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Kino MacGregor – Be Stronger

Kino MacGregor is an international yoga teacher, author of four books, producer of six Ashtanga Yoga DVDs, writer, vlogger, world traveler, co-founder of Miami Life Center, co-fouder of Yoga Challenge and OmStars and co-creator of Yoga Pro Wheel.

Kino’s dharma is to help people experience the limitless potential of the human spirit through the inner tradition of yoga. She is one of the few people in the world of yoga to embrace both the traditional teaching of India’s historic past and the popular contemporary social media channels.

With more than 18 years of experience in Ashtanga Yoga, she is one of a select group of people to receive the Certification to teach Ashtanga yoga by its founder Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India and practice into the Fifth Series of Ashtanga Yoga.


00:00 Trailer.
02:21 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:48 Brian’s introduction.
06:18 The UK’s Yoga scene and what Yoga’s global followers are searching for.
10:15 Kino was like many people who realise they are unhappy with their current path.
13:35 How can being alone on a rubber mat bring salvation?
17:59 Emotional intelligence and wisdom within the body.
21:52 Physical yoga practice brings a spiritual aspect.
28:51 Being a Jogi 24/7, not just an hour a day on a mat.
31:52 Learning to be strong in India with Sri K Pattabhi Jois.
44:17 A brief history of yoga and in particular Ashtanga yoga and what to look for in a teacher.
53:00 Kino’s downward spiral following “Gurugi’s” death.
59:23 How she moved forward towards positivity.
1:11:51 If you believe in God do you have to belong to a Christian denomination?
1:14:43 Is Kino the most famous yoga teacher in the world?
1:15:18 How Kino answers her detractors.
1:22:54 Technology both the cause and potential saviour of our troubled world.
1:30:11 How Kino deals with haters.
1:32:30 Kino’s vision for her future within yoga.
1:35:03 What makes a good yoga teacher.
1:35:57 Success secrets.
1:36:47 Who Kino considers as successful.
1:37:08 What we would be surprised to learn about Kino.
1:38:35 What scares Kino.
1:40:29 What keeps her awake at night.
1:41:12 Kino’s relationship advice.
1:43:24 How she manages to do so many different types of handstand moves.
1:45:14 Kino’s guilty pleasure.
1:46:17 Phone call to the Ecstacy addicted 20 year old Kino.
1:49:42 How does she look back on her crazy upbringing.
1:51:48 Best advice she ever received.
1:55:04 Advice to the 20 year old listening who wants to be like Kino.
1:55:49 Brian’s summing up.
1:59:14 The idea behind writing her new book The Yoga Assignment.

Kino MacGregor links:
Kino Macgregor website
Kino Macgregor on YouTube
Kino Macgregor on Instagram
Kino Macgregor on Facebook
Kino Macgregor on Twitter

Kino MacGregor Books:
The Yoga Assignment
The Power of Ashtanga Yoga
The Power of Ashtanga Yoga II
Sacred Fire

Topics discussed:
Mysore style of Yoga
Miami Life Center
Sivananda Yoga
Kundalini Yoga
Bikram Yoga

People mentioned in this episode:
Sri K Pattabhi Jois
Dorian Yates
Ido Portal
Tirumalai Krishnamacharya
B K S Iyengar
Kerry Verna
Douglas Rushkoff
PALETA CalmQuality

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Wow it has just taken me three days to watch this (I am a busy mammy!) but I enjoyed every second of it. I have been following Kino for almost a year now and yoga has changed my life. I find it so refreshing to see someone who doesn’t preach and just shares her experiences and wisdom in such a non judgmental way. That’s what life should be about, right? Thankyou for this wonderful interview, beautifully done x


Don’t get fooled.The full episode is not available just 47 minutes out of the two hour interview.

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The term she is looking for regarding having Jesus as her guru is “Gnostic.” She had an experience of gnosis which means “direct knowing” of spiritual realities.

Bozo Borcnik

Thank you, this was brilliant, Kino is very wise and gorgeous.. depression transformed into light. The main question today is: will we have a human civilization or not? Technology is in itself neutral, but it can be a way to fascism: algorithms, chips in children, robots..
When the financial system collapses, truth will come out. Hopefully, our mindfulness will be strong enough to get us all to a higher consciousness level. Thanks to people like Kino.


Thank you for sharing your thoughts. ?

Asia Nelson

Brian, it’s been brilliant to watch you grow in this role. Your summary at the end of this interview was so authentic, kind, insightful, personal, intelligent. So well done.


Hi Brian, Sohan from India here, thanks for what you are doing with this, just want to tell you that it matters what you are doing to a lot of people like me and it’s having an impact. So thank you once again. I wanted to know whether you ca are interviewing Peter Levine anytime.


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Oh dear – I am new to YOGA and really enjoy it. I am also an exponent of following more than a career path – I sold my business and went sailing over a decade ago – but this was just full of too many made-up California, made up buzz words for me…


Resonated with a lot of what Kino was saying, and loved the anecdote towards the end where someone told her to “just try”. She said she tried the difficult yoga poses that she thought she couldn’t do, and found out years later that she could actually do them. I’m finding little encouragements like that everywhere, and subtle invitations to “just try” spur me on to continue with the practices that help me in my life.


Beautiful interview! Very inspiring!

Andy Bayfield

I love your channel Brian but I think this is one of your weakest interviews to date. Manipulative, far too mannered and talking in self help platitudes, I could see you straining to get past the sheen with this one: the ‘journey’ she recalled was built for the back of a cereal packet, and as far removed from the spartan, spiritual existence of her apparent one time mentor as you can get- that didn’t ring true either. Compare this to the Eubank, Yates, Portal, Sinek episodes. Not in their league.


I looked at this interview with to see what Kino had to say but sort of expected a bit of an ‘advertisement’. I found the interview amazing! Some excellent questions and Kino’s responses were natural, intelligent and inspiring. Many thanks.

David Bulger

Thankful to see my teacher continuing to spread yogic love, and mindfulness awareness. Much appreciation to Brian for having her on!


Great interview…..great perspective. As a yoga newbie this couldn’t have shown up at a better time. Thanks!

How does she know she saw Jesus? Because she grew up in a Christian country…Byzantine artists, looking to show Christ’s heavenly rule as cosmic King, invented him as a younger version of Zeus. What has happened over time is that this visualisation of heavenly Christ – today sometimes remade along hippie lines – has become our standard model of the early Jesus. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35120965 Also, when the Yogi says be stronger, he probably meant, so when i pass away you won’t be devastated. It is strange that she advocates to find our inner strengths, our meaning, what we do here and… Read more »

Brian, you choreographed an amazing story out of Kino
I loved it

The story of another’s story is so inspiring, and yours and Kino’s are stories are so important to share, for showing the path from the typical western lifestyle to a more profound opportunities


Smoke DMT if you want to know God, its that simple.

David Bulger

As a psychedelic advocate myself, there is indeed more than the simplicity of taking a psychoactive substance. But you certainly aren’t wrong.


Kino MacGregor, the same week as the fight McGregor…hum. Always looking for an angle, Brian;)