Category Archives: June

Preserving the Essence of Ashtanga Yoga: Separating the Guru from the Practice

Kino Macgregor opens up about her relationship with the “father of Ashtanga” Pattabhi Jois and why it’s necessary to update the guru-student relationship.

Kino Macgregor at her studio in Miami, FL. 

While in Miami, Live Be Yoga ambassadors, Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt, sit down with international yoga teacher, author, entrepreneur and inspirational speaker, Kino MacGregor to discuss the teacher/student relationship, the tradition of Ashtanga yoga and how to preserve its true essence.

It’s been years since I took an Ashtanga Yoga class, and even then, I can’t say it was traditional. I had certainly never done the full primary series or memorized the order of the poses enough to practice mysore style. That’s why it was particularly refreshing and humbling to practice Ashtanga at Miami Life Center, home of world-renowned Ashtanga teacher, Kino Macgregor.

I teach and practice primarily Vinyasa Yoga, which is what, on the tour, we’ve been mostly exposed to. However, as modern yoga continues to evolve, it feels important to honor the roots of the practice – to recognize the importance of tradition and lineage. The foundation of Vinyasa Yoga as we know it today stems from the Ashtanga system and what we have come to know and understand about yoga (any style) comes from years of teachings graciously passed down from generation to generation. I could feel this sweet reminder as I stumbled through the primary series – where I was instantly transported back in time to my first yoga class, over a decade ago – humbled by my sore muscles and grateful to once again, find myself in the seat of the beginner, feeling the purity of practice.

Watch video interview with Kino MacGregor. 

Ashtanga Yoga and #MeToo

In light of the recent reports of sexual assault by Ashtanga leader, …

Reset with These 5 Energizing Poses


This simple yet effective sequence from Ashtanga Yoga teacher Kino MacGregor will energize and inspire you even when the couch calls.

Live Be Yoga ambassadors Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt are on a road trip across the country to sit down with master teachers, host free local classes, and so much more—all to illuminate the conversations pulsing through the yoga community today.

We all succumb to laziness from time to time. We lose our momentum, inspiration and motivation for projects –both personal and professional. It’s human nature. One of the great things about yoga is that it can shift us into a more proactive state. Often, when I feel sluggish or overcome by emotion, I will practice yoga to clear my mind.

While in Miami, Lauren and I were fortunate enough to visit the Miami Life Center, take some classes with the local community, and get tips and poses from online influencer and Ashtanga Yoga teacher Kino MacGregor to keep you energized and upbeat. Kino MacGregor is the co-founder of the Miami Life Center, creator of the online yoga platform OmStars, and author of four successful yoga books.

Watch Kino MacGregor discuss Making Ashtanga Yoga More Accessible. 

Next time you feel like staying in bed or on the couch, try this sequence for a quick dose of energy. 

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Find Your Center and Deep Calm with this Kali Natha Yoga Tantric Practice

Cool down this summer with Moon Cooling Breath, an ancient pranayam and mudra that quickly lowers the heat in the mind and body.

The half-moon mudra, as demonstrated by Swami Jaya Devi, helps you connect to the transformational phases of the moon. 

Live Be Yoga ambassadors Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt are on a road trip across the country to sit down with master teachers, host free local classes, and so much more—all to illuminate the conversations pulsing through the yoga community today. 

During our time at the Kashi Atlanta Urban Yoga Ashram, we had the privilege of practicing with Swami Jaya Devi, the ashram’s founder. Devi led us through a Kali Natha Yoga tantric practice known as moon cooling breath, which is designed to reduce excess heat in the mind and body, while connecting you to the feminine, intuitive energy of the moon.

There are two parts to this pranayama practice. The sequence with this breath pattern is meant to help establish yourself in your “center point,” where you feel calm and centered. The half moon mudra (pictured above) honors the different phases of the moon.

Watch also Swami’ Jaya Devi discussing How to Live the Life of a Yogi.

To prepare, make the half-moon mudra with your hands that you will take in various positions throughout the sequence: create a c-shape with both hands in front of your chest. Wrap the left hand around the right to make a half moon shape between the hands.

 

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What Does it Mean to Live the Life of a Yogi?


Swami Jaya Deva of Kashi Atlanta discusses how doing the deep inner work can help you transform suffering in the world and build community.

While in Atlanta, Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt stopped by Kashi Atlanta Urban Yoga Ashram to talk to founder Swami Jaya Deva about what it means to live the life of a Yogi. Here’s what she had to say

Live Be Yoga ambassadors Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt are on a road trip across the country to sit down with master teachers, host free local classes, and so much more—all to illuminate the conversations pulsing through the yoga community today. Follow the tour and get the latest stories @livebeyoga on Instagram and Facebook.

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Making Ashtanga Yoga Accessible


Kino MacGregor, Ashtanga Yoga teacher and co-founder of Miami Life Center discusses how to make this notoriously difficult practice more approachable.

Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt recently caught up with Ashtanga Yoga instructor Kino MacGreggor at her Miami studio to talk about making this practice, famous for its difficult poses, more inclusive. Find out what one of the youngest certified Ashtanga Yoga teachers and co-founder of Miami Life Center had to say. 

Live Be Yoga ambassadors Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt are on a road trip across the country to sit down with master teachers, host free local classes, and so much more—all to illuminate the conversations pulsing through the yoga community today. Follow the tour and get the latest stories @livebeyoga on Instagram and Facebook.

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