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Kino MacGregor  Writer, Dreamer, Beachbum, Yogi πŸ’« Co-founder @yogaprowheel @miamilifecenter ⚑ Class: D.C. πŸ€ΈπŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ @omstarsofficial Yoga TV Channel Click HERE πŸ‘‡

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My heart is full of joy, happiness and gratitude. And yet after being away for so long there is always a slight sense of anxiousness about the re-entry, the return to the atmosphere of the U.S. and all the stuff I have going on at home. I'm eager to see my Dad and jump into the flow of running @omstarsofficial which if you haven't signed up yet or checked it out the link is in my bio. I can't tell you how much of my heart and soul I've poured into this project. I remember hoping someone would ask me to make yoga videos and how my feelings were hurt when I got turned down or looked over. Now to have a whole yoga channel where I not only make videos but my voice, my vision, my message of yoga as a spiritual path is THE driving factor, well that is just unbelievable!
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The road has had some ups and downs, both personally and professionally. Working for your dreams isn't a walk in the park. Like the practice it's about unwavering dedication and sometimes requires great sacrifice. I feel like sometimes I need to get away to process things. I can always tell that my emotional body is working because of what I'm dreaming about. And I've had some pretty intense dreams on this trip (mostly about my Dad, but also about other things that were stuck in my heart). If I'm right in the middle of the storm, I don't always have the strength or the clear sight to see. But getting the distance helps me change perspective (I was literally ten thousand miles away). Suddenly I get flashes of insight that reveal new layers of truths and solutions to long stuck obstacles present themselves. I'm landing in Miami now and while I've got more luggage (literally) than when I left, I'm returning home lighter, freer, with more of "me" and with just a little more light to bring to my world. πŸ’—
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime πŸ™

Pray with me. πŸ™ .
Let me wake up today to the sacred truth of thank you. Let my mind be filled with positive expectation. Let my heart be filled with joy and gratitude. Let me remain calm amidst struggles. Let me be a light unto this world. Let me be stronger one breath at a time. Let my faith increase and know no limits. πŸ’•
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Let my body be restored and healed of sickness and injury. Let me shine with inner radiance. Let beauty be an expression of my soul. πŸ’•
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Let me love just a little more each day. Let me be patient and tolerant, kind and forgiving, first to myself and always to others. Let me be generous with all that I have. Let me be humble and willing to serve. Let me cherish each moment and savor the delight of good company. Let me see my blessings and appreciate each and every one of them. πŸ’•
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Let me dream brighter dreams. Let me have the energy and enthusiasm to work for my dreams every day. Let me believe in miracles and see the heavens open all around me. Let me believe in the impossible and work every day to make it possible. Let me believe in myself and never give up. πŸ’•
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Amen.
Thank you. Just thank you. πŸ™
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It's my last night in Korea and I'm nearly packed. Thanks to my awesome hosts @manduka_korea @mysoreseoul for an amazing weekend. Thanks to our event sponsors @mercyjuice @pickybarskorea @purecoconutwater And more than anything else, thanks to every student who joined my classes. You are the real spark of brilliance and love. Kamsa Hamnida. πŸ™

What you want isn't always what you should do. Follow pleasure or follow peace. You get to choose. One leads you down a rabbit hole that ends in suffering. The other leads up a staircase to the innermost sanctuary. Which do you choose? No matter where you are in the world, this is the question you face every day. Sometimes you have to accept that the righteous path isn't the one you want, it's the one that challenged you to go beyond your comfort zone, it's the one that requires humility and obedience, but it's the path that you surrounds your heart in a deep and imperturbable peace. πŸ™
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime πŸ’•
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Photo @mysoreseoul
Outfit @manduka_korea

Question: should you try and appeal to as many people as possible or should you find your unique voice and stick to that, even if it alienates some people? I lean towards the latter, feeling like it is authenticity that matters most. I've been told I'm too advanced and that my writing is too complex. I've been asked to dumb it down and make it more "fluffy". I politely declined.
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I generally don't believe we should try and neutralize ourselves until nothing offensive is left. I can be a little pushy, meaning I push limits, of my own and of other people. This doesn't appeal to everyone. I can also be exacting, demanding and set the bar relatively high. I like to dig deeply, to dive in, to study, to find the highest truth. When I set my sights on something I rarely back down. I am persistent and tenacious, perhaps to a fault. I yearn for the good stuff in life and I appreciate quality, whether it's tea, a local handmade craft, a banana, a class on philosophy or a conversation. And while I can be genuinely happy with anything anywhere, I do know what I want when I want it. And while I can be forgiving and sometimes generous, I am not a naturally patient person.
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There's a place inside of me that refuses to believe that we should try and be anyone or anything other than who we are. If you're intellectual, be intellectual. If you're physically gifted and good with you hands, embrace it. If you're a numbers genius or a techie, go with that. I don't think there's value in trying to moderate yourself so you piss less people off. I think there's value is speaking up, pushing back and claiming your space. I don't think we need to try and appeal to everyone, nor do I think we should try. Instead, I think we should get real about who we are and then claim it, own it, love it. Because really if you don't know and love yourself fully and completely, how can you expect the world to? But when you find your voice and give your whole heart to every note that you sing, the tune of your life starts to glow and spread like wildfire. If you could see yourself and all your brilliance you wouldn't want to be anyone else, you'd just want to love the beautiful being that you are!

Step 1: Get into Tittibhasana during the allocated pedestrian crossing. Step 2: Look right and left to be sure you're safe. Step 3: Run for your life. The cars are coming! 😱
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Scroll through, like and comment if this made you laugh. 🀣
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#laughalittle πŸ’•

Yoga Sutra 1:1
Atha Yoganusasanam
Now begins the study of yoga. The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali is a collection of ancient philosophies that hold all the wisdom of the yoga tradition. This is the first in a new video series where I share the lessons of the Yoga Sutras with you. As you learn about what these ancient wisdoms have to offer, you'll discover that they can easily be applied to and even aid you in living out your everyday life in our modern society. What do you think? πŸ™
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Watch this video now only on @omstarsofficial www.omstars.com Click the link in my bio to sign up. πŸ’«
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime

There are moments when I close my eyes and come back to a deeper sense of knowingness, like something clicks and whatever confusion I had been feeling lifts. These epiphanies happen most often during my practice. It's like by moving the body and putting in the work of practice something in my mind shifts just enough to let a higher level of awareness filter in. I can't tell you how many times I've started my practice confused, annoyed, sad, angry or anxiety only to finish my practice just that little bit more peaceful and that little bit more, well, more myself. I believe the capacity for a deep and powerful spiritual transformation lies within each of us and it's up to us to search for it. Sort of like we each carry a seed of remembrance but it only gets activated if we give it the right conditions. We can choose forgetting and then lose ourselves in the world, but who we are is essentially spiritual. Remembering who you are and where you really come from and understanding why you're here and how valuable you are may be the most important journey of your life. And if yoga can help at all with that you simply have to practice every day. πŸ™
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime πŸ’•
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Practice with me and our other amazing hosts on @omstarsofficial Click the link in my bio to sign up πŸ’«

Do you ever get an idea that seems just too crazy to be real? I may have had one of those moments. Can you guess what it might be? I'm not telling for now while I let this seed start to sprout. Let's see if the path opens up for it to all fall into place. The idea to build @omstarsofficial dropped into my mind one random evening. It took a few years for it come true, but it finally did. With just the right mix of effort and surrender, hard work and grace, dreams can come true. No one wanted to make a yoga TV with so I decided to make a whole yoga TV channel! And with your help the dream came true. If you haven't been to www.omstars.com click the link in my bio and you get to practice, meditate and travel with me and all of our amazing hosts! πŸ™
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#believeinyourwildestdreams
#nevergiveup

I know all too well that untrained mind lapses into depression, anxiety, panic and general states of malaise with a rapidity that is daunting. It's like if left unchecked the mind is a battlefield laced with land mines that have been perfectly placed to trip you up at your weakest moments. But a trained mind is like an elite soldier, equipped with al the tools and skills needed to traverse even the most rugged and hostile terrain. Every single person is charged with the great task of mastering their own minds. There are things you can control. And there are things that are beyond your control. The things that fall into the first category are actually much smaller than we'd like. The things which fall into the second category are infinite, which can be honestly terrifying. Freedom comes from realizing that the one thing that only you have power over is how you respond to any situation, how much you let your emotions take you rollercoaster and how you respond to the inevitable ups and downs of life. Faith comes from the belief that the world isn't a big bad place that out to get you. If you look closely enough you'll see that the good always outweighs the bad, even if you can't see it right now. In the spiritual warfare being waged on the inner world, the power and might of the armies of light shine brighter than a thousands sun. If you think you're not engaged in a fight, think again. The yogic path has always traditionally been framed as a spiritual battle where a calm, equanimous mind and gentle, humble heart make the yogi indomitable. πŸ™
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime πŸ’«
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Shanghai πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

I've always felt like a selfish person. Being an only child meant I was never forced to share at home. Thinking about my own needs and my own happiness is second nature for me. So much so that when I met my husband and we started living together, I had to get used to the idea that he would use my towel. How funny and embarrassing is that? The first time he reached for my towel and I gave him a "look" he said, there's nothing I wouldn't share with you. To say I felt bad would be an understatement. Compassion is one of the essential qualities of the spiritual path. Without it we are just serving our own self-interests. And you k ow what's funny? Happiness isn't when all your needs are met in a vacuum and happiness isn't a zero-sum equation. Happiness is when you are a part of a peaceful, harmonious whole. In other words, compassion for others actually makes you happier personally. Studies show that buying someone for someone else generates more positive vibes than buying something for yourself. Thinking warm and fuzzy thoughts about others actually out later you in a good mood. Try it today: define happiness not solely by your own needs but by the inerconnectedness of everyone and everything around you. Start simply. Give a compliment. Open a door for someone. Then notice what you like around you. Buy someone a cup of coffee or pick a flower for someone. Give a hug, share a smile and wish someone well with sincere intentions. Change your world. Yes, it's that simple. πŸ™
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime

Good morning Shanghai 😊 Most of the internet that I rely on is blocked here. Guess how I got online to post this? Google, FB, IG, Periscooe, YouTube, Vimeo, Spotify, Netflix and most other social or streaming sites are blocked! And when I was taking pics and filming around the city we were asked to stop not because of the yoga but because too many people were gathering to watch. All that being said, I am loving it here. There's something magical about China. πŸ™
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#practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime πŸ’—

I almost didn't post this because I thought my butt looked huge and the folds on my midsection looked fat. It's ridiculous. My butt is not huge, nor am I fat. And if my butt was huge and I was bigger, so what? What matters to me is how I feel in my body and in this pic, on this day, I felt beautiful, peaceful, comfortable in my own skin. And that's all that should matter. Eating healthfully is one thing, obsessing about what size your body or shape is, well, that's something else. I remember looking at pictures of girls in magazines when I was a teenager and realizing that I would never be shaped like them. No matter how hard I worked out, no matter if I dieted or did magic tricks, I just wouldn't ever be shaped like them. It has taken me nearly my whole life to be ok with that. It was like some dark and twisted place inside of myself thought only the tall and beautiful were worthy of love and success. And I was short and frumpy, so me and my thick thighs weren't getting any dates, nor did we have have any chance of living our dreams. How sad is that? I had to start practicing yoga to finally see that it's not size or shape that matters. One of the first things I loved about yoga was that my body was actually capable of something. With practice I could learn how to do backbends, twists and maybe even handstands! While this lifted my self-worth out of the gutter, the danger in the yoga world is trading the attachment to the unattainable standard of beauty with the unattainable standard of asana. Chasing beauty externally and judging yourself for not fitting the mold is harsh. But so is chasing the perfect asana and judging yourself harshly when you're not pressing up into handstand and everyone else is. It's the chasing that has to stop. When you realize it's not about pose, it's not about the handstand press, it's not about fitting into a size 0, it's not about being 6 feet tall, it's about being yourself and letting your practice be an honest window into your soul. So many people don't practice yoga because they think they're the wrong size or shape, the wrong age or gender. But really, truly, the perfect body for yoga (and life) is the one you have.

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