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Today, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ms Robin Downes Founder and CEO of Yoga Flava TV. Ms. Downes is a 30 year veteran of the entertainment / multimedia business. She has an Emmy® Award for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in News and Documentary” with ABC NEWS “20/20” since 1981. She is a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor and Wellness Coach since 1996. Created Yoga Flava in 1998. Syndicated Original Content Provider and Media Personality to sites such as FeelRich.com and Elev8.com to name a few. So enjoy my interview with Ms Robin Downes.
Roger – Who are some of the role models you look up to in the media business?
Robin- My role models that I look up to are Oprah Winfrey and Susanne DePasse because they are strong women of color within the entertainment industry and they are positive templates for all women looking to be successful in the entertainment industry.
Roger – Name some of the past media projects you worked on or created?
Robin –Some of the projects and companies I worked on was ABC News “20/20”, Cosby Show, Do The Right Thing, MTV, New Jack Ciity, Paramount Pictures, Interactive One (On line division of TV One) YogaFlava, Robin Downes Network, Feel Rich (Quincy Jones III’s Company)
Roger- How did you get your start in yoga?
Robin -I personally needed tools to help me cope with the stress of losing my mother to cancer, going through a divorce and the stress in the entertainment business.
Roger- What types of yoga are you trained in and name some of the instructors you trained under?
Robin–I am a certified “Hatha Yoga” instructor and also intensive training in “Kundalini Yoga” and “Restorative Yoga” – my brand is “Yoga Flava” and I trained at the Center For Yoga in Los Angeles, Krishna Kaur and Judith Lasiter,
Roger- What inspired you to create Yoga Flava the TV show?
Robin – Most of the yoga classes I attended were all white and when I went to India the sages told me to take the practice and interpret it for your people. Being a member of the Black Yoga Teacher’s Association, I learned that Yoga came from Ancient Egypt / Ancient Africa. My roots are the boogie down Bronx and one day I just started talking about how we need more “Yoga Flava”. My hollywood publicist love that as a name and we have branded and trademarked my style since 2000.
Roger- Explain the process of how you partnered with Quincy Jones III and other disturbing platforms?
Robin – Quincy Jones III follows me on social media and reached out to me when he formed “Feel Rich” http://www.feelrich.com and the rest was history. Second Interactive One reached out to me after having been introduced by a co-worker that I had know for years http://www.elev8.com/author/ionerdownes/
Roger – How do you use social media to promote your brand?
Robin- As a entrepreneur I do my best to post at least one thing daily and engage my community and promote my brand on various platforms.
Roger What social media platforms do you use to promote your brand?
Robin – My website http://robindownes.blogspot.com is the main space to gain entry into the world of Robin Downes & Yoga Flava. My agents (Sharon & Francesca) of Plaza 7 Talent Agency encouraged me to have one site to send people to explore my multiple brands, there you will see links to such sites as: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pintrest, BlackPlanet to name a few.
Roger – What advice can you give anyone looking to began using yoga to get back in shape?
Robin-Pace yourself, educate yourself to the various teachers and styles, find a teacher and style that you can vibe with (makes you feel great about what and how they are teaching) and most of all enjoy the journey of a lifetime. It is an every evolving process that has documented Yogis well into their 100 years of age.
Roger- What does the future hold for the Yoga Flava show and where do you see it going in the future?
Robin- Looking forward to the care and guidance provided by Plaza 7 Talent Agency to shop the show to the networks. Excited about the unending and ever evolving Yoga community’s continued support and growth.
Roger- Thank you Robin and if you want to see more videos about Yoga Flavor TV with Robin Downes just click on the video below:
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