Friday, September 2, 2016

Happy National Yoga Month - FREE YOGA CLASS

Happy National Yoga Month! During the month of September claim your free private Yoga Flava session @yogaflava with @robindownes Choose via Skype or the Yoga Flava Sanctuary on the upper west side in NYC. Email: robin@yogaflava.com Subject: Free Session. I look forward to practicing with you. 🙏🏾

Yes, I need to start planning for Fall, however, Fall does not officially start until September Thursday 22nd. Therefore, I’m going to be grateful for the month that I have left of summer in NYC first of all ... then pace myself with my plans for the Fall. I say all this to say that I found myself getting anxious for the Fall and neglecting the joy that is still to be found ... right now ... this summer. 
Countdown to Fall Fresh Start 2016... plan to take advantage of the remainder of the season. Consciously being in sync with the official change of season, which is a great time to cleanse your body, mind and spirit.
I will be posting everyday in September on the Yoga Flava Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Page.  Please like and share the posts.  If you have not done so already, please sign up for the Yoga Flava Newsletter

Thank you for sharing your practice with me.  Sending postivie vibes...
Namaste,
Robin Downes
Yoga Flava

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Vibrant Nation Experience

Shelly Zurek, Liz O'Donnell, Robin Downes, Zipporah Sandler
I am participating in a VIN (Vibrant Influencer Network) campaign. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Athleta and do not earn a commission or percent of sales. 
I have always had delightful experiences when visiting the community at Vibrant Nation. Vibrant Nation is the leading community of women 45+ - they really DO understand! I enjoy looking through the content and sharing my thoughts with the community.
I was very lucky to be selected to participate in a Vibrant Nation experience. It included shopping for athletic clothing for a yoga event with fellow bloggers, going to dinner, and then attending a yoga event!
During the Vibrant Nation experience, I was able to meet other bloggers from across the country.  How marvelous to enjoy the company and wisdom of mature likeminded women.
It was great to learn about other bloggers, as VN treated us to Zero Otto Nove, an Italian restaurant. We shared stories from our unique perspectives and engaged with our "vibrant" personalities.

Vibrant Nation's staff are sincerely tuned in to their audience and work diligently to inspire, empower and provide quality content. The content goes beyond their powerful online presence to intimate in-person settings.
Vibrant Nation treated myself and fellow bloggers with an outfit from Athleta so that we could feel well dressed for an aerial yoga event we were attending the next day. As you know, I teach yoga so I was very excited for this opportunity.  When I walked in the store, the shopping experience provided us with a personal connection to the Athleta brand quality customer service.
My first introduction to Athleta was during my participation in the Solstice In Times Square 2014: Athleta Mind Over Madness YogaThe volunteers got great outfits sponsored by Athleta and I would browse the Upper West Side, NYC Store.
The Athleta staff in the Flatiron, NYC store with the Yoga studio below, was very helpful.  Once they saw me selecting several items, they took the selections and set up a dressing room for me.  While in the dressing room, the staff kept checking on me and bringing me alternative sizes and styles to meet my specifications in an outfit.



Yes, I showed off my new tank top and legging from Athleta at the Solstice in Times Square event June 21, 2016.
I will definitely shop at Athleta again; they are the kind of athletic gear facility that makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. I recommend Athleta to my yoga students who are looking for quality clothing to practice in.
At the yoga event we were treated to a light breakfast while enjoying a meet and greet. The aerial yoga session was amazing and challenging; your muscles are really tested.  It was my first time trying it and it evoked my childhood gymnastics days and my 20-year yoga practice.  I surprised myself with the amount of strength I did have to pose for the awesome photo shot of me in an Aerial Yoga split!
 I am so grateful for the Vibrant Nation Network and highly recommend other bloggers to connect with likeminded women engaging this nation of empty nesters, midlife entrepreneurs, mothers of adult children, caregivers, and business leaders. VN is professionally run by a caring and dedicated staff.  VibrantNation.com is the leading online community for women over 45 – the place where they connect and support each other on issues unique to their stage of life, including fashion, beauty, family, work, relationships, health, fitness, money, and sex.  I look forward to continuing to contribute and grow with the Vibrant Nation Network.


I am participating in a VIN campaign. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Athelta and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.




I am participating in a VIN campaign. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Athelta/Abbott and do not earn a commission or percent of sales

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Highlights From Yoga Flava On The Vine

"You are amazing, our session was such a treat!" - Rakhara Edwards
The Yoga Flava On The Vine experience was a magical mystical tour for me to the New England island of Martha's Vineyard.



The Vineyard gained it's reputation as a tourist destination because of the extraordinary delightful summer weather that usually never gets above 90 degrees. So popular, that during my stay from August 6 - 14th, President Obama and family were there.

I really enjoying providing the Yoga Flava experience in private small group settings.

The Vineyard gained its reputation as a leading tourist destination primarily because of its very pleasant summer weather — during many summers the temperature never breaks 90°F — and many beautiful beaches. In general, the summer season runs from June to the end of August. - See more at: http://www.mvy.com/play-here/index.aspx#sthash.qAZMqnDU.dpuf
The Vineyard gained its reputation as a leading tourist destination primarily because of its very pleasant summer weather — during many summers the temperature never breaks 90°F — and many beautiful beaches. In general, the summer season runs from June to the end of August. - See more at: http://www.mvy.com/play-here/index.aspx#sthash.qAZMqnDU.dpuf
The Vineyard gained its reputation as a leading tourist destination primarily because of its very pleasant summer weather — during many summers the temperature never breaks 90°F — and many beautiful beaches. In general, the summer season runs from June to the end of August. - See more at: http://www.mvy.com/play-here/index.aspx#sthash.qAZMqnDU.dpuf
The Vineyard gained its reputation as a leading tourist destination primarily because of its very pleasant summer weather — during many summers the temperature never breaks 90°F — and many beautiful beaches. In general, the summer season runs from June to the end of August. - See more at: http://www.mvy.com/play-here/index.aspx#sthash.qAZMqnDU.dpuf
  Just another day in MV having a private yoga session with Robin Michele Downes - better known as Yoga Flava and Angie Hancock #lovethewayyoulivefeeling thankful in Edgartown, Massachusetts. - Charlie Lewis

Last day of my private yoga finding my center with Robin Michele Downes Yoga Flava with Angie Hancock ‪#‎mv‬ ‪#‎lovethewayyoulive‬ ‪- Charlie Lewis

Yoga Flava Playaz ~ Having the ability to relax, gives you the ease to be dynamic.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Athleta Shopping Experience

I am participating in a VIN campaign. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Athleta and do not earn a commission or percent of sales. #ad #vn

Vibrant Nation treated myself and fellow bloggers with an outfit from Athleta so that we could feel well dressed for an aerial yoga event we were attending the next day. As you know, I teach yoga so I was very excited for this opportunity.  When I walked in the store, the shopping experience provided us with a personal connection to the Athleta brand quality customer service.
Being that I am a 34DD, I was concerned if they would have something that worked for me. Anyone who has larger assets like myself, knows that finding something flattering AND functional is a real job!
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I was very excited to find many clothing options that worked for me! 

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The staff was very helpful.  Once they saw me selecting several items, they took the selections and set up a dressing room for me.  While in the dressing room, the staff kept checking on me and bringing me alternative sizes and styles to meet my specifications in an outfit. 
Check us out in our new outfits!

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I was very surprised by the community aspect of Athleta's studio and classes. The store we visited, debuted a fitness studio in the basement. The fitness studio is your typical studio with a large mirror and wooden floors. They even have equipment for the classes such as mats, light hand weights and towels. The classes are completely free to patrons who wish to participate and range from Barre to yoga to lunchtime meditation. 
Anyone wishing to participate in a class can sign-in through a no-fuss digital front desk.

Check your local store page for details, then show up and get your sweat on. I would love to take part in the classes and perhaps one day teach a yoga class there.

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My favorite Athleta purchase was the Optimism Tank top that held my 34DDs and it performed well when I wore it. Even when I went upside down the aerial yoga session.
My favorite part of the Athleta shopping experience was that I never felt rushed or neglected. I took my time while trying to pick the perfect outfit for my event. The staff was patient and asked great questions about what exactly I was looking for!

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I will definitely shop at Athleta again; they are the kind of athletic gear facility that makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. I recommend Athleta to my yoga students who are looking for quality clothing to practice in.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vibrant Nation.  #ad The opinions and text are all mine.



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Mind Your Muscles

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Mind Your Muscles

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Abbott has partnered with influencers like me for its Ensure Program. As part of this Program, I received free product samples—but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is 56 years young in an Aerial Yoga class! (Pictured Right, Robin Downes of Yoga Flava at OM Factory) I’ve always prided myself on my youthful vitality and to be honest, this is the first year I felt the effects of some muscle loss.
At the "Mind Your Muscles" event we were treated to a light breakfast while enjoying a meet and greet with representatives from AARP and Abbott.


We were educated about managing muscle loss by Gabrielle Redford, AARP Executive Editor, Health and Tiffany Dewitt, registered Dietitian at Abbott/Ensure.

We also learned about the new study that surveyed Americans 50+ about how they view diet and health issues as they age. The survey found that 3 out of 4 Americans said they exercise weekly and more than half did so more than three times a week! More than half of those surveyed (56%) 



The Ensure Enlive Aerial Yoga session was amazing and challenging, your muscles are really tested.  It was my first time trying it and it evoked my childhood gymnastics days and my 20 year yoga practice.  I surprised myself with the the amount of strength I did have to pose for the awesome photo shot of me in an Aerial Yoga split!



After the yoga session we were invited to further test our muscles by wearing weights, did you know this is what it would feel like to experience the effects of muscle loss?  It was shocking to learn that we can lose up to 8% of muscle each year after age 40.
We were rewarded with a sampling of various Ensure smoothies and I enjoyed them all!  One of the smoothies we tried included Ensure Enlive, a nutrition drink that includes key nutrients that work together to help support muscle health for older adults, whether they are recovering from an illness or rebuilding muscle lost naturally with age.  I'm looking forward to incorporating Ensure Enlive into my wellness program and recommending it to friends and family for vibrant health.
AARP and ABBOTT are committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of knowledge and good health. To obtain a better understanding of diet and health issues affecting adults 50+, Abbott partnered with AARP on an independent survey administered to AARP members. The survey provides a revealing glimpse into the state of health for adults age 50+, as well as this group’s understanding of some important nutrition, exercise and muscle mass fundamentals. The good news is that 1 out of 2 adults age 50+ rates his or her current health as excellent or very good.
Abbott partnered with influencers such as me for its Ensure Program. As part of this Program, I received compensation for my time. Abbott/Ensure believes that consumers and influencers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Abbott/Ensure policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. #ad


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Monday, July 18, 2016

INVITATION: Yoga Flava On The Vine - August 10 - 13th - Martha's Vineyard

Get your "Om" on while on vacation in Martha's Vineyard with Robin Downes of Yoga Flava On The Vine!

Sign up for your Yoga Flava private and small group sessions from August 10th to the 13th.  Email to book your date, time and rate info. robin@yogaflava.com.  Feel free to call 310-266-7362.

Robin Downes is an Emmy Award winning Journalist, Health and Wellness Coach, Syndicated Entertainment and Lifestyle Multi-Media Personality. She is the creator of Yoga Flava,(YogaFlava.com) a Hatha Yoga based, tasteful blend of ancient moves to contemporary grooves. Since 1996, Robin is Hollywood’s certified Yoga instructor to the stars with clients such as Vanessa Williams, Brandy, John Salley, LisaRaye McCoy and Hip-Hop business guru Russell Simmons, to name a few. She is the first African American woman to have an internationally distributed video through Wal-Mart (Yoga Flava for Relaxation, Vol.1). Additionally, Essence magazine recommended Yoga Flava in its 2010 Wealth and Wellness issue.
 

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