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.


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!

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!

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




* 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)


* 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

*$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.


* 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

Personalized, One-on- One Yoga Flava session with Robin (by appointment only)

Cooking Class / Dinner Party Only

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


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


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

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.