. In fact, I make loads of mistakes. But with a teachable mind I find it so much easier to ask for help when I truly need it.
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Yoga has taught me so much over the last 20 years of practice. I’ve been wanting to distill the wisdom of yoga into its core teaching. If I had to choose to define yoga it would be a path of peace. But along the way there are so many steps you need to take. It seems impossible to reduce a journey of countless steps to a snapshot of just a few. It would be almost cliché to say it’s about love, but it would not be wrong. So maybe it all boils down to what love really means to each of us.
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How about you? If you had to distill the core lesson of yoga, what would it be for you? Or, perhaps more personally, what is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your practice?
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
Photo @ifilmyoga
Filming for @omstarsofficial on Turks and Caicos for the next few days. Made it just in time for sunset @gracebayclub @wellxplored 🙏


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