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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 Embraces the Branches

Who is The Namaste Counsel?  San Antonio/Wimberley/Hill Country Yoga Instructor/Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) Deborah Charnes, (E-RYT 200/RYT 500) 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 shares her learnings with her students, in English and Spanish.

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, breath work, bhakti yoga (devotional chanting) and karma yoga (selflessness). 

Where’s The Namaste Counsel? Deborah Charnes leads private and group classes. Find her at fitness centers, schools, senior centers, corporations and special events in Texas, Mexico and Central America. In San Antonio/Hill Country, she offers private and semi-private sessions at her clients’ places of business or residence. In Wimberley, she offers a 2-acre nature reserve retreat site for clients complete with running creek, tree house and fire circle. Accommodations available.  

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Finally, she offers select sessions, virtually. In particular, Yoga Nidra (or the yoga of sleep) or Lifestyle Management tele-counseling with a focus on nutrition and breaking dietary habits.

Health Benefits.  Deborah incorporates her studies in Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Myofascial Remodeling. 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, breath work 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.

Certifications. 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.

Ayurveda and more.  Deborah studied Ayurvedic massage therapy, nutrition and cooking, and treatment plans at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in India. She earned certifications in Acupressure and Reiki in Mexico and San Antonio, Texas. 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 supports the San Antonio Mayor’s Fitness Council.  Deborah taught free yoga in the San Antonio and Austin parks for several years. Additionally, she routinely donates her services to teach at SíClovía, San Antonio’s biggest free health and fitness event.

The Namaste Counsel is committed to improving others’ well being. For kids, this San Antonio/Hill Country yoga instructor/yoga therapist volunteered at a children’s shelter in Mexico, and at three Texas VegFests.  Plus, she has led free Spanish-language classes for women and children in Mexico and Central America, as well as cancer survivors in Dallas.

Finally, passionate about wellbeing, she contributes to many media outlets. Among them: bald yogi, wanderlust,, And, she publishes her own yoga blogs.