We had the good fortune of connecting with Robin Afinowich and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robin, what’s been your favorite thing to do during quarantine?
I am most grateful for opportunity to lean into the pause, to be reminded that my influential weight and worth in the world is not directly related to how busy I am. As well as being reminded how happy I am just Being, and being with myself. As an independent business woman there is good deal of hustle and goal alignment required to keep afloat and its easy to get swept up in constantly managing, building, creating, expanding, learning…both out of passion as necessity. I love my work as a healer and teacher, but it can be intense and quite emotionally demanding. I was tired, very tired, and I need more time to sleep, to process and to be still. Historically, I struggle with justifying too much downtime, thinking it would cost me valuable career development or I’d end up on food stamps again. I needed more than one day off a week to spend living, truly living. Having more time with my kids, my fiancé, my animals and nature has been a blessing. The quarantine gave me this. I read. I watch movies. I sit in the garden and lose all track of time. I talk to my friends, I write letters. I draw. I talk about cars and music with my kids for hours. We eat plates of tacos and tell stories. Humans need stories. We have engaging and contemplative discussions about the world that stimulate a sense of trust in the hidden wave of inspiration rising form our youth. Its given me a quality of time that is irreplaceable and has been a soothing balm on my soul, the medicine I needed in many ways. It has also fed my fire and given a steep look at reality in terms of my next steps as an entrepreneur in a struggling economy, an activist and change maker in a world that often feels stagnate, and an educator and counselor for those who are diligently working towards conscious evolution and potential. From a point of renewal, I am refining and crystalizing my direction of career, community and the terms to which I reinstate and dedicate my life. Aside from the obvious angst and stress of uncertainty, the pause has been restorative and galvanizing.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have a private healing practice in historic downtown Tempe that combines Clinical Mental Health with alternative, holistic and experiential healing modalities. My work includes solution-focused, strengths-based, Somatic and energry psychology (mind-body), CBT/mindfuless, Trauma-informed, Eco-Therapy and Logos/Shamanic modalities. Very outside the box from conventional practices, it is a safe space to have contemplative conversations that promote growth and deeper insight to the circumstances of life and the nature of ones self. I also offer group therapy/discussions with eco-psychology practices as the primary method of discovery.
I am also faculty at Arizona Statue University teaching mind-body wellness and yoga and mindfulness in the school of Education. I teach regular classes now offered online in The Nest, a virtual yoga community. I am deeply passionate about teaching traditional yoga through the lens of old and new, bridging yoga and mental health, yoga and neuroscience, yoga as medicine and yoga as conscious evolution for activism and sustainable living. I facilitate regular classes, retreats, teacher-trainings and continuing education for those interested in learning the full spectrum of yoga. My teachings are rooted in science and soul, fun, approachable and accessible to all bodies and all populations. I love to teach in settings that are not limitted to studios and taking yoga into the community. I have developed yoga programs for the VA, South Institute of Visually Impaired, Open Hearts Family Support, Care 7 victim services, Ymedica, The Donor Group and ASU.
I am passionate about connecting people to themselves, their community and the natural world in a positive, productive and growth-oriented way.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
My best friend in Australia came to visit a few years ago when I was going through cancer treatment. We met backpacking in Europe 15 years prior, and I had’t seen her since. We of course had to visit the Grand Canyon, Sedona, the Desert Botanical Gardens, The Cresent Ballroom, The Valley bar, Casey Moores and Seamus McCaffrey’s. Had I been up to it we would have danced more at the Rhythm Room, Bar Smith or The Yucca. Yoga at The Laughing Buddha and sweet magical skin care treats at Strawberry Hedgehog and beautiful jewelry shopping form Zenned Out. We noshed at Serranos Mexican food, Ottos Pizza, Persian Garden, Cafe Boa and Long Wongs. If she were to visit today, I’d have a whole new list of awesome places I have discovered since then! We would start that at CIBO.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My failures and struggles, my demons and trauma definitely deserve credit. They taught me how strong I am and instead of taking me down, they motivated me to keep going and they’ve helped me connect with people in a raw, vulnerable, honest and empowering way. My grounding dad and mom, my unconditional sister, my inspiring children, my sweetest lover/partner and my dearest most real friends. My primary mentors Ilene Hart (an amazing counselor) and Rachelle Marmor (an amazing acupuncturist), Mary Bruce (yoga teacher extrodinare) and shamanic teachers RNW and TP kept me going even when I didn’t think I could and all provided a depth of wisdom and support that brought me to this point in my life. Lastly, I would say that nature has been a guid, watching and connecting to the ultimate blueprint of life teaches beyond words.
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