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“Put in the work and enjoy the ride”, says Kino MacGregor at the 2010 Yoga Journal Conference last weekend.. I had the ultimate pleasure to enjoy 2 classes with Kino who put it quite simply as she led us through our opening morning chant.

“even though you may not know the sanskrit words you can still feel the vibrations going through you as you attempt to call and answer the mantra”.

Kino MacGregor is the youngest person to have studied with Sri Pattobi Jois in Mysore India and is trained by Pattobi Jois to teach Ashtanga.. Kino illuminates pure energy as she describes her experiences with her Gershi as she lovingly describes her Guru. She tells us that strength comes from the decision to open your mind and heart and the willingness to put in the work no matter how long it takes.

We must have an intention to want to tap into an eternal place in which to grow and learn.

Kino breaks down the asanas to give us “small digestable bits” in which for us to learn about the proper foundation for inversions.  Once you press your finger pads and palm into the earth with intention one can pour their weight into their hands to tranfer again into the arms with Mula Bandha engaged the yogi can lift lightly and with intention into any strength or inverting pose with ease.

“RESPECT YOUR EDGE” says Kino who tells us that if we make 1% change in our practice on a regular basis we too will achieve the ability to expand our horizons and see a slow and steady transformation.

Kino is playful, joyous as she  shares the beauty of the her knowlege of her yoga journey while giving important modifications to students of all abilities.

“When you build a solid foundation you will OWN THE POSTURE”.

As we continue on the long journey that is our life it is important that we keep building our spiritual strength as well as our physical strength to lead us to the eternal place inside ourselves.

The most important thing I think I took from this experience is that if I am ever doubting of myself or my practice I can go back to this statement.

“every posture pushes you to your edge.. stay the course of your path and let it expand your life”.

Anyone who has not had the pleasure to experience a class with Kino must try and practice with her.  Kino founded the Miami Life Center with her husband Tim Feldman and together with a host of wonderful teachers have established a center steeped in culture and knowledge.  Anyone visiting the Miami area should make time to take a class at the center.. It will change your life.

Kino Macgregor. Founder of Miami Life Center

JOIN KINO MACGREGOR AND TIM FELDMAN AS THEY SHARE THE FUNDAMENTALS OS ASHTANGA YOGA IN MIAMI

2 separate weeks in 2011

If you wish to deepen your understanding, practice and proficiency in Ashtanga Yoga. Kino and Tim present a comprehensive, integrated program of workshops, seminars and apprenticeships that share the fundamentals of Yoga with you.

This is the only course available in Florida taught by Certified and Authorized teachers of the Ashtanga Yoga lineage. 

You will get to practice every morning for two full weeks with Kino & Tim! People from all over the world have traveled to Miami to join this amazing course to join local yoga practitioners to create a fun and transformational experience.

This course gives you an in-depth understanding of Ashtanga Yoga and its application to daily life, providing you with intensive study of:

o Practical Yoga Philosophy o Asana Technique & Alignment o Adjustments o Anatomy o Chanting o Breathing o Meditation

Whether you are interested in deepening your personal practice or teaching yoga, the Miami Life Center Ashtanga Course is a great place to start your inner journey. As our teacher, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, taught us, transformation occurs after years of committed practice, dedication to yoga and devotion to a lineage.

If you join our Ashtanga Course your participation and completion of the course will be an important step along the total life journey into yoga that necessarily precedes teaching. If you are already teaching yoga, the completion of this course will augment your teaching skills immensely. When you complete the entire course and all necessary coursework you will receive a certificate of completion. 

Please be aware that this is not a Teacher Training program in the Ashtanga Yoga lineage of K. Pattabhi Jois, and that the only way to get Authorized or Certified to teach this method is to study consistently with our teachers at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.

07/15/2011 – 07/28/2011 Two Week Ashtanga Course with Kino MacGregor and Tim Feldmann July 15-28

This Two Week Ashtanga Course will take you through a deep learning and personal growth experience in yoga and life. Over an intensive and accelerated format you will learn Asana Technique & Basic Functional Anatomy; Adjustments, Anatomy and the Body; Yoga Philosophy, Chanting; Yoga Ethics, Use of Voice and the Fundamentals of the Ashtanga yoga lineage. More detailed information and time schedule coming soon. Fee for Full Program: $2,275 includes a Miami Life Center 3-ring binder with some course materials, 3 books and one month of FREE practice at Miami Life center.

Note: Optional Sanskrit weekend recommended, but not included in Two Week format.
www.miamilifecenter.com to register

10/16/2011 – 10/28/2011 Two Week Ashtanga Course with Kino MacGregor and Tim Feldmann October 16-28

This Two Week Ashtanga Course will take you through a deep learning and personal growth experience in yoga and life. Over an intensive and accelerated format you will learn Asana Technique & Basic Functional Anatomy; Adjustments, Anatomy and the Body; Yoga Philosophy, Chanting; Yoga Ethics, Use of Voice and the Fundamentals of the Ashtanga yoga lineage. More detailed information and time schedule coming soon. Fee for Full Program: $2,275 includes a Miami Life Center 3-ring binder with some course materials, 3 books and one month of FREE practice at Miami Life center. 

Note: Optional Sanskrit weekend recommended, but not included in Two Week format.

Kino MacGregor

Kino MacGregor and her husband Tim Feldmann, as well as Greg Nardi are the directors of Miami Life Center. After spending a major portion of her life actively engaged in deep personal growth work, she returned to Miami to create a space dedicated to the integration of yoga, holistic health, consciousness and community.

She is one of a select few people to receive the certification to teach Ashtanga Yoga by its founder Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India.

Perhaps the youngest woman to hold this title, she has completed the challenging Third Series and is now learning the Fourth Series with Guruji and Sharath. Traveling internationally, she leads classes, privates, workshops and retreats in traditional Ashtanga yoga, holistic health and total life transformation with her partner and love Tim.

Kino is dedicated to sharing the amazing tradition of Ashtanga yoga with its growing number of practitioners. As 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. In her unique, inspirational and playful approach, Kino helps her students expand and deepen their understanding of yoga and life. She is often available for private lessons during the week in Miami. For more information, please see www.kinoyoga.com.

Tim FeldmanTim Feldmann, co-director of Miami Life Center, is Authorized to teach directly by the founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Method, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and his grandson, Sharath Rangaswami. He was set on the yoga path by his teacher Lino Miele. A practioner of the third series he is dedicated to Ashtanga Yogas traditional style. Tim is of the firm belief that the regurlar practice of Ashtanga yoga is the true teaching/teacher.

His teaching integrates extensive study of Alexander Technique and sitting meditation with 20 years of experience as a professional dancer and an internationally acclaimed choreographer. His in-depth knowledge of functional anatomy, alignment as well as the idiosyncratic body and mind in stillness and in motion creates the platform upon which his solid understanding of the Ashtanga method rests. Tim emphazisizes the Ashtanga basics – breathing, bandhas and gaze – as the primary means to help students connect with their own practice and inner truth.

Tim is a cherished teacher giving workshops, classes and privates throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, often together with his love Kino.

For more information about him, please see: www.timfeldmann.com.

.Jill Friedfertig

Founder www.lovepeaceyoga.com

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