Robin Downes, 59, aka Yoga Flava has been a certified yoga instructor who’s trained everyone from Russell Simmons, Brandy, and NBA star John Sally. Her most unlikely “client” yet? Her father.
“I’ve found myself navigating one of the most challenging roles of my life: care-giver,” the former entertainment journalist and award-winning producer said.
Robin recently stepped up to take full-time care of her 85-year-old father when his live-in girlfriend and former nurse succumbed to dementia.
“For a while, I didn’t have to worry about my dad because he was receiving great care from his lady friend who had a background in healthcare,” Robin said. “But when she started to get sick herself, my dad couldn’t deal so he turned to alcohol which made things tougher for himself physically and mentally.”
Shortly afterward, his former girlfriend’s family intervened and removed her father from their shared home. That’s when Robin knew she had to take matters into her own hands using alternative methods.
“My father was in need of great repair from the inside out,” she said. “I knew about the healing powers that yoga provided me for more than 20 years; so I decided to show him a better way.”
Robin said she helped take her father’s physical therapy a step further by implementing important breathing techniques and restorative yoga exercises that