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 […]

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 […]

This online Yoga class is about “Tree Pose” (Vrksasana).  The Tree Pose helps strengthen your thighs, calves, ankles and back. It can also increase the flexibility of your hips and groin. Your balance and concentration can also be improved with constant practice. This Hatha Yoga Pose is recommended for people who have Sciatica and flat […]

Here are some eye exercises.  Ever thought about Yoga for the eyes?  The eyes are the windows to your soul.  The eyes provide the sense of sight.  The eyes need to be stretched for your sensual healing.  Most of us do not exercise our eye muscles at all, but yet, we work them all the […]

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 […]

On Tuesday, February 22nd the Elev8 team attended an exclusive listening session & performance from 3x Grammy Award Winning Duo Mary Mary. They performed songs from the upcoming release on March 29th of “Something Big”! The evening started out with a listening session of the new album, the audience gathered in great anticipation of the […]

Take the time to cultivate a state of being that opens your heart. Once your heart is open you can begin the journey that leads to an invitation to intimacy. Join instructor Robin Downes of Yoga Flava, as she guides you on a spiritually sensual healing journey through your energy centers (chakras). This video session […]

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 […]