The ashtanga flame

Posted June 23rd, 2012 by admin

Just days after writing about the Olympic flame’s journey through North yorkshire, I saw a Tweet, alerting me to a film on a great website called, in which Kino Macgregor talks about passing on the flame that is ashtanga yoga. For those who haven’t heard of Kino, she’s one of the hundreds of ashtanga teachers who studied under the very man who popularised the practice in Mysore, Southern India, in the 1940s – Sri K Pattabhi Jois. Kino’s actually still a young woman, but she’s clearly very dedicated to her practice, and spent a lot of time being guided by Guruji, as he was known. In the film, she explains why she has stuck with the practice for so long – there are times when we all question why we continue to do this repetitive practice, after all!

In case you’re wondering, I’ve never even been to Mysore, let alone studied under any of the Jois family (after Guruji passed away in 2009,  his daughter Saraswathi and grandson Sharath took over the runing of the Ashtanga Yoga Institute). I would love to, of course – it’s the home of the yoga I have enjoyed practising for seven years (I found ashtanga seven years after starting out with hatha yoga) - and perhaps one day both time and money will allow. But for now, I am more than happy with the lessons I have learnt from my teacher here in England – ashtanga is such as strong tradition, it seems to carry for miles and miles without losing any of its integrity - rather like that torch I mentioned in my previous post, and the one Kino macgregor speaks of in this film. Enjoy!

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