Robin Downes

From the perspective of black yogis, I wanted to focus on the complimentary benefits of Yoga’s spirituality to those with firm religious view points.  Some people have experienced conflict with their religious beliefs and the inaccurate perception of Yoga in modern society.  Yoga allows the body to relax and be of greater clarity to be […]

Yoga instructor, Faith Hunter has been called “Spiritually Fly & Hip” because of her dynamic transformational spirit and soulful modern approach to the practice of yoga. Join her at the upcoming Yoga Journal Conference taking place in New York City, May 12th – 16th. Join The NYC Yoga Journal Conference Black Yoga Instructors You Should […]

Recently, I attended a launch party in NYC for Mo Brown’s new production company, Suga Productions. At the event she premiered the video for new Gospel artist, Terri Cann.   Also premiering, was a video that featured Mo Brown showcasing her multi-talented capabilities. Check out this episode of “What’s Up With Downes” it follows Host, Robin […]

The lack of Oscar nominees for people of color, at the recent Academy awards, continues to spark the discussion about the portrayal of Black people in media. Related Article From NewsOne : Past Black Oscar Nominees And Winners [Photos] Recently, the ladies of Sistah Talk TV featured their hot topic on TV One’s Cathy Hughes […]

Origins of Yoga It is a little-known fact that Yoga first began in Africa, specifically Kemet (ancient Egypt). Yoga, which means union, is for everybody. I would like to see people of African descent reclaim this ancient holistic practice for themselves and incorporate it into their modern lives. The young Egyptians (Kamites) of Northeastern Africa […]

One of my favorite Yoga Poses is Supta Badda Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle) (SOUP-tah BAH-dah cone-NAHS-anna) supta = lying down, reclining baddha = bound kona = angle Benefits: Frees energy flow in pelvic area Increases vitality in digestive organs Good for pregnant women in preparation for childbirth (use bolsters) Quiets the mind Relief from PMS […]

In strengthening the core, a person has greater control over pelvic floor muscles and reproductive  organs. Harnessing this helps the individual release muscle tension and experience full body ecstasy. Yoga is an ideal way to get your sensual core in to shape.  Stamina and strength is sexy.  You’ll look better and feel sexier after regular […]

Try this sequence of neck and shoulder stretches that are demonstrated by Robin Downes of Yoga Flava during a recent appearance on Sistah Talk TV. These gentle exercises can help relieve muscle fatigue. You should do these every 1-2 hours. Excerpts from SISTAH TALK TV SHOW Original Air Date 1.8. 2011 and ROBIN DOWNES of YOGA […]

The winter chill keeps your shoulders up by your ears. Shoveling snow can strain your back. Take time to melt the unconscious Winter tension and stiffness that builds up in the shoulders, neck and back. Feel better with these two healing yoga moves; Forward Fold and Shoulder Rolls. To see how it’s done, join me […]

As the year comes to an end and we all reflect on where we have been and where we are going, part of the evaluation also needs to be what family, friends and associates have we allowed to be a part of our inner circle. What is an “inner circle”? An inner circle is your […]

Here are important tips to help you to feel good NOW: 1.   Know that all of your power is NOW, practice feeling good now and in the future. 2.   Decide that you will make the best of where you are NOW. 3.   Get in alignment with what you want, by feeling eagar and excited NOW. […]

Via: Elev8.com Religion has always been a major aspect of African-American life. Religion instills morals, discipline and optimism in its practitioners. We often credit our faith in God with our ability to overcome major life issues. Many people feel that their spirituality has greatly influenced their health and many doctors are in agreement, according to […]