Transformative power: a chat with international yoga teacher Kino Macgregor
International yoga teacher and ashtanga practitioner Kino Macgregor tells YTL Life about her yoga journey in Mysore, India, and how the practice has shaped her life.
Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur in partnership with Oscillation Yoga had the pleasure of hosting Kino Macgregor. The international yoga teacher and pioneering yogi embraces the traditional teaching of yoga and social media – she has 1.1 million followers on Instagram. This is your first time at Hotel Stripes. What are your impressions? I think one of the most stunning features about this hotel is the rooftop pool. It has a beautiful view of the city and it’s peaceful up there.
How and when did you find yoga? I started the practice of yoga to live a peaceful life. When I did my first class at the age of 19, yoga left an impression. It was a path of healing.
Is ashtanga one of the most intense methods of yoga? There are some things that the traditional practice demands in the ashtanga yoga method that some of the more contemporary styles of yoga don’t. For example, if you drop in for a beginner’s ashtanga class, everything will be relatively approachable.
What is the biggest challenge you face on your yoga journey? My biggest challenge in the practice is strength. I was never a dancer or gymnast, so it’s not something that comes naturally for me. To work on the powerful moves, to lift up and jump back or to do a handstand, all that stuff was almost impossible when I first started the practice.
How has yoga changed your life? The first thing that yoga taught me was how to believe in myself. I never learned that, I never really had a discipline of any type. It taught me how to believe in myself, to achieve the things I wasn’t naturally good at.
Tell us about your yoga journey in Mysore, India. When I first went to India, I had no idea what to expect. I was just this American girl from Florida who flew to India and it was completely overwhelming.
There were only 40 students in the class, and that number dwindled to half before I left, so there were only 20 of us in that trip to India. It really just changed my whole perspective. I realised that the first gift that India gave me was patience.
Tips for practising yoga at home? Try to practice at the same time every day. Try to make a programme and stick to it – that is really important because if you have a routine around it, then the people in your life start to respect that routine. Try to practice in the same spot every day. This is important because it builds a sense of energy and respect, much like a sacred space.