The above are just a sampling of the areas of focus at The Namaste Counsel.
For 5,000 years, yoga’s health benefits have been proven. Authentic yoga is not just physical exercise. Hatha, or what we commonly see in fitness centers and yoga studios, is one of eight yoga limbs. The Namaste Counsel believes yoga’s health benefits are multiplied when supported by the different branches. Plus, we tailor the physical yoga to meet the person’s individual needs.
For example, Yin Yoga, which targets the meridians, is “Needle-less Acupuncture.” Slow. Grounded. Introspective. Quieting.
Restorative Yoga is excellent for those dealing with transitions, and stress. Aren’t we all? Using comfy cushions, bolsters, eye pillow, and even sandbags, one relaxes into a deep stretch. It’s ideal for pregnant mamas.
Yoga Nidra is a great option for those with depression, PTSD, insomnia, or anxiety. Yoga Nidra mirrors a blissful state of sleep. But it goes deep. That’s why it’s frequently recommended for vets and active-duty military.
We cannot separate the physical from the emotional. Today’s Western medical practitioners agree, that an aggravated stress-filled emotional state, leads to a snowball of medical woes. Patanjali, in the Yoga Sutras, sums up the goal of yoga as being “the cessation of mental fluctuations.” There are many enjoyable ways to curb the monkey mind.
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. The Namaste Counsel customizes in-person or virtual sessions based on learnings from Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Acupressure, Reiki, sound therapy, laughter as medicine, and even Integrative Medicine.
Yoga therapy is the perfect antidote to the hectic, on-the-go lifestyle that most of us experience.
Ayruveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine are ancient healing arts. Rooted in the Indian subcontinent, Ayurveda is the world’s oldest system of health care. At its core, both are customized approaches to well-being. They treat the person, versus the symptom. They are about balance. Balance of mind, body and spirit. No two people are identical. A cookie-cutter is best for making cookies, not treating emotional, spiritual, or physical well-being. That is why The Namaste Counsel conducts a 90-minute intake with new Yoga Therapy clients.
Deborah Charnes leads virtual and in-person private and group classes at fitness centers, schools, senior centers, corporations and special events in Texas, Mexico and Central America. In Wimberley, Texas (near Austin) she owns a 2-acre nature reserve retreat site. The Namaste Getaway, complete with running creek, tree house, labyrinth and fire circle, has accommodations for 12.