Final installment of Donavan Wilson’s interview with Kino MacGregor. Photos are provided from Kino MacGregor’s website. Contact Donavan at dwilson95 AT gmail_com.
The American Yoga Scene
“I loved how many people are doing yoga today,” commented Kino as she offered her perspective on the direction of American yoga. “I think it’s great. What is really inspiring is how dedicated people are, not only in the U.S. but all over the world and how many people are getting turned on to it. The most inspirational thing about the American Yoga community is its embrace of yoga as lifestyle,” she said. “Also, what else that is exciting is the generation of children born into Yoga families and who have the exposure to a lifestyle committed to inner peace at an early age.” Continue reading →
Installment III of Donavan Wilson’s extended conversation with Kino MacGregor about her yoga evolution. Since I have already apologized to Donavan for taking so long to get this article online, I should probably apologize to Kino now as well because she invested time and thought in answering Donavan’s persistent questions and did not see the end product for months. Photos are provided from Kino MacGregor’s website. In case you have not figure it out yet, just click on an image to see a larger format.
Finding a Home
Kino discussed the direction of practice after Jois left New York. She identified Jois as her teacher. She practiced at few places, but with no success. Govinda Kai left New York City to assist Eddie Stern. The issues of affordability, convenience and schedule conflicts prevented Kino from practicing in a studio. Also, Kino had used her money to pay for her first trip to Mysore and Jois’ practice in New York City. She believed that her trip to Mysore and Jois’s tour of New York served as a message. Kino unrolled her yoga mat and practice in her apartment every single day. Govinda moved into Kino’s apartment and they became roommates. Kino participated in an occasional workshop, but identified Jois as her teacher. In the subsequent years, Kino returned to Mysore to practice with Jois. The longest time she stayed in Mysore was six months, doing so two years in a row. During her third trip to Mysore, she received the authorization to teach.
“The thing about Mysore that was amazing was meeting Guruji,” said Kino. “The practice was one thing; it is really his presence that was amazing. It was him, more than just the asanas. My first memory of Mysore was questioning whether or not I would really be open to the idea of a guru, someone to have authority over me” she said.
Donavan Wilson has been using yoga to develop patience, and he needed it when he sent me an extended interview with Kino MacGregor, the Miami-based Ashtanga master teacher. I sat on it for months. I’ve got my excuses, but none of them can account for all the time that’s slipped by since the 3000-word article landed in my inbox. He and Mary Naeger wrote up a Kino workshop at Woodley Park Yoga in December. Donavan wrote up an even more extended exchange with Kino, so much that I am breaking it up into separate notes. He provides a look into the personal evolution of a yoga teacher. Contact Donavan at dwilson95 AT gmail_com.
“I was 19, fast and wanted the world to happen yesterday” said Kino MacGregor whose passion for life exuded from her. Kino is from Miami, Florida and is an only child. Kino’s mother is Japanese and father Scottish. She has spent her college years at the University of Miami and earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. Later, she obtained a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration on science studies from New York University (NYU).
After suffering injuring her Achilles tendon from taking too many aerobics classes, her desire to remain physically active led her to yoga. As she was working out she wanted to experience something new and different. “I went into this Sivananda-style class and just hated it,” said Kino. The class was relaxing and calm, which happened to be the exact opposite of what she was looking for.