Kino MacGregor - Ashtanga Yoga

  1. Volume 1 - Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga DVD with Kino MacGregor, Greg Nardi and Tim Feldmann

    On this DVD we introduce you to the Ashtanga Yoga system, devised by our teacher Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and traditionally taught in Mysore, India. Including four distinct segments that are meant to be played repeatedly to deepen your yoga journey, this DVD is a perfect at-home practice manual for Ashtanga Yoga. You will learn the philosophical foundations of all yoga practice including a brief history of Ashtanga yoga and the genesis story of yoga itself. The third segment of the DVD details the powerful use of breathing as a connection between the body and the mind. A full one hour practice of Ashtanga Yoga complete with Sun Salutations, Standing Postures, Seated Postures, Backbends and Finishing postures completes your experience. Many modifications are offered so that all levels can enjoy trying the Ashtanga Yoga method.

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  2. Volume 2 - A Journey, A Workshop with Kino MacGregor

    In this two part DVD, certified Ashtanga yoga instructor Kino MacGregor makes the mastery of strength available for everybody. All levels from beginner to advanced will benefit from learning the techniques presented here. Easily applicable to all yoga practitioners, the explanation given will greatly improve your ability to understand and actually do some of yoga’s most challenging strength-based postures.

    The first portion of the DVD gives background information on Kino and her yoga shala, Miami Life Center, as well as a yoga demonstration of advanced postures that is an inspiration to all. The second portion captures the essence of one of her live workshops presenting the fundamentals of strength, stability and power in a clear and down-to-earth format. Both sections deliver unique yoga instructions in a compelling narrative structure, complete with spiritual insight and heartfelt wisdom.”

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  3. Volume 3 - Ashtanga Yoga Third Series with Kino MacGregor - Sthira Bhaga: Strength and Grace

    The magic of the Ashtanga Yoga system comes from its perfect balance between the two opposing forces of Strength and Flexibility. In this DVD Certified Ashtanga Teacher Kino MacGregor guides you through the foundational elements of the challenging Third Series. Known in Sanskrit as Sthira Bhaga, translated as Strength and Grace, this series involves some of the hardest and most intense movements possible. The journey of the Third Series is not one to be taken lightly, but is a devotional relationship built over many years of practice. The deepest type of strength is a spiritual fortitude that comes from a true understanding of the subtle currents of energy in the body and the eternal nature of the human soul. This DVD provides three useful tools for everyone. The Introduction explains the philosophical basis of the Third Series as well as Ashtanga Yoga. The How to Work segment gives helpful tools on the development of core strength, the illusive “bandhas” and many key postures of the Third Series. The Practice disc is a flow through the postures of Third Series in traditional Vinyasa Sanskrit count.

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  4. Volume 4 - Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series

    Watch Kino MacGregor present the traditional Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series as she learned it in Mysore, India from her teachers Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamy. Shot on location at Miami Life Center, the strength and flexibility demonstrated here are meant as an inspiration to begin, renew, continue and deepen your daily yoga practice with a qualified teacher. As you see Kino gracefully move in and out of the fluid vinyasa system called Ashtanga Yoga, you get a taste of the deep and lasting benefits that a dedicated yoga practice brings on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.

    This group of asanas known as Yoga Chikitsa is a cleansing and healing practice appropriate for all levels, yet some postures may seem difficult at first. The “”Beginner’s Options”" that form the second segment of this offering break down the harder movements of the Primary Series into a step-by-step format with audio-visual guidance. For those seeking a higher level of difficulty, Advanced Option boxes lead the way to fun challenges. The voice over plug-in allows you to use this DVD as a guided home practice or to learn specific technical instructions, Sanskrit vinyasa counts, and Sanskrit posture names. Scene selection provides for easy navigation, while the Sanskrit words of the Ashtanga Yoga opening and closing mantras appear on the screen along with Kino’s chanting and make it easy for you to learn these sacred invocations on your own. Immensely useful for beginners, seasoned practitioners and teachers alike.

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  5. Volume 5 - Ashtanga Yoga Intermediate Series with Kino MacGregor

    Ashtanga yoga is a magical, dynamic system of yoga taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamy in Mysore, India that is comprised of six series of postures. In this DVD set, Kino MacGregor presents the Intermediate or Second Series of Ashtanga yoga. Called Nadi Shodhana in Sanskrit, this group of postures cleanses the nervous system through a rigorous combination of backbending, twisting, hip-opening and strength postures or asanas.

    The first disc in this DVD set begins with Kino’s insights on this powerful practice and then moves directly into the first segment demonstrating the Intermediate Series as Kino learned it from her teachers in India. While the Second Series is best learned under the guidance of a qualified teacher, you can use this documentation to inspire, deepen and develop your practice. The second disc in this DVD set, called “”How to Work,”" gives you more explanation, pointers and tips on how best to safely approach some of the most challenging asanas in the series. Taken together, this DVD set serves as a comprehensive guide to Ashtanga yoga’s Intermediate Series.

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Kino MacGregor - Ashtanga Yoga

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Ashtanga Yoga
Yoga is a conscious effort to train the mind to be fully present by controlling the body, breathe and mind in one harmonious moment.

The most easily accessible form of yoga available to Western practitioners is the physical practice…


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Ashtanga Yoga
Yoga is a conscious effort to train the mind to be fully present by controlling the body, breathe and mind in one harmonious moment.

The most easily accessible form of yoga available to Western practitioners is the physical practice of postures or asanas as stated in the traditional Sanskrit.

The physical postures of yoga are knit together with careful attention to the breathe and the practitioner’s point of focus. There is much more to yoga than bending, folding and twisting your body. Indeed yoga also stretches your mind by asking you to challenge your beliefs about yourself, your body, your consciousness, your identity and your community. In doing so yoga creates real and lasting change in the lives of its many practitioners. The physical postures produce the added side effects of cleansing the body, ridding practitioners of unwanted fat and healing old injuries. But make no mistake yoga is not an exercise. It is a body awareness technique aimed at liberating your consciousness from old, habitual was of thinking, being and acting. The lithe, flexible yoga body is merely a seductive by-product of the work of awakening your consciousness.

Yoga is as deep as you want to be. There are at least twenty different types of yoga that all have the authentic power to offer real transformation along with an army of teachers deployed worldwide. Perhaps the most important decision a yoga practitioner makes is the choice of a teacher. If you decide to try yoga a good method is to embark on a trial period where you sample many different styles of yoga until you get a feel for each. Use your intelligence and look for empirical proof that each particular method of yoga will produce the stated results . The best way to test the validity of yoga is to look at students who have been practicing yoga for many years. Then if you like what you see in the senior practitioners proceed along the path before you with full confidence that you too will one day achieve similar results.

My teaching shares my experiences over the past ten years practicing one of the most powerful, popular and proven methods of yoga called Ashtanga yoga. This dynamic flowing series of postures was introduced to the West nearly 35 years ago by its living master teacher, or Guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Often called Guruji by his legions of students, Jois is now 93 years old and has dedicated his life to the teaching of Ashtanga Yoga. With more than 65 years of experience teaching in the small south India city of Mysore, Jois’s unwavering diligence in maintaining the Ashtanga yoga method as he learned it from his teacher T. Krishnamacharya has allowed thousands if not millions of people to benefit from regular Ashtanga yoga practice. Without his steady perseverance through more than half the Twentieth Century yoga as we know it today simply would not be.

Ashtanga yoga traces its lineage to an ancient sage named Vamana Rishi and it is through a long line of students who became teachers themselves that we now have access to the heritage of yoga. Ashtanga literally means eight limbs and is defined by the sacred yogic text, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras as Yama (moral codes), Niyama (self-purification and study), Asana (posture), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (sense control), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (total peace). Ideally teachers are well-versed in all eight limbs before they begin teaching so that they may truly guide the student through the entire journey of yoga.

When students of Ashtanga yoga today practice they become part of this sacred tradition. From Australia to India to Europe to the U.S.A., Ashtanga yoga remains pure and classically rooted because all authorized and certified teachers must go to Mysore to study at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute and learn the method directly. While many schools offer teacher trainings, Ashtanga yoga teachers must be students for many years and then receive the blessing of their Indian master teachers when they are ready to teach. In some ways Ashtanga yoga demands that you delve deeply within yourself and experience firsthand the transformative power of yoga before you begin teaching. In this way every student who takes an Ashtanga yoga class enters the age old tradition in which yoga is steeped.

Yet all this tradition remains grounded in the direct experience of each teacher and student. Jois has been known to say that yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory. The highest form of knowledge for the yoga practitioner is the knowledge which has been experienced directly and is there incontrovertible. The forum for this direct experience in Ashtanga yoga is first a physical practice of yoga postures that induce a powerful, cleansing cardiovascular sweat when done regularly. With the careful coordination of posture, breathe and concentration the internal fire of purification, or Agni in the traditional Sanskrit, ignites and the journey of transformation begins. If you try Ashtanga yoga you will quickly experience first hand the deluge of sweat and the heat of purification.

Ashtanga yoga asks tightness to bend and softness to be strong. It challenges the limits of the mind and the body beyond popular medical notions of safety, possibility and comfort. In doing so practitioners literally expand their consciousness. While containing six series of postures, most practitioners spend their entire lives working on the first or Primary Series of Ashtanga yoga because its level of strength and flexibility is already quite challenging. Yet the Primary Series is a complete practice that burns through accumulated toxins within the body and heightens the level of health. Without regular cleansing the body collects toxins from the environment, food and even emotional states that if left unattended can sometimes lead to disease and discomfort later in life. The physical practice of yoga can be likened to brushing your teeth. Without a daily routine plaque and tartar accumulate and cause a pricey visit to the dentist. Yet with yoga youth, health and comfort can easily return to the body through proven methods of practice. It is no magic pill for it is through your own effort that you purify your body. Yoga is as strong as you make it and takes you as deep as you are willing to go.

At the end of the mountain of desire lies the real truth of existence. It is that secret knowingness that yogis have pursued with their passionate devotion to practice for centuries. It is the same secret that you too may move towards in your yoga practice. For it is not the lithe muscles, the thin waist nor the youthful countenance that is yoga’s real power. Instead the intoxicating nectar of yoga is your ability to use this ancient technique to connect to the deepest and most powerful part of yourself and find lasting peace.

Kino MacGregor
Kino MacGregor is an international yoga teacher, author of two books, producer of six Ashtanga Yoga DVDs, writer, vlogger, world traveler, co-founder of Miami Life Center (miamilifecenter.com) and founder of Miami Yoga Magazine (miamiyogamagazine.com). Her YouTube channel reached more than 2 million views within the last year (youtube.com/kinoyoga). She is one of a select group of people to receive the Certification to teach Ashtanga Yoga by its founder Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India and practices through the Fourth Series of Ashtanga Yoga.

Without any background in movement training Kino MacGregor tried her first yoga class when she was nineteen. Three years later, she joined Govinda Kai’s Mysore-style classes in New York City and became a dedicated Ashtanga yoga practitioner. After seven months of traditional Ashtanga practice Kino traveled to Mysore, India to meet her true teacher, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (“Guruji”). Upon her return she began real self-practice by practicing alone and devoting herself entirely to the study and teaching of Ashtanga yoga. After seven years of consistent trips to Mysore, at the age of 29, she received from Guruji the Certification to teach Ashtanga yoga and has since worked to pass on the inspiration to practice to countless others.

After spending a major portion of her life actively engaged in personal growth work, Kino returned to Miami Beach to create a space dedicated to the integration of yoga, holistic health and consciousness. In 2006, she and her husband Tim Feldmann founded Miami Life Center, where they workshops and intensives together while Kino directs the daily operations. Miami Life Center is a community built around yoga, holistic health and consciousness on Miami Beach miamilifecenter.com. Kino has produced six Ashtanga yoga DVDs (Kino MacGregor – A Journey, A Workshop; Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series; Ashtanga Yoga Intermediate Series; Ashtanga Yoga Third Series; Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga; Ashtanga Yoga Home Practice Series Backbends), an Ashtanga yoga practice card and a podcast. Sacred Fire, Kino’s first book, was published in June 2012 by Harmony Publishers UK and chronicles her personal discovery of Ashtanga Yoga and the spiritual path. Kino’s second book, The Power of Ashtanga Yoga under contract with Shambhala Publishers to be released in 2013, is a detailed exploration of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. Kino’s YouTube channel has quickly grown in popularity and provides practice tools for students of yoga all over the world (youtube.com/kinoyoga).

Kino is dedicated to carrying the torch of Ashtanga yoga all over the world and sharing the amazing tradition of Ashtanga yoga with everyone who is inspired to practice. Each year she visits Europe, Asia and the Americas sometimes traveling to more than 30 different cities in 15 different countries to share the message of Ashtanga Yoga. In her unique, inspirational and playful approach Kino helps all her students expand and deepen their understanding of yoga and life. Yoga found its expression through her message of spiritual strength, balanced flexibility and emotional peace.

Passionate about the environment, Kino pledges a monthly donation to Go Zero! to make her heavy travel schedule carbon neutral. With a Master’s Degree from New York University, Kino integrates her commitment to consciousness, lifelong learning and empowerment with her yoga teaching. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, Yoga Mind Body Spirit, Yoga Joyful Living, Travel & Leisure Magazine, Ocean Drive Magazine, Boca Raton Magazine, Florida Travel & Life Magazine, Six Degrees Magazine as well as appearing on Miami Beach’s Plum TV and the CBS Today Show. She blogs for Elephant Journal, MindBodyGreen, Myyogaonline and Yoga Magazine UK.

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