Thursday, October 2, 2014

Yes, Yoga Has Curves 21 Day Instagram Challenge

Yoga is a transformational art designed to bring our mind, body and spirit back into balance. It helps us to appreciate who we are and love the skin that we are in. Yes, Yoga Has Curves has been a dream of author Dana Smith aka “The Yoga Diva” for many years and thanks to friend and photographer Wanakhavi Wakhisi her dream has become reality.

Her practice began when she was in her final trimester of pregnancy and was key in helping her adjust to new motherhood and everyday stresses of life. She learned how to work with her curves and has been teaching to yogis of all body types for over 10 years.

In popular media only one type of yoga body is highlighted and there is little representation for fuller bodied women. Because of this, many women don’t think they have the “yoga body” and hesitate exploring yoga, even though it has countless benefits.

This book serves as a testament that yoga is for EVERYbody and that no one physical size is better suited for practice. It will celebrate beautiful goddesses of all curvy shapes and sizes and finally allow the beauty of our curves to be recognized in this blessed art called yoga.

The true essence of yoga is what you do from your heart, not what you do with your body.

Yoga Flava on Instagram is participating in the 21 day #yesyogahascurves IG challenge!

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

September Is National Yoga Month - FREE Yoga Flava Session!

September is the official National Yoga Month (a national observance designated by the Department of Health and Human Services) designed to educate about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle. Yoga Flava is offering FIRST TIME STUDENTS the opportunity to hava a private Yoga session with Robin Downes for National Yoga Month September 2014. Please email to request a date and time that works best for you (in person or on line LIVE) robin@yogaflava.com - Sign up on the Yoga Flava Facebook Event Page

If you are a on-going Yoga Flava Playa and recommend a first time student that signs up for a series then you are also eligible for a FREE session! Let me know when you would like to book your session... inperson or on-line LIVE. Leave a comment here are email: robin@yogaflava.com
Sending positive vibes... Robin Downes, Yoga Flava


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Monday, September 1, 2014

Ayurveda Cafe Celebrates National Yoga Month - FREE Spice Tea !

“Ayurveda is the science and yoga is the practice of the science.” The Ayurveda Cafe is offering a cup of Free Spice Tea, when you purchase a meal -  mention September Is National Yoga Month and Yoga Flava (referred by Mr. Malik).

Ayurveda is the science of life, a 5,000-year-old traditional holistic system of well-being from India. 'ayur' means 'of life' and Veda' means 'knowledge'. Ayurveda is the knowledge of longevity which offers healing, rejuvenation and self-realization through balanced food, herbs, yoga, massage, aroma, and meditation. 

Ayurveda Cafe

706 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025
(212) 932-2400
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Teaching Guided Relaxation [VIDEO]


I have the opportunity to provide Yoga teacher training for Aubry Bright. Aubry is currently the Recreational Director for NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.  Starting in the Fall she will be the Personal Trainer at Le Soleil d'Or . Golden Sun - Cayman Luxury Rentals.

Due to the fact that I have a limited amount of time with Aubry, I meditated on what would be the most important tools that I can share.

Most people when they go on vacation want to relax and renew.  I wanted to compliment Aubry's solid background in physical fitness with the aspects that make Yoga special which is help with relieving stress, specifically guided relaxation and meditation.

The reference material is of course the DVD Yoga Flava For Relaxation Volume 1 and the Audio CD Exhale With Robin Downes

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Let me know if you would like to study with me or if you have any questions or comments - email: robin@yogaflava.com


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.
Email: robin@yogaflava.com

Go virtual via Skype: YogaFlava

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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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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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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.

THE EMPATH CHECKLIST:
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)

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