Sunday, September 9, 2012

Deepak Chopra and Me, My Inspirations For The Journey Within

My Spiritual Guru, Deepak Chopra and Me
Recently, I was interviewed by for their YOGIS OF COLOR SERIES.  The first question was "When did yoga enter your life?"  I said 1994, because I was influenced by Deepak Chopra and his clear insight to the journey within.  Initially, I did not understand, at all, how those weird postures could help to still the mind.  Eventually, I learned that when you can release the unconscious tension in the body you can have a greater sense of ease - mind, body and spirit.

"Having the ability to relax, gives you the ease to be dynamic!" - Robin Downes

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For those of you who know me, you know I come from a media background and my inspiration in media is Oprah Winfrey.  I was inspired by my trip to India in 1999.  So I wanted to share with you this link that ties several of my inspirations together:  FULL EPISODE: DEEPAK CHOPRA AND OPRAH IN INDIA "SUPER SOUL SUNDAY"

Deepak and Oprah
Additionally, my skills as an investigative reporter, I continue to research a deeper understanding of yoga and meditation and help to interpret it for others. I had seen an excerpt of this clip previously, and found the full version of this video presentation that I think is the best explanation of meditation. Check out: SPIRITUALITY REALITY POWER OF MEDITATION. 

Robin Downes in India

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Robin and Yogi Horton

As I write this post, my spirit (or perhaps his spirit) reminds me of an early influence toward the inner journey and it was a former fiance, happy go lucky musician named Yogi Horton in 1981 who introduced me to meditation by gifting me a little Self Realization Fellowship meditation booklet.  He was 7 years older than me and explained how prayer and meditation helped to keep him centered while traveling the world as a musician. The seed was planted by Yogi (ironic, but yes his real name) and it was able to bloom with the guidance of Deepak.  Yogi is no longer with us on the physical realm, I am delighted to share his memory so his spirit lives on.  Inspiration is all around us, nurture the seed with a healthy mind, body and spirit so that it can bloom ...

When we die, we just no longer use the body for communication. We all co-exist within each other. We are all one - Deepak Chopra

Very curious to get your feedback.  Love to hear from you. You can leave a comment on this blog or email me:  Sending positive vibes - - -  Robin

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My Spiritual Guru, Deepak Chopra and Me

Sunday, September 2, 2012

What is Skype Your YogaFlava?

"Yoga" is an ancient science designed to restore the mind, body and soul (on both gross and subtle levels) to its connection with the source. It does this by massaging and cleansing unprocessed (blocked) emotion from your energy channels, while implementing techniques that cleanse and focus the breath, mind and nervous system. With clear channels and a steady breath, you are prepared to enter the practice of meditation so that you can experience your intellect free of corruption and begin to tap into that contemplative, raw, truth-touching, life-altering experience of what you are really all about.

"Flava" is a hip expression for contemporary style.  I will personalize a program for your style / level / health condition.

"Skype" is a revolutionary program that anyone can download onto their computers for free and use to video chat with anyone else who also has skype -world wide.
So put these two things together and we’ve got a revolutionary method of practicing yoga by bringing ancient science and modern technology together.

Imagine having you very own tailored yoga practice and imagine learning it in the comfort of your own private home.

Who is it for?
Skype your Yoga Flava is for practitioners of all levels, however if I find you to be extremely advanced I may prefer to teach you in person or otherwise will happily recommend a teacher who is more equipped to accommodate you than I.

How is it Done?
Each sequence is designed specifically for your unique mind, body and spirit. I have created a questionnaire designed to unearth energetic strengths and weaknesses that once completed allows me to gain the insight necessary for the creation of your practice.
I am able to lead you through your practice by verbally guiding you as well as visually demonstrating the asanas. And because I am able to watch you I can offer you verbal corrections, as well as explain to you what it is that we are doing, why we are doing it and how it is helping you.
1. All that you have to do is set up a consultation (email: and I will email you a waiver and questionnaire. Once I receive you answers I can begin to review and summarize a yogic approach that is going to work best for you.

2. I will email you my findings and we can take a little time to delve into any areas that need clarification. We can do this consultation process via email or via skype so we have a chance to meet and you can make sure that you are happy with what I’m saying and you want to move forward with me.

3. Once we agree on a approach, I will design your method. Each sequence contains components of  asanas, pranayama, visualization and meditation techniques that address and nourish you personally in every way, internally and externally.

4. Then we set up a date for your first session, whenever you want.

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5. I call you on skype. You answer. We turn on our video cameras. You set your computer up on a table and I demonstrate and guide you through your practice.

This is a proven program. The system works. Though I am not there to work with you hands on, there is an element of empowerment delivered by making corrections on your own via verbal communication. This empowerment is key to your growth.

It will take work and dedication on your part, but you can do this and I’m here to help you every step of the way.

What You Will Personally Gain
  • Clarity on what is causing you stress and discomfort in your life and how to start fixing it now.
  • A firm grasp of the yogic techniques that are best for your unique mind and body.
  • The ability to start off (or changing foot) on the right track so you can stop wasting time and wondering if you are heading in the right direction with yoga.
  • Confidence in taking proactive action in initiating a deeply beautiful spiritual and physical regime.
  • Knowledge of your temperament and why harnessing this knowledge is the cornerstone to your yogic success.
  • Knowledge of your dosha, and how this guides you in the direction of reclaiming perfect balance.
  • The realization that there is something more, something deeper and how to access it.
  • Exhilaration at the realization that you actually CAN make any move you want to make in your iife.
So what do I need to do it?
  • A good internet connection.
  • Skype.
  • A video camera for your computer.
  • Speakers are a bonus.
  • A private space of comfortable temperature in your home where you can be free of distractions (kids, phone, etc.) for the duration of the practice.
  • A Paypal account.

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