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

garudasana eagle arms, The Namaste Counsel-bioSan Antonio/Wimberley/Hill Country Yoga Instructor/Yoga Therapist 

San Antonio/Wimberley/Hill Country bilingual Yoga Instructor/Certified Yoga Therapist Deborah Charnes, has been a yoga practitioner most 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, she’s opened The Namaste Getaway in pristine Wimberley, Texas, between Austin and San Antonio.

Deborah improved her own mental and physical well-being via multiple extended 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, who is writing a self-help book, incorporates her studies in Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Laughter Yoga. Sessions are customized to seek the best approach for each individual.

Read more about the many studies on the benefits of yoga and yoga therapy.

Why Yoga Therapy? 

prithvi or surya mudra earth or sun mudra, The Namaste Counsel bioAs a teenager, Deborah recognized the value of deep breathing, deep stretching, along with herbal tea to bring about a more positive and peaceful state of mind. Fast forward 40 years. Deborah has reduced her blood sugar level and nearly eradicated decades of chronic GI and lower back pain. Now, her drugs of choice are hatha, bhakti, breathwork, and meditation. 

Stress Relief. 

Working in the corporate world since 1981, she understands the importance of yoga to relieve stress. At an early age, she began her own de-stress techniques. Therefore, Deborah draws on her decades of training and practice to help people reduce stress through simple techniques that can be practiced anywhere, anytime.

Shared Learnings.

This San Antonio/Hill Country yoga instructor/yoga therapist is a graduate of Yandara Institute’s 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher program. Beyond the standard teacher training, Deborah has the rank of E-RYT 200 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) plus RYT 500 (Registered Yoga Teacher with 500 hours).
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Then, Deborah completed three years of training in accordance with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Her yoga therapy background encompasses Yin Therapy, Restorative Yoga, Myofascial Remodeling, Yoga Nidra Therapy, and Ayurvedic studies. All were from the IAYT approved school, The Wisdom Method. Most noteworthy, she’s one of the few Certified Yoga Therapists in the region.

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. Despite her formal training, she doesn’t stop learning. In fact, she routinely 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.

The Namaste Counsel is committed to improving others’ well-being. This San Antonio/Hill Country yoga instructor/yoga therapist has led free Spanish-language classes for women and children in Mexico, Belize, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, as well as for cancer survivors in Dallas.

Finally, passionate about wellbeing, she contributes to many media outlets.  A veteran blogger (including yoga topics) ,she is writing a self-help book based on learnings from her many gurus.