Friday, May 23, 2014

5 Tips To Spring Into Summer With Yoga!

I confess I need a little more Spring in my step as I make plans to - Spring in Summer 2014 with Yoga Flava. 

Here are 5 tips to help keep you motivated as we prepare our mind, body and spirits for the remainder of Spring, moving into Summer.

1.  Easy does it - Have a taste.

My Yoga Flava YouTube videos offers you the opportunity to observe and learn;  anatomically-correct descriptions of each pose, guided meditation, interviews and news.

2. Find a Yoga Flava Playa
Everything is better when you have someone to share it with! Convince a friend at your same experience level to attend some classes with you. This will allow you to let your guard down and enjoy the experience a little more.  Find out more about my private and / or couples session in-person or online.

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4. Do What You Can

Come to your mat each time with an open mind and a compassionate heart, and you will be surprised at how much easier the poses will come to you!

Lots of students give up their practice when they cannot conquer Crow pose after only two weeks. Understand that when you enter the world of yoga, all the rules about competitiveness, comparison, and deadlines that we are raised with go out the window.

5. Pace yourself and enjoy the journey

Yoga is about simply enjoying the journey. Your journey. Not the journey of the person on the mat next to you. Your uniquely beautiful journey.

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Yoga of Success: Message, Marketing, and Money

Yoga for Empaths: Creating Effective Boundaries

Michelle Obama Encourages The Practice of Yoga
Yoga: Top 10 Benefits [VIDEO]

Friday, May 2, 2014

Yoga of Success: Message, Marketing, and Money

At the recent Yoga Journal LIVE New York 2014 event, I had the honor to take a session entitled "Yoga of Success: Message, Marketing, and Money" with instructors Sadie Nardini and Tyler McCoy.  I originally came to Yoga because of stress, and then I looked around and realized a lot of people are suffering and I wanted to share the tools I learned.  I came to Yoga from a very pure place and now sustain myself with it as a business.

The lecture with Sadie and Tyler provided tips, tools, and secrets from these skyrocketing yoga professionals.   

Here is the ten-step map that you can use to clarify, then live your dreams. Reap the benefits, financial and otherwise, from getting to the core of who you are, and how to express that into the world:

1).  Dissolve your abundance resistance.
2).  Add value and the money will follow
3).  Brand your weird
4).  Get clear - Let people know about your value - What they will get and how they will feel.
5).  Make relationships, not business transactions.
6).  Do it yourself
7).  Get Socially Smart
8).  Get organized, build a team
9).  Get passive
10). Money loves structure and freedom.

This is just a sampling of the steps that were mentioned.  To learn more please check out Sadie Nardini and Tyler McCoy 

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Yoga for Empaths: Creating Effective Boundaries

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Yoga for Empaths: Creating Effective Boundaries

At the recent Yoga Journal LIVE New York 2014 event, I had the honor to take a session entitled "Yoga For Empaths" with instructor Bo Forbes.   I originally came to Yoga because of stress, sometimes not just my stress... I was also empathic to the stress of those around me... which makes me an "empath".

Empaths--extremely empathic people--make wonderful teachers, healers, and therapists. Being an empath, however, can be hazardous to our health: empaths absorb others' emotions, get sick more easily, and are more vulnerable to emotional contagion than people who are not empaths.

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I enjoyed the session very much, it was such a reminder to the subtle conscious energy needed to solidify boundaries, regulate our nervous system, and promote physical, mental, and emotional health. Bo shares more insights through her article I Feel Your Pain: An Empath’s Guide to Staying Balanced.

Are you an empath? Here are five signs that you might be—and that your wonderful qualities, when left unchecked, can compromise your health.

1. You struggle with boundaries. It’s tough to know where you leave off and others begin, which experiences are yours and which come from others, when to open your channels for connection or to close them.
2. You’re often not in your body. For empaths, all that “feeling into” the experiences of others means that you dissociate: you leave your body or “shuttle” out of direct experience as a matter of course.
3. You’re vulnerable to emotional contagion. You absorb the emotions of others, from your boss and colleagues at work to your family and friends, and even the check-out guy at Whole Foods.
4. You’re prone to nervous system overdrive. It doesn’t take much—sometimes just a draining conversation or a party that’s loud and over-populated—to propel your nervous system into alarm mode.
5. You have trouble with intimacy. Your relationships are filled with intense bonding and equally intense separations. You can merge with others at the drop of a hat, but get so entangled that an “emotional exorcism” of someone you care about is often the only way to get your space.

 If the answer is yes, it’s highly likely that you’re an empath. (READ MORE)

Have a taste of Yoga Flava TV to release tension while at your computer...

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Save the dates: April 24 - 28, 2014 - Yoga Journal Live New York!


For 18 years, Yoga Journal LIVE has provided the unique top-notch educational opportunity for yoga practitioners of all levels, from all over the world, to experience Yoga Journal Magazine LIVE!

On April 24th - 20th, attendees will come to explore new styles, get inspired and connect with our top-tier roster of highly regarded yoga teachers and luminaries. Yoga Journal LIVE - held in Colorado, New York, San Francisco, San Diego and Florida - feature classes, panels, keynotes, intensives and a Yoga Marketplace with products and services for healthy balanced living.

I (Robin Downes) will be an attendee reporting for Yoga Flava TV.  Let me know if you will also be there, would love to meet and greet!  Leave a comment below or email:

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Friday, March 7, 2014

INVITATION: Yoga Flava Sync With Spring, Thursday, March 20th at 6:00am [LIVE FREE ONLINE]

Join me on the first day of Spring 2014 (Vernal Equinox ) is Thursday on March 20th.
I'm going LIVE at 6am and I would like to share my morning yoga /meditation practice to welcome in the new season via Google Hangout. My gift to you. Here is the link: Google Hang Out 
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Michelle Obama Encourages The Practice of Yoga

Jenna Bush Hager and First Lady Michelle Obama practice yoga
Michelle Obama is making a pledge: Show us your moves and the White House will show off theirs.
The first lady wants people to take photos of themselves dancing or working out. If she gets enough pictures tagged with #LetsMove, she’ll have President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden shake their groove thangs.
TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager went on the road with the first lady for an adventure airing Friday on TODAY as part of the “Love Your Selfie” series examining society’s obsession with body image and ways people can boost self-confidence. (READ MORE)

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Yoga: Top 10 Benefits [VIDEO]

The popularity of Yoga has created an industry that is being valued at 27 billion dollars.  Yoga studios are popping up all over, yoga gear, books, TV and Radio Shows, DVDs and CDs are just a few of the products fueling the industry.  Why is yoga so popular? Here, we look at the top 10 benefits of regular yoga practice.

1. Stress relief.  My personal reason for starting the practice, I desperately needed the tools to cope.  A few minutes of yoga during the day can be a great way to get rid of stress that accumulates daily - in both the body and mind. Yoga postures, pranayama and meditation are effective techniques to release stress.

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2. All-round fitness. You are truly healthy when you are not just physically fit but also mentally and emotionally balanced.

3. Weight loss. What many want! Yoga benefits here too. Sun Salutations and Kapal Bhati pranayama are some ways to help lose weight with yoga. Moreover, with regular practice of yoga, we tend to become more sensitive to the kind of food our body asks for and when. This can also help keep a check on weight.

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For more insight watch this episode of Yoga Flava TV and then proceed with the rest of the benefits list below.
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4. Inner peace. We all love to visit peaceful, serene spots, rich in natural beauty. Little do we realize that peace can be found right within us and we can take a mini-vacation to experience this any time of the day!

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5. Improved immunity. Our system is a seamless blend of the body, mind and spirit. An irregularity in the body affects the mind and similarly unpleasantness or restlessness in the mind can manifest as an ailment in the body. Yoga poses massage organs and stregthen muscles; breathing techniques and meditation release stress and improve immunity.

6. Living with greater awareness. The mind is constantly involved in activity – swinging from the past to the future – but never staying in the present. By simply being aware of this tendency of the mind, we can actually save ourselves from getting stressed or worked up and relax the mind. Yoga and pranayama help create that awareness and bring the mind back to the present moment, where it can stay happy and focused.

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7. Better relationships. Yoga can even help improve your relationship with your spouse, parents, friends or loved ones! A mind that is relaxed, happy and contented is better able to deal with sensitive relationship matters. Yoga and meditation work on keeping the mind happy and peaceful; benefit from the strengthened special bond you share with people close to you.

8. Increased energy. Do you feel completely drained out by the end of the day? Shuttling between multiple tasks through the day can sometimes be quite exhausting. A few minutes of yoga everyday provides the secret to feeling fresh and energetic even after a long day. A 10-minute online guided meditation benefits you immensely, leaving you refreshed and recharged in the middle of a hectic day.

9. Better flexibility & posture. You only need to include yoga in your daily routine to benefit from a body that is strong, supple and flexible. Regular yoga practice stretches and tones the body muscles and also makes them strong. It also helps improve your body posture when you stand, sit, sleep or walk. This would, in turn, help relieve you of body pain due to incorrect posture.

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10. Better intuition. Yoga and meditation have the power to improve your intuitive ability so that you effortlessly realize what needs to be done, when and how, to yield positive results. It works. You only need to experience it yourself.

Remember, yoga is a continuous process. So keep practicing! The deeper you move into your yoga practice, the more profound are its benefits.

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