testimonialsDeborah is one of the most compassionate professionals that I have had the honor of knowing. I truly admire her. As a yoga therapist she is a master in her craft, guiding you effortlessly. Two of her specialties (Yoga Nidra & Restorative Yoga) have been most beneficial to me recovering from trauma. I highly recommend you experience these with her; you won't be disappointed.
BG, Therapeutic Yoga client

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Yoga Instructor and Certified Yoga Therapist, Deborah Charnes, has been a yoga practitioner most of her life.  From the Windy City to Ecuador and India, she has immersed herself in the full meaning and practice of yoga, and yoga therapy. Now, at The Namaste Getaway in pristine Wimberley, Texas, between Austin and San Antonio, clients can enjoy peaceful surroundings.

Deborah improved her own mental and physical well-being via Sivananda intensives.  Swami Sivananda’s holistic approach helped popularize yoga throughout the world.  As a result, she is steeped in the philosophy and learnings of Sivananda Yoga which, in effect, is lifestyle management. Part and parcel of the Sivananda way are healthy karma-free eating, meditation, breathwork, bhakti yoga (devotional chanting), and karma yoga (selflessness).   

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Health Benefits.  

Deborah incorporates her studies in Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Sound Therapy, Yoga Nidra, and Laughter Yoga. Sessions are customized to seek the best approach for each individual. In-person, or virtual.

Read more about the benefits of yoga and yoga therapy.

Why Yoga Therapy? 

prithvi or surya mudra earth or sun mudra, The Namaste Counsel bioStress Relief. 

As a teenager, Deborah recognized the value of deep breathing, deep stretching, along with herbal tea to bring about a positive and peaceful state of mind. As a result, she nearly eradicated diabetes, chronic GI, and lower back pain. Now, her drugs of choice are Hatha, bhakti, breathwork, and meditation. 

Working in the corporate world, she tapped into yoga to relieve stress.  She draws on her decades of training and practice to help others through simple techniques that can be practiced anywhere, anytime.

Shared Learnings.

Beyond the standard 200-hour teacher training, Deborah has the rank of E-RYT 500 (Registered Yoga Teacher with 500 hours) and is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP).
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Plus, Deborah was one of the first bilingual therapists certified through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT). Her yoga therapy background encompasses Yin Therapy, Restorative Yoga, Myofascial Remodeling, Yoga Nidra Therapy, and Ayurvedic studies. 

Deborah studied Ayurvedic massage therapy, nutrition and cooking, and treatment plans at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in India. She earned certifications in Laughter as MedicineAcupressure, and Reiki. She doesn’t stop learning. Routinely, she attends conferences and workshops with some of the best yogis, Ayurvedic experts, and Yoga Therapists in the Americas.

In the community.

Off the mat, Deborah was on the San Antonio Mayor’s Fitness Council for many years.  She taught free yoga in San Antonio and Austin parks and at SíClovía, San Antonio’s biggest free health and fitness event.

Deborah is committed to improving others’ well-being. She has led free Spanish-language classes for women and children in Mexico, Belize, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, and for cancer survivors in Dallas.

Finally, passionate about well-being, she is frequently in the news.  A veteran blogger (including yoga topics), she wrote a self-help book based on learnings from a dozen of her gurus around the world.