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Kino MacGregor  💕 Workshops: Orlando: Dec 16, Houston: Jan 12-14, Pittsburgh: Feb 2&3 🙏 Yogi Assignment #1 New Release in Yoga 💫 Online Yoga TV @omstarsoffficial

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It’s all about training. Taking the time to build the right patterns and work technique lay the foundation for solid practice. Whenever you’re working technique remember it’s not about going deeper or further, it’s about finding the path to training the body and mind. It’s slow and humble, and sometimes takes longer than you might like, but it’s worth it.
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Day 8 #UpsideDownIsComingToTown with @upsidedownmama on @omstarsofficial is Hollowbody Hold. This is the last day of technique and drills. Tomorrow we start inverting. Are you ready?
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Did you see the new course that is launching this week on OmStars? I am beyond excited about it!!!
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreatbatatime

I slept and dreamt of golden sunbeams and woke up to this piece of heaven. Full joy. Leave me a 💗 if you want to join me @curtain_bluff 🙏
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Filming for @omstarsofficial all week here. Join me Wednesday at 3 pm EST on OmStars.com/#/live to practice with me in paradise.
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#omstars #caribbeandream

Did you do something today that took you out of your comfort zone? Comment with 😊 if you did.
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Full disclosure: this is the first time I’ve ever tried this pose. Did I do ok?
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Day 7 #UpsideDownIsComingToTown is Fire Hydrant Pose. Are you practicing with @upsidedownmama on @omstarsofficial for this challenge?
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
Photo by @ifilmyoga 💗

Yoga is not about the “it” girls.
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Yoga is not a club only some people can fit into because they’re born into a privileged body.
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Yoga is not about stealing, intimidating, bullying, or monopolizing.
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Yoga is not a corporate ploy to meet a billion dollar bottom line.
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Yoga is a practice. It is often quiet, solitary, introspective and challenging.
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Yoga is a spiritual pursuit based in truthfulness, non-violence, non-stealing, devotion, discipline and humility.
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Yoga is about being strong enough to speak up for what’s right even if it costs you something.
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I’ve been talking a lot lately about what the heart of yoga is because there’s a lot going on behind the scenes that threatens the essence of what this practice is all about. I’m feeling ready to call out the delusion that seems to be spreading like a virus and stand up for what is fair and right and true. The real world of yoga includes all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages. To be a yogi means to embrace the diversity of life with an open heart, to shed light into the darkness and to walk the narrow road of truth. Sometimes the most loving thing you can do is stand your ground.
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Day 6 #UpsideDownIsComingToTown Is Utkatasana. Practice with me and awesome teachers like @upsidedownmama on my channel @omstarsofficial and show your support for my vision of the world of yoga. Support women entrepreneurs like Holly whose brand @umstuff makes these leggings and @liquidoactive who makes my Mangnolia print top.
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
Photo @ifilmyoga 🙏

Stand your ground. Resist. The future of yoga is in your hands. Every student of yoga bears the responsibility of holding the torch of this sacred practice with integrity. If you’ve experienced peace, transformation or healing through yoga, it’s because the purity of the practice touched you, because a teacher invested in you, and because you put in the work of practice. Yoga means something because the heart of this practice is the essence of the human spirit itself—limitless and eternal, filled with light and love. Yoga means so much to so many people because of its purity. Yoga has spread across the world because people are in search of something authentic and true, something real and unfiltered. So when big companies make a ploy to steal the heart of yoga right from under your mat, you have to brace yourself for what may be the fight of your life. Yoga has to stand for something more than slimming, bum-lifting, no-more-muffin-top leggings. Not that you shouldn’t buy and wear and enjoy the clothes you love. I certainly do, but that yoga is so much more than just the clothes and the perfect image around the clothes. I’m a real person, not a goddess, I have feelings, along with good days and bad. My size and shape have been talked about in positive and negative terms, my cellulite (yes I have it) highlighted and my stomach rolls questioned (why don’t you have a six pack?). Say what you want about my body or my appearance, this practice is actually about the inner experience. It’s about the slow, subtle shift that opens your heart, the awakening that opens your eyes to the truth and the strengthening that gives your soul the steel it needs to never give up. Be strong. Yoga needs you to give back. Align yourself with the world you want to live in. Vote with your attention and your dollars. Stay engaged with people and teachers you love. Support companies that are run by yogis for yogis. Be strong. If we stand together, if we fight the good fight, no one will ever conquer us, claim us, or own us. We’ll be free and that is the real goal of yoga—liberation.
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Day 5 #UpsideDownIsComingToTown is Plank Pose with @upsidedownmama on @omstarsofficial 🌟

As a yogi you have to be willing to do things that sometimes feel uncomfortable. You have to be strong enough to take a risk. Honesty is one of the key tenets of the yoga path. Satya. It’s a discipline of mind, body and spirit.
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The truth will set you free. If there’s something you’re keeping inside it will eat you up. While we all have secrets, holding too much inside can cause an implosion. Asking others to keep your secrets can cause an explosion. The best policy: keep no secrets. Be totally transparent, especially when you’re a little afraid to. Take a stand and let your actions speak your truth.
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Every time I’m about to share something and I think I shouldn’t that’s when I know I really should. Whenever I think I can’t put all my cards on the table, that’s exactly when I need to.
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Day 4 #UpsideDownIsComingToTown is the Dolphin Pose. I love to see you practicing with @upsidedownmama on @omstarsofficial 💗 Keep sharing your journey.
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Leggings by @umstuff Photo by @ifilmyoga
#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime 🙏

#metoo Yoga
When I was a young aspiring yoga teacher, I applied for teaching positions at every single yoga studio, gym, spa and community center that I thought might be interested in having me. My main goal was sharing the Ashtanga Yoga method with students and saving money so I could get back to India to continue my own studies with my teacher Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. People told me to seek out a studio run by an older male yoga teacher. I called and he said to come on by that same afternoon. Hopeful and somewhat honored that a bonafide yoga studio might be interested in me as a teacher, I printed out my resume and headed over. Nervous and naive, I rang the buzzer and walked up the stairs to find this teacher and his girlfriend sitting in the lobby. If I look back now I can see that I already sensed the weird atmosphere but I brushed it aside due to his “credentials”. He asked my name and I handed him my resume. He scoffed and started a line of aggressive questioning that took me off my young center. He asked if I could sense how “blocked” I was. He questioned my motives, saying that the “true teacher” always appears when you’re ready wherever you are. He proposed that he personally “unlock” my spiritual energy and that the moment was a make-or-break moment in my path to enlightenment. When I replied saying that there must be some confusion because I was there looking for a job as a yoga teacher, he laughed even more vigorously. Then his girlfriend quietly got up and left the room. As she did I asked what was going on and made a move to gather my keys and leave as well. That’s when it turned ugly. This man with bulging muscles and a large body quickly moved close to me, blocked my exit and physically restrained me. He squeezed me so tightly that I remember how painful it was to feel his rudraksha mala digging into my skin. Then, he began the mind games that really undid me. He said, “Now I’m going to teach you. It will be better for you if you just surrender and accept my teaching. I’m the true guru.” I struggled, fought and screamed....
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Full story online @yoga_girl #metoo blog and on my website:
https://www.kinoyoga.com/metoo/

Secrets eat away at you, especially if they carry shame or guilt. Anything you feel compelled not to share takes energy and looms over your head. If it’s something you’ve done, then you may need to make atonement for it. If it’s something that’s been done to you, you may need to heal from it. Either way, keeping things shrouded in darkness gives them power over you. Bringing things to the light is freedom.
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If you didn’t watch @nolatrees stories yet, then please go watch. She tells the truth about something that many teachers have known for a long time but have been asked/forced/intimated to stay silent about in the online yoga business world.
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If you haven’t ready the #metoo blog by @yoga_girl go read it. My story is in there. I’ll publish as much of it as fits in an IG comment here too later today.
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I founded @omstarsofficial because the online yoga space started to be all about flash and sales and my message and voice were being manipulated to an end I never agreed to. I wanted something that embraced that reality of what it means to be a practitioner of yoga, to get on your mat and commit yourself to the humble devotion of practice. With your support, the dream has come true. Thank you to our amazing teachers like @upsidedownmama whose new course is a true testament of strength and steadiness on the yoga journey. Thank you to every student who practices with us online and is joining our #UpsideDownIsComingToTown challenge! Day 3 is Row Your Boat Navasana and Holly had to teach it to me!! Watch her video on OmStars.com and join our family of yogis.
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime
Photo @ifilmyoga 🙏

I believe that you express your sense of self-worth in the assumptions you make about yourself on a subconscious level. There’s a fine line between humility and self-deprecation that is subtle and not easily explained. Many good-hearted people hesitate to claim their worth out of a fear of appearing too egotistical. They keep quiet exactly when they should speak up. They make themselves small when they should be standing their ground. Other people show up with pride and pomp and over-demand, charging too much for their services or proclaiming how awesome they are. Knowing your worth doesn’t necessary mean you have to be your own salesman. I recently spent an hour with someone whose main skill seemed to be self-promotion. Every question or point of conversation quickly got turned into a sales pitch for this person’s latest product. After a dizzying hour of navigating the dialogue in search of something real I was fatigued. So, if self-worth isn’t a brazen informercial, what is it?
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Read the full blog on my website:
https://www.kinoyoga.com/yogi-assignment-self-worth/
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Photo @ifilmyoga
Outfit is the new OmStars Magnolia print, designed by me!
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime 🙏

There’s something so good about giving your everything. When you put all your heart and all your soul into something there’s a sense of resolution that is it’s own reward. Don’t hold anything back. There’s a certain kind of humility that happens when you lay it all on the table with no smoke and mirrors, when you’re just yourself, laid bare. Then if you stumble and fall you know you’ve given it your best. And if you succeed you’ll know it’s because you put in every ounce you has. Give your life your all because when you do you say you’re worth trying your best and showing up for yourself.
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Day 2
#upsidedowniscomingtotown
is Puppy Pose. I love this pose for opening the shoulders and the upper back. Watch the first video of the new course by @upsidedownmama on @omstarsofficial to find how important good shoulder alignment is in handstands.
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Photo @ifilmyoga
#omstars #yogachallenge

There is something so magical and pure about yoga. It’s so hard to explain to people who don’t practice, but when you get on your mat it’s as thought a portal opens up in your heart straight to the sacred. As you feel parts of your body that have remained unfelt so so long you wake up to parts of your life that been unlived. It’s like a fog lifts and you wake up from a dream only to discover yourself and your truth.
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There is so much in life I feel I’m just starting to understand. And yet one thing I know for certain is that each time I get off my mat I’m a little bit nicer and a little bit kinder. I don’t have all the answers but I do know that my world has changed to a much more peaceful place since I’ve been practicing. While I love handstands and fun poses, the practice is so much of a humble space that happens between the body and the breath. It is more often the unseen experience that transforms and heals. The practice is solitary, quiet and introspective. It is its own reward beyond likes and comments. The wisdom of yoga speaks to you and through you beyond the pose.
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And in all this lies the sacred bond between teacher and student. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think think about my teacher, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. It’s been a long time since I’ve taught daily Mysore classes or workshops. The last five days have inspired me to plan some more Mysore Style intensives here in Miami. Would you be interested in joining?
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Guruji always said it’s the students who make the teacher. And it’s tru, I’m nothing with you to reach my words, watch my videos and pour your heart and soul out on the mat with me in class. So thank you for trusting me to be your guide into the inner tradition of yoga. I love you, I believe in you.
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime 🙏

Monday got me like 🙈 Anyone out there feel me?
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Sometimes you just want to dig your head in the sand and pretend “it” isn’t happening. And if that fails, then at least dig your hands into the sand and prepare for handstand.
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Day 1
#upsidedowniscomingtotown
is Forward Fold Lean. It’s like Uttanasana for handstand prep. Watch the first video of the new course by @upsidedownmama on @omstarsofficial for complete instructions and learn how this simple pose can unlock your handstands!
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#omstars #yogachallenge

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