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.
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.
Ashtanga Yoga and #MeToo
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