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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

Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, Nutritional Counseling, Lifestyle Management at The Namaste Counsel.  

With The Namaste Counsel, you can pick between yoga, and therapy, or get a terrific blend of both.

Integrative Healing for the Mind, Body and Spirit in San Antonio, Mexico, Central America or beyond.

Deborah Charnes is one of only a handful of bilingual Certified Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) working in South Texas, Mexico and Central America. The Namaste Counsel specializes in yoga and yoga therapy to meet each person’s needs.  

Virtual sessions include Yoga Nidra and nutritional counseling, as part of Gutsy Yoga, Tummy Bust and The Sugar Drop signature therapeutic workshops. 

Yoga for Kids, or Yoga for Seniors. Yoga for Anyone, Everyone. 

The Namaste Counsel has led classes for tumbling two-year-old toddlers to the mentally spry 90-year-olds.  From a rural schoolhouse in Costa Rica to workshops at a Belizean high school. Sessions can be at businesses, conferences, special events or senior centers.

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 with Deborah is lifestyle management — a holistic approach to wellbeing.  Modalities may incorporate Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Physical Therapy, Psychotherapy, Nutritional Counseling, Movement Therapy and Myofascial Remodeling. 

Yoga Therapy sessions are all customized. To maximize yoga’s health benefits, tapping into Hatha, Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Accupressure, Reiki and Ayurveda.

The Sugar Drop yoga therapy workshops for diabetes managementThe Sugar Drop a.k.a Yoga Therapy for Diabetics. Read about Deborah’s personal commitment to help diabetics through therapeutic yoga, and how yoga can improve blood sugar levels. Other workshops include  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.” 

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. 

Experience Yoga Nidra in person, or VIRTUALLY for affordable comfortable sessions in your own home. Contact Deborah to book your session.

What’s Ayurveda?  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 more.

Why Traditional Chinese Medicine? Ayruveda and TCM are ancient healing arts. They treat the person, versus the symptom. They are about balance.  Balance of mind, body and spirit. Read about ancient wisdom methods.