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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Friday, June 3, 2016

Time To Align With Summer Solstice 2016 - Yoga Flava Style!

It's time to align with a new season, I love the feeling of being in sync with the sunrise on the summer solstice in Times Square.

Being in alignment with the different seasons and the patterns of nature, and by syncing with their rhythm, we too can tap into our own unique flow.

Doing this allows us to maximize our potential and helps to bring a sense of belonging into our world. Summer can be an exciting time to renew, grow, expand, change and refresh our being.

If we use this time wisely, we too can cultivate our own sense of abundance and possibility.

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Here are 6 Ways To Prepare For The Perfect Yogic Summer !

1. Diet

Help out bodies transcend out of winter mode, by eating a healthy fresh balanced diet, which includes getting plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. Drinking lots of water and herbal teas also help to give the body a boost. summer is the time to cleanse, so make the most of all the wonderful foods around at this time.

2. Breathe

Think of all the pollution and pollen in the air. By adopting an ancient yoga breathing technique known as Kabalbati we can cleanse the lungs physically, giving them a summer clean. Kabalbati is also said to help release old stuck emotions. After all, to allow in the new we need to make space by clearing out anything that doesn’t serve us. Method: sit up tall, crossing the legs at the shins or sit on a chair if you have knee problems. Remember to relax the face and jaw. Take a deep inhalation through the nostrils then, exhale starting a pumping action from below the navel. As you exhale you draw in the belly. If you are doing this right the inhalation will occur naturally as all you have to do is focus on the exhalation. Do this for a mental count of between15- 25 repetitions with the eyes closed and between each set take five slow deep breaths. Repeat several times and build up the time gradually.

3. Walking

Walking can also be used as an active meditation. Method: Try walking for twenty minutes either in nature or in a park if you live in a city. For the first ten minutes use all you senses as you move. Be very aware of how you are walking, feel each footstep, stand tall and ask yourself how the air smells, what does it tastes like? What does the ground feel like to touch, what noises do you hear and what can you see?
For the last ten minutes is more about going within. Use your breathing to help you with this. Inhale slowly and exhale slowly through the nose. Feel what it feels like to be within your own body, your own flesh and skin, and be as present to this as you can as you make your steps.
Walking is a good pastime to get new ideas for any projects or plans you have.
It can also help to journal your experiences.

4. Make a dream board

Method: Find all your old magazines, a large sheet of paper or card, some scissors and glue. Sit quietly and ask your higher self what you would really like out of life. Imagine yourself achieving this. Take your time. Try not to wish for just more money (if that is what you feel you are lacking) but rather tap into the feeling of what that would mean for you, e.g. a sense of being financially secure or perhaps freedom. Slowly enjoy the process as you find pictures that resonate. If you desire is to have a new relationship or job then again think of what that feels and means for you. A good idea is to put the board somewhere you can see it every morning so
that you can start to imagine the life you would like. It works well if you also remember to express gratitude for what you already have.

5. Yoga twists

Yoga twists detoxify the internal organs as well as giving the back and the abs a good stretch. Never do twists if you think you may be pregnant or have blood pressure problems.
Warm up with the breath exercise, followed by some sun salutations and then sit tall on a yoga mat.

Method for Marichyasana III
Sit up with the legs extended in front of you. Make sure the chest is lifted and if you find it hard to sit this way, then sit on a block. Bottom leg is straight and not collapsing inwards.

Bend the right leg and cross it over the extended left leg so the foot is on floor as close to the other leg as comfortable. Flex the extended foot and ground the body on the floor as you lengthen the spine upwards. Inhale and as you exhale bend the left elbow bringing the arm in front of the bent right thigh. Inhale and lengthen as you twist the torso to look over right shoulder. Make sure your neck is long so you are not sticking the chin out too much. Keeping this shape press the figure tips of the left hand to the floor with the arm extended behind you. With each breath feel as if the torso lengthens and with each exhalation you surrender a bit further into the pose. Then hold comfortably for five breaths. Come out gently and repeat on the other side.

6. Start a new hobby or join a new group

Nothing develops us more than trying something new. Stepping out of your comfort zone is great for personal development. It helps to build courage. If you are short of time perhaps free up some space by dropping something that no longer serves you. If you need a little inspiration see the website www.meetup.com for ideas.
Finding your natural rhythm can help you to feel renewed, refreshed and put a summer back into in your step. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Yoga Journal Launches The Live Be Yoga Tour 2016

Lower left to right - Mellisa Strome (Publisher of Yoga Journal)
Robin Downes (Yoga Flava) Taylor O'Sullivan and Tarah Stout (Tour Ambassadors)




























































































Yoga Journal and Gaia recently invited me to celebrate the launch of the Live Be Yoga Tour 2016 #LiveBeYoga.

The launch took place at the Yoga Journal Live event that recently took place in NYC at the Hilton Hotel #YJLIVE #NYC .  This event continues to grow as an excellent Yogi reunion and platform for continued education. 
We sipped on organic wine from Natura and enjoyed other samplings in the Yoga marketplace.


Want to follow the Live Be Yoga Tour 2016 ? Visit Facebook @LIVEBEYOGA, Instagram @LIVEBEYOGA and Twitter @LIVEBEYOGA for the latest stories from the road. Connect with us @YogaJournal and @Gaia + share your photos with #LIVEBEYOGA.


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Monday, March 28, 2016

Yoga Journal LIVE! New York, April 8 - 11th. Will you be there?

Yoga Journal LIVE! New York, will take place on April 8 - 11, 2016 - it will feature classes, panels, keynotes, intensives and a Yoga Market with products and services for healthy balanced living.

Yoga Flava will be in attendance as Press and a Practitioner reporting on all the highlights! Will you be there?  If so, let's meet up - email: robin@yogaflava.com

For 20 years, Yoga Journal Events have provided the unique top-notch educational opportunity for yoga practitioners of all levels, from all over the world, to experience Yoga Journal Magazine LIVE! Attendees come to explore new styles, get inspired and connect with our top-tier roster of highly regarded yoga teachers and luminaries.

REGISTER HERE:  http://www.yjevents.com/ny/register.php

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Develop Prosperity Consciousness For A Solid Financial Plan

Do you allow yourself to feel prosperous?
I focus on developing my prosperity consciousness with meditation and affirmations such as "my selfworth and networth are growing" on a daily basis. Just like the physical well being that comes from a consistent Yoga practice, I see how the same principles apply to prosperity consciousness and peace of mind for financial well being. It is all about being conscious, tuned in and comfortable about your mind set to design a financial plan.

Are you enjoying your financial journey?
Let go of fear and worry by counting your blessings - even if it is the simple blessings of being alive to figure out your finances. You have the power to create your future and it is important to align yourself with co-creators that get you. I highly recommend the financial planning team at SUM180. SUM180 Plans are personalized for you, and designed to help you right now, whether you're just getting started, starting over, or well on your way.

Are you ready to feel better about your finances by focusing on 3 steps?
Only three steps. You focus just on your three most important next steps at a time. This approach is empowering for most, but especially for those of us who have been "tuned out" of our financial picture for a period of time.
What makes Sum 180 different from the other financial institutions that I have been involved with in the past is that they cater to women and pose the question... Ready To Feel Better?
I feel so much better now that I have a plan and a support system in place. The best part is because SUM180 Plan is subscription-based, when my circumstances recently changed, due to a job loss, I was able to create a new Plan for FREE. This is a great benefit within my subscription year.

What makes you feel prosperous?
My favorite motto is Health is Wealth - pace yourself and enjoy the journey - to feel rich. Yes, you can pace yourself with prosperity consciousness and enjoy focusing on your financial planning with a support.
SUM180 offers a community for prosperity conscious users, unfiltered. This is a unique community forum where users can support one another in their plans.

Why would a personalized financial plan help you right now?
Yup, right now! I know I kept putting off looking at my finances due to a horrible hardship during the economic recession of 2008. I was so delighted to know that the steps I took since 2008 were in the right direction and SUM180 provided me with personalized suggestions on how to secure my finances in the future. As youthful as my Yoga keeps me, financial planning for my senior years will allow that vitality to shine brightly.

Ready for a trustworthy financial planning introductory offer ?
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I wanted to share this special introductory offer with my Yoga Flava family, the first 200 clients who register and complete their online interview will receive a $129 rebate on a $129 SUM180 subscription. That means you could get your SUM180 plan for FREE! Click here now to visit the SUM180 community forums and read what clients are saying about the service.
This post has been sponsored by SUM180. I was provided with product at no charge to sample in exchange for my review. The options expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with SUM180 and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.

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