Power, Breath & Control: Three Part Ashtanga Beginner’s Series Online.

Via Kino MacGregor
on Aug 11, 2012
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The healing benefit of the physical practice of yoga is as easy to understand as the benefit of brushing your teeth every day.

When you use your body on a daily basis things like plaque accumulate along the interior spaces of the body. If you never clean out this store of toxins and impurities, then the body will begin to decay much like teeth that never have the plaque removed.

The yoga postures cleanse the body from within by going into the darkest corners of the body with twists, bends, folds and breath to literally burn through stuck material. Without the constant cleansing yoga practice provides the internal workings of the body’s organ and neruomuscular systems would grow sluggish. But with the practice of yoga the body is able to maintain a healthy level of pliability throughout life.

The Ashtanga Yoga method in particular leaves no cell in the body untouched and systematically seeks to bring strength and flexibility to every molecule inside the body.

On an emotional and psychological level the yoga postures increase conscious awareness of every part of the body. Along with the pure physical benefit associated with developing heightened awareness of the body, there are numerous mental and emotional benefits that accrue as well.

When you delve deeply into sleeping areas of the body you discover that the body itself is a reservoir of old memories, emotions and habit patterns. The samskaras, or old habit patterns of the body and mind, take root in the body and are encased in postural patterns of tightness, stiffness and pain. When yoga postures force you to go directly into the source of the old habit pattern and face the fear, sadness, anger or other traumatic emotions the yoga postures are working the deepest therapy possible.

Yoga trains the mind to stay in places of difficulty instead of running away and developing protective measures.

In yoga there is no room for defense mechanisms. In fact the yoga postures are designed to strip away every protective layer that you may have accumulated in order to reveal the inner purity at the heart of your being.

If you are interested in starting yoga, but do not have access to a teacher check out this new Three Part Beginner’s Series in Ashtanga Yoga available now on Udemy.



Editor: Thaddeus Haas



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About Kino MacGregor

Kino MacGregor 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. The youngest woman to hold this title, she has completed the challenging Third Series and is now learning the Fourth Series. 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. In 2006, she and her husband Tim Feldmann founded Miami Life Center, where they now teach daily classes, workshops and intensives together in addition to maintaining an international traveling and teaching schedule. She has produced three Ashtanga yoga DVDs (Kino MacGregor – A Journey, A Workshop; Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series; Ashtanga Yoga Intermediate Series), an Ashtanga yoga practice card and a podcast on yoga. Her next book, The Power of Ashtanga Yoga, is set to come out in the spring of 2013 from Shambhala Publications. As a life coach and Ph.D. student in holistic health with a Master’s Degree from New York University, Kino integrates her commitment to consciousness 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. Find her on her page, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Get her Yoga Life app on iTunes.


7 Responses to “Power, Breath & Control: Three Part Ashtanga Beginner’s Series Online.”

  1. Mamaste says:

    Just intro'd on FB to: Health & Wellness.

    Thanks Kino. I just love your videos.


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