Monday, December 13, 2010

Yoga Flava GIFT FOR YOU! Complimentary Winter Solstice Session 2010!


As I reflect on the past year I am truly grateful for the abundant blessings that I have received.   In am full with blessings that overflow to those that allow themselves to embrace what I have to offer with my Yoga Flava :-) 

You are invited to a complimentary Yoga Flava Winter Solstice Session 2010.  

When: Monday, December 20, 2010.  6:30pm - 8pm.

Where: New Seminary (102nd and Broadway)

I encourage to take a time to align and get in sync with the authentic rhythm of the season.
The studio will be toasty warm, the music with sooth your spirit with soulful grooves to ancient moves.
Allow my guided relaxation and meditation to melt away an unconscious anxiety that may have accumulated during these holi-daze 

You can reserve your space via email: robin@yogaflava.com and / or via facebook.com ( site is going up asap)

Yoga Flava Winter Sessions start January 3rd.  Sign up now to reserve your space via email: robin@yogaflava.com and / or via facebook.com ( site is going up asap)

Order your "Yoga Flava For Sensual Healing" DVD

As always, sending positive and prosperous vibes to Elev8,

Robin Downes
Yoga Flava





Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Moving Past The Challenges To Gain Vibrational Alignment




Be careful what you ask for. . .

OK

I carefully asked for Vibrational Alignment for my Autumn Retreat and it was not exactly as I pictured and there were some challenges on the path - - - however - - - I did successfully achieve my goal of vibrational alignment.  With a clearer understanding that "Vibrational Alignment" is an ever evolving process - - - moment by moment.

I found myself in a situation with a person that was exuding negativity and I had to call upon my inner peace and inner strength to move me toward positivity.  Then to lock into the positive vibration without being pulled down to their negative alignment.  The negative contrast provided the celerity for my vibrational alignment. 
 
The more you practice getting and being in alignment the clearer and stronger you become at it.  Practice being in a good feeling place or your alignment will decline with age.

How Do We Know We Are In "Vibrational Alignment"?
Simply put - we feel good!

How Do We Know We Are Out of "Vibrational Alignment"?
Simply put - We don't feel good - sort of out of sync.
Things are not flowing easily.  There is tension and miscommunication.
  
Mother nature balances things out!
Sometimes we erupt like a volcano - releasing pent up tension.   Sometimes that lava burns and kills everything in it's path.  Otherwise, that release sometimes creates a new island and / or environment for new things to thrive.  Each is an example of nature's vibrational alignment and we have the responsibility to be conscious of what our energies (thoughts, words, emotions, feelings and actions) align with.

Stay positive with these 4 tips for Vibrational Alignment:

1. Strengthen the mind by reading uplifting, positive, life affirming literature.

2. Choose your own truths and not what others define to be true.

3. Realize and respect the power of your thoughts.

4. Create a vision board or video like the one below that reflects images of the things you want.




Act enthusiastic and you'll be enthusiastic!

Affirmation: Prosperity is my divine birthright!

Join me LIVE for the NYC Yoga Flava Autumn Series 2010 every Monday.

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Sending positive vibes - - - Robin






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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Revitalization Program (Detox & Cleanse) Late Summer / Earth Element - Retrograde Regroup & Retreat


Mercury Retrograde:
August 20 - September 12th 2010. Mercury retrograde is a wonderful opportunity to redo, redecorate, reorganize, research, read, reunite, reconnect, restore, restructure, revitalize and plan to retreat.  


Retreat:
Here are the links to the upcoming Sept. 24-26 Yoga Flava Retreat In Marina Del Rey, CA:
Facebook Link  & Blogger Link

Late Summer:


There is a 5th season in Chinese Medicine – Late Summer. It begins late August through Autumn Equinox. Chinese Medicine believes Late Summer belongs to Earth elements. This is when Earth's luscious fruits and vegetables are bursting for harvest.  Make sure you get proper rest, exercise, stress reduction and nutrition to boost your energy in this Earth time.

Yoga for the Seasons:

Yoga poses can be used to target Kidney, Spleen and Lung areas to release, tonify and regulate these energy centers. Over-exertion can deplete energy and fatigue muscles, while Yoga can help regulate, nourish and replenish energy. Poor circulation can lead to fatigue, and Yoga can increase the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, helping cells produce energy.  The calming and regulating effects of Restorative Yoga can facilitate healing and provide a deep sense of rest to the body.

Yoga Flava Summer Spiritual and Sensual Sizzle Series:
Remaining sessions: Mondays - September 6, 13, 20, 2010   Facebook Link
 
Yoga Flava's Autumn Series For Vibrational Alignment And Prosperity:
Mondays October 4 - December 20, 2010  Facebook Link  Blogger Link

The Earth Elements – Spleen, Liver, Kidney and Lungs:

In Chinese anatomy, Earth is represented by the organs of Stomach, Spleen, Kidney and Lungs. They build and maintain the entire body: Stomach is where food is prepared for absorption, and Spleen helps absorb nutrients, feeding muscle and blood. The Liver is responsible for the free flow of energy through the body.  Kidneys are the foundation of all energy in the body and are the source and storehouse of Chi (energy). Lungs transform the air we breathe into energy and circulates it through the body.

When Earth elements are imbalanced, we worry or have excessive mental agitation, lack of concentration or memory loss. We feel needy for food or attention, seeking sympathy or distraction. An imbalance in Earth can manifest in exhaustion, loss of appetite, poor digestion or loose stools and diarrhea, easy bruising, excess menstrual flow or other bleeding disorders.

Taking care of Earth elements reaps an inner harvest : energy to complete projects and fulfill needs, contentment and love of Life. With healthy Earth elements, you feel at home in all situations, enjoying your efforts and have the space to love, relax, and nourish self, family and friends.  During harvest we store foods to nourish through the winter ahead, and it is time to harvest and reflect.

Eating for Late Summer:

Orange and Yellow are the colors connected with Late Summer, following the fiery reds of Summer and preceding the white/off-whites of Autumn’s healing foods. Don’t combine too many ingredients and keep your flavors moderate.

This season is associated with sweetness, to balance the bitterness of Summer and before Autumn’s pungent quality. Sweets and processed/refined foods can aggravates the pancreas and spleen, irritate the stomach, and create excessive acid and “dampness”, resulting in feeling more anxious, tired and unwell. Resist icy sweet drinks, as the cold and sweetness put stress on the digestive system and Earth organs.

Eat fresh, nourishing foods. Fresh, local foods and don’t combine too many ingredients
. Be moderate with sugar, fried foods, and dairy. In hot, humid weather, avoid overeating. Lightly cooked food on moderate temperature is easier on digestive system. Eat sour or pungent flavors to help disperse dampness and regulate digestion. Get exercise as dampness tends to settle in and make you feel lethargic.

When Earth is off balance, internal cycles may suffer – Earth energy can be over stimulated with hot spices and caffeine. Earth thrives on routine rhythms, which settles the nervous system, stabilizes blood sugars and lowers blood pressure. Balancing work, socializing and self care is essential for healthy body, mind and spirit.

Revitalization Program (Detox and Cleanse):  


3 to 4 days prior to beginning your Revitalization Program replace your normal diet by:

• Eating fruit, raw and steamed vegetables, salads, juices, herbal teas.
• Take 2 tablespoons of olive oil at bedtime.
• Take 8 oz. of prune juice in the mornings and herbal laxatives or laxative teas nightly.
AVOID: Potatoes, bananas, all grains, pasta, meat, cheese, dairy, processed food and eliminate caffeine and alcohol.
DO EAT: Fish, organic steamed edamomie and sprouts for protein.

Start On A Weekend / Sample Daily Program:

Wake - up

Hydrate - 1 glass of water ( and lemon and mint if you like)  - add Super Digestive Support (pro-biotic with digestive enzymes)

Meditate / Be Still for 5 - 15 minutes.

Hot Green Tea and Green 29 (Pro-biotic, enzymes for energy)

Yoga

"Cleanse Tea" and "Cleanse Plus Tablet"

Breakfast: Oatmeal with "Top Fiber" - 2 capsules of Green 29 for each meal

Water

Lunch: Green Vegetable Juice / Salad / Vegayable soup - Green 29 for each meal

Cran - Aloe

Dinner: Brown Rice , tofu, steamed Broccoli / Vegetable - Green 29

Detox Tea

Bath in empsom salt and scrub brush

Let's talk about a customized Revitalization Program for YOU!  Email: robin@yogaflava.com or Call (310) 266-7362 for a FREE initial consultation.

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    Yoga Flava's Autumn Series For Vibrational Alignment & Prosperity


     
    Time
    October 4 at 6:30pm - December 20 at 8:00am

    LocationThe New Seminary Center For Interfaith Studies
    2672 Bway @ 102nd St. 2nd floor,
    New York, NY

    Created By

    More Info
    Robin Downes' Yoga Flava
    Location: The New Seminary Center For Interfaith Studies
    ...Street: 2672 Bway @ 102nd St. 2nd floor, NYC 10025

    Phone: 310-266-7362 (Robin's Cell)
    ...E-Mail: robin@yogaflava.com

    Monday Nights - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Investment for commitment to full 12 week series: $120.00 by October 4, 2010 non-refundable.

    *Please take advantage of this recession-buster price as we build an ongoing group at our new location.

    Drop in rate per session: $20.00

    Deadline: Please confirm your attendance by 3 p.m. the Friday before each class you will be attending.

    To pay by credit/debit card email for invoice: robin@yogaflava

    Any further questions or comments - call Robin 310-266-7362


    12 weeks to get into vibrational alignment and prosperity consciousness to get ahead with your game plan for 2011.


    Yoga Flava Autumn Series For Vibrational Alignment & Prosperity
    12 Weeks to Winter Solstice 2010

    #1 - October 4
    #2 - October 11
    #3 - October 18
    #4 - October 25
    #5 - November 1
    #6 - November 8
    #7 - November 15
    #8 - November 22
    #9 - November 29
    #10- December 6
    #11 - December 13
    #12 - December 20 - Winter Solstice on the 21st.

    Personalize Private Sessions in Private Room within Studio at an agreed upon date and time $50.00 an hour. Invite a friend and each pay $25.00 for personalized attention.

    Sending positive vibes - - - Robin

    Monday, August 23, 2010

    Plan To Cleanse & Detoxify For Autumn 2010


    Staying Healthy With The Seasons.

    We need to incorporate nature's cycles with our own cycles. I want to encourage you to prepare for the change of season by planning your cleanse and detoxification program.

    The seasonal cycle is really the most important in regard to natural detoxification periods. If we can harmonize with these, we can do much to stay healthy.

    The seasonal changes are the key stress times in nature and the times where we most need to lighten up our outer demands and consumptions and turn more within to listen to our inner world that mirrors the natural cycles. Autumn is the key time for detoxification. At least a one- to two-week program is suggested at these times. In autumn we may dine on other harvests, such as apples or grapes, and the many vegetables.

    Autumn
    7-10 day cleanse between September 11 and October 5, such as:

    * Grape fast--whole and juiced--grapes, all fresh.
    * Apple and lemon juice together, diluted.
    * Fresh fruits and vegetables, raw and cooked.
    * Fruit and vegetable juices--fruit in the morning, vegetables in the afternoon.
    * Juices plus spirulina, algae, or other green chlorophyll powders.
    * Whole grains, cooked squashes and other vegetables (a lighter detox).
    * Mixture of the above plans.
    * Basic low-toxicity diet with herbal program.
    * Colon detox with fiber (psyllium, pectin, and so on) along with enemas or colonics.
    * Preparing and planning new autumn diet, enhancing positive dietary habits.

    The following products I recommend to support you with your detoxification program for the entire Autumn Season From Sept. 21 - December 21:

    (Click on the product name for more details and how you can order today to prepare for Autumn 2010)

    1. Ultra Cleanse
    2. Super Digestive Support / Pro-Digest
    3. Cran-Aloe
    4. Triple Life Line / Omega 3-6-9

    You can order separately or commit to a customized wellness package by consulting directly with me for step by step De-tox coaching support email:robin@yogaflava.com
    FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION
    $133.00 - ALL PRODUCTS LISTED ABOVE & DE-TOX COACHING with Robin Downes








    It would not be appropriate for those with deficiency problems such as extreme fatigue, underweight people, those who experience coldness, or those with heart weakness. There are even more contraindications for fasting, which releases more toxins than this program does. Releasing too much toxicity can make many sick people sicker; if that happens, they will need to increase fluids and eat again until they feel better. People with cancer need to be very careful about how they detoxify. Prior to or just after surgery is not a good time to detoxify, but after healing, say about four to six weeks later. Pregnant or lactating women should not do any heavy detoxification, though they can usually handle mild programs.

    Fall is the traditional harvest season. Some of the fruits and vegetables that may be used include:

    Fall Vegetables

    * beets
    * broccoli
    * brussels sprouts
    * cabbage
    * celery
    * garlic
    * kale
    * mustard greens
    * parsley
    * spinach
    * cauliflower
    * onion
    * swiss chard
    * squash

    Fall Fruit

    * apple
    * pear
    * grape

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    Cran-Aloe




    Cran-Aloe

    Cran-Aloe is a smooth, refreshing, healthy drink, a combination of Aloe Vera and Cranberry Juice, and contains natural antioxidants. One glass of Cran-Aloe contains an equivalent amount of antioxidants as a plate of fruit and vegetables.

    Cran-Aloe:

    * Strengthens and stimulates the immune system,
    * Helps fortify the respiratory system
    * Helps alleviate asthma
    * Helps relieve gastritis, ulcers, acid reflux
    * Regulates the intestinal tract and relieves constipation
    * Helps lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose
    * Helps to protect the heart and blood vessels
    * Helps increase circulation and counteracts the damaging effects of free radicals
    * Helps reduce inflammation in the urinary tract and reduces the urine odor
    * Reduces inflammation from arthritis
    * Helps accelerate the production of calcium and phosphorous in bone fractures.


    Serving Suggestion: Mix 2 tablespoons with 7 oz. of water or juice. Can be taken before, during, or after meals.


    Product No. N08

    Price: $42.00 plus S & H.






    If you want other payment options or have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact me email:robin@yogaflava.com

    TripleLifeline




    The Best Source of Essential Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids

    Take 2 capsules after meals; four daily maximum.

    Serving Suggestion: Take 2 capsules after meals; four daily maximum.

    TripleLifeline
    Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids represent the most elemental nutrients in our bodies. They are necessary for the production of each cell.
    It is very important for you to supplement them daily to improve your overall health.

    * Promote healthy blood flow to help your heart
    * Stimulate your mind, help you learn quicker
    * Stabilize your blood pressure
    * Enhance the proper functioning of your thyroid
    * Support/regulate cholesterol levels
    * Form new cells
    * Aids hair & nail growth
    * Reduce joint inflammation
    * Control the symptoms of Psoriasis, Arthritis and prostate inflammation
    * Keep your skin hydrated and healthy
    * Burn body fat, lose weight by increasing your metabolism.
    * Improves depression, PMS, hot flashes (especially when taken with Coral Calcium).
    * Improves immune system and overall functioning of your body.

    Product Code: N15
    Price: $40.00 plus S & H.






    If you would like another payment option or if you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact me email:robin@yogaflava.com

    Super Digestive Support





    Better Digestion
    *

    Better Nutrient Absorption
    *

    Unique Probiotic Blend

    Designed to address some common digestive complaints like indigestion, acid reflux, gas and bloating, and to support healthier digestive functions.* It's digestive enzymes help break down food particles into nutrients the body can absorb.

    Super Digestive Support's probiotic blend includes "good" bacteria, a total of 50 million CFU of the Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Salivarius, Bifido-bacterium bifidum, and Lactobacillus bulagaricus.

    Super Digestive Support is enriched with protein, fatty acids, phytonutrients and antioxidants to ensure a complete digestion and reduce digestive problems.*

    Serving Suggestion: Mix 1 tablespoon in 8 oz. water or juice before or after meals.

    Price $32.00 plus S & H.







    If you would like another payment option or if you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact me email:robin@yogaflava.com

    Saturday, August 21, 2010

    Ulrabody Cleanser Plus Pack




    Ultrabody Cleanser Plus Pack

    September 21, 2010 is the Autumn Equinox. This marks the official change of season and
    a perfect time for your cleansing and detoxification program.

    Ultrabody Cleanser Plus Pack is excellent colon cleansing and detoxification program consists of two parts, a tablet and a tea.

    Ultra Body Cleanser Plus tablet is a basic, yet powerful tool in preventative care. This proprietary blend of natural herbs, probiotics and enzymes provides and supports the cleansing of organs and other channels of elimination.

    Within 7-10 days you will experience a significant increase in the volume of the evacuations that the body eliminates.

    As the second part of the Ultra Body Cleanser Plus pack, the Ardyss Cleansing Tea helps purify the body and promotes overall health. The tea consists of natural herbs specially selected for their ability to contribute to the cleansing of the five primary organs of elimination: liver, kidneys, lungs, internal, and skin. and contains no caffeine. It's formula is enriched with Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus bifidus, and digestive enzymes such as amylase, proteases, lipase, cellulase and lactase. These are known to assist the digestive system by helping with the complete and correct absorption of foods and residual toxin elimination.

    Try this wonderful body detoxifying program today!

    Serving Suggestion:

    Start with one (1) tablet in the morning and increase to two tablets until you are having 2 to 3 bowel movements every day. If you start to experience loose bowel movements, reduce the amount of tablets you are taking. Continue to take the tablet(s) for 14 days, then stop. You can repeat this procedure in three months.Directions for the tea:

    After your last meal of the day, and just before you go to bed, do the following: Pour boiling water into a cup over the tea bag. Let it steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Drink the tea warm. Increase the steeping time gradually for added strength. Not for long term use. Use for 14 days and start again after three months.

    Summarizing, take 1 or 2 tablets in the morning, and drink the tea after dinner, both followed by at least 1 glass of water.

    For sensitive stomachs, take only 1/2 tablet per day, and, for all, do not exceed 14 days.

    It is important not to prolong the treatment; stop using it for 3 months before doing another de-tox program.

    Retail Price: $50.00 plus S & H.







    For other payment arrangements, questions or comments - email:robin@yogaflava.com

    Saturday, August 7, 2010

    Sept. 24-26 LA Beach House Retreat / Spa / Yoga / Pilates - Autumn Equinox Weekend Getaway!




    Robin Downes' Yoga Flava Presents

    Autumn Equinox - Retreat Weekend Getaway

    Program for Vibrational Alignment

    Restore By The Shore
    Take The Time To Align

    September 24 - 26, 2010

    Marina Del Rey, California

    Yoga Flava * Creative Chakra Spa * Pilates' Body Treats


    This immersion weekend is a wonderful opportunity to get into vibrational alignment as you enter the Fall season of new growth and rebirth. Our primary goal is to open our hearts and minds to new possibilities for self-growth and positive direction in our lives. All participants will be guided in creating a personal plan to bring home and integrate into their lifestyle. Get ahead with your game plan for 2011.

    Yogic wisdom recommends working with the body's natural sensual shifts that occur at the juncture of seasons. During this Autumn Equinox weekend, we will learn tools to clear out excesses and toxins accumulated over the summer. It will include yoga, meditation, self-reflection, and healthy cooking classes. This includes a cleansing diet, and a de-toxifying spa treatment.

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    Robin Downes' Yoga Flava – Robin Downes has been a certified and insured Hatha Yoga Instructor since 1996.




    Yoga Flava’s style includes soulful grooves and ancient moves for healing and overall well being. Recommended by Essence Magazine 2010 "Wealth and Wellness Plan." Yoga instructor to the stars, including Vanessa Williams, Brandy, John Salley and Russell Simmons!
    http://www.yogaflava.com
    http://www.facebook.com/yogaflava
    http://www.Twitter.com/robindownes




    Sandie West' Creative Chakra Spa- This Luxury Oceanside healing retreat is located in beautiful Marina Del Rey, California. Allow yourself to truly relax and absorb the ambiance of the luscious tropical foliage, ocean air and sheer tranquility. It is the first Holistic Health and Fitness Spa in the U.S., and California's Leading Holistic Spa. It has been featured on MTV, E! News, Americas' Next Top Model, Matchmaker Millionaire & Discovery Channel.
    Sandie West, CEO Creative Chakra Spa Healing Retreat
    3401 Pacific Av, 2A & 2B,
    Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
    310-823-9378
    http://www.creativechakra.com
    http://www.facebook.com/creativechaka
    http://www.youtube/creativechakra


    Cheryl Stone - Pilates' Body Treats
    email: cherylistone@yahoo.com


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    PACKAGES


    Package #1: BEACH PENTHOUSE / ACTIVITIES



    We will customize your accomodations. The Beach House Penthouse can accommodate up to 16 people. There are King Size Beds, Double Beds, pull out beds all over the house.

    * Friday Night Arrival - Sunday Night Departure (Negotiations for Monday morning if need be)

    * Sat & Sun. Morning Guided Group Beach walk
    Your guides, Robin Downes and Cheryl Stone invite you to connect with mother nature for an invigorating walk and talk along the Marina Del Rey, California ocean front. We will practice breathing excercises and proper body alignment. Walk into your power and maintain a strong core.

    * 1/2 hour Spa treatment (Schedule with Chakra Spa during weekend)

    * Sat & Sun. Group Yoga Flava Session

    * Sat & Sun Group Pilates' Body Treats

    Cost: Total $360.00 per person - ($160 activities & 200.00 Beach House)
    (Should there be a different rate for King Size bed? Need to work out details with Sandie?)



    Package #2: 2 DAY ACTIVITIES / MARINA HOTEL


    * Sat. & Sun. Guided Morning Group Beach walk

    * 1/2 hour Spa treatment (Schedule with Chakra Spa during weekend)

    * Sat. & Sun. Group Yoga Flava Session

    * Sat & Sun Group Pilates


    Cost: $160.00 for activities only




    Package #3: ONE DAY ONLY - 8/25 - EQUINOX - RETREAT ACTIVITIES

    * Morning Group Beach walk

    * 1/2 hour Spa treatment (Schedule with Chakra Spa during weekend)

    * Group Yoga Flava Session

    * Group Pilates' Body Treats

    Cost: $100.00


    A La Carte Prices

    Yoga Flava Group Session Only
    Sunday afternoon session (based on space availability) or extra Sunday evening session
    Cost:$30.00


    Personalized, One-on- One Yoga Flava session with Robin (by appointment only)
    Cost:$100.00



    Spa Services:
    Please check with Creative Chakra Spa for various spa services offered




    Payments

    Please call or e-mail me so we can discuss payment options, as well as any individual questions and concerns you may have.
    Phone: 310-266-7362
    E-Mail: robin@yogaflava.com

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    ITINERARY (This itinerary is a guide only, and is subject to change)


    Friday September 24, 2010

    5:00pm Check in at Chakra Spa's Beach House, introductions


    Explore the evening on your own. We will have a list of recommended activities. Also a great time to schedule a spa service or private yoga class.


    Saturday, September 25, 2010

    9:00am Breakfast suggested time at local restaurant

    10:00-10:30am Guided Morning Beach Walk / Meditation

    11:00am-12 pm Yoga

    12:30pm Lunch at local restaurant

    1:00 -3:30 Spa treatment, private yoga class or free time


    4:00pm - Pilates


    Sunday, March 26, 2010

    9:00am Breakfast at local restaurant

    10:00-10:30am Morning Beach Walk and Meditation

    11:00am Yoga

    12:30pm Lunch at local restaurant

    1:00 pm - 3pm Spa treatment, private yoga class or free time.

    4:00 pm Pilates

    Check Out


    PLEASE NOTE: The primary objective of a Yoga Flava Retreat is to create BALANCE of opportunities for insight, reflection, fun relaxation, group/private time and simply being.

    Monday, July 26, 2010

    Saturday, March 20, 2010

    Happy Spring Equinox!


    Today is the Spring Equinox, the first official day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Now is a wonderful time to make a fresh start in your life. It's also a great time to clear out any clutter, physically, mentally and spiritually. Get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather!

    Monday, March 15, 2010

    Melt Winter Tension: Sensual Spring Shoulder Moves

    The winter chill kept your shoulders up by your ears, with Spring officially arriving on March 20th, it's time to melt the unconscious Winter tension
    that has built up in the shoulders, neck and back. Feel better with these sensual spring moves. Spring it On!

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    The following is the text breakdown of what you can do. Also be sure to view the Yoga Flava Video Snack at the bottom of this blog and join me in this healing practice.

    Standing Forward Bend

    Uttanasana (Sanskrit - ancient east indian name of Yoga Pose)
    (OOT-tan-AHS-ahna)
    ut = intense
    tan = to stretch or extend

    Step by Step

    Stand in Mountain Pose (Tadasana), hands on hips. Exhale and bend forward from the hip joints, not from the waist. As you descend draw the front torso out of the groins and open the space between the pubis and top sternum. As in all the forward bends, the emphasis is on lengthening the front torso as you move more fully into the position.

    If possible, with your knees straight, bring your palms or finger tips to the floor slightly in front of or beside your feet, or bring your palms to the backs of your ankles. If this isn't possible, cross your forearms and hold your elbows. Press the heels firmly into the floor and lift the sitting bones toward the ceiling. Turn the top thighs slightly inward.

    With each inhalation in the pose, lift and lengthen the front torso just slightly; with each exhalation release a little more fully into the forward bend. In this way the torso oscillates almost imperceptibly with the breath. Let your head hang from the root of the neck, which is deep in the upper back, between the shoulder blades.

    Forward Fold (Uttanasana) can be used as a resting position between the standing poses. Stay in the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute. It can also be practiced as a pose in itself.

    Don't roll the spine to come up. Instead bring your hands back onto your hips and reaffirm the length of the front torso. Then press your tailbone down and into the pelvis and come up on an inhalation with a long front torso.

    Shoulder Rolls
    Roll the shoulders down and back, starting with small circles and working up to larger circles. Do 10 circles backwards and then repeat forward circles.

    To see how it's done have a taste of this Yoga Flava Video Snack; Forward Fold and Shoulder Rolls:



    For more information: www.yogaflava.com

    Michelle Obama "Let's Move" Challenges Childhood Obesity

    First Lady Michelle has announced a nationwide program called "Let's Move," which will address the problem of childhood obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 16% of American children between the ages of 6 - 9 are overweight or obese. Obesity is more prevalent among African-American children than any other group of children. The numbers have been steadily climbing. If left unchecked, obesity can lead to heart problems, hypertension, diabetes, and a list of other ailments.






    There are four key "pillars" to the campaign:
    1)Better nutritional and exercise information for parents
    2) An increase in physical exercise for children
    3) Improving the quality of food available in schools
    4) Making healthy foods readily available and affordable

    Tip: Include healthy snacks in your child's lunch. Tasty suggestions are sliced apples, celery sticks with peanut butter and trail mix.





    Tip: Yoga is an excellent (and fun!) way for you and your child to get and stay in shape. It increases cardiovascular health, strength, agility and flexibility.

    Tuesday, March 2, 2010

    Welcome to Our New Site!


    Yoga Flava's new blog address is http://yogaflava.blogspot.com. Please be sure to update your links. Expect the same great content!

    Saturday, February 20, 2010

    Los Angeles Retreat - 3/19 - 3/21/2010 - Sensual Healing by the Sea - Spring It On



    Robin Downes' Yoga Flava Presents

    Spring it On - Retreat Weekend Getaway

    All Inclusive Program for Sensual Healing by the Ocean side

    March 19 - 21, 2010

    Marina Del Rey, California

    Yoga Flava * Creative Chakra Spa * Celebrity Chef Kai Chase


    This immersion weekend is a wonderful opportunity to rejuvenate yourself as you enter the spring season of new growth and rebirth. Our primary goal is to open our hearts and minds to new possibilities for self-growth and positive direction in our lives. All participants will be guided in creating a personal plan to bring home and integrate into their lifestyle.

    Yogic wisdom recommends working with the body's natural sensual shifts that occur at the juncture of seasons. During this Spring Equinox weekend, we will learn tools to clear out excesses and toxins accumulated over the winter. It will include yoga, meditation, self-reflection, and healthy cooking classes. This includes a cleansing diet, and a de-toxifying spa treatment.

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    Robin Downes' Yoga Flava – Robin Downes has been a certified and insured Hatha Yoga Instructor since 1998.
    Yoga Flava’s style includes soulful grooves and ancient moves for healing and overall well being. Recommended by Essence Magazine 2010 "Wealth and Wellness Plan." Yoga instructor to the stars, including Vanessa Williams, Brandy, John Salley and Russell Simmons!
    http://www.yogaflava.com
    http://www.facebook.com/yogaflava
    http://www.Twitter.com/robindownes



    Celebrity Chef Kai Chase entertains and educates everyone from the amateur cook to the would-be chef. Her cooking sessions allow you to explore and create some of her most celebrated recipes for her high-profile clients; President Obama, Michael Jackson and Jamie Fox to name a few!
    http://www.kaichase.com
    http://www.facebook.com/celebritychefkaichase
    http://www.Twitter.com/chefkaichase


    Sandie West' Creative Chakra Spa- This Luxury Oceanside healing retreat is located in beautiful Marina Del Rey, California. Allow yourself to truly relax and absorb the ambiance of the luscious tropical foliage, ocean air and sheer tranquility. It is the first Holistic Health and Fitness Spa in the U.S., and California's Leading Holistic Spa. It has been featured on MTV, E! News, Americas' Next Top Model, Matchmaker Millionaire & Discovery Channel.
    Sandie West, CEO Creative Chakra Spa Healing Retreat
    3401 Pacific Av, 2A & 2B,
    Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
    310-823-9378
    http://www.creativechakra.com
    http://www.facebook.com/creativechaka
    http://www.youtube/creativechakra


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    PACKAGES


    Package #1: ULTIMATE BEACH PENTHOUSE / PERSONAL CHEF / ACTIVITIES


    * 2 night PRIVATE room accommodations with King size bed in Beach house.

    (Only 6 rooms available at Beach House)

    * Sat & Sun. Morning Group Beach walk

    * 1/2 hour Spa treatment (Schedule with Chakra Spa during weekend)

    * Sat & Sun. Group Yoga Flava Session

    * Personal Chef nutritious meals and snacks

    (Fri. Dinner / Sat. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Sun. Breakfast, Lunch

    * Cooking class / demonstration / dinner party

    Cost: $1,000.00 (sharing King size bed/ $830.00 per person)



    Package #2: 2 DAY ACTIVITIES / MARINA HOTEL


    * Sat. & Sun. Morning Group Beach walk

    * 1/2 hour Spa treatment (Schedule with Chakra Spa during weekend)

    * Sat. & Sun. Group Yoga Flava Session

    * Box Lunch by Chef Kai Chase Lunch Spa Soirée - Spring it On!

    * Cooking class / demonstration & dinner party by Celebrity Chef Kai Chase


    Cost: $325.00 for activities only



    Hotel accommodations are available at the Marina International Hotel, which is adjacent to the largest man-made yacht harbor in the World

    http://www.marinaintlhotel.com/


    *$89 per night special for Creative Chakra clients.

    There are also other hotels in the vicinity-try doing a Google search using the address of the Spa.


    Package #3: ONE DAY ONLY - 3/20 - EQUINOX - RETREAT ACTIVITIES

    * Morning Group Beach walk

    * 1/2 hour Spa treatment (Schedule with Chakra Spa during weekend)

    * Group Yoga Flava Session

    * Box Lunch by Chef Kai Chase

    * Cooking class / demonstration / Dinner Party

    Cost: $250.00


    A La Carte Prices

    Yoga Flava Group Session Only
    Sunday afternoon session (based on space availability) or extra Sunday evening session
    Cost:$30.00


    Personalized, One-on- One Yoga Flava session with Robin (by appointment only)
    Cost:$100.00


    Cooking Class / Dinner Party Only
    Cost:$150.00


    Spa Services:
    Please check with Creative Chakra Spa for various spa services offered




    Payments

    Please call or e-mail me so we can discuss payment options, as well as any individual questions and concerns you may have.
    Phone: 310-266-7362
    E-Mail: robin@yogaflava.com

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    ITINERARY (This itinerary is a guide only, and is subject to change)


    Friday March 19, 2010

    5:00pm Check in at Chakra Spa's Beach House, introductions

    7:00 pm Personal Chef dinner (Beach House Residents).

    Explore the evening on your own. We will have a list of recommended activities. Also a great time to schedule a spa service or private yoga class.


    Saturday, March 21, 2010

    9:00am Breakfast (Beach House Residents)

    10:00-10:30am Morning Beach Walk

    11:00am-12 pm Yoga

    12:30pm Box Lunch by Chef Kai Chase

    1:00 -3:30 Spa treatment, private yoga class or free time

    4:00pm Cooking Class Series - Spring Cleaning with Kai Chase

    Theme- "Almost Vegetarian, Spring Cleaning...Less Meat & More Healthy Choices."

    Menu: TBD

    Includes: cost of celebrity chef demonstration, food, materials, etc...



    Sunday, March 21, 2010

    9:00am Breakfast (Beach House Residents)

    10:00-10:30am Morning Beach Walk and Meditation

    11:00am Yoga

    12:30pm Box Lunch by Chef Kai Chase

    1:00 pm Spa treatment, private yoga class or free time.

    3:00 pm Check out


    PLEASE NOTE: The primary objective of a Yoga Flava Retreat is to create BALANCE of opportunities for insight, reflection, fun relaxation, group/private time and simply being.

    Saturday, February 6, 2010

    PUT YOUR BACK IN IT - Yoga & Sexual Union

    The meaning of the word YOGA is "to join together," to "make union." In the Kama Sutra (The art of making love) and Tantric tradition sexual union is considered the highest form of Yoga. In all transcendental sexual experiences a healthy and relaxed body is an ally for exctasy and liberation. Many of the Yoga poses were inspired by flowers, animals and other creatures whose name they bear. The following yoga poses are entitled Cat and Cow, promotes a sense of ease for the spine, so you can put your back in it.

    Cat Pose: marjarasana
    Marjari= cat





    Cow Pose: bitilasana



    The Cat-Cow pose combination is a tremendously popular and beneficial exercise used in yoga, Pilates, and other forms of physical exercise. This simple pose combination helps to stretch the back and relieve pain, strengthen the core muscles of the abdomen and the back, increase coordination, and energize the body.

    Cat Cow pose benefits:
    Stabilizes the sacrum to release lower back pain
    Supports back by engaging abs
    Stretches the low, mid and upper back, the front torso, the hips and the neck
    Loosens spine
    Stretches hips
    Massages and stimulates kidneys and adrenal glands, and tones the uterus
    Creates emotional balance
    Relieves stress and calms the mind

    Contraindications:
    People with neck injuries should be sure to keep the head in line with the torso.
    Getting into the Cat and Cow poses: Step by step

    Step One (preparation): Begin in “tabletop” position: your hands on the ground at shoulder width, elbows and shoulders in line with the hands and your knees on the ground hip distance apart and directly under the hips. Your spine should be neutral and the eyes will gaze towards the floor slightly in front of the fingertips.

    Step Two (Cat Pose): On an exhalation, begin to round your spine towards the ceiling, engaging your stomach muscles to pull the belly towards the back body and tucking your head and chin towards the chest. The gaze should be toward the chest and belly, yet avoid forcing the chin to meet the chest. Feel the expansion across the shoulder blades. If rounding the very top of the back is difficult, ask a friend or yoga teacher to lay her hands just above and between the shoulder blades to help you activate this region.

    Step Three (Cow Pose): On an inhalation, drop your belly toward the floor while lifting your sit bones and your chest towards the ceiling. Your gaze can either be directly in front of you or towards the ceiling. Keep the shoulder blades down and back away from the ears.

    You can repeat this sequence a few times, making sure to follow the breath, inhaling into cow and exhaling into cat. You may wish to finish this sequence by resting in child’s pose.

    Check out the following Yoga Flava Video Snack for the demonstration.



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