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testimonialsI have been a private client of Deborah's for over two years.  I'm not a person that enjoys working out or hitting the gym.  These yoga lessons have been very vital to my well being and my health.  We have done a variety of classes including restorative and yoga nidra for my insomnia.  I definitely feel different and my body shape is better, and I've controlled my weight over these last two years.  She challenges me at every class and we work on yoga that is conducive to my body, mind and soul.  I prefer that!
ME, private client

May 4, 2015

Yoga at The Namaste Counsel.  Deborah Charnes has led classes for tumbling two-year-old toddlers to the mentally spry 90-year-olds. Deborah’s group Hatha Yoga classes tend to be a blend of Ashtanga, Vinyasa/Hatha Flow and Yin Yoga. She teaches yoga in San Antonio at businesses, conferences, special events/parties, homes, or at her own indoor/outdoor decks. She also conducts workshops in Mexico.

Yoga Therapy sessions are all customized. To maximize yoga’s health benefits, Deborah has certification in Hatha, Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Accupressure, Reiki and Ayurveda.

Yoga’s Health Benefits. For 5,000 years, yoga’s health benefits have been recognized. But, yoga is not just a form of physical exercise. Hatha, or the form that we see in fitness centers and that predominates in yoga studios, is just one limb. The Namaste Counsel believes yoga’s health benefits are multiplied when supported by multiple branches. And, we combine Yoga with its “sister” Ayurveda. Rooted in the Indian subcontinent, Ayurveda is the world’s oldest system of health care.

Patanjali, in the Yoga Sutras, sums up the goal of yoga as being a form of mind control. “The cessation of mental fluctuations,” is one translation of the verse. Today’s Western medical practitioners routinely agree, that the mind, and emotional state and stress, lead to a snowball of medical woes.

Health Benefits of Meditation. The Bhagavad Gita talks about yoga. Text 5.27-28 says, “Shutting out all external sense objects, keeping the eyes and vision concentrated between the two eyebrows, suspending the inward and outward breaths within the nostrils, and thus controlling the mind, senses and intelligence, the transcendentalist aiming at liberation becomes free from desire, fear and anger.”

Health Benefits of Bhakti Yoga. Beyond the benefits, it’s fun. Learn more about healing chants and mantra meditation.

What’s Yoga Therapy? Yoga Therapy is not about standing on your head, or sitting in a lotus pose. Yoga Therapy is a holistic approach to wellbeing. A Yoga Therapist can be many things.  The Namaste Counsel is a cross between an Ayurvedic consultant, Acupuncturist, Acupressurist, Physical Therapist, Psychotherapist, Nutritionist, Movement Therapist and Myofascial Remodeler. Deborah Charnes taps into all the above, plus the ancient healing arts, to educate clients as to how to improve their physical and emotional well being.

The Sugar Drop yoga therapy workshops for diabetes managementThe Sugar Drop a.k.a Yoga Therapy for Diabetics. Deborah takes Yoga Therapy seriously. Read about her personal commitment to help diabetics through therapeutic yoga, and how yoga can improve blood sugar levels. She also leads workshops in Gutsy Yoga, and The Tummy Bust (weight management) and Chill Out (stress management), Breath of Life (pranayama and chanting) and Dem Bones designed to strengthen and protect the bones from aging.Dem Bones yoga therapy for bone health

What’s Yin Yoga? Yin Yoga is a very therapeutic form of yoga. It’s slow. Grounded. Introspective. Quieting. “Needle-less Acupuncture.” Deborah has certification in therapeutic Taoist Yin Yoga, and it’s a passion of hers, as is that of integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Benefits of Restorative Yoga. Restorative Yoga is ideal for those dealing with transitions, and stress. Aren’t we all? Using comfy cushions, bolsters, eye pillow and even sand bags, one relaxes into a deep stretch. It’s a great option for pregnant mamas, or those going through postpartum. Read more about the health benefits of restorative yoga and give it a try.

Benefits of Yoga Nidra. First, pretty much everybody enjoys Yoga Nidra. Everybody welcomes a chance to lay down, close their eyes, and relax. Right? But Yoga Nidra is about so much more. It goes deep. That’s why it’s been used about vets and active duty military. Yoga Nidra is a great option for those with depression, PTSD, insomnia, or anxiety. Sessions can even be done virtually.

What’s Ayurveda? Deborah Charnes learned Ayurveda at an Ayurvedic center in Southern India where it’s common for patients to prefer Ayurveda over Western medicine.   At its core, Ayurveda is a customized approach to well being. One pill does not work the same for two people.

Deborah has written articles on Ayurveda for Natural Awakenings, BaldYogi and other media outlets. Read her blog post about Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. (TCM).

Why Traditional Chinese Medicine? Ayruveda and TCM are ancient healing arts. They treat the person, versus the symptom. They are about balance, and yoga is all about balance.  Balance of mind, body and spirit. Read about The Namaste Counsel’s approach to ancient wisdom methods.