Kino MacGregor is an author and one of the youngest certified yoga teachers in the Ashtanga yoga tradition. MacGregor is one of only a few yogis to have earned a certificate in India directly from founder K. Pattabhi Jois.
Kino MacGregor is a Miami native who is happiest on the beach with a fresh coconut and a poet at heart who always stops to smell the flowers. She is the founder of Omstars—the world’s first yoga TV network (www.omstars.com). With over 1 million followers on Instagram and over 500,000 subscribers on YouTube and Facebook, Kino’s message of spiritual strength reaches people all over the world. Sought after as an expert in yoga worldwide, is a international yoga teacher, inspirational speaker, author of four books, producer of six Ashtanga Yoga DVDs, writer, vlogger, world traveler, co-founder of Miami Life Center (miamilifecenter.com).
Women Fitness’ President Namita Nayyar recently had the most wonderful time chatting with Kino MacGregor on why she loves doing yoga and wishes to spread it all over the globe.
You are one of the youngest certified yoga teachers of Ashtanga yoga, what motivated you towards learning yoga?
I started yoga over 20 years ago out of a sincere desire to live a more peaceful life.
How has yoga impacted your life? Tell us 5 changes yoga brought in your daily life?
Yoga has made me a more kind, more loving, more patient and a more humble person. My commitment to practice six days a week has changed everything, from my choices in diet (I’m vegan), to what time I go to bed (earlier than I used to!), to other habits of personal consumption. I am much more conscious of the impact that I make on both my immediate space and the world. The yoga practice has also opened the doors of travel to me. I have traveled nearly 1 million miles in service of yoga!
Having 18 years of experience in Vipassana Meditation, Share how one can benefit from meditation?
Meditation is a the single-most important practice for my mental and emotional balance. I sit for my meditation practice every day, with no days off. My practice is somewhere between five to thirty minutes twice a day. Like a daily ritual of mental health meditation is my key to remaining calm and peaceful amidst the inevitable ups and downs of life.
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