Like a Lotus, we Rise from the Mud. ~ Kino MacGregor

Via Kino MacGregor
on Feb 15, 2017
get elephant's newsletter

A post shared by Kino MacGregor (@kinoyoga) on

Someone sent me a message saying that they don’t respect me anymore because I post selfies and pictures about beautiful villas.

Then I saw this amazing lotus flower on the ground and I thought, “Like a lotus, we rise up out of the mud.” 

Firstly, this is something about me you can take or leave.

I like to feel beautiful. I like selfies. I do moderate how many selfies I post on my yoga account, but Snapchat and other social media channels are full selfie time for me.

You may also see fashion, nails, hair, food, travel, and a little bit more of my goofy side. But really, what’s wrong with selfies and beautiful villas?

It’s like there is some idea of a yogi that people feel safe with and for whatever reason I just don’t fit in that mold. Even though I have been committed to my practice for nearly two decades, it’s like I’m never good enough to pass some mythic test.

Always an outsider, too flashy to please the purists, too traditional to be fun.

I’m devoted to the inner experience of yoga, but I’m not interested in fitting into a box of what a yogi is or isn’t.

In fact, I’m not interested in putting anyone into any boxes. I’m interested in authenticity. I’m interested in being real. And yes, I’m interested in beauty, like this flower that needs sunshine and warmth to open.

So how about this?

I think we are all flowers just waiting for the sun to shine on us so that we can open our blooms to the world. But if we hide in the mud because someone doesn’t like what they see, well then, that serves no one.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we all loved more than we complained?

Take time today to be someone’s sunshine. Beam a ray of warmth onto their tender heart and watch it open.


Author: Kino MacGregor

Image: Author’s own

Editor: Sara Kärpänen 


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.


Leave a Reply