• Omstars Yoga Challenges of 2019

    When you practice yoga, you can literally help change the world. Part of being a yogi means giving back to the community, and here at Omstars, our favorite way to give back is through hosting challenges that allow us to collect and donate money to carefully selected causes that we believe are helping to make the world a better place.

    The 30-Day Yoga Journey with Kino MacGregor

    “Change only happens in the present moment. The past is already done. The future is just energy and intention.”  –Kino MacGregor

    The path to yoga begins one day, one pose, and one breath at a time. The beginning of 2019 brought yogis all over the world together to experience different styles of yoga such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, and more. Omstars and Liforme donated $1 to Yoga Gives Back for every person who joined the challenge in the New Year. This important charity is dedicated to raising awareness and funds to help impoverished children and mothers in India–the birthplace of yoga.

    Ashtanga Basics Challenge with Kino MacGregor

    Experiences in yoga can change your life. In March of 2019, Omstars members joined Kino MacGregor for a 10-day yoga challenge. This 22-Class, Ashtanga adventure included live practices and on-demand classes that focused on foundational postures and movements found in the Ashtanga Primary Series. A few lucky winners of the challenge were treated to prizes such as an Ashtanga Yoga Card deck by Kino MacGregor and Shambhala Productions or a delicious tea set from Fifth Limb Wellness.

    Everyday Joy of Yoga Challenge with Kaitlyn Kreitzman

    May of 2019 gave Omstars members The Everyday Joy of Yoga Challenge. Challenge host, Kaitlyn Kreiztman, included invigorating flows and restorative yoga into this 9-day yoga journey. To kick off this challenge, Kaitlyn provided a gentle yoga blog sequence to supplement this course.  This challenge supported the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), a foundation that supports families and individuals affected by mental health trauma. Omstars donated $1 for every signup to AFSP. A few prize winners were treated to subscriptions to In The Moment Magazine. The Omstars community came together to raise awareness for this outstanding foundation through the healing practice of yoga. Kaitlyn led members through a variety of yoga methods that focused on alignment, breath work, meditation, and yoga philosophy.

    Practice of Peace Challenge with Kino MacGregor

    “This challenge will guide you through contemplative and movement practices to calm the mind, open the heart and begin your journey into the inner world.” – Kino MacGregor

    International yoga teacher, Kino MacGregor, brought the Practice of Peace to everyone in this 20-day yoga challenge. Featuring one yoga practice and one meditation each day, challenge participants were given the tools to cultivate a peaceful mentality in June of 2019. This challenge supported Yoga Gives Back. For every participant, Omstars and Liforme donated $1 to this charity which helps give young women and children in India the power to build sustainable livelihoods. Together the community helped to share peace throughout the globe.

    Ashtanga Home Practice Challenge with Kino MacGregor

    Kino MacGregor reinspired the home practice with the Ashtanga Home Practice Challenge in September of 2019. For 16 days, challenge participants were guided through courses that help develop and structure a safe home practice in the Ashtanga Yoga method. Challenge participants learned to honor their personal limitations by exploring physical, mental, and emotional capacities. As an insightful bonus, Shanna Small joined the challenge to teach five live classes that examined a variety of poses and movements, sharing variations to suit all shapes and sizes. Challenge prize winners were treated to prizes such as titles from Kino MacGregor’s book and DVD collection, Omstars by Liquido clothing, and vegan, hand-crafted soaps by Smithmade Essentials. Yogis all over the world shared the inspiration to keep coming back to the mat, everyday.

    Be Strong Challenge with Kino MacGregor

    “Learning how to be happy with failure is one of the lessons of strength.” –Kino MacGregor

    Kino MacGregor gave participants the tools to safely progress in developing strength. Sharing personal experience from years of practice and exploration, Kino designed this 13-Day challenge in November of 2019 to integrate the mind, body, and soul. These 13 classes build you up from the basics and take you all the way to the peaks of the strength. Yogis all over the world were guided through strength-building drills that develop foundational strength while reinforcing the connection to one’s inner being.

    Yoga IS Challenge with Kino MacGregor

    Start the new year with a journey into the heart of yoga. Every day for 30 days, receive a new accessible practice designed to guide you on a process of inner awakening. Each class will be centered around a pose with modifications to make it truly accessible and offer key lessons about the meaning yoga can have in your life. This challenge is appropriate for all levels from beginner to the most advanced. Commit to the Yoga Is Challenge to experience more peace, happiness, and love in your life.

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  • A Beginner’s Guide to Yoga

    So, you want to try yoga? As a beginner, it can be both overwhelming and intimidating to start. You don’t know where to begin and all the people practicing seem to fit a particular mold. Well, this beginner’s guide to yoga is designed to help you get started safely and find the tools you need to begin your own journey.

    What Time You Practice.

    Some basic things to think about are what time you practice, how often you practice, and how to choose a teacher. Practice is best done as a daily ritual, much like brushing your teeth. The body also responds to consistency with training. Choose a time that works for your schedule and then commit to that practice time for at least one full week, or ideally, one full month. Tradition yoga texts recommend to practice first thing in the morning, before breakfast and before the mind gets too stimulated.  However, if your best chance at consistency is to practice after work, at the end of the day, do that. In order to increase your likelihood of maintaining your practice, schedule “yoga” in your calendar and set a reminder five minutes before. Put on your yoga clothes as soon as you wake up in the morning. Studies show that just wearing your work-out clothes increases the likelihood of actually working out significantly.

    How Often You Practice.

    A big part of getting started is about taking the “shoulds and shouldn’ts” out of practice and really connecting to what feels right for your body, what works for your schedule and making conscious decisions that nourish your personal journey. At a minimum, I’d suggest to practice twice a week. But ideally it is recommended to practice six days a week. Five minutes a day six days a week is better than an hour once a week. The daily disciple makes a difference in how the practice integrates with your life.

    How to Choose a Teacher.

    Choosing a teacher or a class can be a big question. If you’re searching for a local teacher, find the most qualified well-trained teacher in your city and see if they offer beginner programs. if you don’t like the style of yoga that they teach after the course is over, try another studio. Remember, yogis are human beings. Don’t expect your teacher to be an enlightened master or a copy of the Buddha. They are people, just like you, who have been practicing and studying yoga for awhile. They have taken a few steps further on the yoga path than you have, but on a human-to-human level you’re equals. That being said, be open and hear what the teacher has to offer and be respectful while maintaining your personal boundaries.

    Joining a Yoga Challenge is Another Way to Get Started.

    If you’re looking to start a beginner yoga program online, there are many offerings. A good way to start is with a program that takes you through a full 30 days of practice. It helps if the online system allows you to track your progress so that you can both hold yourself accountable and give yourself positive reinforcement for practice sessions completed. Just like searching for an in-person teacher, choosing the right online teacher requires a bit of research. Find the most qualified well-trained teacher whose style you connect with and see if they have a beginner yoga program. Joining a yoga challenge is another way to get started. When you’re practicing at home you’ll miss the feeling of community that you get at a yoga studio. But when you join a yoga challenge there is a virtual community of yoga that you connect with as you practice and share the experience together.

    You Don’t Need All the Gear to Start.

    You don’t need all the gear to start, especially if you’re practicing at home. If you have an area rug or carpeted floor you can just put on a pair of old sweatpants and a t-shirt and follow the videos. No one cares what you wear at most authentic yoga studios, but sometimes it just feels safer to start at home when you no know it’s just you and the practice. Try it out for a week or two and then if you fall in love with the practice, buy a mat.

    Allow Yourself to be Where You Are.

    Don’t expect to be good at yoga from your first class or even first 1,000 classes. If you think you need to be flexible and strong from the beginning then yoga will be utterly impossible. Instead, allow yourself to be where you are, which is at the beginning of your journey. In doing so you will learn your first lesson from the yoga practice—that is, how to be humble enough to admit the vulnerable truth that you’re a beginner. It doesn’t feel good to be the person in the room who seems not to know what pose to do, where to put your mat or have to modify all the poses. But, every single yoga practitioner has gone through just that. Even the master teachers whose practice seems to exist in an effortless gravity-free zone started off dazed and confused by even the most basic poses. When I first started the practice I couldn’t touch my toes in a forward bend, lift my body off the ground or say a single word in Sanskrit. Over twenty-years later and things look a lot different.

    You Don’t Need to be Particularly Good At Yoga To Experience the Deep Benefits of the Practice.

    It takes time. If you think yoga will be a panacea for all your life’s problems within your first class, you will be disillusioned. But if you commit to at least a month of consistent practice, somewhere between three to six days per week you will start to experience some small shifts that act like a beacon for the path ahead. You don’t need to be particularly good at yoga to experience the deep benefits of the practice. You just need to show up on your mat and try. It takes at least a year of practice before you will start to notice substantial life changes. Commit to the practice for the long haul and the practice will lead you down the rabbit hole of personal transformation, the end of which brings your life more peace, happiness and joy. That’s the promise that yoga makes to every single practitioner. All you have to do is keep practicing and put in the work.

    Expect to be Sore.

    Expect to be sore. I still remember the morning after my first yoga class. During and immediately after the session I felt amazing. My mind was calm in a way that I hadn’t known possible and my body felt light and free. The next morning, however, I could barely walk. My hamstring muscles were so sore and achy that I could hardly move at first. I started off practicing two days a week. That lasted for about four months before I jumped into a six day a week practice. Each time I increased the frequency, length or intensity of my practice I got sore in new places. A healthy dose of muscular soreness that leads to increased strength and flexibility is part of the practice of yoga. Twenty-years later and I’m still sore!

    There is No End to the Journey.

    Think about yoga as a slow steady progression towards a more mobile body, a happier and more peaceful life. The more you give to the practice, the more it gives back to you. There is no end to the journey, just more steps to lead deeper down to center of yourself. Much more than just a bunch of poses, stretches and power moves, yoga is a true spiritual path that opens the door to deep life learning. At first you may not make the connection between body, mind and soul, but that’s ok, that’s why you’re here on the mat and why you want to start yoga. Whether you’re interested in beginning yoga because you want to heal your body, relieve chronic pain, decrease anxiety, lift depression, manage your temper, or whether you’re on a spiritual quest from the beginning, the practice can be for you. All it takes is that you show up, unroll your mat and practice every day you can.

    Ready to get started with yoga?

    Start the Yoga Is Challenge Today!

    Explore what yoga is to you, and start the Yoga Is Challenge! Every day for 30 days, receive a new accessible practice designed to guide you on a process of inner awakening. Each class will be centered around a pose with modifications to make it truly accessible & offer key lessons about the meaning yoga can have in your life. This challenge is appropriate for all levels from beginner to the most advanced. Commit to the Yoga Is Challenge to experience more peace, happiness, & love in your life.

    By Kino MacGregor

    Why do you practice yoga? Kino Macgregor Ashtanga Yoga teacher, OMstars

    International yoga teacher, Kino MacGregor has over 20 years of experience in Ashtanga yoga & 18 years of experience in Vipassana Meditation. She is one of a select group of people to receive the certification to teach Ashtanga Yoga & practice into the Fifth Series of Ashtanga Yoga. With over 1 million followers on Instagram & over 500,000 subscribers on YouTube & Facebook, she spreads the message of yoga around the world. To Kino, yoga is more than making shapes. It is a daily ritual where people tune deeply into their spiritual center & experience the peace of the Eternal Divine. Her goal is to make the tools of traditional yoga accessible for all different sizes, shapes, ethnicities, & ages. She believes yoga is truly for everyone.

  • Ashtanga Home Practice Challenge

    New Yoga Challenge coming to Omstars September 1st!  With this challenge, you’ll get access to an amazing new course that’s designed to help you explore the Ashtanga Yoga practice from the comfort of your own home! There are 16 classes that serve to break the Ashtanga Yoga Primary and Second Series into more digestible segments so you can experience both practices in their entirety in a way that’s manageable and approachable. Join the Challenge

     

    The Ashtanga Yoga Home Practice challenge is hosted by Kino MacGregor features a special guest teacher, Shanna Small. Use these classes to work through your sticking points at your own pace and learn to honor your body’s abilities as you explore your practice each day of the challenge. Wait, that’s not all, Shanna Small (@wellness_yogini) will be teaching 5 live classes that breakdown a variety of postures and movements and she’ll be giving you tips on how to use props and variations to support you in your practice.

    Ready to Get Started?

    Sign up

    If you’re already a member click the link get yourself signed up today. Not an Omstars member? No problem! All you have to do is register as a participant and we’ll send you a special code prior to the challenge start date. Your special code will give you a one-month, all access pass to Omstars.com so you can join the challenge and explore our entire library of on-demand videos and live classes! Sound good? We’ll be kicking off our very first practice on Sunday, September 1st; here’s what you need to do to sign up:

    Follow

    Follow our hosts and sponsors on Instagram for your chance to win some incredible prizes including outfits from Omstars by Liquido and Kino’s new collection Off The Mat beach wear clothing, books and DVDs by Kino, and some beautiful gift sets of handmade, vegan friendly, soaps by Smithmade Essentials.

    @kinoyoga
    @wellness_yogini
    @omstarsofficial
    @liquidoactive
    @smithmade_essentials

    Share

    Repost the challenge graphic and help spread the word, and tag three friends to join you in this challenge! Practice with us every day, for 16 days, and share your journey and daily poses on Instagram! Be sure to use our challenge hashtag #ashtangahomepracticechallenge and tag us in your daily posts.

    Daily Poses:

    1. Chaturanga
    2. Trikonasana
    3. Prasarita C
    4. Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
    5. Warrior One
    6. Janu A
    7. Mari  A & B (both)
    8. Mari C & D (both)
    9. Bujapidasana
    10. Pasasana
    11. Krounchasana
    12. Dhanurasana
    13. Ustrasana
    14. Eka Pada Sirsasana
    15. Pinchamayurasana
    16. Padmâsana

    Engage

    Have fun within the community by liking and commenting on each other’s posts!

     

    Get Started HERE!

     

  • Black Friday Deals Are Coming to Omstars

    Raise your hand if you’re the kind of person who loves to take advantage of Black Friday savings this time of year. If that sounds like you, then get excited, because this year, we’re upping the savings game here at Omstars.com. Beginning on Black Friday, November 23rd, 2018, we’re kicking off a 4-day sale with 3 exciting ways to save!

    Visit us online to take advantage of some of our best offers yet – like more than 55% off a full year subscription to Omstars – The Yoga Network. Sign up anytime Friday through Monday, and you’ll pay just $80 for the year. It’s the lowest price we’ve ever offered, and it’s not something you’re likely to see again for a very long time. If you’ve had your eye on a membership with Omstars, now’s the time to take advantage!

    A year with Omstars means you get full access to 1000s of classes from more than 60 of the world’s best teachers. It means getting the support you need to build a strong home practice. Becoming a member of Omstars means joining a community of yogi’s who, just like you, are interested in bettering themselves and the world. This special offer is the perfect way to treat yourself this holiday season, plus it makes an excellent gift to give to someone special in your life.

    That’s just one of the ways you can save big with Omstars this Black Friday. If you’re a yoga teacher who’s interested in developing further as a teacher, then you’ll want to take advantage of another deal we’re offering all weekend long: a special Black Friday discount of 30% off the regular (non-member) price of all Teacher Development courses!

    We have some amazing educational courses from teachers like Simon Borg-Olivier, Dianne Bondy, Inge Sengelmann, plus Steph Gongora and Erin Kelley. From teaching trauma informed yoga classes, to improving your knowledge of sequencing, these courses offer so much potential for your advancement as a teacher.

    Our 3rd and final way to save this Black Friday is with a 30% discount off your next purchase in the Omstars shop. Save on leggings, shorts, tops, accessories, or whatever else you’ve had your eye on – but you have to purchase during the Black Friday sale November 23rd through the 26th.

    Forget fighting crowds at the mall or waiting for Cyber Monday to get great Black Friday deals online. Finish your Holiday shopping early and from the comfort of your own home when you take advantage of these 3 amazing ways to save on Omstars.com!

    By Alex Wilson

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  • Practice Yoga Online with OMstars – Your Yoga Network

    As more and more people become aware of the benefits of yoga, more and more people are starting to look for places to practice yoga online. Even though there are plenty of yoga studios in communities all around the world, many people still prefer to practice from the comfort of their own homes. That’s where OMstars comes in.

     

    Whether you’re completely new to yoga or you’re already a dedicated yogi, OMstars offers something for everyone. From the free yoga classes that come with our regular challenges, to our entire library of easy to follow practices, meditations, wellness videos, cultural shows and more, OMstars is your go to place for all things yoga. Plus, we’re yogi owned!

     

    OMstars.com was founded in faith by world renowned Ashtanga yoga teacher, Kino MacGregor. Students wanted a place where they could, not only practice yoga online, but totally immerse themselves into the world of yoga, all from the comfort of their own homes. So, with a lot of hard work and dedication, plus support from Kino’s friends, family members, and the global yoga community, OMstars was born.

     

    The best part is, because we are a yogi owned company, we are not backed by a major corporation, or big parent company and there is no venture capital private equity. It’s just us. That means, OMstars is the only place where yoga is not only bottom line, but it’s truly at the heart of everything we do.

     

    We are yogis and we tell the story of yoga. From our at home yoga practices and yoga instructor interviews to our plant based recipes and our philosophy courses, we carry the heart of yoga with us.

     

    We make the tools of traditional yoga practice available to everyone and we unite ancient techniques with modern life.

     

    If you’re a truth seeker, we’re here to light the spiritual path for you, every step of the way, and we want to inspire you to dive into your yoga and start living the yogi life.

     

    We host challenges, and share free yoga classes that help us raise money for causes we believe in, so we can empower yogis to change the world. We are a force of change, a global yoga movement, and we are your window into the world of yoga.

     

    We carry the torch of yoga, lead you to the true light, and create the spark that sets your world on fire.

     

    So, if you’re looking for a place where you can practice yoga online from the comfort of your own living room, without being tied to a yoga studio; if you’re looking for an all encompassing platform that offers more than just yoga practices at home; or you’re looking for an online yoga community that’s number one goal is to share the gift of yoga with everyone; then you’ve come to the right place.

     

    We are OMstars and we are yoga.

    By Alex Wilson

    Alex Wilson is a writer, yoga teacher, Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, and the content manager here at OMstars.com