Samskaras, Suffering, And Almonds
Kino MacGregor is known for her incredible physical yoga practice, much of which can be easily found all over YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram. While her incredible asana practice is inspiring to witness, most of us haven’t had the chance to meet Kino or even hear her speak. This is a shame. Kino is an amazing yogi for so many reasons, and her ability to quickly yet concisely break down the definition and implication of samskaras (obstacles) in the video below is just an example of how knowledgeable and passionate about the practice of yoga, not just the physical aspects but as a way of life, she really is.
Kino uses the analogy of almonds in the mind to help paint a picture of what samskaras really are. The bad samskaras in our lives (addictions and bad habits), or almond plants as she calls them, take root and bear fruit over time. These “almonds” are the cause of suffering not only in our own lives but also in the lives of those around us. It is through our yoga practice, through our journey into our depths, that we discover these almonds and have the ability to destroy them.
Only once the negative seeds of samskaras have been destroyed to we have the space to plant new ones, positive samskaras. These include compassion, friendliness, and a desire to heal and make the world a better place.