Kino Macgregor is an Ashtanga teacher based in Miami. She is currently one of the chief populizers of Ashtanga, and works hard to spread the practice of Ashtanga throughout the world. She runs a thriving YouTube channel, travels internationally teaching workshops, and has produced several DVDs of the Ashtanga sequences.
Inevitably, three to four weeks into a Mysore yoga practice, a person will discover Kino on YouTube.
Consequently, we have the Kino Conversation, which I have now, with practice, honed to a reliable spiel.
To sum up the spiel:
1. Kino has an exquisite asana practice.
2. YOUR practice may not, or will not, look like Kino's practice.
3. The fact that your practice does not resemble Kino's practice is not a problem.
4. You are not striving to have your practice look like Kino's.
5. Receive Kino's asana performances as you would a poem, a painting, or a fine bottle of bourbon: they are expressions meant for you to savor. Not imitate.
It's unfortunate, but a side-effect of the 'propaganda' aspect of Ashtanga presentation is to reduce it to asana perfection.
Best to think of her videos as offerings of beauty and inspiration, not modeling.
Jason owns and directs Portland Ashtanga Yoga.